Bachelor's Programme Earth Science

Curriculum (2018W)

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

 The curriculum is the basis of a degree programme. A look at the curriculum for the Bachelor's Programme Earth Sciences will give you a detailed overview of the structure, content, examination regulations and qualification profile of this Bachelor's degree.

The curriculum can clarify several important questions before you start your studies. For example, which criteria have to be fulfilled for enrolment in the Bachelor's Programme Earth Sciences, how long the programme takes, which modules have to be completed and much more.

The curriculum 2018W currently applies to the Bachelor's Programme Earth Sciences.

Information on the Curriculum (2018W)

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.

Supplemental Examination

The supplemental examination in Biology and Environmental Protection is dropped

  • if a minimum of four hours in natural sciences, biology or biology in conjunction with other teaching areas per week were successfully attended at a secondary school after the 8th school grade.
  • if the knowledge from the fields of natural sciences, biology or biology in conjunction with other teaching areas  are already part of the admission procedure prior admission (concerns all admission processes acc. to §65a and §§71b, c, d UA 2002).

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./4 ECTS-Credits)

(2) Successful passing of all exams of the Studies Induction and Orientation Stage entitles to passing all further courses and examinations.

(3) Before successful completion of the Studies Induction and Orientation Stage courses amounting to 22 ECTS-Credits may be passed. The requirements specified in 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).

10.0 ECTS-Credits: Solid Earth 1
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Mathematics
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Physics
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Chemistry
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module

10.0 ECTS-Credits: Solid Earth 2
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Geology 1
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Mineralogy 1

5.0 ECTS-Credits: Geochemistry
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Geophysics
     5.0 ECTS-Credits: Geoinformatics
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Geology 2a (Structural Geology)
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Mineralogy 2

5.0 ECTS-Credits: Scientific Working
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Geology 2b (Earth History, Regional Geology)
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Geology 3
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Introduction to Applied Earth Sciences

10.0 ECTS-Credits: Seminar with Bachelor's Thesis 1
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module (Geology/Mineralogy)
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module

10.0 ECTS-Credits: Seminar with Bachelor's Thesis 2
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module (Geology/Mineralogy)
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module

empfohlener Studienverlauf als Grafik

ECTS-Anrechnungspunkte (Arbeitsbelastung)
Course Sequence

Extension Programme

Within the scope of the Study Programme, a Extension Programme corresponding to 60 ECTS-Credits may be passed. Admission to the Extension Programme requires the admission to or the having passed of one of the selected Study Programmes. Detailed information:

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
1EXCELLENT: Outstanding performance 18.3= 100%
2 GOOD: Generally good, but with some errors 29.6
3SATISFACTORY: Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors 29
4SUFFICIENT: Performance meets the minimum cirteria 23.1
5INSUFFICIENT: Substantial improvement necessary; requirement of further work

 December 2021

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
Standort Innrain 52d

Associate Dean of Studies (from 01.03.2024)
Ass.-Prof. Priv.-Doz. Dr. Jasper Moernaut

Dean of Studies (from 01.03.2024)
Priv.-Doz. Mag. Dr. Gertraud Meißl

Information about the Programme (in German only)

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