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The Bachelor's degree program "Earth Sciences" teaches the central elements and basics of geology, geophysics, mineralogy and paleontology. The interdisciplinary structure of the subject corresponds to the modern understanding of geosciences: physical, chemical and biological processes - past and present, at the earth's surface and beneath - are comprehended as a holistic system and examined, analyzed and modelized using scientific methods. Current geoprocesses affect human civilization in many ways: they preserve habitats by rebuilding nu... more » more »


Basic data

Title on graduation

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)

Standard course length

6 Semester

ECTS-Credits

sole subject
180CP

Language of delivery (mainly)

German

Other languages of delivery

German

Admission requirements

General qualification for university entrance or specific higher education entrance qualification (e.g. Abitur, Einstufungsprüfung).

More information at Application and enrolment

Enrolment for new students

Enrolment for advanced students

for winter and for summer semester

without restriction

Deadlines for applications/enrolment

15.07. resp. 15.01.

DESCRIPTION OF SUBJECT

The Bachelor's degree program "Earth Sciences" teaches the central elements and basics of geology, geophysics, mineralogy and paleontology. The interdisciplinary structure of the subject corresponds to the modern understanding of geosciences: physical, chemical and biological processes - past and present, at the earth's surface and beneath - are comprehended as a holistic system and examined, analyzed and modelized using scientific methods. Current geoprocesses affect human civilization in many ways: they preserve habitats by rebuilding nutrients, soils and groundwater, but can also cause great damage by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions or storms.  The earth offers almost inexhaustible natural energy sources (wind, radiation, geothermal heat), many mineral and fossil raw materials, however, will be exhausted in the near future.  In climate research, knowledge of the past creates the necessary understanding for all elements of the climate system in order to predict the global consequences of the current climate change precisely.

An understanding of "System Earth" and the practice-based skill-sets taught on the program enable students to pursue careers that contribute to the sustainable development of our planet habitat. The degree program covers the entire spectrum of geosciences and allows individual focus training.

OCCUPATIONAL FIELDS AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Subsequent non-teaching occupational fields

The interdisciplinary studies dispose students for a wide range of jobs in which the theoretical, methodical and practical fundamentals of geosciences find application. Geoscientific expertise is required for the building of roads, dams, waste tips, wind power, solar or geothermal plants. Geoscientists explore and exploit groundwater, oil, gas, ore and mineral deposits, they analyze and treat contaminated soil and water, and they hold manifold tasks in product development, public administration, the media, and public relations work. Future demand for graduates of geosciences will be particularly strong in the areas of energy, water and soil.

Teacher training (Lehramt)

No courses available for students training to be teachers at state-run schools

Possibilities for additional qualifications

Graduates qualify for admittance to a Master’s Program in the disciplines:

  • Master of Science Geosciences
  • Master of Science Marine Geosciences
  • Master of Science Materials Chemistry and Mineralogy
  • Master of Science Physical Geography: Environmental History

OBJECTIVES AND CONTENTS OF PROGRAM

Detailed list of available courses in online course prospectus

Stages of study / curricula / description of modules

The first year of the program is convinced to consolidate and improve in mathematics, physics and chemistry. An introduction into System Earth and geoscientific field work is an important part of the first two terms. Up to the fourth term basics in different geosciences disciplines are taught. With the beginning of the fourth term, students choose three out of nine major fields of study (s.b.) among the mandatory courses in general studies and geoscientific basic training courses:
• applied Geophysics,
• Geochemistry,
• Geophysics,
• Hydrogeology/Engineering Geology,
• Marine Geology,
• Mineralogy/Crystallography,
• Paleontology,
• Petrology,
• Sedimentology.
Geological field trips and an internship of six weeks are fundamental parts of the program too.The final phase of study comprises a Bachelor thesis (six weeks) and its defense in a colloquium.

Detailed description of the courses and modules is provided on the program's website (http://www.geo.uni-bremen.de/page.php?pageid=387).

