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Earth Sciences

Degree Bachelor of Science
Application mandatory
Course commences winter semester only
Standard course duration 6 semesters
Focus options 100% only
Format options full-time / part-time
Language requirements none
Language of instruction German and English


Faculty of Chemistry and Earth Sciences

Course outline

Whereas in the Geography courses the focus is on the various relations existing between humankind and the environment and on spatially related structures, processes and disparities in economy and society, the B.Sc. course in Earth Studies concentrates on the origins, evolution and state of the Earth as a system, the circuitries of matter and energy taking place within it and the interaction between the geo-, bio-, atmo- and hydrospheres. The course deals with subject matter from the geoscientific disciplines Geology/Palaeontology, Mineralogy and Environmental Geochemistry and is designed to provide students with an in initial degree qualifying them for a profession in the relevant field and enabling them to solve subject-related problems independently.


Course structure

The B.Sc. course encompasses the following compulsory and compulsory-elective modules. Students receive credits for successful participation and grades for the work they turn in.

Compulsory modules

  • Cross-disciplinary skills I: “Key skills for sustainable study”
  • Basic Mathematics
  • Basic Chemistry
  • Basic Physics I
  • Introduction to System Earth I
  • Introduction to System Earth II
  • Methods in the Earth Sciences I
  • Processes in System Earth
  • Methods in the Earth Sciences II
  • Methods in the Earth Sciences III
  • Cross-disciplinary skills II: “Reflection on Practical Experience”
  • Cross-disciplinary skills III: “Project Skills”
  • Petrology and geodynamics
  • Environmental geochemistry and pedology
  • Sediment geology
  • Final examination (oral)
  • B.Sc. thesis

Elective-compulsory modules

  • Basic Physics II
  • Basic Biology
  • Mineralogy
  • Environmental geochemistry 
  • Geology


Formal requirements


Admission is subject to an Admission Test (AT) the conduct and standards of which are laid down in the Selection Regulations for the Admission Test. The application process takes place online.

International students

There are special regulations for international applicants. For more information, apply to the International Relations Office of Heidelberg University (Seminarstraße 2). International applicants can participate in a preparatory course lasting one semester and taking place in the summer term prior to the start of the course proper.

Study and examination regulations

Examination regulations B.Sc. (31 August 2006)
Examination regulations B.Sc. (15 May 2015)

Module Handbook

Please click here to find the latest Module Handbook.

Examinations board

Issues arising in connection with examinations, credit transfer and academic credential recognition are dealt with by the relevant examinations board/office. For more information, consult the academic advisor(s) indicated below.

Information on the B.Sc. course in Earth Sciences


Tuition fees at Heidelberg University are payable at the beginning of each semester.

M.Sc. course

Heidelberg University offers a consecutive M.Sc. course in Earth Sciences.

Academic advisor

Mario Trieloff

Please consult the homepage of the Institute of Earth Sciences for information about current contact persons and office hours:


Institute of Earth Sciences
Im Neuenheimer Feld 234-236
D-69120 Heidelberg


Im Neuenheimer Feld 236, Office 203

Dipl.-Geol. Petra Mai
phone: +49 (0)6221 546038
fax: +49 (0)6221 544805



Student representation
Im Neuenheimer Feld 236, Office 204

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