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Overview

Overview

 

Energy resources, geothermal energy, water resources, minerals, soils – the Earth's resources should be both developed for human use but also protected. The sensible, sustainable use of georesources requires management based on legal guidelines and economic framework conditions. One of the most crucial tasks, is to carefully evaluate and direct invasions into the Earth's system such as climate and environmental changes. The consideration and limitation of the effects of unavoidable natural disasters such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, floods, and tsunamis in heavily populated areas illustrates an additional challenge. Raw material and ground water reserves must be developed and maintained and humans' habitat and natural balances must be protected and restored. These current and often controversial fields of application show that georesource management is becoming increasingly important and can make crucial contributions to the future of humanity. The complexity and multifacetedness of the related problems requires interconnected approaches to solutions and a combination of technical knowledge in the geosciences and economic, legal, and technical disciplines.

RWTH's course of study in georesource management is a unique program that offers geoscientific education in an interdisciplinary curriculum. Students profit from the close collaboration between the classic geological and mineralogical sciences and geography, commercial geography, and raw materials and disposal engineering. Important content from economics, law, civil engineering, and environmental engineering are also included.

The science content of the course of study is supported by social science, business administrative, and legal material, so that for the first time ever, geoscientists are educated, who can use their knowledge to fill in the gaps between the legal, political, and business disciplines.

Aside from their basic studies students are able to select 8 of 15 concentration modules to pursue their personal interests. They can choose from the following specializations:

  • Water Management
  • Physics of the Earth
  • Ecology
  • Pedology and Environmental Remediation
  • Economic Geology
  • Geo Risks
  • Landscape Genesis and Soil Degradation
  • Fossil Substances and Environment
  • Macroeconomics

One concentration module can be designed individually with academic performances at a partner university. Students will specialize in a profile area of their choosing only in their Master studies.

Programme Structure

 

In addition to fundamentals of natural science students learn the techniques and methods for surveying and the interpretation of basic data for regional, residential, and industrial development. This includes subjects that build up economical skills.

One particular feature of geoscience studies is careful on site training. Theoretical contnt and skills are implemented in lab and site projects. At RWTH, this occurs through students' Bachelor studies. A four-week internship offers an initial look at fields of application.

Semester

Natural Science Fundamentals

Geoscience and Geographic Fundamentals

Planning Fundamentals

Curriculum

1-2

Linear Algebra I, Differential and Integral Equations II, Chemistry, Physics, Geochemistry

Mineralogy and Petrography, Geological Foundations, Commercial Geography, Climatology, Soil Geography and Biogeography

Introduction to Business Administration, Raw Materials Economy

3 -4

 

Subject-specific foundations

Environmental Management, Microeconomics

Geochemistry, Statistics and Programming, Geochemical Analytics, Geodynamics, Raw Materials and Recycling, Engineering and Hydrogeology, Geoinformation Systems, Maps and Satellite Data

Communication, Law

5-6

Four of seven specialization modules

Internship, 4 weeks; Bachelor's thesis, 3 months

Entry Requirement

  • Abitur or equivalent HZB
  • Proficiency in German

Career Prospects

Due to their special geoscience skills and their scientific foundation with an interdisciplinary background RWTH graduates work in both strategic and planning work environments as well as in research and development. Georesource managers find work at nationally and internationally active companies in the raw materials industry. They know the geological, legal, and economic framework conditions and can evaluate them. This particularly qualifies them for work where complex projects must be directed - for example in raw materials production, international commodity trade, water supply, and environmental management. Their responsibilities include the evaluation of georisks and assessing damage when working in consulting firms or in the construction or insurance sector. A broad spectrum of professional opportunities is also available in public service at various state offices and ministries, authorities, and municipal institutions.


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