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Earth Sciences

Earth Sciences
(Bachelor of Science)

© Jürgen Koepke
© Jürgen Koepke
Course type
undergraduate studies (1 subject bachelor)
Standard Course Duration
6 semesters
Course Start
Winter semester
Primary Language of Instruction
Unrestricted admission

Auslandsaufenthalt möglich, aber nicht verpflichtend.

Short Description

Earth sciences have a central role to play in addressing elemental issues of global significance. These include the exploration, development and use of the earth’s surface and natural resources under the dramatically rising pressure of the population (water, soil, energy resources, metal ores, rocks and earth). Further issues are the assessment of geo risks, the development of new materials and procedures, especially in the fields of energy efficiency and environmental protection, climate change of the earth and the resulting consequences for physical, geochemical, ecological and economic processes of the earth’s surface.

For earth scientists, only few locations in Germany are as attractive as Hannover. As a centre of earth sciences in Germany, Hannover is home to such independent institutions as the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR), and LBEG (State Institute of Mining, Energy and Geology), as well as further research institutions and numerous businesses working in this field. Close cooperation with these institutions opens up excellent work experience and career opportunities in the region.

Further information for students on the website of the Faculty of Natural Sciences

Areas of Focus

  • Specialization in experimental methods
  • Specialization in geochemistry
  • Specialization in mineralogy/crystallography
  • Specialization in raw material extraction topics
  • Specialization in soil mineralogy
  • Specialization in soil science
  • Technical minerals
Course Content

The first four semesters of the bachelor’s programme are devoted to the scientific and earth science principles required for the rest of the course. These include on the one hand physics, mathematics, chemistry, biology, and on the other the “traditional” earth sciences of geology, mineralogy and soil science. These disciplines form the basis for understanding the complex interrelations and processes in “system earth”. Afterwards, students round off the knowledge they have acquired and apply it to specific problems in earth sciences. In the third year students specialize by choosing core areas for more intensive scientific study. These subjects are mainly modular and can be chosen freely.

Recommended Abilities

To study earth sciences you should have good powers of observation and concentration, a love of experimenting and working in a laboratory, the ability to work in a team and interest in technical matters, as well as a good grounding in science. Those wishing to take up a career in the field need to be physically fit.

Career Opportunities

Graduates in earth sciences have a variety of career fields to choose from. In the field of soil science, earth scientists work for federal and state pedological services, environmental agencies, engineering offices working in soil mapping, soil analysis and land reclamation, or environmental laboratories.

In the field of geology/ geochemistry, earth scientists find employment in the public sector, in firms specialising in the exploitation of natural resources and the analysis and decontamination of old environmental damage, in consultancy offices, research institutes and science museums.

Admission requirements and application

Admission Requirements

This degree programme is admission-free.
If you did not graduate from a German school nor have a German higher education entrance qualification (for example, the Abitur), a language certificate proving your knowledge of German is required for the application and enrollment.

Application Deadlines

First-year students (Application for the first semester is only possible for the winter semester)

  • Applicants from Germany and other EU countries: June 1st – Sept 30th of the year
  • Applicants from outside the European Union: April 15th – May 31st of the year

Students resuming their studies and transfer students (application in a higher semester)

  • Everyone: June 1st – Sept 30th of the year for the winter semester
  • Everyone: December 1st – March 31st of the year for the summer semester

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