Course schedule

Compulsory, elective and optional

The mandatory part (2/3) comprises mathematical and scientific fundamentals and a profund introduction to the main disziplins and techniques of geosciences.  The compulsory elective part (1/3) allows you to choose one of nine specializations to learn according to your own interests and in smaller working groups (see above).

Typical course types

The courses offered include lectures, exercises, internships, project exercises, field exercises, excursions and seminars. Lectures impart the basics of a subject area. Methods are learned in exercises and practical courses. Students contribute to seminars with their own presentations, in project exercises they jointly solve concrete tasks under guidance. An essential part of the geoscientific course of study is the field training, which covers all areas of geology, geophysics, sedimentology, mineralogy and palaeontology. You have to expect a contribution of about 600 € per year towards your excursion costs.

Major fields

• applied Geophysics,
• Geochemistry,
• Geophysics,
• Hydrogeology/Engineering Geology,
• Marine Geology,
• Mineralogy/Crystallography,
• Paleontology,
• Petrology,
• Sedimentology.

General studies

General Studies account for 10 - 25% of the study programme. These courses train key competences for subsequent career fields. By building their own individual specialities, students are able to shape and amplify their academic profile.

Professionally relevant qualifications and working techniques are on the timetable every semester: Courses with computer applications, programming, working with Geographic Information Systems (GIS), techniques of scientific work as well as visualizing and presenting results are integrated into the geoscientific modules and thus guarantee a direct relation to the subject of study. Research-based learning is explicit the topic in a project course and a project exercise. The project course is assigned to one of the specializations taken and can contain an independent laboratory work, a topic-related field exercise or a literature-related research task. In the project exercise students worked in a reseach team under the guidance of experts on a sediment core from the Altlantic. The structure of result reports, the correct technical language and appropriate forms of presentation are practiced and evaluated. Mapping and field exercises over a period of at least four weeks provide important field practice. A six-week internship provides essential information for the subsequent exercise of the profession.

Practical

Students must undertake a compulsory six-week work placement related to geosciences. This serves as career orientation and to gain an insight into non-university work. This should be completed ideally within the first two years of study (in breaks between the lecture periods). The work placement can be divided into several short periods.

Foreign language skills

The language of instruction is German. You should also bring a good knowledge of English in order to  read specialist literature. Language skills can be deepened independently during your studies.

Study abroad

Students can spend one or two semesters abroad, usually undertaken in the third year of studies. Credits obtained abroad will be recognized provided this is agreed to beforehand.

Students may choose to organize stays abroad themselves anywhere in the world. Exchange agreements have been set up with four universities overseas.

Going out in the frame of Erasmus is possible with 12 partner universities in eight nations (details on http://www.geo.uni-bremen.de/page.php?pageid=555).

Exams forms

Examinations are scheduled during the lecture period and can take place in the following forms:

 - exam (approx. 60 to 180 minutes)

 - several short exams (approx. 10 to 45 minutes)

 - oral examination (approx. 20 to 45 minutes),

 - written presentation with presentation (approx. 20 to 45 minutes),

 - Exercises,

 - Homework,

 - Project work and report,

 - Internship report,

 - Excursion report,

 - Mapping report.

The course is completed with a six-week Bachelor's thesis and an oral colloquium of about 30 - 40 minutes.

Particularities

The University of Bremen is worldwide known for the exploration of the seas and seabeds. The focus lies on the dynamics and material balance of the oceans and the reconstruction of past climate conditions.

The MARUM research center established at Bremen University and the research centers of the State of Bremen - the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research and the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology - as well as the Senckenberg am Meer at Wilhelmshaven contribute to the high quality and topicality of geoscientific teaching in Bremen's degree courses.

In the classic and applied fields of geosciences, both the faculty and its degree courses are very broadly based: With a focus on geochemistry, geophysics, hydrogeology, engineering geology/geotechnics, marine geology/oceanography, mineralogy/materials science, modelling of geodynamic processes, paleontology, petrology and sedimentology, Bremen students benefit from a wide range of specializations and research opportunities.

