Applied Geosciences B.Sc.


Key Info

Basic Information

Bachelor of Science
Start of Studies:
Winter Semester
Standard Period of Studies:
6 semesters
ECTS Credits:
180Mehr Informationen

What does that mean?

ECTS are credit points that measure the workload of one's studies.


Admission Requirements

  • Abitur or equivalent HZB Mehr Informationen

    What does that mean?

    General higher education entrance qualification (Abitur), subject specific university entrance qualification, or an equally recognized university entrance qualification (HZB)

  • Proficiency in German --- Mehr Informationen ---

    What does that mean?

    You must provide documentation of your language skills for the language of instruction at the time of enrollment. The exam regulations stipulate the relevant requirements.

Admission to First Semester

No NC for WiSe 2019

Admission to Higher Semesters


Enrollment Requirements

  • SelfAssessment --- Mehr Informationen ---


    RWTH Aachen self assessments are online advising processes for deciding what to study. Participation in one (rarely two) of these self assessments is mandatory. You can find which self assessment you need to take for this subject in the course of study description under "Prerequisites". You will need to show proof of participation in a subject specific self assessment in order to enroll (not to apply). You can print out the participation certificate yourself.

Dates and Deadlines


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.

It is possible to choose a specialization beginning in Bachelor's studies. This specialization can be more towards geological engineering, materials science or deposit science.

  • Geophysics-Hydrogeology-Engineering Geology: Here focus is placed on investigating groundwater, solutions for water supply in megacities, and securing the building site for tunnels, skyscrapers, or bridges.
  • Energy and Mineral Resources: The specialization primarily focuses on crude oil and natural gas, ores, and metals. It faces the enormously important task of ensuring the supply of energy and raw materials for production.
  • Geomaterials: Materials that naturally occur are the focus of this specialization. They are investigated against the backdrop of the natural sciences and analyzed for their potential as materials in technology and economy. Relevant topics are, for example, minerals and materials.

Degree Content

"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.



Natural Science Foundations

Geoscience Foundations


Linear Algebra I, Chemistry, Physics, Chemistry Internship

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


Linear Algebra II, Differential and Integral Equations, Physics, Physics Internship

Paleontology, Polarization Microscopy I, Geological Work Methods, and Cartography

Geoscience Technical Knowledge


Polarization Microscopy II, Petrology, Mapping Course, Sedimentology, Endogenous Dynamics, Geophysics, Engineering Geology and Hydrology, Organic Geochemistry, Radiographic Powder Methods, Clay Mineralogy


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

3 to 6

Modules in the selected specialization
Internship, Bachelor 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.

You can get an overview of all of RWTH Aachen's international collaborative programs. Subject-specific offers are published on the International Networking page.



Personal Prerequisites

Interest in natural sciences, particularly in geoscientific and technical questions. Readiness to work with a computer, in a lab, at construction sites, and mines, partially under extreme conditions in structurally unsound areas, good health, good math, IT and language abilities, and an experimental aptitude. RWTH Aachen offers a bridge program to intensify and complete your knowledge before beginning studies.

Enrollment Prerequisite

RWTH Georessources and Materials Technology Self Assessment


Decision Aids

This course of study uses the foundations of physics, mathematics, and chemistry to build a natural science oriented, geoscience course of study. In contrast to the Georesources Management and Applied Geography courses of study, the Applied Geosciences course of study includes advanced knowledge about the construction, dynamics, and chemistry of the earth as well as chemical, physical, and mathematical solutions to complex, geoscience problems. Prospective students should possess a great interest in natural science work. If you would like to test yourself, you are welcome to attend lectures as a school student. You can also gather initial impressions from the Schüleruni, during the University Visitation Week or in Taster Studies for Girls. Please note that proficient to fluent German is needed for these events.


Media Library

Do you want more impressions of geoscience studies? Use our diverse information available! You can find our recommendations in the media library.


Career Prospects

Geoscientists investigate the Earth's system, contribute to construction projects, evaluate georisks, support the discovery and sustainable use of groundwater basins, and contribute to the use of georesources, for example in the energy industry. An important goal of their work is the identification of zones and layers rich with raw materials. In doing so, the ensure the supply of raw materials and make it possible to develop new materials, like inflammable materials, functional materials, ceramics, glass, and crystal.

Due to the strong application aspect of the curriculum graduates from RWTH have very good prospects in a number of career fields. Geoscience expertise is needed in the raw materials extraction and processing industry, that is crude oil, natural gas, coal, geothermal energy, ores, precious metals, and building materials. Innovative processes in structural concrete and underground engineering, such as tunnel or dam construction and substructure measures, and dumping technology also require geological skills. Public offices, state authorities, and municipal institutions base their decisions in all planning and building affairs on geoscience expertise.


Master's Degree Prospects

Students in the Applied Geosciences Master's program continue the specialization they pursued in their Bachelor's studies. With some changes to the curriculum they can also change their specialization. The specialization Energy and Mineral Resources is taught in English, Geophysics-Hydrogeology-Engineering Geology is taught in German, and Geomaterials is partially taught in English and German, offering students the possibility to expand not only their technical skills but also their language skills.

Graduates can also choose from two additional Master's programs: Georesources Management and Applied Geophysics. The latter is offered in collaboration with TU Delft and ETH Zürich and offers specializations in hydrocarbon exploration and management, including crude oil, natural gas, and coal, or environmental physics and geophysical engineering, including the exploration and management of geothermal energy resources.


Examination Regulations

Regulations that apply for all Bachelor and Master courses of study as well as detailed information about the necessary documentation of required language skills can be found in RWTH’s Comprehensive Examination Regulation. Examination regulations are only published in German as they are legally binding.

Subject Specific Exam Regulations regulate academic goals, the course of study layout, and exam procedures. The appendix to the regulations contains the description of the modules, from which the course of study is composed.



The Bachelor course of study Applied Geosciences is offered by the Division of Earth Sciences and Geography in the Faculty of Georesources and Materials Engineering.

The Division of Earth Sciences and Geography at RWTH currently hosts 22 professorships dedicated to the Earth's system. Together with the Division of Mineral Resources and Raw Materials Engineering and the Division of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering it is part of the Faculty of Georesources and Materials Engineering, which focuses on the entire process chain: the source of raw materials – extraction – refining – processing – and recycling.