What is applied geology

Applied Geosciences Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)

Degree type: Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)

Standard period of study: 6 semesters (full-time study)

Credit points (ECTS): 180 credit points

Language of instruction: German

Admission restriction:
1st semester: not restricted admission
Higher semester: not restricted admission
1st semester: for the winter semester
Higher semester: for the winter and summer semester
1st semester *: September 15th
Higher semester*: September 15th for the winter semester, March 15th for the summer semester

Degree and duration of study

3 years standard period of study until the completion of a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.); A total of 180 credit points (analogous to the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System - ECTS) must be acquired. The individual duration of study can deviate from the standard period of study.

Course structure

The bachelor's degree has a modular structure. The first four semesters teach the basics in the following areas of applied geosciences:

  • Endogenous dynamics as well as the recognition and determination of minerals and rocks
  • Geomorphology and Soil Science
  • Interpretation of geological maps and profiles
  • Geology in the field (excursions, field methods and mapping exercise)
  • Mineralogy and Crystallography, Petrology
  • Introduction to geological history, regional geology
  • Structural geology, tectonics and sedimentology
  • Geochemistry, geophysics, georesources

In addition, the natural and engineering basics of mathematics, physics and chemistry are an important part of the course.

The subjects of the training in the final year of study include the fields of hydrogeology, engineering geology, geochemical analysis and geodata processing, which prepare for the subsequent possible master’s degree.

The bachelor's degree ends with the bachelor's thesis in the sixth semester.


The purpose of the at least six-week internship is to get to know technical processes for solving geoscientific issues. The internship should be completed outside the university during the semester break, if possible after the second year of study.

In the Applied Geosciences bachelor's degree, competencies are acquired in the scientific fundamentals of chemistry, mathematics, physics and the geoscientific system understanding. It offers a practically relevant basic education to use the natural resources of the subsurface and to grasp the societal challenges associated with them.

Applied geosciences graduates have a wide range of opportunities in engineering offices, consulting firms or other areas of industry (construction industry, mining, oil industry, drilling companies, waterworks ...) as well as with authorities, offices and associations. The spectrum of activities ranges from groundwater development and protection to contaminated site exploration and remediation, raw material prospecting and exploration, prediction and avoidance of natural disasters to environmental issues. In addition to direct job entry, very good graduates can also do a doctorate, which, for example, enables a later career in research and teaching.

Special features of the course

  • Preparatory and support courses in the MINT college
  • Excellent research infrastructure
  • Involvement with applied research
  • Top ranking positions
  • Professionally relevant key qualifications
  • Interdisciplinary orientation
  • Close cooperation with geophysics, geoecology, civil engineering and materials science
  • Large range of university groups and part-time jobs at scientific institutes / laboratories
  • KIT founders forge

German and German applicants with equal status

German, EU nationals and foreign nationals with a German university entrance qualification are entitled to study at KIT if they can demonstrate one of the following qualifications:

  1. General higher education entrance qualification (Abitur)
  2. (Relevant) subject-specific higher education entrance qualification (not technical college entrance qualification)
  3. Delta examination of the University of Mannheim (for holders of a technical college entrance qualification)
  4. Recognized professional advancement training (e.g. technician, master craftsman) or an aptitude test for professionally qualified people

For further options, see Section 58 of the State University Act.

A prerequisite for enrollment is participation in a study orientation test (e.g. at www.was-studiere-ich.de) or study-oriented advice, e.g. from the central study advice service of KIT, in accordance with Section 60 of the State University Act.

German citizens with a foreign school qualification must have the relevant regional council certify that their qualification is equivalent to the German Abitur.

International applicants from non-EU countries

In some countries, the school leaving certificate is recognized as a direct higher education entrance qualification in Germany. In many cases, however, a university entrance examination and / or a successful academic year in the home country and / or the German assessment test must be proven with valid documents in order to be allowed to start a bachelor's degree in Germany. The country-specific regulations can be found in the DAAD's admission database or on the Anabin website (only in German) of the Central Office for Foreign Education (ZAB). Further information is available from the International Students Office.

German language skills for foreign applicants

In order to be able to take up a German-language course, foreign applicants have to provide evidence of appropriate language skills. To apply, you need at least B1 level knowledge. All certificates are accepted, but a certificate of attendance for the B1 course is also sufficient. To enroll, the DSH2 or one of the recognized equivalents must be presented. Further information is available from the International Students Office.

Application for the 1st semester

Application portal for the winter semester
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Application for the 2nd or higher semester

Application portal for the winter semester
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The KIT offers offers for study preparation: In the MINT-Kolleg prospective and first-year students find support in the natural sciences and technical subjects.

In addition, KIT faculties offer special preliminary courses as part of the O phase before the start of studies.

The KIT supports new students at the start of their studies with many offers for a successful start to their studies. Numerous orientation events and mentoring programs at the KIT faculties help students to get connected, to orientate themselves and to receive support if necessary. The central online portalstudienstart.kit.edu makes it easier to find the right offers, bundles all relevant information and contains useful tips for a successful start to your studies:

  • Advice centers
  • Mentoring programs
  • Events
  • Workshops
  • a lot of online information

Contact persons for students