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Overview

The study of the system earth - its structure, the processes taking place and their development in the geological past - leads to an understanding of the complex interaction of individual components and processes of this system and their temporal variability. Geoscientists therefore deal with the structural structure, composition and economic importance of the earth's crust, the transport processes of matter on the earth's surface and inside, physical and chemical processes in the formation of mountains and ocean basins as a result of long-term plate movements and the development of the earth from a paleoecological point of view.

At the same time, the study of geosciences has the task of enabling students to apply a wide range of methods. This includes the training of a technical system and the imparting of the ability to recognize interdisciplinary relationships and to transfer observations from the terrain into models. The graduates should thus be able to scientifically analyze the interactions in the Earth system. Geoscientific research is based on in-depth knowledge of the basic scientific disciplines of mathematics, physics and chemistry.

Other important problem areas in geoscientific work are the endangerment of the human community by natural hazards (e.g. earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, floods, catastrophic mass movements, the consequences of rapid climate change and environmental damage) and the associated risks for the population. In the light of globalization, the increasing concentration of values ??and the dense settlement of geologically insecure regions, geoscientists need more than ever to gain a profound understanding of coupled processes in the different compartments of the Earth system. Therefore, the prediction of the effects of potential natural disasters and an assessment of the hazard is an important goal of geoscientific research and teaching in order to avoid or minimize ecological and economic damage.

When solving these current questions, it will therefore be more and more important for geoscientists in the future to develop skills for interdisciplinary cooperation, to receive comprehensive training in the neighboring disciplines of mathematics, chemistry and physics and to study new, research-oriented aspects of geosciences. This includes the independent implementation of projects, the preparation of reports and presentations as well as training in the acquisition and processing of field data and electronically available geoscientific data sets.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

With a solid basic knowledge of mathematics, physics and chemistry, you already have a good basis for studying geosciences. It is recommended to refresh one's knowledge of mathematics in particular in one of the bridging courses offered annually at the University of Potsdam. You should also be interested in practical work in physical or chemical laboratories and sometimes challenging terrain in Germany and abroad, as well as computer-based evaluation methods. Confident language skills in German and English are another important prerequisite for successfully studying geosciences and professional practice in mostly international projects at the Institute for Geosciences.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

The geosciences bachelor's degree is designed as a single-subject bachelor's degree. The bachelor's degree has a modular structure, ie the content is thematically summarized in modules that can contain different types of study and teaching such as lectures, exercises, internships and seminars. 

The geosciences course is particularly attractive thanks to field exercises and internships as well as mapping courses in Germany and abroad, for example beginner exercises in the Harz and Fichtel Mountains, as well as mapping courses in southern France. If you have successfully completed a module through an examination, you will receive the number of credit points specified in the respective module, which reflect the time required for this module.

The bachelor's degree has a total of 180 credit points and includes the content shown in the overview below. The course is divided into the teaching of the basics and a specialization area, which consists of a methodological and two thematic elective modules

Modules

 

Credit points

Compulsory modules   102 LP

Geosciences 1, 2, 3 & 4

Algebra and Analysis for Geoecology and Geosciences

Advanced problems of analysis for geoecology and geosciences

Advanced mathematics problems for geosciences

Basics of geographic information systems

Physics 1 - Mechanics and Optics

Physics 2 - Physics of Martyrdom

Basics of general geophysics

Basics of applied geophysics

Physics and inorganic chemistry internship

Inorganic Chemistry 1 & 2

Materials of Earth 1 & 2

 

24 LP

6 LP

6 LP

6 LP

6 LP

6 LP

6 LP

6 LP

6 LP

6 LP

12 LP

12 LP

Elective modules   48 LP
1) Geoscientific specialization area (4 modules of 6 CP)   24 LP
  • Specialization in geology 1, 2, 3 & 4
  • Specialization in geophysics 1, 2, 3 & 4
  • Specialization in Mineralogy, Petrology and Geochemistry 1, 2, 3, & 4
   

2) Scientific and interdisciplinary supplementary area

Compulsory elective modules totaling 24 credit points must be completed. You can choose from the modules of the geoscientific specialization area (see above) as well as the modules from the StudiumPlus catalog and the following modules. The modules in the StudiumPlus catalog must not exceed 12 CP.

  24 LP
Programming basic module   6 LP
Introduction to Astronomy   6 LP
Advanced module astrophysics   9 LP
Advanced module climate physics   9 LP
Physics horizons   6 LP
Theoretical Physics I - Mechanics, Relativity   6 LP
Theoretical Physics II - Quantum Mechanics   6 LP
Experimental Physics III & IV - Thermodynamics, Quanta and Structure of Matter   18 LP
Special botany for geoecologists   6 LP
Special zoology for geoecologists   6 LP
Soil science   6 LP
geomorphology   6 LP
Hydrology   6 LP
climatology   6 LP
Environmental dynamics   6 LP
Global change - the earth as a system   6 LP
Concepts of ecology   6 LP
Basics of biology   9 LP
Basics of biochemistry and cell biology   6 LP
Basics of molecular biology and genetics   6 LP
evolution   6 LP
Physical environmental chemistry   6 LP
Solid state chemistry   6 LP
Organic chemistry   6 LP
Programming basics   6 LP
Intelligent data analysis   6 LP
General physical geography   9 LP
Regional and global physical geography   9 LP
Introduction to geographic concepts   6 LP
Occupational field-specific key competencies   18 LP

Project internship

Collecting, processing and presenting geoscientific data

 

12 LP

6 LP

bachelor thesis    12 LP
total   180 LP

CAREER PROSPECTS

The aim of the bachelor's degree is to impart basic scientific and geoscientific knowledge to you. At the end of the course, you will be able to work in an interdisciplinary and problem-oriented manner and independently apply suitable methods and procedures to solve geosciences problems. You will be able to focus on your future activities and tasks in research departments at universities or non-university institutions, in the prospecting of resources (hydrocarbons, geothermal energy, rare metals) in large international companies, in consulting firms in the fields of geoengineering, development and use of renewable energies and environmental and Risk management prepared, for example, at large reinsurers or in geographic and environmental authorities.

The working groups of the Institute for Geosciences offer a wide range of geoscientific expertise and are interdisciplinary. This becomes visible in the research profile of the institute, in which the work areas range from the mantle and deep crust to the analysis of surface processes. Despite this variety of research areas, the specialist competencies from the individual working groups overlap and complement each other in key issues on which the institute is working. These central research areas are earth surface processes, sediment geology and basin analysis, geological remote sensing, natural hazards, paleoclimate dynamics, general geophysics / seismology, applied geophysics, geomaterials and petrology / geochemistry. With these focal points, the institute contributes to research within the university's research focus on earth sciences, in which the interdisciplinary analysis of the earth-human system is examined and system-internal interactions are analyzed, which, due to complex and sometimes non-linear feedback mechanisms, lead to changes in our environment that were previously difficult to predict. The facilities of the University of Potsdam and the international involvement of the working groups offer you ideal preparation for the professional world and further studies. which, due to complex and sometimes non-linear feedback mechanisms, lead to changes in our environment that were previously difficult to predict. The facilities of the University of Potsdam and the international involvement of the working groups offer you ideal preparation for the professional world and further studies. which, due to complex and sometimes non-linear feedback mechanisms, lead to changes in our environment that were previously difficult to predict. The facilities of the University of Potsdam and the international involvement of the working groups offer you ideal preparation for the professional world and further studies.

 


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