55+ Free Online Geology Courses

A 5 week exploration of the geology, geography and modern scientific exploration of Antarctica.

An undergraduate course on the applications of fluid/solid mechanics, force balancing, strains and stresses and deformation in the Earth sciences.

Narrated lecture of the Basin Analysis – Structural style, seismic expression and petroleum systems module of the MSc Petroleum Geoscience course at Imperial.

Full online course titles “On Thin Ice” by Julie Ferguson on climate change the cryosphere.

A 5 week introduction to carbon capture and storage (CCS) processes, technologies and challenges.

Video narrated course on computers in Earth and space exploration.

A 12 lesson course on non-avian dinosaurs and their behavior, locomotion, growth, adaptions and extinction.

A 6 week course on dinosaur biology, paleoecology, late Cretaceous dinosaur ecosystems and more.

A 4 week class in Spanish on dinosaurs in Patagonia and the paleogeography of Patagonia from the Triassic to the Cretaceous.

A 12 week course on seismic waves, from their propagation, formation, interpretation and also basic real-time seismology.

An 8 hour course on the reasons behind earthquakes, why they occur where they occur, and how to appreciate the energy behind earthquakes.

An undergraduate introduction to electron microprobe analysis.

An (under)graduate course on geodesy, geodynamics, geomagmatism and seismology.

A short course from the Geodetic Facility for the Advancement of Geosciences on generic mapping tools (GMT) for geodesy.

An undergraduate course that introduces the chemical and physical processes that led to life on Earth.

A graduate-level course on the mechanics of deformation and rheology.

A 9 hour course on the geology of the British Isles and how to identify the common rocks from the area.

A 6 week introductory course on plate tectonics, sedimentation, hydrocarbon geology and geothermal energy.

An undergraduate introduction to the foundations of the theory of anthropogenic climate change, green house gases, evidence for past and present climate change and more.

A short course from the Geodetic Facility for the Advancement of Geosciences on interferometric synthetic-aperture radar theory and processing with GMTSAR.

A short course from the Geodetic Facility for the Advancement of Geosciences on interferometric synthetic-aperture radar theory.

This self-study, 5 week course will teach you about the chemical compositions of the Earth, plate tectonics theory and how the internal temperature is estimated.

An undergraduate course on all the core elements of the Earth sciences.

A graduate-level course on the basics of seismology and the analysis of seismic wave propagation.

A 10 week course, where you will learn the different processes of the global water cycle, when engineering interventions are needed and the importance of water of worldwide food production.

A 12 hour course on the evolution of life during the Palaeozoic and how to identify common animals of the era.

An undergraduate course on the interaction between elements and isotopes, and the medical sciences.

A 10 hour course that will teach you about stability fields and phase diagrams, difference between different chemical bonds and much more.

A large list of courses and assignments on geology from the department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences. Note that not all these courses feature full lecture notes.

An (under)graduate course on biosynthesis, molecular biosignatures, chemical fossils and diagenetic pathways.

This 8 week course will introduce you to volcanic monitoring, explain by University of Iceland. 

A 30 hour course on the geology of the Scottish highlands and how to identify the common rocks from the area.

An 11 week course on our relationship with natural disasters, how we can predict them and we can or cannot control them.

A 12 week course on how countries can sustainably develop resources, policies required for sustainable management and how policy makers can communicate with the public regarding sustainability.

Learn about oil and gas operations and technology and their relationship to the oil and gas markets. 

A course on the evolution of life from the Big Bang to now.

Learn how air, water, land and life have shaped the world over the last 4.5 billion years.

A graduate-level course on the examination of past changes in marine, ice-core and continental paleoceanographic records.

A short course on the evolution of marine reptiles and their diversity, adaptations and relationships with other animals.

A short course on the evolution and origin of vertebrate components i.e. fins, jaws and limbs.

A short course on the origin, anatomy, diversity and evolution of dinosaurs in relation to birds.

An undergraduate course on the structure, composition and physical processes of planets.

A 15 hour course on the theory of tectonic plates, differences in plate boundaries, plate motion and the driving forces of plate movement.

A 14 hour course that will teach you the difference between a rock and mineral, the different types of rocks and how to identify a rock in the field.

A graduate-level course on the introduction of GPS and its applications in the Earth sciences.

Online course on structural geology and tectonics that is freely available during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Interactive course on developing a seismograph and understanding seismology.

A course for academic and professional geologists on rock mechanics, seismology, petroleum engineering and how to solve many geomechanical problems.

An undergraduate course on the textures, mechanisms, classification and of sedimentary rocks.

Quick (15 – 30 min) intros to geological courses from the Open University.

A 15 week course that will show you how life developed on Earth, how it could develop somewhere else and how we could find that planet.

An (under)graduate course on quantitative analysis of geomorphic processes on Earth.

A course on the physical processes that control the atmosphere, ocean and climate as well as the mass and energy budgets of the Earth.

A 9 week course that will teach you how CO2 levels are measured, how climate models are created and the basis for climate change predictions.

An introductory course on radiometric dating, geology and geological time scales.

An (under)graduate course on neutron activated analysis used for trace element analyses in the Earth sciences.

A graduate-level course on the origin, evolution and trace-element partitioning of igneous rocks.

A 10 hour course that discusses the many hazards of volcanic events and how to mitigate their risk.