Geography explores the earth's surface in its spatial differentiation, its physical structure and as a space and place of human life and activity. The research profiles of the various work areas of the Institute for Geographical Sciences show a strong focus on the evaluation of human-environment interactions. The institute is divided into various disciplines, which reflect the research directions of the named disciplines in terms of theory formation, method application and development, empiricism and application.

Program Structure

The mono bachelor's degree includes the study areas of basic geographic knowledge, introduction to geoscientific work, special and project-related topics in geography as well as modules related to areas and the general vocational preparation study area.

At the end of the course, the exemplary deepening and differentiation of a selected field of study takes place through the independent scientific development of a self-selected problem (Bachelor thesis).

Modules in the related areas expand the specialist spectrum. Depending on the thematic focus, selectable modules can be chosen in: prehistoric archeology, biology, chemistry, geological sciences, meteorology, physics, social and cultural anthropology, political sciences, economics, sociology, urban and regional planning, historical sciences or law. Modules from other subjects can also be selected on request (the study regulations determine more details).

The general vocational preparation study area (ABV) includes an internship as well as the following areas of competence: foreign languages, information and media competence, gender & diversity competence, organizational and management competence, personal and socio-communicative competence and subject-related additional qualifications in which additional practical professional knowledge and skills are imparted will. Aims, content and structure of the general vocational preparation study area are regulated in a separate ABV study and examination regulations.

The course regulations regulate the structure and process of the course. It contains detailed descriptions of the content and qualification goals of each individual module and a course plan. The examination regulations primarily define the type and requirements of the examination performance of the modules. In the regulations, the credit points (CP) for each module or event as well as the workload in hours for the entire course are specified.

Geographical Sciences, Mono-Bachelor

Basic geographical knowledge study area

module Introduction to climate and hydrogeography
module Introduction to geomorphology and soil geography
module Introduction to anthropogeography I
module Introduction to Anthropogeography II

Introduction to geoscientific work

module Introduction to geographical and scientific work
module Geographic information systems
module Remote sensing and digital image processing
module Introduction to Statistics
module Theory and practice of physical-geographical methodology
module Theory and practice of anthropogeographic methodology

Study area special and project-related topics in geography

module Basics of spatial planning
module Special topics in geography
module Regional and applied geography topics
module Project-related work
module Integrative consideration of geographic issues as a whole

Affine areas

Additional entry requirements
English (level B2 GER)

Career Prospects

Bachelor graduates have scientific knowledge and practical skills that qualify them for a job or a postgraduate course.

The bachelor's degree in Geographic Sciences is intended to enable students to deal with complex geographic issues and issues in science, research and consulting (for authorities, associations, organizations, production companies, non-governmental organizations (NGO), development agencies, engineering and geographic offices, insurance companies, administrations as well as in of politics).

Possible fields of activity are available in numerous areas:

  • Water balance, availability and management (watershed management), soil conservation and soil protection, environmental impact assessment (EIA), land use planning, nature conservation and landscape management, recultivation of damaged areas or geomanagement (remediation of contaminated sites, disaster research and assessment)
  • Environmental protection, environmental planning, landscape planning, resource planning as well as in the application of geographic and environmental information systems and in environmental management, in particular in the construction and implementation of environmental management and environmental controlling systems
  • Local, national, multinational development aid, developing country research and development policy practice
  • Urban and regional planning: Cross-sectional, longitudinal and overall planning on different spatial levels for sustainable development, e.g. in the context of spatial research, spatial planning and state planning, regional research, regional planning, urban development planning as well as in the preparation, formulation and implementation of project measures within the scope of these planning
  • Sectoral specialist planning for local authorities or for companies, e.g. in the areas of tourism planning (traffic offices, tour operators), traffic development planning, location planning and business park planning, landscape planning
  • Media (press, radio, television)
  • Method-oriented professional fields, e.g. in the areas of remote sensing, aerial photo evaluation, geographic information system (GIS), cartography, official statistics and spatial documentation, publishing (cartography / geography), communication and mediation

A master’s degree and, if applicable, a doctorate are prerequisites for management positions or employment in research and teaching.

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