The geosciences make an important contribution to the sustainable use of the Earth’s resources which include rocks, minerals and ores, oil and natural gas, water and geothermal energy. They are also involved in using underground areas as subsoil and excavation volume. The geosciences include:
Moreover, they contribute their knowledge about short and long-term changes in the protection of our nature and a sustainable approach to the Earth’s raw materials. Maintaining groundwater reserves, ensuring human living space and restoring natural balances are becoming even more important fields in the geosciences.
The solution to the geoscientific tasks requires quantified methods and the preparation of models for forward looking predictions, for example, of groundwater, earthquake risks and material deformations. The applied geosciences are thus a quantitative natural science that overlaps in many places with the engineering sciences.
The training of the students is geared in such a way so students acquire skills and abilities in applying the understanding of the geosciences system for future societal tasks, building on a strong basis which includes knowledge in chemistry, mathematics and physics. Through its compulsory modules the program blends various disciplines in geology, geochemistry, geophysics, mineralogy and crystallography. Electives facilitate the further professional specialization in one of the geoscience branches.
In the Master’s program the three disciplines in the geosciences Bachelor’s program are dealt with more intensely:
|Geoengineering||Groundwater modeling, quantitative engineer geology, geothermics, hydrogeophysics, environmental geotechnics and geophysical exploration|
|Energy and Mineral Resources||Basin modeling, carbonate sedimentology, diagenesis, geomechanics, geochemistry, mineral deposits, petrology, petrophysics, seismic interpretation and sequence stratigraphy|
|Applied Mineralogy and Crystallography||Crystallography, interface mineralogy and materials sciences|
There are numerous career fields, and based on the fact that the program is application-oriented and aligned quantitatively the career opportunities are good. The Applied Geosciences are involved in the following branches at home and abroad:
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