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Institute of Earth Sciences

Deans office 85 Pobeda Street , building 14, room 2-11
Phone: +7 4722 301171, 301170
Fax: +7 4722 301174
Director Ignatenko Ignat Mikhailovich
candidate of technical sciences
e-mail: Ignatenko_I@bsu.edu.ru

The Institute of Earth Sciences has begun its history since 1991.


Director of the Institute of Earth Sciences Ignatenko Ignat Mikhailovich, associate professor of the department of applied geology and mining, candidate of technical sciences,
e-mail: Ignatenko_I@bsu.edu.ru, . (4722) 30-11-70

Deputy Director for educational and methodical work Polyakova Tatyana Anatolyevna, associate professor of the department of nature management and land cadastre, candidate of geographical sciences,
e-mail: Polyakova_T@bsu.edu.ru, . (4722) 30-11-72

Deputy director for scientific and international activities Polshina Marina Alexandrona, associate professor of the department of nature management and land cadastre, candidate of geographical sciences,
e-mail: Polshina@bsu.edu.ru, . (4722) 30-13-00 * 20-09

Deputy director for social and educational work Mitryaykina Antonina Mikhailovna, associate professor of the department of nature management and land cadastre, candidate of geographical sciences,
e-mail: Mitryaykina@bsu.edu.ru, . (4722) 30-13-00 * 21-21

Deputy director for distance learning and career guidance Bryantseva Alina Yurievna, specialist of educational and methodical work,
e-mail: Polygalova@bsu.edu.ru, . (4722) 30-11-71


The main educational and scientific structural units of the Institute of Earth Sciences are the departments of:

  • geography, geo-ecology and life safety
    department chair professor Kornilov Andrey Gennadievich, e-mail: Kornilov@bsu.edu.ru
  • nature management and land cadastre
    department chair doctor of geographical sciences, professor Chandev Yury Chandev, e-mail: Chendev@bsu.edu.ru
  • applied geology and mining
    acting department chair candidate of technical sciences, associate professor, e-mail: Ignatenko_I@bsu.edu.ru

The structure of the Institute also includes 4 basic departments:

  • geology and mining, on the basis of mining enterprise JSC Kombinat KMA-ruda
    department chair - candidate of geological and mineralogical Sciences Kora Ivan Mikhailovich
  • management of land resources on the basis of Belgorod federal state budgetary scientific institution Belgorod Federal agricultural research centre of RAS
    department chair professor, doctor of biology Smirnova Lidia Grigorievna
  • agroecology on the basis of FGBU Center of agrochemical service Belgorodskiy
    department chair professor, PhD Lukin Sergey Viktorovich
  • engineering geology and hydrogeology, based on JSC VIOGEM
    department chair - professor, candidate of technical sciences Volkov Yury Ivanovich

Scientific divisions in the structure of the Institute:

  • Federal-regional center for aerospace and ground monitoring of objects and natural resources,
    head - PhD, professor Lisetsky Fedor Nikolaevich, e-mail: Liset@bsu.edu.ru;
  • Scientific-research laboratory of mineral raw material enrichment,
    head - candidate of technical sciences Gzogyan Tatyana Nikolaevna, e-mail: Gzogyan_T@bsu.edu.ru.

The Institute has 62 educators, including 11 doctors of sciences, professors, 41 candidates of sciences.

Educational Programs

The amount of students on October 1, 2018 is more than 600 people

The Institute provides education in the following areas:

Bachelor Degree Programs:

  • 05.03.02 Geography (direction of training "Physical geography and landscape science");
    qualification (degree) bachelor (4 years full-time education);
  • 05.03.03 Cartography and geoinformatics, direction of training: "Geoinformatics",
    qualification (degree) bachelor (4 years full-time education);
  • 05.03.06 Ecology and natural resource management (direction of training "Environmental management"),
    qualification (degree) bachelor (4 years full-time education; 5 years-part-time education);
  • 21.03.02 Land management and cadastres, profile of preparation "adastre of real estate",
    qualification (degree) bachelor (4 years full-time education; 5 years-correspondence education)

Master Degree Programs:

