Geology

Background of the department of Geology

Introduction

Teaching and Learning Geology at AASTU: When it start?

Geology Undergraduate and Postgraduate Program/s (Specialties/ Fields of Study) available at AASTU

  • Distribution of credit hours for all course categories

Category

Total Cr. Hr

Percentage (%)

 

1

Core Course ( major and supportive course)

116 Cr.hr

80.8 %

2

Core Elective/focus area course

3 Cr.hr

3

University requirement (Core)

3 Cr.hr

Core Course Total Cr. hr

  

4

National Requirement

29 Cr.hr

19.2%

Total Cr. hr

151%

100%

 

Conversion rate: from Cr.hr to ECTS is given as, 1Cr.hr= 1.67 ECTS

Course Breakdown for Regular Program

Year I, Semester I

Course Code

Course Title

Cr.Hr.

Lect.

Tut.

Lab.

Field work

Chem1011

General Chemistry

3

2

3

FLEn1003

Communicative English Language Skills I

3

2

3

GeEs1005

Geography of Ethiopia and the horn

3

2

3

Math1007

Mathematics for Natural Science

3

2

3

Phil1009

Logic and Critical Thinking

3

2

3

Psyc1011

General Psychology

3

2

3

SpSc1013

Physical Fitness

P/F

1

Total

18

     
  • Year 2, Semester I

Course Code

Course Title

Cr.Hr.

Lect.

Tut.

Lab.

Field work

Geo2101

General Geology

4

3

3

4 Days

Geol 2103

Paleontology

3

2

3

Geol2105

Crystallography and Mineral Optics

3

2

3

GLTr2011

Global Trend

2

2

Phys2003

General Physics

3

2

3

Econ2009

Economics

3

2

3

Total

18

     
  • Year 2; Semester II

Course Code

Course Title

Cr.Hr.

Lect.

Tut.

Lab.

Field work

InCh2004

Physical Chemistry

3

2

3

Hist2002

History of Ethiopia and the horn

3

2

3

Stat2006

Introduction to Statistics

3

2

3

Geol2102

Stratigraphy and Earth History

3

2

3

Geol2104

Plate Tectonics

2

2

Geol2106

Sedimentary Petrology

3

2

3

Geol2108

Mineralogy

3

2

3

Total

20

     
  • Year 3, Semester I

Course Code

Course Title

Cr.Hr.

Lect.

Tut.

Lab.

Field work

Comp3003

Fundamentals of Programming

3

2

3

Geol3101

Structural Geology

4

3

3

Geol3103

Geological Mapping and Report
Writing

3

2

3

Geol3105

Remote Sensing and GIS

3

2

3

Geol 3107

Mapping Sedimentary Terrain

3

9

21 Days

Geol3109

Igneous Petrology

3

2

3

Total

19

     
  • Year 3, Semester II

Code

Course Title

Cr.Hr.

Lect.

Tut.

Lab.

Field work

Geol3102

Mapping Igneous Terrain

3

9

21 Days

Geol3104

Geochemistry

3

2

3

Geol3106

Fundamentals of Soil and Rock
Mechanics

3

2

3

Geol3108

Principles of Hydrogeology

3

2

3

Geol3110

Metamorphic Petrology

3

2

3

ISTP3116

Integrated Science Team Project

3

2

3

Total

19

18

    

 

  • Year 3, Summer

Course
Code

Course Title

Cr.Hr.

Lect.

Tut.

Lab.

Industry
attachment

Geol3114

Internship

3

90 Days

Total

3

     

 

       
       
       
       
       
       

 

       
       
       
  • Year 4, Semester I

Course
Code

Course Title

Cr.Hr.

Lect.

Tut.

Lab.

Field work

Geol4101

Groundwater Exploration and
Development

3

2

3

Geol4103

Mapping Metamorphic Terrain

3

9

21 Days

Geol4105

Economic Geology

3

2

3

Geol4113

Geophysics

4

3

3

10 Days

 

Geol4115

Final Year I Project Proposal
Preparation

P/F

   

Geol4107

Engineering Geology

3

2

3

 

Geol4111

Research Methods in Geosciences

2

2

Total

18

     
  • Year 4; Semester II

Course Code

Course Title

Cr.Hr.