APPLICATION AND ENROLMENT

Recommended abilities/ target groups/ requirements placed on students

Besides a well developed enthusiasm for the earth "under your feet" you should be interested in scientific questions. As German is the language of instruction you need a very good command on German. Knowledge at "Abitur"-level in mathematics, physics and chemistry, but also biology and geography form solid basics for the course of studies. A good command of English will help you understand the international character and literature of the subject. Since computer and information technologies are highly expected in your professional career, you should be open-minded about this area and already bring some experience.

For geoscientists it is also important to have a good spatial sense and an interest in complex causal relationships. The teaching methods of the course require the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.

For the unavoidable field work you should be weatherproof and physically resilient and also enjoy nature. With the willingness to participate in partly strenuous field courses you are well prepared.

Stays abroad require adaptation to foreign cultures and environmental conditions.

Admission requirements

General qualification for university entrance or specific higher education entrance qualification (e.g. Abitur, Einstufungsprüfung).

Admission

for new students
for advanced students

without restriction


Applications via

Deadline for application (beginner)

  • 15.07. for winter semester

Deadline for application (advanced)

  • 15.07. for winter semester
  • 15.01. for summer semester

Beginning of course for new students

WiSe

Beginning of course for advanced students

WiSe and SoSe

FORMALITIES

Type of studies

undergraduate studies

Time involved

full time study

Studies as

sole subject

Degree/qualification

Bachelor

Title on graduation

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)

Standard course length

6 Semester

ECTS-Credits

sole subject
180CP

Accreditation


by: AAQ
from: 16.09.2016

Federal law on support in education

6 Semester

Costs

Semester fee 382,67 €

Bremen has a study account model (Studienkontengesetz).

Language of delivery (mainly)

German

Other languages of delivery

  • German

Regulations

Examination regulations

RESEARCH AND TEACHING

Expertise

Coastal Dynamics

Chrystallography

General Geology/Marine Geology

Geochemistry and Hydrogeology

Geochronology/Basin Analyses

Geodynamic of Polar Regions

Geophysics/Geodynamics

Geosystem-Modeling

Geotechnics

Historical Geology/Paleontology

Isotope Geochemistry

Marine Engineering Geology

Marine Geophysics

Marine Sedimentology

Marine Technology/Environmental Research

Marine Technology/Sensors

Micropaleontology/Paleoceanography

Mineralogy

Modeling of Sedimentation processes

Organic Geochemistry

Paleoceanography

Petrology of the Ocean Crust

Research Professorship - Marine Geology

Sedimentgeochemistry

Sedimentology/Paleoceanography

Teachers

17 Professors (m)

4 Professors (f)

18 associated Professorships and assistant Lecturers

49 scientific Assistants and Reseachers

16 Contract-Teachers

Students

90 female and 141 male students

Collaborations

• Alfred-Wegener-Institute for Polare and Marine Research

• MARUM Center for Marine Environmental Science

• Max-Planck-Institute for Marine Microbiology

• "Senckenberg am Meer", Marine Research Department

• Leibniz-Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT)

CONTACT AND COUNSELLING

Student advocacy

StugA Geowissenschaften
Building: GEO, Office: 1340
E-Mail: stuga(at)geo.uni-bremen.de

Departmental counseling

Dr. Ulrike Wolf-Brozio
Building: GEO
E-Mail: wolfbroz(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: 218-65004

Studies centre

Dr. Ulrike Wolf-Brozio
Building: GEO
E-Mail: wolfbroz(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: 218-65004
Dr. Barbara Ventura
Building: GEO
E-Mail: bventura(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: 218-65005

Practice office

Dr. Ulrike Wolf-Brozio
Building: GEO
E-Mail: wolfbroz(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: 218-65004

