WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$344 /year
Applications Begin:10 January, 2020
Final Award:Bachelor of Science in Earth Science
Start Date:September 2020
Academic Unit:School of Physical and Mathematical Science
Campus:Legon campus
Application Deadline: 30 June 2020
Programme Overview

The most fundamental part of our environment is the earth on which we live. Understanding this environment is the realm of earth science- the science concerned with the study of the earth. Earth science is the study of the composition structure, processes, history and resources of the earth. Earth science apply the principles of chemistry, physics, biology and mathematics not only in finding solutions to natural problems but also to the discovery of petroleum, natural gas, groundwater and mineral deposits The department’s undergraduate academic program provides a broad foundation for earth science study and opportunities for subsequent specialisation.

The program provides a strong field- based culture in all topics in the first three years and offer a specialization in one of these fields in the final year: geology, hydrology, mineral exploration, petroleum ,geosciences, engineering, geology and environmental geosciences. Students are required to participate in faculty- student research project or conduct independent research of their own. Field exercise and excursion form important components of the undergraduate programme.

The excursions together with laboratory exercise and periods of industrial training enhance students knowledge and practical understanding of earth science. Through the combination of classroom laboratory, fieldwork and project modules, the programme facilities the transfer of skill such as IT, quantitative research, communication team work abilities and personal organisation and development.

Earth science now also play an important role in interdisciplinary studies that seek to understand the interaction between the oceans, the atmosphere and the biosphere with the solid earth. These inter disciplinary studies address contemporary problems such as climatic change, pollution monitoring, resource exploration and evaluation land use and energy.

For example engineering geologist work with civil engineers to make sure the structures are safe from earthquakes, landslides, volcanoes and other potential disasters, petroleum geologist work with reservoir engineers to safely and efficiently produce oil and gas

At the end of the programme, students are expected to:
• Acquire a well-rounded knowledge of the processes operating within, on and above the Earth’s surface and how they affect and change the planet.
• Develop proficiency in analysing aerial photographs, geologic formations and other data to locate natural resource deposits.
• Develop the ability to use a multidisciplinary approach to solve specific problems by relating to knowledge of relevant fields such as Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Mathematics and Physics.
• Be familiar with on-going efforts to address the environmental, social and economic impacts associated with resource use and management.

Admission Requirements

For Ghanaian Students:

Core: Credit passes in English, Core Mathematics, Integrated Science & Social Studies
Electives: Credit passes in any three of Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Geography and Elective Mathematics, with at least a C6 in Chemistry

For International Students:

West Africa WASSCE:

Core: Credit passes in English, Core Mathematics, Integrated Science &a Science subject.
Electives: Credit passes in Chemistry and any two of Physics, Further Mathematics and Biology/Geography

American High School:

American High School Grade 12
An applicant for admission to a degree programme in the University of Ghana must have and a Final Grade Point of at least 3.0

Cambridge ‘A’ and ‘O’ Levels:

Three (3)’A’ Level subjects comprising:
Mathematics and any other two (2) subjects

International Baccalaureate:

Three (3) HL subjects comprising:
At least Grade 4 in Chemistry and any two of Physics, Mathematics and Biology/Geography.
In addition, they must have at least Grade 4 in English Language/Literature (SL) and at least C in a Science subject at the IGCSE or equivalent.

Application Process
Application Fees for Ghanaian students: $34
Application Fees for International students: $105

University of Ghana online application E-VOUCHERS can be obtained by Ghanaian applicants for GH¢200.00 at the following banks: Ecobank, Republic Bank, Agricultural Development Bank, Ghana Commercial Bank, Zenith Bank, Universal Merchant Bank, Consolidated Bank Ghana (CBG), Prudential Bank and Fidelity Bank. Ghanaian applicants in the following categories are expected to apply using the E-VOUCHER:

WASSSCE/SSSCE Applicants and Ghanaians with Foreign Background
WASSCE/SSSCE applicants and Ghanaians who apply with foreign qualifications from schools which write the International Baccalaureate (IB) and the IGCSE such as Alpha Beta, Faith Montessori International School, Ghana International School, New Nation International School, SOS – Hermann GMEINER International College and Tema International School etc., should do the following:

At any of the Banks listed above, applicants will be required to indicate their names, mobile phone numbers and e-mail addresses on the bank voucher before they are served. Those without e-mail addresses will however not be disadvantaged. A confirmation of their Pin will be sent to their mobile phones. After purchasing the e-voucher, applicants should CAREFULLY follow the instructions given. After the application has been submitted on-line, the e-voucher should be kept in a safe place as it may be required by applicants when accessing their admission status at a later date.

