Earth Sciences (Bachelor)

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The bachelor’s programme in Earth Sciences at the University of Vienna conveys basic knowledge from all areas of earth sciences. It enhances the students’ in-depth understanding of physical, chemical and biological processes that have been taking place in the mantle, crust, hydrosphere, pedosphere, atmosphere and biosphere of the earth since its formation. In addition, it imparts knowledge regarding applied earth sciences, such as the exploration of raw materials, mineralogy and materials science, geological basics of construction engineering and an environmental geosciences view of natural hazards and water resources. Graduates have the necessary skills to carry out observations and measurements on site, analyse them in the laboratory and analyse the collected data.

Bachelor of Science

Degree Programme Code: 033 615

6 semesters / 180 ECTS credits

Language: German

NO entrance examination



Instruction Language German

Please note that the instruction language of this programme is German. To start the degree programme, you need to hold a certificate of German proficiency on C1 level.

Study programme

The bachelor’s programme in Earth Sciences consists of an Introductory and Orientation Period covering the areas of chemistry, mathematics and the “Earth system”, compulsory modules from subdisciplines such as mineralogy, biology, rock identification, cartography, mathematics, chemistry and palaeontology, as well as two elective modules. To successfully complete the programme, students have to write a bachelor’s thesis.

Five concepts

which you will deal with in your studies (examples):

  • Crystallography
  • Palaeobiodiversity
  • Stratigraphy
  • Tectonics
  • Geological mapping

 Overview of the programme structure & topics

Here you find the current offer of courses for this programme to gain better insight into the topics and structure. For more information please click on the respective level.

After graduation

With their comprehensive education, graduates of the bachelor’s programme in Earth Sciences are qualified to work in occupational fields that require basic competences in earth sciences, such as:

  • the raw materials industry
  • construction and civil engineering offices
  • water management, as well as 
  • public authorities and museums.

Graduates' Perspective on the Degree Programme

Graduate Survey

The University of Vienna regularly surveys graduates after the completion of their degree programmes about their experience with their degree programme and the university itself. The survey gives you insight into graduates perspectives of their studies from a subject and organizational related point of view.

Information about the Graduate Survey

Career Tracking of Graduates

The alumni tracking provides information on the career progression of the graduates of the University of Vienna and provides orientation for entry into the profession after graduation (e.g. search duration of first job, salary development and sectors in which graduates are active).

Information about the Career Tracking of Graduates