Faculty secretariat

Stefan Siemers
Building: GEO
E-Mail: stefan.siemers(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: +49 (0)421 218 65013

Department secretariat

Kirsten Feldmann
Building: GEO
E-Mail: kfeldman(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: +49 421 218 - 65011

Examination’s Board secretariat

Stefan Siemers
Building: GEO
E-Mail: stefan.siemers(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: +49 (0)421 218 65013

Status

21.03.2019
Description of subject

DESCRIPTION OF SUBJECT

The Bachelor's degree program "Earth Sciences" teaches the central elements and basics of geology, geophysics, mineralogy and paleontology. The interdisciplinary structure of the subject corresponds to the modern understanding of geosciences: physical, chemical and biological processes - past and present, at the earth's surface and beneath - are comprehended as a holistic system and examined, analyzed and modelized using scientific methods. Current geoprocesses affect human civilization in many ways: they preserve habitats by rebuilding nutrients, soils and groundwater, but can also cause great damage by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions or storms.  The earth offers almost inexhaustible natural energy sources (wind, radiation, geothermal heat), many mineral and fossil raw materials, however, will be exhausted in the near future.  In climate research, knowledge of the past creates the necessary understanding for all elements of the climate system in order to predict the global consequences of the current climate change precisely.

An understanding of "System Earth" and the practice-based skill-sets taught on the program enable students to pursue careers that contribute to the sustainable development of our planet habitat. The degree program covers the entire spectrum of geosciences and allows individual focus training.

Occupational fields and career opportunities

OCCUPATIONAL FIELDS AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Subsequent non-teaching occupational fields

The interdisciplinary studies dispose students for a wide range of jobs in which the theoretical, methodical and practical fundamentals of geosciences find application. Geoscientific expertise is required for the building of roads, dams, waste tips, wind power, solar or geothermal plants. Geoscientists explore and exploit groundwater, oil, gas, ore and mineral deposits, they analyze and treat contaminated soil and water, and they hold manifold tasks in product development, public administration, the media, and public relations work. Future demand for graduates of geosciences will be particularly strong in the areas of energy, water and soil.

Teacher training (Lehramt)

No courses available for students training to be teachers at state-run schools

Possibilities for additional qualifications

Graduates qualify for admittance to a Master’s Program in the disciplines:

  • Master of Science Geosciences
  • Master of Science Marine Geosciences
  • Master of Science Materials Chemistry and Mineralogy
  • Master of Science Physical Geography: Environmental History

Objectives and contents of program

OBJECTIVES AND CONTENTS OF PROGRAM

Detailed list of available courses in online course prospectus

Stages of study / curricula / description of modules

The first year of the program is convinced to consolidate and improve in mathematics, physics and chemistry. An introduction into System Earth and geoscientific field work is an important part of the first two terms. Up to the fourth term basics in different geosciences disciplines are taught. With the beginning of the fourth term, students choose three out of nine major fields of study (s.b.) among the mandatory courses in general studies and geoscientific basic training courses:
• applied Geophysics,
• Geochemistry,
• Geophysics,
• Hydrogeology/Engineering Geology,
• Marine Geology,
• Mineralogy/Crystallography,
• Paleontology,
• Petrology,
• Sedimentology.
Geological field trips and an internship of six weeks are fundamental parts of the program too.The final phase of study comprises a Bachelor thesis (six weeks) and its defense in a colloquium.

Detailed description of the courses and modules is provided on the program's website (http://www.geo.uni-bremen.de/page.php?pageid=387).

Course schedule

Compulsory, elective and optional

The mandatory part (2/3) comprises mathematical and scientific fundamentals and a profund introduction to the main disziplins and techniques of geosciences.  The compulsory elective part (1/3) allows you to choose one of nine specializations to learn according to your own interests and in smaller working groups (see above).

