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MINES ParisTech civil engineering teaching

The contribution of teachers-researchers of the Department to the initial training covers more than twenty-five teaching modules, which most significant actions concern :

  • the core curriculum teaching in geology for first-year students (two fieldwork weeks alternating courses and observations) ;
  • the modules of the Multidisciplinary integrative project. In 2011, these MIG will deal with the storage of energy in salt cavities and with the use of water in the water system of the Loire : hazards and adaptability towards climate change ;
  • the options, through the management of further options : Geosciences (Hervé Chauris), Geostatistics (Hans Wackernagel) and Underground engineering and management (Damien Goetz).
  • Collaborators of the Department are involved in the management and the coordination of the "Acte d'Entreprendre" (Entrepreneurship Venture) (Emmanuel Ledoux, Pierre Chauvet, Isabelle Olzenski, Isabelle Thénevin).


The Geosciences option

One of the traditional human preoccupations is to ensure adequate provision of mineral products required for industry: water, building materials, hydrocarbons, coal, uranium and various ores. This is the aim of some of the geological sciences which focus on the exploration and prospecting of useful substances.

The exploitation of natural resources, the storage of waste and major public works schemes cannot be conducted without precautions. Otherwise, the natural environment will be subjected to irreversible degradation which future generations will have to endure without any possible remedy. The purpose of the environmental sciences is precisely to respond to this. These fields are essentially interdisciplinary but a sound knowledge of geology is one of the vital prerequisites.
Judicious implementation of the earth sciences and the environment requires an aptitude for observation of natural objects, combined with patience, meticulousness, active curiosity and, above all, intellectual honesty which, without paralysing imagination and reasoning, must remain subservient to the facts observed.
Furthermore, as the exact sciences can serve the sciences of observation, the tasks of quantification and modelling can ensure greater accuracy in the evaluation and forecasting processes related to the complexity of natural objects and phenomena.

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