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Geosciences (BSc)

What is geoscience?

Geoscience investigates the interrelationships and interactions of the system earth, as well as the structure, composition and evolution of the earth and its ecosystems. All geoscientific processes of the earth system in the litho-, hydro- and biosphere are involved. This includes all geological, chemical, physical and biological operations and processes that took place and are still taking place from the formation of the earth to its present-day appearance. Plate tectonics, volcanism and changing climatic conditions play an important role here. Geoscientists study not only the past, but address also current geoscientific issues. Important areas of science are the research of resources, geothermal energy, natural disasters (volcanoes, earthquakes), climate impact research, the development of new materials (cements, high-performance ceramics, bone substitutes) and engineering geological and hydrogeological issues (e.g., ground investigations, landslides, designation of water protection areas, investigations of the water cycle) , as well as the study of past and present ecosystems and climate change.

What is the degree programme about?

The main research areas at the GeoZentrum Nordbayern are causes and consequences of climate change, the safeguarding and sustainable use of resources, the development and optimisation of materials, geodynamics, and evolution. In addition to field work, specialised and high-resolution chemical and physical laboratory analysis is used. Their constant new development and advancement makes geosciences a modern and dynamic sector of natural science. The possible specialisations during the Bachelor’s degree programme in Geoscience at FAU are:

  • Petrology – Geodynamics – Georesources
  • Applied Sedimentology – Georesources
  • Applied Geology
  • Applied Mineralogy
  • Palaeobiology – Palaeoenvironment

You are free to choose three of the five specialisations for the 5th and 6th semester.

What can I do with this degree?

Geosciences are relevant to a wide range of professions. Geoscientists may pursue careers in Germany or abroad. Engineering offices, universities, the chemical industry, the State Office for the Environment, museums, research centres, etc., offer jobs in areas such as water resource management, georesource management and exploration, geo-material development, geothermal energy, climate impact research and consulting. The career prospects are very good due to the general natural scientific education.

  • engineering and consultancy companies (surveying contaminated sites, land development, groundwater management, geothermal energy)
  • research centres and universities
  • companies in many different industries (construction, raw materials, materials research and many more)
  • educational institutions, museums and associations

This Bachelor's degree programme lays the ground work for the Master's degree programme. A Master's degree qualifies graduates to start doctoral studies.

What qualities and skills do I need?
  • an interest in researching and understanding the earth as a system
  • an interest in field and laboratory work
  • an interest in chemistry, physics, biology and mathematics
Good reasons for choosing to study at FAU
  • Geosciences at FAU has a wide range of sub-disciplines, allowing you to choose by your own interest.
  • You have the opportunity to participate in many different excursions in Germany and abroad.
  • At FAU you have the chance to learn modern methods of laboratory and data analysis.
Potential challenges
  • The degree programme involves a considerable amount of chemistry and mathematics, especially at the beginning. You are likely to struggle if you do not like these subjects. However, these are minor subjects and start with basics. You therefore do not require any specific previous knowledge of them.
  • If you do not have an interest in rocks, minerals and excursions this is probably not the rightdegree programme for you. Geology is best learnt in the field and rocks are usually the main material used for research work and laboratory analysis.
Degree programme start date and application deadlines

Geosciences is currently free of admission (NC-free) and can only be started in the winter semester. Applications for enrolment are normally made between the beginning of June and the end of September online via

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Degree type: Bachelor of Science (BSc)
Standard duration of study: 6 Semester
Size: (50-99 Students)
Early entrance programme: no
Part-time study: no
Faculty: Faculty of Natural Sciences