Typical course types

The courses offered include lectures, exercises, internships, project exercises, field exercises, excursions and seminars. Lectures impart the basics of a subject area. Methods are learned in exercises and practical courses. Students contribute to seminars with their own presentations, in project exercises they jointly solve concrete tasks under guidance. An essential part of the geoscientific course of study is the field training, which covers all areas of geology, geophysics, sedimentology, mineralogy and palaeontology. You have to expect a contribution of about 600 € per year towards your excursion costs.

Major fields

• applied Geophysics,
• Geochemistry,
• Geophysics,
• Hydrogeology/Engineering Geology,
• Marine Geology,
• Mineralogy/Crystallography,
• Paleontology,
• Petrology,
• Sedimentology.

General studies

General Studies account for 10 - 25% of the study programme. These courses train key competences for subsequent career fields. By building their own individual specialities, students are able to shape and amplify their academic profile.

Professionally relevant qualifications and working techniques are on the timetable every semester: Courses with computer applications, programming, working with Geographic Information Systems (GIS), techniques of scientific work as well as visualizing and presenting results are integrated into the geoscientific modules and thus guarantee a direct relation to the subject of study. Research-based learning is explicit the topic in a project course and a project exercise. The project course is assigned to one of the specializations taken and can contain an independent laboratory work, a topic-related field exercise or a literature-related research task. In the project exercise students worked in a reseach team under the guidance of experts on a sediment core from the Altlantic. The structure of result reports, the correct technical language and appropriate forms of presentation are practiced and evaluated. Mapping and field exercises over a period of at least four weeks provide important field practice. A six-week internship provides essential information for the subsequent exercise of the profession.

Practical

Students must undertake a compulsory six-week work placement related to geosciences. This serves as career orientation and to gain an insight into non-university work. This should be completed ideally within the first two years of study (in breaks between the lecture periods). The work placement can be divided into several short periods.

Foreign language skills

The language of instruction is German. You should also bring a good knowledge of English in order to  read specialist literature. Language skills can be deepened independently during your studies.

Study abroad

Students can spend one or two semesters abroad, usually undertaken in the third year of studies. Credits obtained abroad will be recognized provided this is agreed to beforehand.

Students may choose to organize stays abroad themselves anywhere in the world. Exchange agreements have been set up with four universities overseas.

Going out in the frame of Erasmus is possible with 12 partner universities in eight nations (details on http://www.geo.uni-bremen.de/page.php?pageid=555).

Exams forms

Examinations are scheduled during the lecture period and can take place in the following forms:

 - exam (approx. 60 to 180 minutes)

 - several short exams (approx. 10 to 45 minutes)

 - oral examination (approx. 20 to 45 minutes),

 - written presentation with presentation (approx. 20 to 45 minutes),

 - Exercises,

 - Homework,

 - Project work and report,

 - Internship report,

 - Excursion report,

 - Mapping report.

The course is completed with a six-week Bachelor's thesis and an oral colloquium of about 30 - 40 minutes.

Particularities

The University of Bremen is worldwide known for the exploration of the seas and seabeds. The focus lies on the dynamics and material balance of the oceans and the reconstruction of past climate conditions.

The MARUM research center established at Bremen University and the research centers of the State of Bremen - the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research and the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology - as well as the Senckenberg am Meer at Wilhelmshaven contribute to the high quality and topicality of geoscientific teaching in Bremen's degree courses.

In the classic and applied fields of geosciences, both the faculty and its degree courses are very broadly based: With a focus on geochemistry, geophysics, hydrogeology, engineering geology/geotechnics, marine geology/oceanography, mineralogy/materials science, modelling of geodynamic processes, paleontology, petrology and sedimentology, Bremen students benefit from a wide range of specializations and research opportunities.

Application and enrolment

APPLICATION AND ENROLMENT

Recommended abilities/ target groups/ requirements placed on students

Besides a well developed enthusiasm for the earth "under your feet" you should be interested in scientific questions. As German is the language of instruction you need a very good command on German. Knowledge at "Abitur"-level in mathematics, physics and chemistry, but also biology and geography form solid basics for the course of studies. A good command of English will help you understand the international character and literature of the subject. Since computer and information technologies are highly expected in your professional career, you should be open-minded about this area and already bring some experience.

