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Bachelor's Programme Geography

Faculty Faculty of Geo- and Atmospheric Sciences
Duration / ECTS-Credits 6 semesters / 180 ECTS-Credits
Academic Degree
Bachelor of Science (BSc)
Qualification Level
Bachelor (First Cycle)
ISCED-11: Level 6, EQF/NQF: Level 6
ISCED-F 0532 Earth Sciences
Mode of Study
Study Code
UC 033 655
Curriculum Information on the Curriculum (2015W) *
Language of Instruction German
Admission Requirements
Secondary school completion certificate or equivalent and Language Certificates


*Information on the Curriculum

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.

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

Studies Induction and Orientation Stage (STEOP)

Studies Induction and Orientation Stage (STEOP) starting winter term 2016 »

(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 Geography: Man and Environment 1 (CM 1 lit. a/3 hrs. /5 ECTS-Credits),
  2. VO Geography: Man and Environment 2 (CM 1 lit. b/3 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 Thesis.

(3) Before successful completion of the Studies Induction and Orientation Stage courses amounting to 20 ECTS-Credits may be passed. The requirements specified in the curriculum must be met.

Studies Induction and Orientation Stage (STEOP) until december 2015 »

(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. Men and Environment 1 (3 hours / 5 ECTS-Credits)
  2. Men and Environment 2 (3 hours / 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).

First Semester »

10.0 ECTS-Credits: Man and Environment
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Cartography and Statistics I
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Economic Fundamentals
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module

Second Semester »

10.0 ECTS-Credits: General Geography I
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Regional Geography I
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Fundamentals of Social Sciences
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Scientific Working
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module

Third Semester »

5.0 ECTS-Credits: Human Geography › continue fourth semester!
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Physical Geography I › continue fourth semester!
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Regional Geography II
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Introduction to Techniques of Human Geography
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Cartography and Statistics II
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module

Fourth Semester »

5.0 ECTS-Credits: Human Geography
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Physical Geography I
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Regional Geography III
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Field Course
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Geoinformatics I
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module

Fifth Semester »

5.0 ECTS-Credits: General Geography II
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Space and Time
3.0 ECTS-Credits: Integrative Geography 1 › continue sixth semester!
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Applied Geography and Spatial Planning
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Geoinformatics II
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module

Sixth Semester »

7.0 ECTS-Credits: Integrative Geography 1
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Regional Geography IV
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Integrative Geography 2
15.0 ECTS-Credits: Seminar with Bachelor's Thesis

Graphic chart »

Studienverlauf_ BA Geographie_Stand 01.10.2015_en

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

Supplementary Programme

Within the scope of the Study Programme, a Supplementary Programme corresponding to 60 ECTS-Credits may be passed. Admission to the Supplementary 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.

Description of the applied grading system (including the grade distribution table) »

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
 Outstanding performance
19 TAB
= 100%
 2  GOOD:
 Generally good, but with some errors
 Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors
 Performance meets the minimum criteria
 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). 

Information about the Programme (in German only)

Forms (in German only)

Contact and Information

Examination Office
Standort Innrain 52d Piktogramm barrierefreier Zugang

Associate Dean of Studies (from 01.03.2024)
Dr. Rudolf Sailer 

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

Information for students with disabilities 

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