Earth sciences focus on the many different processes that occur in and on our planet. Research in Earth sciences looks at the history of the earth's development and its composition, as well as important current issues such as the consequences and mechanisms of climate change, the extraction of raw materials and the production of new industrial materials.
Although geology has its origins in describing and investigating rocks and fossils, today Earth sciences is a modern discipline which makes use of state-of-the-art technology in research laboratories. The specialisations in Earth sciences at FAU are petrology/geochemistry, applied sedimentology, applied geology, applied mineralogy, and palaeobiology. Working groups in these sub-disciplines carry out research on topics such as volcanic processes, mass movements such as landslides, the processes of the water cycle, the formation of sedimentary rocks and deposits, the process of mountain formation, and the evolution of ecosystems on earth. You are free to choose which of the specialisations you wish to focus on.
Earth sciences are relevant to a wide range of professions. Earth scientists may pursue careers in Germany or abroad at:
- 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.
- an interest in researching and understanding the earth as a system
- a passion for the outdoors and an interest in laboratory work
- an interest in chemistry, physics and mathematics
- Earth sciences at FAU has a wide range of sub-disciplines, allowing you to choose your own specialisations.
- 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 analysis.
- The degree programme involves a considerable amount of chemistry, physics and mathematics, especially at the beginning. You are likely to struggle if you do not like these subjects. However, these are minor subjects and 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 degree programme for you. Geology is best learnt in the field and rocks are usually the main material used for research work and laboratory analysis.
- Earth sciences is a natural science so an interest in research is beneficial.