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School of Chemical and Environmental Engineering

Now offering two distinct diplomas: Chemical Engineering and Environmental Engineering

Environmental Geology


SchoolEnvironmental Engineering
Course LevelUndergraduate
Course IDENVE 101Semester1st
Course CategoryRequired
Course ModulesInstruction Hours per WeekECTS
Lectures and Laboratory assignments4
Th=2, E=0, L=2
Course TypeSpecific Background, Scientific Area
Instruction/Exam LanguageGreek
The course is offered to Erasmus studentsNo
Course URL (in Greek)



Learning Outcomes

Courses are designed to provide students with fundamental as well as applied geological knowledge, essential tools for the sustainable management of the Geoenvironment. They include the presentation and analysis of theoretical geological principles and representative geological applications.

Upon successful completion of this course the students will have acquired knowledge and specific skills, especially on the following competences:

  • They will be able to understand the basic principles and mechanisms closely connected with the geo-environment
  • They will have familiarized themselves with strategies on how to approach and study geo-environmental problems.
  • They will have experienced the problems created by a man-centered approach that ignores the laws of nature thus enhancing the environmental crisis
General Competencies/Skills
  • Adaption ability
  • Decision making
  • Work autonomously
  • Team working
  • Protect the natural environment
  • Cultivation of judgement and self-judgement ability
  • Critical thinking and creative thinking development



  • Geology and Human. Geosciences.
  • Planet Earth, structure, properties. Geographic coordinates. Geological time.
  • Endogenous Geodynamic Processes. Plate tectonic theory. Volcanism. Geotectonic and morphotectonic processes. Stress and strain. Folds. Orogenesis. Tectonic basins. Tectonic discontinuities. Faults. Seismicity. The Hellenic Orogen and the Hellenic Arc.
  • Crystallization. Minerals and Rocks.  Geological formations. Geomechanical properties.
  • Stratigraphy. Geostructures.
  • Terrestrial and coastal geoenvironment.
  • Climate. Hydrological cycle. Surface and underground waters. Hydrologic and hydrogeological characteristics.
  • Exogenous geological processes. Weathering. Erosion.
  • Natural resources.
  • Geoenvironment and Geodiversity.
  • Human impact on the Geoenvironment.
  • Natural Hazards.  Failures phenomenon. Landslides and Slope failures. 
  • Interaction of geological factors and anthropogenic influences in the geoenvironmental and engineering geological conditions. "Geofactors Interaction Matrix". 


Presentation of a wide range scientific geological researches and studies related to Applied Environmental Geology, elaborated in the framework of the Conservation, the Protection and the Encasement of the Geoenvironment, as well as in the frame of Water Resources Utilization, Spatial Planning and Urban Development, General Designs & Studies of Major Infrastructure Development Projects.

Laboratory exercises:

Ten lab exercises related to the following themes:

  • Topographic maps at various scales.
  • Geothematic Maps. Practice on their data.  Maps of Morphological Relief, Slopes, Geological Information, Tectonic Discontinuities, Geological Suitability, Hydrogeological characteristics, Engineering Geological properties etc.
  • Geological compass - measurements. Geological Maps. Geological cross sections. Simple and complex geological structures.
  • Matrix Representation of the various geofactors interaction in the geoenvironmental conditions


Lecture MethodDirect (face to face)
Use of Information and Communication TechnologyPower point presentations, E-class support
Instruction OrganisationActivityWorkload per Semester
- Lectures26
- Lab assignments26
- Lab projets26
- Autonomous study22
Course Total100

Assessment Method

  • Final closed-book written exam, 70% of the grade
  • Lab written exam 30% of the grade.


Textbooks (Eudoxus): Book code: 77106807: Rondoyanni Theodora (2018): "Geology. Fundamental Principles for Engineers".

Recommended reading:




Course Instructor:Dr. A. Pavlaki (Academic Fellow - EnvEng)
Lectures:Dr. A. Pavlaki (Academic Fellow - EnvEng)
Tutorial exercises: 
Laboratory Exercises:I. Koutsogiannaki (LTS - EnvEng)