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.
Level of qualification:
Bachelor's degree programme
Bachelor of Science (BSc)
Language of instruction:
General university entrance qualification
German, some courses are taught in English
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
In addition, topics such as sustainability and gender equality are investigated from the geographical perspective.
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.
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".
|Grundlagen und Methoden der Geographie (inkl. STEOP)||27|
|Integrative Geographie/Globaler Wandel||23|
|Specialisation through the choice of four subjects:|
- Angewandte Humangeographie
- Angewandte Physiogeographie
- Geosimulation und Modellierung
- Raumordnung und Regionalpolitik
- Natur - und Umweltschutz (inkl. Recht)
- Gender Studies
- Politikwissenschaft und Friedensforschung
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).
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.
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.
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 (EC) reflect a special type of restricted electives, and facilitate the acquisition of in-depth specialized knowledge.