For geoscientists it is also important to have a good spatial sense and an interest in complex causal relationships. The teaching methods of the course require the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.

For the unavoidable field work you should be weatherproof and physically resilient and also enjoy nature. With the willingness to participate in partly strenuous field courses you are well prepared.

Stays abroad require adaptation to foreign cultures and environmental conditions.

Admission requirements

General qualification for university entrance or specific higher education entrance qualification (e.g. Abitur, Einstufungsprüfung).

Admission

for new students
for advanced students

without restriction


Applications via

Deadline for application (beginner)

  • 15.07. for winter semester

Deadline for application (advanced)

  • 15.07. for winter semester
  • 15.01. for summer semester

Beginning of course for new students

WiSe

Beginning of course for advanced students

WiSe and SoSe
Formalities

FORMALITIES

Type of studies

undergraduate studies

Time involved

full time study

Studies as

sole subject

Degree/qualification

Bachelor

Title on graduation

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)

Standard course length

6 Semester

ECTS-Credits

sole subject
180CP

Accreditation


by: AAQ
from: 16.09.2016

Federal law on support in education

6 Semester

Costs

Semester fee 382,67 €

Bremen has a study account model (Studienkontengesetz).

Language of delivery (mainly)

German

Other languages of delivery

  • German

Regulations

Examination regulations
Research and teaching

RESEARCH AND TEACHING

Expertise

Coastal Dynamics

Chrystallography

General Geology/Marine Geology

Geochemistry and Hydrogeology

Geochronology/Basin Analyses

Geodynamic of Polar Regions

Geophysics/Geodynamics

Geosystem-Modeling

Geotechnics

Historical Geology/Paleontology

Isotope Geochemistry

Marine Engineering Geology

Marine Geophysics

Marine Sedimentology

Marine Technology/Environmental Research

Marine Technology/Sensors

Micropaleontology/Paleoceanography

Mineralogy

Modeling of Sedimentation processes

Organic Geochemistry

Paleoceanography

Petrology of the Ocean Crust

Research Professorship - Marine Geology

Sedimentgeochemistry

Sedimentology/Paleoceanography

Teachers

17 Professors (m)

4 Professors (f)

18 associated Professorships and assistant Lecturers

49 scientific Assistants and Reseachers

16 Contract-Teachers

Students

90 female and 141 male students

Collaborations

• Alfred-Wegener-Institute for Polare and Marine Research

• MARUM Center for Marine Environmental Science

• Max-Planck-Institute for Marine Microbiology

• "Senckenberg am Meer", Marine Research Department

• Leibniz-Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT)

Contact and counselling

CONTACT AND COUNSELLING

Student advocacy

StugA Geowissenschaften
Building: GEO, Office: 1340
E-Mail: stuga(at)geo.uni-bremen.de

Departmental counseling

Dr. Ulrike Wolf-Brozio
Building: GEO
E-Mail: wolfbroz(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: 218-65004

Studies centre

Dr. Ulrike Wolf-Brozio
Building: GEO
E-Mail: wolfbroz(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: 218-65004
Dr. Barbara Ventura
Building: GEO
E-Mail: bventura(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: 218-65005

Practice office

Dr. Ulrike Wolf-Brozio
Building: GEO
E-Mail: wolfbroz(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: 218-65004

Faculty secretariat

Stefan Siemers
Building: GEO
E-Mail: stefan.siemers(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: +49 (0)421 218 65013

Department secretariat

Kirsten Feldmann
Building: GEO
E-Mail: kfeldman(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: +49 421 218 - 65011

Examination’s Board secretariat

Stefan Siemers
Building: GEO
E-Mail: stefan.siemers(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: +49 (0)421 218 65013

Status

21.03.2019