Applied Geosciences

Bachelor of Science

Angewandte Geowissenschaften, B.Sc.


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.

General note: With the Bachelor of Science degree, students acquire a first degree qualifying them for a profession. However, at the Technical University of Darmstadt the Master of Science is the standard degree. It is therefore recommended that students complete a Master's programme.

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Department of Materials and Earth Sciences

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Degree: Bachelor of Science
Duration: 6 semesters
Language: German
Programme Start: Winter semester
Admission: Applying with international qualifications (language requirements, application deadlines): International Admission.
Internship: A six-week practically oriented (extramural) internship.
Part-time Studies: Possible under specific conditions
Special Features: Online Self-Assessment for selecting a course of study.

The Bachelor of Science programme Applied Geosciences at the Technical University of 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.

Use these tools for a smart start into the programme:

Online-Mathematics pre-course

Orientierungswoche (OWO) (orientation event) at the beginning of the first semester.

The Bachelor of Science programme Applied Geosciences at the Technical University of 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.