The Ultimate Coursera Checklist for Geology Students – Part II


Online learning and Coursera go hand in hand.
Recruiters are aware that it takes immense motivation to complete an online course and the ones on Coursera are intensive.
Today, I’ve decided to throw some light on  my top five Earth Science courses offered on Coursera.

1. The Dynamic Earth: A Course for Educators – American Museum of Natural History.

This lucid course will help you understand the basic forces of nature that have shaped our planet over time.
If you are a newbie,  you won’t look at rocks the same way again.
In the end you will participate in a stimulating case study on earthquake risk in Bangladesh. Instructors wrap up the course by making you more curious about the subject than you already were.

2. Oil and Gas Industry Operations – Duke University 

If you have ever dreamt of being part of the Oil and Gas industry then you MUST take up this course. It describes the working of the hydrocarbon industry, but in a nutshell.
If you have ever wondered how oil prices affect the economy, how America is turning up the tables with its “Shale Revolution” and are are curious about the future prospects of the industry then this course is the best fit for you.

3. Fundamentals of GIS – University of California, Davis

If you are a budding Geologist then at some point in your career you will have to learn to create maps and eventually learn map building tools like ArcGIS. Earth Science is an integrated science and it demands knowledge of many aspects in general. This one skill will definitely come in handy and trust me, you will never regret it.

4.Planet Earth…and You! – University of illinoia at Urbana-Champaign

This course is an impeccable starter for an undergraduate student in Earth Science. The course is taught by one well established geology professor, Stephen Marshak and his book, ‘Essentials of Geology’ is one that I swear by.

5. Origins – Formation of the Universe, Solar System, Earth and Life

If you want to learn more about planetary science then this one would prove to be a great beginning! It’s a well structured course and I strongly recommend it!

What do you think of my recommendations? Please comment below! 

Written by Nimesh Kotadia. Edited by Nikita Nayak.


Unlock Your Potential With OpenLearn



The ‘World Wide Web’ is precisely that. It is a vast interconnected web of useful resources, people and ideas from around the world at YOUR sole disposal.

You can either choose to let a great learning opportunity as this, pass or use it to better your future!

I believe that ‘science’ is a subject, fit for the innately curious.

Geology enthusiasts must constantly exceed their expectations and gather knowledge from varied sources during their foundational years. Prospective geologists should have a good mind to always try and make their fundamentals rock solid, not rocky. 🙂

I chanced upon a great platform called OpenLearn and would like to share my 5 choicest courses for the Earth Science inclined! The best part of these listings is that they’re super short and sweet.

Here we go-

1.Life in Paleozoic
Duration- 12 hours

Palaeontology studies require a systematic approach. For students, a well-structured course as this will help put the chronological order of evolutionary events in the clear. You will then be able to truly enjoy the wonderful world of lifeforms in the Paleozoic era as much as I did.

2.Energy Resources: Alternative Energy in Perspective
Duration- 3 hours

Fossil fuel divestment and investment in climate solutions is on the rise. We need to understand our alternative energy options better and this course will help you do exactly that.

3.Unclear about Nuclear
Duration-20 hours

This introductory course is for those who would like to enter the high energy, power packed, nuclear industry.

4.Energy Resources: Geothermal Energy
Duration- 4 hours

Geothermal energy is an alternative energy source that has immense potential to meet our power demands without contributing to global warming and pollution. One ought to study it so that we can harness it to our advantage.

5.Earth’s Physical Processes: Petroleum
Duration- 12 hours

The course is slick. If you’re dreaming of a career in drilling and living on camp at a rig-site, you would want to know a bit about the geological characteristics of petroleum, drilling methods and safety measures at the rig-site. The course covers all these details in as succinct a way as possible.

There are only good things to say about the OpenLearn platform; the list given above is an exhaustive one! Browse the website yourself for a brilliant range of courses in the Nature and Environment section.

On course completion, you are rewarded for your efforts with a ‘Statement of Participation’. That way, you can list proof of your learning on your resume and get recognised for it in all the right circles!

This is Nimesh Kotadia’s debut post on this blog. Kotadia is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Geophysics at the Indian Institute of Technology- Kharagpur.

Edited by- Nikita Nayak.

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