Faculty of Chemistry and Earth SciencesGeography – Bachelor 50%
Prospective Student Information Day at Heidelberg University – 17. November 2021
Students of Geography focus on differentiated natural, economic and social processes particular to given localities. They consider the diverse interrelationships between such processes and their local effects.
Facts & Formalities
|Degree||Bachelor of Science|
|Type of programme||Undergraduate|
|Start of programme||Winter semester only|
|Standard period of study||6 semesters|
|Language(s) of instruction||German and English|
|Fees and contributions||171.80 € / Semester|
|Application procedure||Subjects with local admission restriction|
|Application deadlines||Information about deadlines can be obtained after you have put together a degree program.|
|Teaching degree option||Yes|
Graduates of the Bachelor’s degree programme in Geography possess fundamental knowledge of the terms, theories and concepts relevant to Physical Geography and/or Human Geography, as well as Geoinformatics. In addition to this, graduates will have gained a number of cross-disciplinary key skills. These skills include, but are not limited to, problem-solving skills, general presentation skills, academic writing skills, as well as organisation skills and the ability to work effectively in a team.
Where students study Geography with a weighting of 50% without the Teaching Degree option, they will gain initial practical experience in a potential field of employment by completing a work placement outside of the university and alongside their studies. Graduates possess the fundamental knowledge and skills required to continue onto the Master’s degree programme in Geography.
Where students select the Teaching Degree option, they will gain fundamental, complementary knowledge in didactics and education studies, as well as initial practical experience of working in a school. Graduates will therefore fulfil the requirements to complete the Master of Education with the aim of becoming a teacher in a German secondary school (Gymnasium).
The Geography degree programmes offered by Heidelberg University aim to give students an equal grounding in both Physical and Human Geography. Students complete basic modules which entail lectures, seminars and practice classes with the aim of extending their knowledge and understanding. Research methods from the field of Physical or Human Geography are refined during a field trip. Exercises undertaken during field trips (excursions) complement the content of basic modules.
Geoinformatics, or the processing of geographical data, forms a third component of the Geography degree programme. Cross-disciplinary skills which are developed throughout the degree programme are tailored to the needs of the subject. This component of the degree programme requires that students complete a practical placement of at least four weeks (without Teaching Degree option). Where students have selected the Teaching Degree option, they will attend lectures and seminars focussing on specialised didactics, pedagogy and education studies, rather than completing modules in cross-disciplinary skills. Where Geography is studied as a major subject in the Bachelor’s degree programme in Geography with a weighting of 50%, the final examination consists in an oral examination and a Bachelor’s thesis.