Lect.

Tut.

Lab./Field

Geol4102

Energy resource of the Earth

3

2

3

Geol4104

Geology and Geologic Resources of
Ethiopia

3

2

3

Geol4106

Environmental Geology

2

2

3

Geol4108

Mining Geology

2

2

3

Geol4112

Senior project

3

2

3

Geol4110

Mineral Exploration and Resource
Evaluation

2

2

Elective

3

2

3

 

Total

18

    

 

PEO

Statement

PEO-1

Graduate will serve the national interest of the country by applying geological knowledge in diverse geological domains, such as geological mapping, mineral and energy exploration and development; geotechnical engineering; groundwater exploration and development, and geo-environmental studies.

PEO-2

Graduate will participate in independent problem-solving geoscience investigation/ research or design a project that support geo-scientific industries

PEO-3

Graduate will adopt new technology and innovation of geo-scientific investigations, and transfer finding in the form of presentations, reports and publications.

PEO-4

Graduate will build geological technics and management capability in investigating geo-scientific issues that affect the society to find viable scientific solutions

PEO-5

Graduate will develop a national hub of geoscience in collaboration with others, including multidisciplinary groups to solve scientific problems in accordance with professional and ethical standards

PO

Statement

PO-1

Ability to integrate the concept of natural and numerical sciences in solving complex geological problems

PO-2

Ability to identify, describe, measure and record geological data using conventional and modern technologies in order to produce geoscience maps with accompanying report

PO-3

Ability to analyze, synthesize and apply fundamental geoscience knowledge into actionable practices in sustainable earth resources evaluation and development.

PO-4

Ability to conduct basic and applied geoscience researches and be able to communicate with stakeholders (public, scientific community and industries)

PO-5

Ability to apply social, economic and ethical principles and values of the professions as a responsible citizen.

PO-6

Work effectively on teams that establish common goals, plan tasks, meet deadlines

Department of Geology Laboratories: -
Remote sensing and GIS Laboratory

 

Description:- The GIS laboratory facilities will help both undergraduate and postgraduate students with satellite and digital image processing and interpretation, different geological map preparation.

Person in charge:-

  • Dr. Yohannes Degu

  • Mrs. Meskerem Wondafrash (ARA)

 

Description:- This laboratory consists of thirty-two classes of crystal models, different ore and rock-forming minerals.

For Megascopic, mesoscopic to microscopic structural deformation analysis of different minerals, rocks, and outcrops; various analysis utilities are also found in this laboratory

Person in charge:-

  • Dr. Tesfay Demissie

  • Dr.Tarkegne Tadesse

  • Dr. Bedru Hussen

  • Mr. Asnake Bekele

  • Mr. Gemechu Beddasa

Description:- In the petrology laboratory, there are various activities, such as examining sediment samples, Sedimentary rock identification, Igneous rock identification, and classification, Metamorphic rock identification, Metamorphic phase diagram studies, and Metamorphic grade determination.

Person in charge:-

  • Dr. Takele Checkol

  • Dr. Daniel Meshesha

  • Mr. Mekonen Mulat

Description: – In a Paleontology and Sedimentology Laboratory, several services and activities can be provided to enhance the understanding and study of paleontological and sedimentlogical phenomena such as fossil identification, paleontological Illustration, Microfossil Analysis, and sediment analysis.

Person in charge:-

  • Dr. Solomon Kassa

  • Dr. Samuel Getenet

  • Mr. Assnake Bekele

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Description:- The laboratory performs mechanical tests on rock samples to measure properties such as uniaxial compressive strength, tensile strength, and Young’s modulus. These tests also include the determination of soil properties such as grain size distribution, soil classification, moisture content, compaction characteristics, shear strength parameters, consolidation, and permeability.

Person in Charge

  • Mr. Belachew Moges

  • Mrs. Tigist Abadi

  • Dr. Matebie Meten