Engineering and Geosciences for the Environment (ISIE)


  • Environment, water, soil, subsoil, pollution (air).
  • Environmental Sciences (hydrology, geochemistry, geology, biology, soil science) and ecosystems (biodiversity, toxicology).
  • Mathematical modelling of hydrogeochemical transfers.

Training aims

The specialty "Engineering and Geosciences for the Environment" is part of the Earth Sciences and Environment Masters supported by EOST within the University of Strasbourg. It is accredited with the engineering school of the ENGEES  (National School of Water and Environmental Engineering of Strasbourg).

This specialization is for students wishing to integrate a company or a prepare a thesis in the areas of management of water pollutants and soil or modelling their transfer in continental ecosystems (natural and contaminated). The main objective of this course is to offer students a multidisciplinary education based on two courses that can be adapted to each student's professional project. Both courses are oriented around:

1) modelling of water transfers and associated material (transport-reactive) leading to an estimate of the dynamics and quality of surface and groundwater;

2) management of pollutants and understanding of their transfer in continental ecosystems, including managements of waste water and waste and the result of agricultural activities (pesticides, fertilizers, etc.)

The second major objective of this training is to provide students with a capacity of initiative and autonomy in the design and implementation of multidisciplinary projects in a context of sustainable development.



Teaching takes place over 4 half years. The first two half years are for acquisition fundamental knowledge hydrology, geochemistry and soil science as well as basic knowledge in law and management of geographical databases. The third half year is intended for specialisation through the choice of the course "modelling of hydro geochemical transfers" or the course "management of pollutants and associated risks." The fourth half year consists of a traineeship  from 4 to 6 months in a company or research laboratory depending on the professional project.

Teaching is based on lectures, tutorials and practical work, field trips and courses, visits to industrial sites and natural environments (dynamic coastal environments at Mont Saint Michel, sampling techniques from experimental watersheds, ecology of rivers, hydrology, etc.).

Much of the teaching is based on the research activities of the LHyGeS (Laboratory of Hydrology and Geochemistry of Strasbourg), which ensures a high level of development of methods and tools taught. Outside contributors (Manufacturers, design offices, etc.) as well as internships spent annually in laboratory and enterprise ensure permanent contact with the professional world and prepare students for their future integration.

 Students wishing to reinforce their learning on hydro-geochemical transfers through in-depth knowledge of geology of reservoirs or digital techniques can apply for registration (application file) for the course known as "joint honours".