Do you love being outdoors and want to learn how the landscape around you works as a system? Then maybe a Bachelor in Earth Sciences is right for you. 

In the Earth Sciences bachelor's program, you'll study rocks, mountains, glaciers, oceans and climate. You will learn how these different parts of the Earth system interact to create the world we see today.

Earth scientists are allrounders. In addition to lectures on topics such as geophysics, geochemistry, geoinformatics and paleontology, you can also expect numerous field trips and mapping exercises as well as laboratory practicals. You will work both theoretically and practically at the interface of a wide range of disciplines.


    • Many excursions and field exercises
    • Opportunities for internships in the private sector
    • Individual specialization through 45 ECTS in elective modules
    • Active participation in the research of the working groups at the institutes for Geology and Mineralogy & Petrography on exciting research topics

Is this something for me?

The study of earth sciences is a natural science study. This does not mean that you need excellent knowledge in mathematics, physics, chemistry or biology to successfully complete the study program, as the basics are taught again at the beginning of the study program. Much more important than your school grades or already existing basics is that you enjoy scientific questions and, for example, were able to get excited about natural processes such as natural hazards, evolution or inorganic chemistry during school.

Furthermore, excursions are a larger part of the program. Since the University of Innsbruck is located in the middle of the Alps, most of the excursions will take place in the Alpine region. An above-average athletic ability, resistance to treading or a head for heights is not a prerequisite. However, it is an advantage for earth science studies if you like to be outdoors and, for example, enjoy simple hikes on blue and red hiking trails over a few hundred meters in altitude.

And afterwards?

After graduation, earth scientists work as consulting geologists in engineering offices, in the public sector or with environmental protection organizations. Other major fields of activity are in the energy sector and, of course, in science and research.

You'll meet our graduates as geotechnical engineers, geologists, laboratory analysts, researchers, county geologists, geophysicists, materials engineers and more.

Of course, you can also continue your studies with a master's degree

Master program Earth Sciences

Master program Nano und Material Sciences

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