The Faculty of Geology, Geophysics and Environmental Protection had its beginnings in the early days of AGH UST in the form of three “geological” departments belonging to the Faculty of Mining, which was the only faculty of the Mining Academy at that time. In chronological order they were: the Department of Mineralogy and Petrography, the Department of Geology, and the Department of Applied Geology. In 1946, they were incorporated into the newly-established Faculty of Geology and Surveying, which evolved into the Faculty of Geology (in the academic year 1951/1952), and the Faculty of Geology and Mineral Exploration (in the academic year 1952/1953). In the following years, the faculty grew steadily, and its structure underwent many changes. In the academic year 1992/1993, the faculty was renamed again, and since then it has had its current name – the Faculty of Geology, Geophysics and Environmental Protection.
At present, the faculty has the most environmental profile among the technical faculties of AGH UST. It is the only faculty in Poland which educates students of geology to become specialists in applied geology, geophysics and computer science, and at the same time, it offers university-type of education, including the environmental aspects of geological sciences and tourism.
Such a diversity gives faculty graduates better possibilities to find employment in industry (mainly in mining and related sectors), secondary education, research institutes, administration, tourist offices, and others.
Among the European universities, the Faculty of Geology, Geophysics and Environmental Protection has the highest number of professors and associate professors (doctors with postdoctoral qualifications) of geology, supported by a substantial number of doctors and assistants; some of them are the former Fulbright and Humboldt scholarship holders.
The staff, working in well-equipped laboratories, can deal with almost any research task, carrying out mainly practical research. Staff members are also involved in fundamental research that helps us understand better the world and its phenomena around us, although the results of this research cannot currently find a practical use due to the insufficient development of technology.
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