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Study Geosciences in Germany

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The field of study geosciences deals with the natural composition of the earth. How was is formed? What is its structure? To answer these questions, you will learn to determine the composition of rocks, the earth’s crust, and water from a natural science perspective, and examine interactions between these. You will apply this knowledge to current topics: Where can you find raw materials and resources? Is it likely that certain areas will soon be hit by an earthquake?

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50 Higher Education Institutions

Bachelor, Master

German, English

3-8 Semesters

What content can I expect

The geosciences uncover the composition of our planet by relying on scientific methods based on mathematics, physics, chemistry, and biology. In contrast to a course of study in geography, the influence of humans and the interaction of people with their environment is not the focus.
A number of subject areas belong to the field of geosciences:

  • Geology: The focus is on the composition and structure of the earth’s surface – you primarily learn about rocks and soils.
  • Geoecology: In this field, you will research both natural and human-influenced ecosystems.
  • Geophysics: Your focus is mainly on the physical properties of the earth.
  • Hydrology: The element of water takes centre stage and you learn everything there is to know about the different types of water bodies on earth.
  • Meteorology: Simply put, you will study the weather and climate.
  • Mineralogy: This research area is about the formation of minerals and the exploration of rocks.
  • Oceanography: You will deal with the dynamic processes of seas and oceans.
  • Palaeontology: The focus is on the origin and development of life on earth.

All subject areas in the field of geosciences have a high practical component. On excursions, you will work in the field, examine soil samples in the laboratory, or compile and analyse data in a computer simulation.
As a graduate of the field of geosciences, you can typically find a job in companies active in resource extraction, in civil and underground engineering, or water supply. Your career might also lead you to work in public administration, architects’ offices, or consultancies and, naturally, research.

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