After buying the e-voucher, Diploma/HND to Degree applicants are expected to scan and attach the following documents to their online application forms:

Diploma/HND transcripts
Where applicable, certified copies of ‘O’ and ‘A’ Level certificates/result slips
The pay-in-slips together with applicants’ certificates/result slips should be scanned and attached to the application form before submission online. The certificates/results slips should be scanned into one PDF or WORD document and attached to the application form.

International applicants and Ghanaians applying from abroad should NOT buy the e-voucher. They should use the following this link to access the online application form for completion and submission.

Online Application for International & Ghanaians Abroad Undergraduate applicants

All applicants are expected to pay to the University a non-refundable application processing fee of US$110.00.This fee can be paid directly or wire transferred into the University of Ghana ECOBANK Account.

Details of the Account are:

Account Name: University of Ghana Foreign Students Fees
Account Number: 2441000716652
Bank Details: Ecobank Ghana Limited, Legon Branch

or International Transfer through Ecobank (2441000716652 or 1441000716647

or Payment with Credit Card on the GT payment platform.

The pay-in-slips together with applicants’ certificates/result slips should be scanned and attached to the application form before submission online. The certificates/ results slips should be scanned into one PDF or Word document and attached to the application form.

Note that no application will be processed without proof of payment of the fee.

Career Opportunities

The career opportunities are very diverse. Some earth scientists spend most of their time outdoors, others spend their entire time in the laboratory and many spend a mixture of time outside in the lab and at their desk. Major employers include; the geological surveys, petroleum and energy companies, mining and mineral exploration companies, water companies, oil, energy, water and mineral consultancy and service companies, cement and ceramic industries construction firms geotechnical and engineering companies and environmental consultancy companies

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Tuition Fees for Ghanaian students: $344
Tuition Fees for International students: $4,970


P.A. Sakyi [BSc, MPhil (Ghana), MSc (DTU), PhD Okayama)]
Associate Professor

B.K. Banoeng-Yakubo [BSc. (Ghana), MSc (Ife), MPhil, PhD (Ghana)]

D.K. Asiedu [BSc (Ghana), MSc, PhD (Okayama)]

P.M. Nude [BSc, MPhil, PhD (Ghana)]

D. Atta-Peters [BSc, MPhil, PhD (Ghana)]

Sandow Mark Yidana [BSc( (Ghana), PhD (Montclair)]
Professor of Hydrogeology

T.M. Akabzaa [BSc, PhD (Ghana), MEng (McGill)]
Associate Professor

F.K. Nyame [BSc (Ghana), MSc, PhD (Okayama)]
Associate Professor

Johnson Manu BSc, MBA(Ghana), MSc, PhD (Germany)
Associate Professor

T.E.K. Armah [BSc, MPhil, PhD (Ghana)]
Senior Lecturer

J.M. Kutu [BSc, MPhil, PhD (Ghana)]
Senior Lecturer (on Post Retirement Contract)

Larry P. Chegbeleh [BSc (Ghana), PhD (Okayama)]
Senior Lecturer

Chris.Y. Anani [BSc (Ghana), MSc (Shinshu), PhD (Niigata)]
Senior Lecturer

F. Achampong [BSc (Ghana), MASc (Windsor), PhD (Detroit)]

I. A. Oppong [BSc (Ghana), PGD (TU Delft), MSc (Greenwich)]

Yvonne S. A. Loh (BSc., MPhil, PhD, Ghana)
Senior Lecturer

Jennifer E. Agbetsoamedo (BSc. MPhil., (Ghana))
Assistant Lecturer

Abigail E. Ayikwei (Bsc. MPhil, Ghana)
Assistant Lecturer

Prince Ofori Amponsah

Daniel Kwayisi (BSc., MPhil, (Ghana))
Assistant Lecturer

Naa Afi Agra (Bsc., MPhil, (Ghana))
Assistant Lecturer, or


Marian S. Sapah (BSc, (Ghana), PhD, (Australia))

Ms. Linda Ofori-Nyarko, Senior Administrative Assistant
Senior Administrative Assistant

Relevant Contact

Linda Ofori-Nyarko
Senior Administrative Assistant