Applied Geosciences (Bachelor of Science)
(Angewandte Geowissenschaften, B.Sc.)
|Degree: Bachelor of Science|
|Duration: 6 semesters|
|Internship: A six-week practically oriented (extramural) internship.|
|Requirements for Admission: Entrance qualification for higher education, entrance qualification for universities of applied sciences, similar foreign diplomas; further information|
|Admission Procedure: unlimited|
|Part-time Studies: possible under specific conditions|
|Programme Start: winter semester|
|Application Deadline: September 15|
|Application: Online application|
|Special Features: For this degree programme, the Technische Universität Darmstadt offers Online Self-Assessment for selecting a course of study.|
Geosciences address almost all urgent environmental and resource problems. They ensure supply with clean water, with fossil and alternative sources of energy, with ores and salts, and with construction and other materials of all sorts. They deal with global climate change, with the pollution of the atmosphere, soil, waters, and oceans, and with cause and effect of natural disasters. Skilled experts are needed for the variety of related tasks and fields of activity. The possibilities at a technical university provide an ideal environment for study programmes oriented towards applied research.
The module handbook will help you gather detailed information on the content of the course.
Further information on the department may be found at www.geo.tu-darmstadt.de
How to Prepare for the Programme
For a beginning, start with TU Darmstadt's own specific Online Self-Assessment tool.
As mathematical knowledge is important for the study programme, it is recommended that beginners participate in the online mathematics pre-course offered by the Department of Mathematics.
Please do also check the general information on pre-courses.
The study programme starts with the Orientierungswoche (OWO) (orientation event) at the beginning of the first semester.
Advice for Prospective B.Sc. Students
The Bachelor of Science programme Applied Geosciences at the TU Darmstadt is suitable for everyone who is interested in an application-oriented course of study with the key topics water – energy – environment. As is typically the case for science and engineering, mathematics, physics, and chemistry play a large role; students should thus have good fundamental knowledge of mathematics and science from their schooling background.
Mathematics – Why? What? What for? Who? How? Where? Further information? You will find answers to these questions here.
Furthermore, this course of study requires a general tolerance regarding weather conditions as well as an affinity for working outdoors as a rather significant part of the studies consists of field exercises. Last but not least, prospective students should be willing to cooperate with other branches of science on an interdisciplinary basis as well as go abroad if necessary. For this reason, good English language skills, or even better, other additional foreign language skills, are important as they increase the possible employment radius for the future profession. Geoscientists should thus enjoy language and communication.
Related Degree Programmes
General Information: With the Bachelor of Science, the students will acquire a first professional qualification. However, the Master of Science is considered the standard qualification at TU Darmstadt. For these reasons it is recommended that students complete a Master’s degree.|
Please note that admission to the Master’s Degree programme may also depend on additional requirements. This particularly applies to non-consecutive courses of study (meaning with a Bachelor’s degree in a different area of focus or field of study than the desired Master’s degree programme) and to applicants of other universities. If you have any questions, please contact the respective departmental advisor’s office.
|Applied Geosciences (M.Sc.) (Angewandte Geowissenschaften, M.Sc.)|
|Tropical Hydrogeology and Environmental Engineering (TropHEE) (M.Sc.)|
The Bachelor of Science programme Applied Geosciences at the TU Darmstadt is highly application-oriented, as its name already suggests. This is particularly significant as it distinguishes the programme from geoscientific study programmes at other universities, which are, for example, more oriented towards geology and paleontology. Application-oriented occupational fields are associated with the aforementioned core topics of water – energy – environment. Therefore, geoscientists work in fields such as water conservation, drinking water supply, or water management; (alternative) energy generation, for instance by means of exploiting geothermal resources; in the field of exploring and exploiting deposit; in site remediation, site investigation, and rock operations and tunneling. In this context, geoscientists work closely with other engineering and technical professions. As the job location could potentially be anywhere in the world, especially as regards, for instance, the exploration of deposits, which barely occurs in Germany and Europe anymore, graduates should possess good English language skills, or even better, other additional foreign language skills.
Other possible fields of employment are the insurance sector for processing environmental damage, but also tourism or journalism. Geoscientists often work in consulting and engineering firms or drilling companies, but also in government offices and administrations where they may deal with developing guidelines and the like, or monitor the compliance with regulations. Lastly, there is the possibility to work in science and research.
TU Darmstadt's offer of Job Shadowing is a quick and simple method of career orientation by accompanying professionally experienced TU Darmstadt alumni for one day.
Further information about career opportunities on the German job market may be found on the following websites:
Berufsverband Deutscher Geowissenschaftler e.V. (German Professional Association of Geoscientists)
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Geowissenschaften (German Society for Geosciences)
Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe (Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources)