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Bachelor's Degree Programme Geosciences

Are you fascinated by our planet? Would like to explore it more closely? Do you enjoy working and carrying out experiments outdoors? In the bachelor's degree programme Geosciences, you will learn how the Earth and all its lifeforms have developed over the last 4.5 billion years. This allows you to benefit from accessing offers from two excellent universities: TU Graz and the University of Graz.

Source: TU Graz/IAG

Quick Facts

  • Duration of study: 6 semesters
  • ECTS credit points: 180
  • Academic degree: Bachelor of Science (BSc)
  • Language of instruction: German

The Bachelor's Programme

In the bachelor's degree programme Geosciences, you will gain a general and fundamental scientific and practical education in the geosciences, including a basic education in the key subjects of chemistry, physics, mathematics, and biology. You will acquire basic knowledge that will help you understand our planet. You will also learn more about the structure of the Earth and the formation of minerals and rocks. The teaching content has been developed to deliver both theoretical expertise and practical solutions. Becoming familiar with this content enables you to analyse and evaluate geoscientific processes and their interactions with the environment.

In this degree programme, you will benefit from receiving personal supervision from internationally successful scientists. You will be involved in current research projects early on and will have a chance to see how your acquired knowledge can be applied in practice during your studies. Specifically, you will learn from renowned guest lecturers from industry, solve practical problems in the course contexts, and take part in numerous excursions.

Students can carry out practical exercises on state-of-the-art analytical equipment. This also includes equipment for researching terrain data - these data can be used to produce practical engineering-geological or geotechnical risk analyses.

The intensive cooperation in the fields of hydrogeology, mineralogy, hydrogeochemistry, and engineering geology is a unique feature of geotechnics. This cooperation will be visible in the newly planned NAWI Graz Geozentrum. This TU Graz–University of Graz merger of earth science and geotechnical education and research makes the location an internationally visible centre for geosciences and geotechnics.

Curriculum (in German)

Semester plan

Focus Areas

You have the opportunity to specialise in the following subject areas:

Geology: You become familiar with the regional geology of Austria, the regional geology of the continents, continental collision, and mountain and rift formation (rifting). As part of your training, you learn about the evolution of the Earth's surface and gain basic knowledge about the forces and stresses leading to lithosphere deformation.

Palaeontology and Stratigraphy: You will learn the fundamentals of palaeontology, including morphology. While doing so, you learn about fossils and the rock layers surrounding them, as well as the structures and forms of organisms. You will also learn methods of classification (taxonomy) and the fundamentals of evolution, as well as paleoecology (ecosystems throughout geologic history). In addition, you will acquire basic knowledge of the evolutionary history of the Earth and the methods used to record this history. A special focus is placed, among other things, on the origin and development of the biosphere and climate change.

Petrology and Geochemistry: You learn fundamental information about the formation of magmatic, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks. You also learn how to describe rocks, identify them, and become familiar with theoretical concepts used in petrology.

Mineralogy and Hydrogeochemistry: You will acquire knowledge about the minerals of the Earth's crust and upper mantle. Among other things, you become familiar with materials and rocks with regard to their use in industry and technology, crystallization processes, or soil and groundwater contamination.

Hydrogeology: You explore the area of general hydrogeology, learning more about the key points of the groundwater balance, groundwater dynamics, and the fundamentals of groundwater hydraulics, soil formation, and the soil water balance.

Engineering Geology: You will learn the fundamentals of engineering geology and geomechanics. You will also learn how to use both physical measuring methods and seismic, gravimetric, radiometric, geothermal energy, geoelectric and geomagnetic methods, as well as statics and strength theory.

 

Geosciences in Research and Industry

Geoscientists have a social responsibility. They make it possible to locate and characterise geogenic resources. In doing so, they create the foundation for the environmentally sound and sustainable use of raw materials.

Research in the fields of mineralogy and hydrogeochemistry is conducted, among other things, to protect human life. For example, these researchers examine fissured rock masses and the effects of these fissures on the safety of dams and landslide processes. They develop possible containment strategies or use geostatistical methods to document and predict the geological conditions during tunnel construction.

From an economic point of view, the geosciences play an important role, for example, in the extraction of raw materials, environmental protection, and in construction economics and water resources management. And here, safety is also a priority issue. For this reason, slope stability analyses, excavation pit monitoring, tunnel documentation, natural hazard assessments, or observations of various structures such as bridges or towers are carried out.

Admission

Admission Deadlines

Summer semester 2021

General admission period: 11 January to 5 February 2021

Additional admission period: 6 February to 30 April 2021

Winter semester 2021/22

General admission period: 12 July to 5 September 2021

Additional admission period: 6 September to 30 November 2021

Information and Advice

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Perspectives for Graduates

Professional Fields

Geoscientists work in both national and international settings in academic and non-academic research institutions, in environmental protection agencies, in industry, in construction economics and water resources management, in offices for geotechnical engineering, or in museums.

You deal with geologically and environmentally relevant problems in the following areas:

  • research and development in the geosciences,
  • the sustainable management of geogenic resources,
  • the mitigation of geological hazards,
  • the extraction and exploitation of mineral resources,
  • environmental and material analysis,
  • mineral formation and synthesis,
  • evaluation of mass movements and surface structures, or
  • geotechnical predictions of the subsurface conditions in civil engineering projects.

The bachelor's degree programme Geosciences is the ideal foundation for beginning a career in the field of basic and applied research or for entering a more advanced master's degree programme in all areas of the geosciences.

Advanced Master’s Degree Programmes

After completing the bachelor's degree programme, you can directly enrol in the following master’s degree programmes at TU Graz:

If you are interested in other master’s degree programmes at TU Graz, you can find information about admission on the respective pages for the master’s degree programmes.

In addition, the bachelor's degree offers you the opportunity to apply internationally for master's degree programmes.