Bachelor’s Programme Earth Science

You want to learn more about the formation of the Alps, volcanic eruptions and natural disasters and how it's all connected?

Apply online

How and when did the Alps form? What do diamonds have to do with vulcanic eruptions? How does salt get into the ocean? Why are there natural disasters?

In the Bachelor’s Degree Programme in Earth Sciences students learn scientific thinking and basic competencies required for analysing geo-relevant documents and data. Students may deepen their knowledge in the fields of georisks, environmental history, raw materials and materials science among others.


Graduates are able to elaborate, evaluate and implement scientific developments in the fields of earth sciences and to apply them in interdisciplinary contexts.

The Bachelor’s Programme in Earth Sciences aims at imparting a wide range of basic knowledge and practice-oriented skills, thereby opening up appropriate career opportunities for graduates. On this basis, the Bachelor’s programme provides a comprehensive insight into the nature and processes of the lithosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere, atmosphere and anthroposphere and offers methods and tools for describing and understanding them in a system-oriented way.

Building on the contents of the first semester with general scientific education objectives, the students acquire a broad geological knowledge in mineralogy, petrology, geology and palaeontology. Because of the University of Innsbruck’s location in the middle of the Alps, the education has a special focus on regional alpine terrain and promotes the “geological way of thinking”, i.e. to work on and understand complex scientific connections in space and time.

In the two Bachelor’s theses the students learn to independently work on, document and present selected problems in Earth Sciences. Career options after successful completion of the studies lie in the field of basic research, a broad field in Applied Earth Sciences, relevant areas in economy, as well as public authorities.

The Bachelor’s Programme Earth Sciences prepares students for a relevant master’s programme as well as careers beyond the academic area. Occupational fields of graduates are in the field of applied earth sciences (geology and mineralogy) as well as in planning offices and the environmental sector.

Graduates tracking: Shows which occupational fields students enter after graduation

Faculty of Geo- and Atmospheric Sciences Examination Office Information for students with disabilities




From the field

Zen­trale Stu­dien­be­ra­tung

Wir sind die erste Anlaufstelle bei allen Fragen rund ums Studium für Schüler*innen, Studieninteressierte und Studierende sowie Eltern und Lehrer*innen.


In den unterschiedlichen Onlinesessions wird das vielfältige Studienangebot der Universität Innsbruck kurzweilig vorgestellt. Die Onlinesessions sind eine gute Plattform, um schnell und unkompliziert die richtigen Antworten auf individuelle Fragen zu bekommen.

Related studies

Nach oben scrollen