The geological sciences deal with the resources, processes and risks of the planet earth. Their methods are strictly scientific, but also have a historical component that is unique among the natural sciences due to their relationship to life and earth history.

Analysis and prediction of geological processes require the reconstruction of past events through the (global or local) study of rocks, minerals and fossils, something that is usually done in an interdisciplinary manner in the geological sciences. This is why there are different disciplines in the geological sciences: In geophysics, the structure of the earth's interior and changes are examined using physical methods. Mineralogists deal with the properties of the solid (mineral) components of the planet, geologists interpret changes in terrain such as mountain formation, plate tectonics and sedimentary basin formation, and paleontology studies the interactions between life on earth and the planet itself.

The importance of the geological fields of geochemistry, hydrogeology, petroleum geology and reservoir science results from the raw material dependency of our civilization, for which resources such as water, oil, coal, gas, uranium, ores, building materials, etc. are vital. Another focus in the teaching of geological sciences at the Free University of Berlin is the quantitative assessment of long-term and short-term natural risks such as climate change, earthquake risk, slope instability, volcanism, ecosystem resilience and economic risks including their effective communication to the public, e.g. in the form of Requirements for environmental protection and spatial planning.

Program Structure

The mono bachelor's degree comprises the study areas of basic geoscientific knowledge, basic scientific knowledge, geoscientific specialization and modules of the general vocational preparation course.

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).

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 an exemplary course plan. The examination regulations define the type and requirements of the module examinations. 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.

Geological Sciences, Mono-Bachelor

Basic geological knowledge
module Earth part I.
module Earth part II
module Earth history and stratigraphy
module Practice I.
module Introduction to mineralogy / crystallography
module General paleontology
module Hydraulics
module Basics of geochemistry
module Sedimentology I
module Applied geophysics I
module Tectonics I
Choice of a module sequence  (5 or 4 modules each): Basic scientific knowledge with chemical-biological emphasis or mathematical-physical emphasis

Geoscientific specialization (5 or 4 modules each, depending on the selected module sequence): geochemistry, geoinformatics and planetology, geology, geophysics, hydrogeology, mineralogy / petrology, paleontology 

or further modules from the field of physics, mathematics, chemistry, biology, geography or meteorology

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 The objectives, content and structure of the general vocational preparation study area are regulated in a separate ABV study and examination regulations.

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.

A professional perspective is offered in the so-called geoscientific routine activities such as geological documentation, data recording and processing, the geoscientific support of a drilling crew or specialized machines, software or hardware or in customer service as well as the solution of geoscientific problems using standardized procedures (e.g. creation of special maps and profiles, directories, literature search). Possible employers can be private companies such as software manufacturers, (geo) scientific institutions or local authorities - but less often there are also employment opportunities in the public sector.

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

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