Geosciences represent a wide and diverse discipline. Geoscientists help understand climate change, predict natural hazards or optimally use our dwindling resources. They plan and control supply with resources and energy, ensure stable construction of dams, roads, houses, and tunnels, or take care of groundwater protection, waste disposal, and contaminated sites.
Generally, geoscientists deal with the system Earth and concentrate on the complex processes below the Earth’s surface. Apart from basic scientific contents, engineering knowledge is conveyed during studies. Geoscientists frequently work in an interdisciplinary manner on topics of high environmental relevance.
Potential fields of work of geoscientists range from A aquatic geochemistry to Z zinc deposits. Also employers are very different. Often, geoscientists are employed by engineering and geological offices (about 25% of the graduates). About 20% work in the public service sector, i.e. at public offices and authorities. Another 20% of geoscientists work in industry and business (e.g. construction and resources industry). Another 12 to 13% of geoscientists find work at universities and research institutions. The remaining graduates, about 22%, are employed in other areas.
(Excerpt from "Jobs mit Geowissenschaft: Mehr als nur Steine klopfen", Stephanie Bissels)
Applied Geosciences at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
The consecutive bachelor’s/master’s program of “Angewandte Geowissenschaften” (applied geosciences) was introduced in the 2006/07 winter semester to replace the previous diploma programs of geology and mineralogy. It conveys broad and, at the same time, substantiated know-how in the geoscientific disciplines of geology, mineralogy, petrology, economic geology, and geochemistry as well as hydrogeology, engineering geology, geothermal energy, and petrophysics. In addition, some neighboring disciplines, such as geophysics, geoinformatics, and geodesy, are covered by education. As the program is of mathematico-scientific character, basics in mathematics, physics, and chemistry are imparted during the first semesters. The master’s program provides students with the opportunity to specialize in the areas of hydro-/engineering geology, geoenergy/georesources or mineralogy /geochemistry.
Thanks to the wide range of subjects taught in lectures and tutorials as well as in practical laboratory classes, field exercises, and excursions in Germany and abroad, geoscientists graduating from KIT are able to independently conduct scientific research and to meet the high requirements in various areas in industry, authorities, research, and education institutions.
Prospective students are invited to contact the Fachschaft Geowissenschaften Karlsruhe (geosciences student representatives of KIT). It will be pleased to answer questions relating to studies of geosciences and offers advice from students to students.
The consecutive bachelor’s/master’s program of “Angewandte Geowissenschaften” (applied geosciences) is an accredited program of KIT and, hence, meets international standards.