  • 05.04.02 Geography, master's program "Geoecology",
    qualification (degree) - master (2 years-full-time education; 2.5 years-correspondence education)
  • 05.04.06 Ecology and nature management, master's program "Research of natural resources by aerospace means",
    qualification (degree) - master (2 years-full-time education; 2.5 years-part-time education)
  • 21.04.02 Land management and cadastres, master's program "Cadastre and monitoring of lands",
    qualification (degree) - master (2 years-full-time education; 2,5 years-correspondence education)
  • 20.04.01 Safety engineering, master's program "Safety management and protection in emergency situations"
    (2.5 years - correspondence education)

Specialist Degree Programs:

  • 21.05.02 Applied Geology, specialization Search and exploration of groundwater and engineering-geological surveys,
    qualification - mining engineer-geologist (5 years full time education; 6 years - correspondence education).
  • 21.05.04 Mining, specialization Mine surveying,
    qualification-mining engineer (specialist) (5.5 years full time, 6 years - correspondence education).
  • 21.05.05 Physical processes of mining or oil and gas production, specialization Physical processes of mining,
    qualification-mining engineer (specialist) (5.5 years of training full time, 6 years - correspondence education).

Postgraduate study

  • 05.06.01 "Earth Sciences", training program "Geoecology"
  • 05.06.01 "Earth Sciences", training program "Land management, cadastre and land monitoring"
  • 21.06.01 Geology, exploration and mining, training "Mining, oil and gas field geology, geophysics, mine surveying and geometry of mineral resources" and "Geomechanics, destruction of rocks, miner aerogasdynamics and mining thermal physics"

Training Courses:

  • Change of geosystems under the influence of natural and anthropogenic factors: on the example of the Eastern Europe centre.
  • Energy saving.
  • Geographic information systems in public administration.
  • Geoinformatics and remote sensing in ecology and nature management.
  • Features of engineering surveys on the most dangerous, complicated and unique objects.
  • Surveying and industrial safety.
  • Search and exploration of groundwater and engineering-geological surveys.

Research work

The main directions of research work of the Institute:

  • environmental and geographical studies; geoecological substantiation of rational nature management;
  • evolutionary genetic studies of the geographical environment;
  • study of natural and natural-technogenic ecoysystem the territory of Belgorod oblast;
  • ecological restoration of anthropogenically disturbed geosystems;
  • socio-ecological and economic-geographical studies of the population of Belgorod oblast;
  • monitoring studies of exogenous geological processes in the region;
  • the problem of placement and utilization of industrial wastes of metallurgical enterprises of the region;
  • study of technogenic transformation of landscapes of the Belgorod oblast;
  • features of the dynamics and processing of the banks of the Belgorod reservoir;
  • engineering-geological assessment of rock massifs in difficult conditions of construction of buildings and structures;
  • mine geology and hydrogeology in the development of iron ores, etc

Students of the Institute take active part in research works. Since 2002, the Institute has had the Student scientific society, which serves as an advisory and organizational center for students research.

Every year students of the Institute take part in competitions of scientific works on the regional and Federal level, as well as in all-Russian Olympiads. Received in the course of field and cameral work the actual data is used by students for preparing term papers and theses, as well as for reports submitted at all-Russian, regional and intra-University scientific conferences.

Scientific and technical base of the Institute includes specialized laboratories, allowing to lead classes and research at a high level:

  • laboratory of cartography and GIS-technologies
  • landscape-geochemical laboratory
  • laboratory of ecodiagnostics and monitoring studies
  • laboratory of regional geo-ecological studies
  • ecoanalytic laboratory
  • laboratory of GIS-technologies
  • geodesy laboratory with the basics of cartography
  • mineralogy and petrography laboratory
  • laboratory of rock and soil mechanics
  • laboratory of engineering research and geophysical research methods
  • laboratory of engineering geology and mining
  • laboratory of surveying

Laboratory of GIS-technologies

The Institute of Earth Sciences has its own library, which fund has more than 2.5 thousand educational and methodical literature, video library.

On the initiative and with the active participation of A.N. Petina geological and mineralogical Museum of BSU was established. Nowadays it is one of the best in Russia and the best in the Belgorod region.

