What are Earth's origins? What is it made of? What raw materials does it hold and how can one find these valuable materials? Where can Earth's layers shift or where can caves collapse? How can water basins be found and used? Geoscientists examine the earth and use their knowledge to protect our nature and sustainably use the earth's raw resources. They can estimate the risk of earthquakes, landslides, deformation and caving probabilities. With their investigations and assessments they make sure large building measures like tunnels and dams are secure. Furthermore, they determine the origin and structure of fossils and mineral deposits and the properties of natural materials. The discovery and sustainable use of groundwater basins is another field of application. There is a special concentration for each of these topics, which then intensively work with each other.

At RWTH these specializations are grouped into a single application-oriented course of study. It offers a broad natural and geo-science base as well as comprehensive methodological training. This includes careful training in the field and extraordinarily good options to gather lab experience relevant to career and research – for example in geochemical analytics. This intensity is only comparable at a few other universities.

You can choose a specialization in the last semesters of your Bachelor's studies.

You will compile your own study profile from modules that you are free to select from a total of three different geoscientific profile areas. This lets you develop extensive knowledge in a specialized area, which can focus on geoengineering, materials science, or geology of mineral deposits.

  • The geoengineering profile area focuses on groundwater investigations, solutions for water supply in megacitiesm, and securing building sites for tunnels, skyscrapers, or bridges.
  • The Energy and Mineral Resources specialization primarily looks at crude oil and natural gas, minerals, and metals, and is therefore dedicated to an important geoscientific task that ultimately ensures the supply of energy and raw materials for production.
  • Materials that occur in nature form the key research area of Applied Mineralogy and Crystallography. These materials are analyzed in terms of their potential in technology and economy. Relevant topics are, for example, energy materials and raw materials.

Programme Structure

"Between the lecture hall and field" – this is where applied geosciences students experience an extraordinary combination of theory and practice. During the first year of the Bachelor's course of study, students learn the basics in math, physics, and chemistry. Following is an initial introduction to the “Earth as System” and the topic areas rocks, minerals and crystals.

The program is accompanied by field and mapping exercises and excursions that also take place in the second and third years of study. Afterwards, there is a focus on grounded introduction to various disciplines in geosciences. In the final and third year of study, students immerse themselves in one of three applied specializations, which they choose themselves. A four-week, professional internship during studies offers an initial look at fields of application.

In your third and final year, you can choose from three geoscientific profile areas, which are partially taught in English. The four-week internship provides you with an initial insight into the different areas of application for this course of study.



Natural Science Foundations

Geoscience Foundations


Linear Algebra, Chemistry, Physics, Chemistry Internship

General Geology, History of the Earth, Crystallography, Mineralogy, Determination of Minerals, Petrography


Differential and Integral Equations, Physics, Physics Internship, Organic Chemistry

Geological Work Methods and Cartography, Terrain Seminar

Geoscience Foundations


Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, Polarization Microscopy, Mapping Course, Sedimentology, Endogenous Dynamics, Geoscience Foundations


Regional Geology, Geoinformation Systems and Remote Sensing, Statistics and Modelling, Presenting and Publishing, Paleontology

5 to 6

Geoscience Profile Area
Profile: select 7 from 14 modules of your choice; internship, Bachelor’s thesis

Detail about the Course of Study Layout: You can find the curriculum schedule and the module handbook on the Faculty's webpage brief profile of the course of study.

Programs Abroad

The faculty maintains solid research and teaching collaborations with a number of European and non-European universities. Over 70 universities worldwide, 30 of which are in Asia alone, offer students the possibility to combine their academic training with deeper knowledge about the geographic characteristics of another country. Within the framework of the EU mobility program ERASMUS+, it is possible to complete a semester abroad at one of the numerous European partner universities, such as in Iceland. We highly recommend internships and semesters abroad, which are supported by the teaching staff, especially the internship initiative created specifically by Aachen geoscientists. There are also annual field exercises all over the world, which open up study possibilities on site and offer new technical prospectives.

Entry Requirement


  • Abitur or equivalent HZB
  • Proficiency in German

Career Prospects

Due to the strong application aspect of the curriculum, RWTH graduates have very good prospects in a number of career fields.
Geoscientists investigate processes in the Earth’s system. Geoscientific expertise is needed, for example, in the raw material extraction and processing industry – natural gas, crude oil, geothermal energy, mineral deposits, precious metals, building materials, coal.
Geoscientists are involved in construction and infrastructure projects, evaluating geological risks, and contributing to the sustainable use of georesources, for example in energy and water management. They manage projects in areas such as sustainable infrastructure, water, and energy in development cooperations.
Another important objective of their work is the development of innovative materials such as energy and construction materials, functional materials, ceramics, glass, and crystal.
It goes without saying that state offices, state authorities, and local institutions also base their decisions in planning and construction projects on geoscientific expertise, particularly combined with geoinformatics expertise, which is specific to RWTH.

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