Introduction

  The Department of Earth Sciences at ZheJiang University, previously known as the Department of Geography and History, was founded by KeZhen Zhu in 1936 and is one of the earliest departments in the field of geology among all universities in China. 

Undergraduate Education
The undergraduate education aims to achieve balance between depth of knowledge acquired through specialized courses and breadth of knowledge gained through general courses. Our faculty is dedicated to teaching and many fundamental courses are taught by distinguished professors. With a strong team of staff members, The Department gives priority to undergraduate teaching. Undergraduate courses cover four major areas including Geo-information Science and Technology, Geographical Information Science (GIS), Human Geography and Urban and Rural Planning Management, Atmospheric Science. With these knowledge and skills students have the competence to meet the demands of future prospects work.

Geo-information Science and Technology 
Brief introduction: The fundamental task of this direction is to train special professional talents who master the theory of Geo-information and the practical skills for information analysis and processing. Develop students’ basic knowledge on geosciences, mathematical philosophy, computer science and enhance students’ scientific literacy and creative ability to cultivate qualified graduates. 
 
Main courses: Physical geology, Crystallography and mineralogy, Petrology, Structure geology, paleontology and geological history, Geographical information system, Remote sensing and image processing, Computer graphics, Geochemistry, Numerical model, Earth exploration and Information technology 
Future prospects for employment: 
Graduates can work in the fields of Geo-information processing, go to enterprises and institutions and research institutes, or pursue master's or doctoral degree. 

Geographical Information Science (GIS) 
Brief introduction: 
Geographical information science (GIS) is an up-to-date technique in information technology in high-tech fields. The goal of training is to cultivate senior talents of computer software technology for governmental departments, IT enterprises and companies. Graduates will master advanced practical skills and software development of GIS. 

Main courses: Geographical information system, Remote sensing and image processing, Computer graphics, Cartography, Network and GIS technology, The principal and application of GIS and Surveying. 
Future prospects for employment: 
Excellent graduates can pursue MSc and PhD. 

Atmospheric Science
Brief introduction: Atmospheric Science is a subject studying the state of the atmosphere, ocean, and land. . It is expected that students majoring in atmospheric science will have a solid knowledge about weather and climate, and the ability to think about and solve related problems.  In particular, a few selective courses are offered to students who would like to continue further study and research in atmospheric sciences.
 
Main courses:  Atmosphere sounding technology, Atmospheric physics, Weather forecast, Dynamical meteorology, Fluid dynamics, Numerical weather forecasting. 


Future prospects for employment: A large part of students pursues graduate study in atmospheric science. The remaining part of students pursues jobs in meterological bureau or pursues graduate study in other majors such as hydrological departmentand environmental department.
 
Human Geographyand Urban and Rural planning management 
Brief introductio
n: The aim of higher education is to cultivate adaptive compound talent students with strong computer application capability, solid foundation of Geographical Science and ability of resource evaluation and planning. 

Main courses: Remote sensing and image processing, Geographical information system, Physical geography, Human geography, Cartography, Principles of urban planning, Planning and design of tourist areas, Introduction of environmental science. 

Future prospects for employment: About 1/2 of graduates move on to graduate schools for more advanced degrees, while the others are well qualified to engage geographical research, research organizations and ministry of land and resources.