STUDY

Bachelor Geography

Contents of degree programme

The Bachelor's degree programme Geography combines elements from the Social and Natural Sciences and explores the ways in which humans shape their world and their environment socially, politically, economically, and ecologically. The degree programme teaches in-depth knowledge in the areas of Physical Geography and Human Geography. Geoecology issues, sustainable regional development, and numerous economic, political and social challenges link these two disciplines thematically. Alongside the classical methods used for the description, explanation, and assessment of social and natural processes of spatial development, Geography also comprises specific methods, such as cartography, remote sensing, and geographical information systems (GIS). These serve to depict, analyse, model, and simulate these same natural structures and processes, which represent the object of research in Geography.

Fact Box

Duration:
6
Semester
ECTS:
180

Level of qualification:
Bachelor's degree programme

Degree:

Bachelor of Science (BSc)


Prerequisites:

General university entrance qualification


Language of instruction:

German, some courses are taught in English


Curriculum/Studienplan

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Study objectives

Students enrolled in the Bachelor's degree programme Geography benefit from the multitude of perspectives offered by their degree and are consequently well-equipped to link contents drawn from both the Natural Sciences and the Humanities. They are endowed with expertise in two core objectives:

1. Methodology and Theory

  • Fundamental principles of Human and Physical Geography
  • Fundamental principles from the Social Sciences, Humanities, and Natural Sciences, which are necessary in order to gain an understanding of and to deal with topics that are specific to academic Geography.

2. Coping with the "big questions" of the 21st century, by applying a wide variety of perspectives:

  • Global change
  • Transformation processes
  • Globalisation, social inequalities
  • Urbanisation

In addition, topics such as sustainability and gender equality are investigated from the geographical perspective.

Admission to the degree programme

The admission to the degree programme must take place before the end of the general admission period (winter semester: 9 July to 5 September | summer semester: 8 January to 5 February). A late admission within the extension period can only be granted in exceptional circumstances.

 

Programme structure

Introductory phase (STEOP)

The introductory orientation phase (STEOP) grants students an overview of the key elements of the degree programme and of the course of studies ahead. Thus, it provides a factual basis for the personal evaluation of the choice of degree programme.  The introductory orientation phase for the Bachelor's degree programme Geography comprises 9 ECTS and consists of the lecture courses "Grundlagen der Geographie" und "Wissenschaftliches Arbeiten". 


Overview

Subject
Designation
ECTS
Pflichtfächer
(Compulsory Subjects)
Humangeographie
20
Physiogeographie
20
Grundlagen und Methoden der Geographie (inkl. STEOP)
27
Integrative Geographie/Globaler Wandel
23
Reflexive Regionalstudien
25
Synthese
16
Gebundene Wahlfächer
(Elective Subjects)
Specialisation through the choice of four subjects:
  • Angewandte Humangeographie
  • Angewandte Physiogeographie
  • Geosimulation und Modellierung
  • Raumordnung und Regionalpolitik
  • Landschaftsökologie
  • Natur - und Umweltschutz (inkl. Recht)
  • Tourismus
  • Geologie
  • Meteorologie
  • Hydrologie
  • Geoinformatik
  • Volkswirtschaft
  • Gender Studies
  • Politikwissenschaft und Friedensforschung
  • Sprachen
  • Praxis
40
Freie Wahlfächer
(Options)

9
Total

180

Practical training

Students can complete a placement that serves as an opportunity to put theoretical and methodological knowledge acquired during the course of studies to the test. If the placement takes the form of one of the restricted electives, the required 250 hours worth 10 ECTS must be completed at no less than two institutions. The placement must be closely linked to the degree programme or one of the chosen areas of specialisation in terms of content. It can also be conducted as a research placement at a scientific institution. In addition, students must produce a written activity report (length 10,000 characters).

Periods of study abroad

Students are strongly encouraged to complete a period of study abroad within the framework of the Alpen-Adria-Universität partnership agreements. We recommend going abroad in the second year.

Erasmus+ and Joint Study programs allow students to study at numerous partner universities in Europe and across the globe.

Careers and occupational profiles

The Bachelor's degree programme delivers professionally relevant qualifications, which are important for the first phase of occupational activity (trainee programs, voluntary placements, etc.):

  • systematically-structured action
  • communication and team skills
  • analytical and methodological working style

Graduates typically work in organisations that are active in areas such as:

  • regional engineering or planning offices
  • public administration
  • international organisations.

What our graduates say

"My job as National Park Director comprises a very broad range of responsibilities. In the course of my Geography degree programme, I learned how to structure complex situations, how to approach multi-faceted problems systematically, and I gained expertise in the organization and management of projects. In addition to the soft skills, I have found that the degree provided me with professional knowledge and diverse academic contacts, which have proven most valuable in my professional life.”

Mag. Peter RupitschNational Park Director, Carinthia

Continuing your studies

Upon successful completion of the Bachelor’s degree programme Geography, students can continue their studies in the Master’s degree programme Geography.

Specialist courses

Within the scope of the free electives and in accordance with the respective curriculum, students can receive credits for individual courses or for entire modules from other subject areas.

Extension curricula

Extension curricula (EC) reflect a special type of restricted electives, and facilitate the acquisition of in-depth specialized knowledge.