At the moment, the Museum funds include more than 2.500 samples of minerals, rocks and fossils, many of which are unique. The Museum consists of 9 departments, which are placed in 5 halls.

The main exposition of the Geological and mineralogical Museum

In the hall of regional geology

Training practice

Theoretical training is accompanied by practical exercises, including a fascinating field practice in Crimea, on the Islands Solovetskie, St. Petersburg, in the Caucasus, Altai, Baikal, as well as in the picturesque places of the Belgorod region and the environs of Belgorod (at the recreation center of the NRU BSU on the Nezhegol river, in the Botanical garden of the NRU BSU, State nature reserve Belogorie, etc.). Also, our students participate in educational practices during the expeditions. Students pass education-productional and scientific-pedagogical practice in research institutions, public and commercial structures.

Sampling of rocks on the educational geological practice in Crimea

Geological practice in the career of Stoilenskiy mining enterprise

International cooperation

The Institute expands the boundaries of international cooperation: established scientific and methodological contacts with universities of Ukraine, national academic institutions of Belarus, Moldova, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, as well as with educational institutions abroad: universities of Iowa and Missouri (USA), Freiberg mining Academy (Germany), Aarhus University (Denmark), Opole University (Poland), Liaoning technical University (China).

Since 2015, the Institute has been implementing a joint educational program in the direction of master's training 05.04.06 Ecology and environmental management with the Kazakh national University. al-Farabi, allowing students to get a double degree.

Since 2017, in accordance with the Agreement on the network form of implementation of the educational program between the NRU "BelSU" And the Russian state geological University named after Sergo Ordzhonikidze" (MGRI-RSU), with the Agreement on cooperation between MGRI-RSU and Liaoning technical University (China), students of the Institute are trained at Liaoning technical University.

The Department of nature management and land cadastre successfully develops cooperation with colleagues from the United States. In 2011-2012, with the financial support of the RFBR and the American CRDF Fund, the scientific project "contribution of woody vegetation to the formation of soil organic matter under artificial plantations sources of bioenergy products on the territory of The Great Plains of the United States and Central Russia" is being carried out. As a part of this project in Russia and the United States in 2011-2012 scientific expeditions were organized with the participation of scientists, students and postgraduates of the geological and geographical faculty of BelSU, the University of Iowa of the USA, as well as The Department of Agriculture of the USA.

The Russian-American expedition, North Dakota (USA)

Since 2013, students, graduate students and professors of the Institute participate in the "miner's Week", held by the Freiberg mining Academy (Germany), making public reports and publishing materials in English and German. The international scientific conference "Problems of nature management and ecological situation in European Russia and neighboring countries", held by the Institute since 2004, attracts researchers from the USA, Germany, Denmark and other countries, and has already become a well-known forum for geoecologists. The conference "Geoecology and rational subsoil use: from science to practice" is regularly held for young scientists.

Social Life

Social and educational work of the Directorate and curators is aimed at increasing the role of student self-government in the organization of weekdays and holidays at the Institute, supporting the initiative and creativity of students, improving the interaction of curators with the asset of academic groups, departments, parents.

Students of The Institute of Earth Sciences are actively involved in University-wide activities; organize the work of their creative associations.

Every year, first-year students are initiated, "The Last bell" and the presentation of diplomas, visits to theater productions, concerts of the Symphony orchestra of the Belgorod state Philharmonic.

Special attention is paid to the health of students and improvement of physical culture. The Institute has basketball, volleyball and football teams. Students actively participate in inter-faculty competitions in athletics, table tennis, swimming and other sporting events, where they often take prizes.

Students and teachers organize charity events: "Donor's Day", visits to orphans in orphanages (as part of the action "Ray of warmth to children"), the action "Sending to the soldier", "White flower", etc.

Within the framework of the specialization of the Institute, various environmental actions aimed at improving the environment of our region are being organized cleaning of forest and coastal areas of the river from garbage. Thus, the students of the Institute are trying to keep clean and encourage others to protect the nature of their native land.

Information was given by M. Polshina 31.01.2019

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