Structure of study at the RWTH Aachen University

   Structure of studies RWTH Kathrin Heinzmann  

The students’ qualification aims competence in the use of geoscientific understanding for societal future tasks. Because of its different obligatory modules, the course of study connects various disciplines of geology, geochemistry, geophysics, mineralogy and crystallography. No-obligation modules (elective courses) enable further professional-qualifying specialization in one of the geological range.

Applied profiling is an outstanding feature of the geoscientific education in Aachen. Starting in the fourth semester of the Bachelorīs degree course, a clear profile orientation in one of the three fields of specialization “Geophysik-Hydrogeologie-Ingenieurgeologie” (GHI), “Geomaterialien” (GeoMat), or “Energy and Mineral Resources” (EMR) takes place. Geosciences in Aachen offer a unique combination of engineering geology and hydrology with focus on geophysics. Besides, Aachen is a leading location for teaching natural mineral deposits both in terms of energy products and mineral resources. The third focus - Geomaterials – is related to future-orientated tasks around mineralogy and crystallography. Graduates are best prepared for the professional requirements by the specific profile of knowledge in Aachen.

In the first year of the undergraduate studies, the basics of mathematics, physics and chemistry are taught. A first introduction into the Earth system and its building materials, rocks, and minerals takes place. The program is accompanied by field seminars that continue also in the second year of study. Afterwards, it follows an introduction to various disciplines with focus on geosciences. In the final third year of Bachelorīs degree, a specialization in one of the three application-oriented direction takes place:

  • Geophysik-Hydrogeologie-Ingenieurgeologie (GHI), e.g. groundwater, construction ground
  • Geomaterialien (GeoMat), e.g. minerals and materials, soils
  • Energy & Mineral Resources (EMR), e.g. petroleum and natural gas, ores and metals

A bachelor thesis completes the course of study in the sixth semester. A occupational internship of four weeks outside the university is required. There is the opportunity to do an international semester at one of the European partner universities (ERASMUS) during the Bachelor course of study.