Civil Engineering and Geodesy (Bachelor of Science)
(Bauingenieurwesen und Geodäsie, B.Sc.)
|Degree: Bachelor of Science|
|Duration: 6 semesters|
|Internship: A 60-day industrial internship must be recognised at the latest when registering for the last subject exam within the mandatory subject area. It is recommended to complete the internship before the start of the programme. Further information|
|Requirements for Admission: Entrance qualification for higher education, entrance qualification for universities of applied sciences, similar foreign diplomas; further information|
|Admission Procedure: unrestricted|
|Part-time Studies: possible under specific conditions|
|Programme Start: winter semester|
|Application Deadline: International applicants find their application deadline here.|
|Application: Online application|
|Special Features: The students can choose between two majors: a Civil Engineering focus or a Geodesy focus.|
The Bachelor of Science Civil Engineering and Geodesy is divided into its two majors, Civil Engineering and Geodesy. The mathematical and mechanic fundamentals of the first semester remain more or less identical; however, different subject-specific study contents of the respective major are integrated into the degree course scheme from the very beginning. The students do not have to choose their major when applying. Instead, the decision is made during the course of study when registering for the first exam given within the selected major.
In the Civil Engineering major, the students acquire the skills for planning, evaluating, drafting, measuring, designing, building, operating, and maintaining structural works under technical, economic, and ecological aspects. The students deal with geodetic tasks and with infrastructurally embedding any type of civil engineering activity. They work on projects in the fields of building construction and of transport, civil, and hydraulic engineering.
The Geodesy major dates back to classic surveying. This scientific and technical discipline is primarily concerned with surveying Earth, capturing its surface, and depicting it on maps. Further developments of the subject today are mainly characterised by the use of computers and satellites as well as state-of-the-art technology.
The programme is completed with a Bachelor’s Thesis. In the examination certificate, the name of the selected major will only appear on the Diploma Supplement.
Semester Course Schedules Civil Engineering and Geodesy (B.Sc.)
Civil Engineering Profile
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Advice for Prospective B.Sc. Students
As the study programme of Civil Engineering and of Geodesy is predominantly defined by engineering and science, detailed knowledge of the sciences is a prerequisite for a successful course of study. Mathematical skills are thus required for static calculations, for example, whereas physical fundamental knowledge makes the contents of building and construction physics more accessible.
Mathematics – Why? What? What for? Who? How? Where? Further information? You will find answers to these questions here.
For materials science courses, the students need to have a grasp on chemistry and biology.
Furthermore, potential students should possess spatial perception and the ability to think analytically. Soft Skills such as an aptitude for planning, organisation, and communication clear the path for a successful course of studies not least because legal as well as economic procedures will also have to be implemented in engineering procedures in the future profession.
For potential students, particularly those interested in the Geodesy major, informatics skills are useful, as well.
For those interested in how Earth, recording its changes, and its depiction on maps works, studying Geodesy is a good decision. Potential students should be open to using modern technology.
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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.
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1. Civil Engineering: Construction, planning, building organisation, and finally the execution of construction itself constitute the main field of activity of civil engineers. They do not only take on the classic planning of buildings but also concern themselves with infrastructural measures such as the construction and maintenance of transport routes or drinking water supply systems. Working with CAD applications plays a large role for computer-aided construction.
Energy-oriented modernisation of buildings constitutes an increasingly significant share of their work. They explore the question of how buildings and plants can be designed as energy-efficiently as possible and assess the use of renewable energies.
Civil Engineers examine the feasibility of architectural building proposals, calculate their financing, and include safety standards. Subsequently, if required, they also assume the responsibilities of Facility Management.
Employers of Civil Engineering graduates include, for example, construction companies, engineering firms, real estate companies, IT companies, transport companies, specialised administrative bodies and associations, the construction equipment industry, and the building materials industry.
2. Surveying: Furthermore, great conditions and opportunities await graduates of Civil Engineering and Geodesy (particularly those with a Geodesy major) in the field of surveying. Surveying can be roughly divided into three parts: engineering surveying, land surveying, and real estate surveying. Engineering surveying is needed in the construction of buildings, roads, bridges and tunnels, etc. Land surveying is needed when making maps. In real estate surveying, the focus is on finding the boundaries of a property or on surveying newly erected constructions so they can appear on maps. Furthermore, surveying engineers contribute to the planning, the construction, or the design of multistory buildings. Their main task here is determining exact locations for building proposals.
This said, it is clear that surveying engineers do not mainly work indoors or at their desk or computer. Rather, on-site activities are a substantial part of their job.
Geodesy has proven to be a future-oriented occupational field, in particular as the demand for spatial data for GPS technology is increasing.
The fields of activity of geodesists are diverse: They are also involved in the development of modern geo-informational systems or satellite navigation systems.
Here, they do not only collect aerial images and satellite imagery but are responsible for the development, quality assurance, analysis, reproduction, and interpretation of these readings. Consequently, there is a strong reference to information technology.
Geodesy graduates may work in surveying and engineering firms, construction companies, IT companies, manufacturers of geodesic instruments, in the public service, or in government and international research institutions.
Generally speaking, it is important to start early in the degree programme to gain practical work experience in relevant organisations. In this way students can promote themselves as competent professionals in practice and make important professional contacts. The likelihood of finding a good position is definitely heightened if the student is flexible when it comes to commuting or even moving abroad. Good English language skills are particularly important when it comes to the international job market.
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:
Bund DeutscherBaumeister, Architekten und Ingenieure (BDB) (Federation of German Master-builders, Architects, and Engineers)
Hauptverband der DeutschenBauindustriee.V. (Central Association of the German Construction Industry)
Verein Deutscher Ingenieure (VDI) (The Association of German Engineers)
Arbeitsplatz Erde (Workplace Earth)
DVW – Gesellschaft für Geodäsie, Geoinformation und Landmanagement e.V. (German Association of Surveying – Society for Geodesy, Geoinformation and Land Management)
Bundesamt für Kartographie und Geodäsie (BKG) (Federal Agency for Cartography and Geodesy)