Bachelor's Programme Earth Science

Curriculum (2010W)

As of winter semester 2018/2019 this programme is no longer open to new entrants. 

Bachelor of Science

6 semesters/180 ECTS-Credits

Mode of Study


Secondary school completion certificate or equivalent and Language Certificates

Faculty of Geo- and Atmospheric Sciences

Qualification Level
Bachelor (First Cycle)
ISCED-11: Level 6, EQR/NQR: Level 6

0532 Earth Sciences

Study Code
UC 033 615

Supplemental Examination
Biology and Environmental Protection

* Information on the Curriculum (2010W)

The complete version of the curriculum reflects the currently valid version of the curriculum. It is for informational purposes only and is not legally binding. The legally binding version of the curriculum, including any amendments, may be found in the University of Innsbruck Bulletins.

In order to determine which version of the curriculum is applicable in your case, see the Catalogue of Studies,
 available at:
Section: Current Curriculum version.

Studies Induction and Orientation Stage (STEOP)

(1) Within the scope of the studies induction and orientation stage, which takes place in the first semester, the following course examinations must be passed:

  1. VO System Earth 1 (CM 1 lit. a/2 hrs. /4 ECTS-Credits),
  2. VO System Earth 2 (CM 1 lit. b/2 hrs./3.5 ECT-Credits),
  3. VO Introduction to Physics (CM 3/4 hrs. /5 ECTS-Credits).

(2) Successful passing of all exams of the Studies Induction and Orientation Stage entitles to passing all further courses and examinations as well as to writing the Bachelor’s Theses.

(3) Before successful completion of the Studies Induction and Orientation Stage courses amounting to 15 ECTS-Credits may be passed. The requirements specified in the curriculum must be met.

(1) The Studies Induction and Orientation Stage (STEOP), with a duration of one semester (30 ECTS-Credits), provides an overview of the study programme and its structure in order to give students an objective basis to assess their decision to pursue their chosen subjects.

(2) During the Studies Induction and Orientation Stage, the following course examinations, which may be repeated twice, must be completed satisfactorily:

  1. VO System Earth 1 (PM 1 lit. a / 2 hours / 4 ECTS-Credits)
  2. VO System Earth 2 (PM 1 lit. b / 2 hours / 3.5 ECTS-Credits)

(3) A positive result (passing grade) on the examinations specified in Paragraph 2 permits students to attend all courses and take all examinations following the Introduction and Orientation Phase for Students (STEOP) and to write a bachelor's thesis as described in the curriculum. The registration requirements specified by the curriculum must be met.

General Information

Recommended Course Sequence

The exemplary course sequence given below is recommended for full-time students beginning their study programme in the winter semester. The table shows one possible course sequence for the bachelor's programme and is not compulsory. Delays resulting from repeated examinations are not taken into account.

The standard duration of the study programme is 6 semesters or 180 ECTS-Credits, whereby according to the Universities Act of 2002, a workload of 1,500 (real) hours per academic year must be fulfilled, corresponding to 60 ECTS-Credits (one ECTS-Credit is equivalent to a workload of 25 hours).

7.5 ECTS-Credits: Solid Earth 1
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Introduction to Mathematics
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Introduction to Physics
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Geography: Man and Environment

7.5 ECTS-Credits: Solid Earth 2
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Introduction to Chemistry and Geophysics
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Geology 1
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Cartography, Statistics

7.5 ECTS-Credits: Petrology and Geochemistry
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Mineralogy 1
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Earth History
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Introduction to Atmospheric Sciences

7.5 ECTS-Credits: Geology 2
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Petrography 1
7.5 ECTS-Credits: The Alps and Europe
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Field Course 1

7.5 ECTS-Credits: Petrography 2
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Applied Geology
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Mineralogy 2
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Seminar with Bachelor‘s Thesis 1

7.5 ECTS-Credits: Geology 3
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Field Course 2
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Seminar with Bachelor’s Thesis 1

Recommended course sequence for Bachelor's Programme in Earth Science

Information about examination regulations, assessment and grading

Examination regulations

The examination regulation is an integral part of the curriculum, detailed information can be found under the paragraph examination regulations.

The grade distribution table is a statistical representation of the distribution of all successfully completed examinations in a given programme of study or subject (based on all registered students for the programme or subject). The grade distribution table is updated in regular intervals.

Austrian grading  scheme Definition  %-age
 1 EXCELLENT:  Outstanding performance 19,0= 100%
 2  GOOD:  Generally good, but with some errors 28.5
 3 SATISFACTORY:  Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors 28.8
 4 SUFFICIENT:  Performance meets the minimum cirteria 23.7
 5 INSUFFICIENT:  Substantial improvement necessary; requirement of further work

October 2018

Overall classification of the qualification

Not applicable
Explanation: An overall classification (mit Auszeichnung bestanden/pass with distinction, bestanden/pass, nicht bestanden/fail) – is awarded only for examinations that conclude a programme of study and consist of more than one subject (an examination of this type is not specified in the curriculum of this programme of study).

Contact and Information

Examination Office
Location Innrain 52d

Associate Dean of Studies
Ass.-Prof. Priv.-Doz. Dr. Jasper Moernaut

Dean of Studies
Priv.-Doz. Mag. Dr. Gertraud Meißl

Information about the Programme (in German only)

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