Faculty of Chemistry and Earth SciencesEarth Sciences – Bachelor 100%

The objective of Earth Sciences is to understand the creation and development of planet Earth from its beginning to its current complexity. Due to the interactions between the geosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere, the Earth’s surface – and with it, the human habitat – is constantly changing. 

Facts & Formalities

DegreeBachelor of Science
Type of programmeUndergraduate
Start of programmeWinter semester only
Standard period of study6 semesters
Language(s) of instructionGerman and English
Fees and contributions171.75 € / Semester
Application procedureSubjects with no admission restrictions
Application deadlinesInformation about deadlines can be obtained after you have put together a degree program.
Part-time optionYes

Course Content

The Bachelor’s degree programme conveys knowledge of the geoscientific disciplines Geology-Palaeontology, Mineralogy, and Environmental Geochemistry, qualifying graduates for entry-level professional positions. 

Students initially are provided with an overview of the fundamentals of the Natural Sciences, the Earth system, rocks and minerals, and the development of life. In subsequent semesters, students will gain increased knowledge about geological history, geodynamics, igneous activity and metamorphosis, sediments, environmental geochemistry, and isotope methods. Traditional analytical methods, such as light microscopy, will be taught alongside advanced electron beam lithography, mass spectrometry, and environmental analysis. In later semesters, students may select a specialisation from the compulsory elective modules Geology, Mineralogy or Environmental Geochemistry, after which they will complete the Bachelor’s thesis. 

Closely-supervised, practice-oriented laboratory and field courses, convey knowledge that is critical for preparing graduates for a profession. This knowledge is complemented by colloquia led by seasoned external lecturers as well as an internship, project work, and research. 

Course Structure

Compulsory modules: 

  • Earth Sciences I: Earth System, Components of Earth, Introduction to Palaeontology 
  • Physics 
  • Chemistry 
  • Earth Sciences II: Crystallography, Minerals and Rocks, Light Microscopy 
  • Earth Sciences III: Geological history  
  • Field Exercises I: Geological Maps and Profiles, Terrain Methods 
  • Earth Sciences IV: Geochemistry/Isotope Geology, Environmental Geochemistry, Sediments and Sedimentary rocks 
  • Field Exercises II: Mapping and Field Exercises 
  • Earth Sciences V: Laboratory Methods, Physicochemical Processes in the Earth System, Statistics, Research 
  • Career Information: Geoscientific Careers, Internship 
  • Earth Sciences VI: Structural Geology and Tectonics, Geodynamics, Igneous Activity, Metamorphosis, Regional Geology of Southern Germany 
  • Earth Sciences VII: Paleaoclimatology, Stratigraphy, Project 
  • Final Oral Examination 
  • Bachelor's Thesis 

Compulsory Elective Modules: 

  • Elective Course 
  • Minor Subject (Mathematics, Physics, or Biology) 
  • Specialisation (Mineralogy, Environmental Geochemistry, or Geology)