Bachelor's Programme Geography

Curriculum (2010W)

As of winter semester 2015/2016 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 033 655

* 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.

University of Innsbruck Bulletins » (Click to open all University of Innsbruck Bulletins)

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 15.8= 100%
 2  GOOD:  Generally good, but with some errors 28.4
 3 SATISFACTORY:  Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors 30.1
 4 SUFFICIENT:  Performance meets the minimum cirteria 25.7
 5 INSUFFICIENT:  Substantial improvement necessary; requirement of further work

Source: WS 2017/2018

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).

Studies Induction and Orientation Stage (STEOP)

(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 Geography: Men and Environment 1 (PM 1 lit. a /2 hours / 4 ECTS-Credits)
  2. VO Geography: Men and Environment 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: Geography: Man and Environment
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Scientific Working
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Principles of Social Sciences
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module

7.5 ECTS-Credits: General Geography 1
7.5 ECTS-Credits: General Geography 2
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Cartography, Statistics
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Regional Geography 1

7.5 ECTS-Credits: Human Geography
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Solid Earth 1
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Introduction to Atmospheric Sciences
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module

7.5 ECTS-Credits: Physical Geography
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Practices in Geography
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Geoinformatics 1
7.5 ECTS-Credits: The Alps and Europe

7.5 ECTS-Credits: Applied Geography, Urban and Regional Planning
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Geoinformatics 2
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Seminar with Bachelor's Thesis › continue sixth semester!
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module

7.5 ECTS-Credits: Global Change
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Regional Geography 2
› 7.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Seminar with Bachelor's Thesis

Recommended course sequence for Bachelor's Programme in Geography

Qualification Profile and Skills 

The goal of the Bachelor’s Programme Geography is to provide graduates in-depth and practical knowledge for occupational opportunities in this field. The bachelor’s programme offers a comprehensive education in the nature and processes of lithosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere, biosphere, atmosphere and anthroposphere, with special attention to practical relevance and application of knowledge. In combination with the two other bachelor’s programmes at the Faculty of Geo- and Atmospheric Sciences, the fundamentals of geo- and atmospheric sciences are imparted in common modules. Based on the contents of these studies, students acquire a broad basic and networked geographical knowledge in physical geography, human geography and regional geography. The methodical subjects provide the necessary problem-solving skills. Graduates are able to analyse geography-related issues with scientific methods and thus to measure, interpret and evaluate solutions to problems. The bachelor’s thesis enables students to independently elaborate scientific and practical issues in the field of geography.

Expected Learning Outcomes 

Graduates are able to elaborate, evaluate and implement scientific and technical-methodical developments in the field of geography and to apply them in interdisciplinary contexts.

Future Prospects: Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities

The Bachelor’s Programme Geography prepares students for a relevant master’s programme as well as careers beyond the academic area. Occupational fields of graduates are in specialized engineering and planning offices as well as in relevant economic fields.

Postgraduate and further Studies at the University of Innsbruck

Information about the Programme (in German only)

Forms (in German only)

Contact and Information

Examination Office
Standort Innrain 52d

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Dean of Studies
ao. Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Kurt Nicolussi 

Information for students with disabilities

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