Field education is a central component of geoscience education. It serves the goal of practical competence acquisition in the field. Theoretical knowledge acquired in the lecture hall is to be illustrated and applied in practice in one-day or multi-day field courses at Bachelor's and Master's level, and field methods are to be learned.
In the field education at the Aachen location, three main types of field events can be distinguished, which are anchored in the respective examination regulations:
- Mapping courses and terrain methods: The focus is on learning and trying out various terrain methods learned in theory in practice.
- Module-based terrain courses: At the end of modules in the compulsory and elective areas, terrain courses are firmly integrated into the study plans, in which the theoretically taught content of the module is visualized in practice. In this area - depending on the learning objective of the respective module - in addition to field courses, industrial visits or a mix of both event types are conceivable.
- Freely selectable geoscientific field courses: Completion of a number of geoscientific field days determined according to the respective examination regulations, if necessary subdivided according to level and specialization. The student can choose from a selection of geoscientific field courses of one or more days with different technical or regional emphases.