Applied Geosciences Bachelor

Bachelor-Studies Applied Geosciences AGW

We welcome you to our 3-year BSc-program Applied Geosciences at KIT. Our applied study program, hosted by the engineering faculty Civil Engineering, Geo- and Environmental Sciences, focuses on the sustainable use of the environment, above and underground. During you Bachelor studies you get to know your lecturers in person. We teach know how in many small group exercises, during one- and multiple day field trips you will apply your knowledge. Applied Geosciences is hosted at KIT, awarded the university of excellence, which offers best opportunities to pogress in your career.

degree Bachelor of Science
duration 6 semester (3 years, 180 ECTS)
language of instruction German
module handbook (MHB) MHB SS 2023 older MHBs in the archive
examination details (SPO)


Änderungssatz 2016 zur SPO 2014

Organization of Studies

In the first two semesters of our natural sciences study program Applied Geosciences we teach basic natural sciences and geology:

  • Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry
  • Foundation of Geosciences
    • Origin of minerals and rocks
    • Geology in the field (field trips, field methods, mapping course)
    • Earth history
    • Geomorphology and pedology (soil sciences)
    • Interpretation of geological maps and profiles

The following semesters we teach the applied aspects of geosciences

  • Geochemistry, fundamentals of chemical processes on earth
  • Geophysics, fundamentals of physical processes on earth
  • Geologie, fundamentals of structural and sedimentary processes on earth
    • Mapping course in the field
    • Regionale Geology, development of the earth in time & space
    • Sedimentology, processes of erosion, transport and deposition of rocks on earth
    • Structural Geology, processe causing the deformation of the earth
  • Mineralogy & Crystallography, forming of crystals and minerals
  • Petrology, forming of rocks from melt and metamorphism

and give you a first-hand insight to the applied aspects of geosciences

  • Georesources, such as the sustainable exploration of rocks and minerals, metals, energy (geothermal, natural gas, hydrogen) and subsurface storage (hdyrogen, air, green gas)
  • Hydrogeology, such as the exploration of groundwaterr
  • Engineering Geology, such as the soil foundation

The Bachelor program ends with a Bachelor this in the sixth semester.

Geologiestudenten bei Sturm in Schottland

AGW-students from KIT during a storm in Scotland.


Your six-week internship in a company aims to adapt geological processes and procedures. The internship should be carried out during the semester break after the second study year.

German level for international applicant

International applicants for the Bachelor program have to demonstrate German language skills. Information on the level are provided by the International Students Office External Link.

Career opportunities

Our graduates work in the fields of groundwater and foundation, energy including renewable, natural resources and environmental offices. Your strong foundation in natural sciences, a critical analysis of complex data and a efficient presentation of results provide the skills to continue your career in industry, consultancy and sciences.

Kartierkurs Kirn

AGW-students from KIT during a mapping course near Kirn.

Orientation test

The aim of the orientation examination is to show the student at an early stage whether he or she has made the right choice of study and is up to the requirements. As a rule, the orientation examination must have been taken by the end of the third semester. A special feature is that, unlike other examinations, a second repetition is not possible.

The orientation exam in the degree programme Applied Geosciences consists of a module submodule exam in the natural and engineering sciences and a module submodule exam from the geoscientific modules listed in the curriculum. Further details are regulated by the currently valid study and examination regulations (SPO).

Interdisciplinary qualifications

For Bachelor students starting their studies in the winter semester 2015/2016, the interdisciplinary qualifications (formerly "key qualifications") are fixed and consist of the following courses:

  • Scientific work and writing
  • Proseminar
  • Advanced Seminar

Master's preferential account

During the bachelor's programme, credits from the master's programme can already be acquired, but not more than 30 ECTS. This is done via the Master's preferential account. Since BSc students cannot register online for exams from the MSc program, the Admissions Office issues blue certificates for these exams.