Rocks are carefully analyzed during an excursion


How is our earth structured? What environmental changes are on the horizon? And where can valuable natural resources be found? If you are interested in these questions, this is the programme for you!
Rocks are carefully analyzed during an excursion
Image: Christoph Worsch (University of Jena)
Key facts
Bachelor of Arts
Supplement to degree
minor in a multi-subject bachelor’s programme
6 Semesters
Teaching language
Tuition fee
Semester contribution
€ 265,60
Start of studies
Winter semester
Part-time possible
Application & Deadlines

Content of the study programme

Did you know that many volcanoes would not be able to spit fire if it weren’t for water? Did you know there is a lake on an Australian island where the water is completely pink? And did you know some fossils hold a wide range of secrets that give us a glimpse of the past? Our planet is just full of wonders! The study of geology looks closely at the structure and development of the earth. The analysis of rocks, the observation of processes and the creation of physical and chemical models enable us to develop geological laws.

If you take ‘Geology’ as a minor subject, you will acquire the basic knowledge needed to make connections between geoscientific and socio-political issues. These issues are playing an increasingly prominent role in society, especially when it comes to supplying drinking water and energy resources, dealing with mining damage and assessing geohazards such as earthquakes or tsunamis. Your expertise as a geologist will therefore also be required in several areas of the humanities and social sciences.


minor subject minor subject Graphic: Sophie Bartholome

The bachelor's degree is the first professional qualification. The standard period of study is a total of six semesters, during which various forms of courses (e.g. seminars, lectures or exercises) are offered for the individual modules.

A multi-subject bachelor’s programme consists of a major subject with 120 credit points (CP for short; 1 CP = 30 hours for attendance, preparation and follow-up work, private study, assessed coursework and examinations) and a minor subject with 60 CP.

The compulsory modules of this study programme will teach you geoscientific methods and subject-specific basics. The elective modules will give you the opportunity to explore a wide range of sub-areas, such as Sedimentology (formation of deposits), Tectonics (structure and movements in the earth’s crust) and Palaeontology (living beings from the geological past).

How might your study programme shape up?

The following table shows the possible structure of your course with ‘Geology’ as your minor subject: 

Semester Modules
1st Compulsory module:
Introduction to Geosciences
(9 CP)
2nd Compulsory module:
Good Scientific Practice and Scientific Conduct (3 CP)
Required elective module:
Surface Processes (7 CP)
3rd Compulsory module:
Introduction to Geological Maps (6 CP)
Required elective module:
Hydrogeology (6 CP)
4th Required elective module:
Structural Geology (6 CP)
5th Required elective module:
Quaternary Geology and Soil Science (6 CP)
Required elective module:
Geochemistry and Petrology (6 CP)
6th Required elective module:
Applied Geology (5 CP)
Required elective module:
Regional Geology of Central Europe (6 CP)

Abbreviations: CP = credit points

You can choose from a wide range of required elective modules for the minor subject; 42 CP must be taken in total.

More detailed information can be found in the module catalogue for the study programme [in German]External link.

Why study in Jena?

This map shows the frequency and severity of earthquakes in East Thuringia. This map shows the frequency and severity of earthquakes in East Thuringia. Image: Jan-Peter Kasper (University of Jena)
  • Excellent teaching: The offers a wide range of courses in Geology. A variety of technical links can also be made to mineralogy and geophysics.
  • Lots of practical content: As special emphasis is placed on practical training, a large amount of your studies will be spent in the field and in the laboratory.
  • Variety: Thanks to Jena’s location at the heart of Germany, lots of field trips to interesting destinations are included in the study programme.
  • Adventures abroad: Our University has a global network of partner universities.


Behind the scenes

Institute of Earth Sciences at Burgweg
Welcome to our Institute!
The main building of the Institute of Geosciences, located at Burgweg 11, houses seminar rooms, offices, a lecture theatre and several laboratories.

What can you do after your studies?

Areas of employment for graduates

  • scientific journalism / publishing
  • science and natural history museums
  • government agencies or environmental protection institutions 

Please note: Your career opportunities will largely depend on your major subject. By studying an unusual combination of subjects, you will qualify for special niche positions. However, purely geoscientific occupations will generally be out of bounds with a degree in the minor subject.

What are the personal requirements?

  • good knowledge of mathematics, physics and chemistry
  • an interest in the issues studied in the related disciplines of geography, prehistory, early history and archaeology
  • an interest in science and research
  • enjoyment of fieldwork and laboratory activities

Admission requirements

University entrance qualification

A university entrance qualification, such as a general secondary school leaving certificate, is required for admission onto the study programme.

More information on university entrance qualifications can be found here.

Language requirements

The study programme is taught in German. You must therefore have a very good command of German at the start of the study programme.

Proficiency in English is required; students must submit evidence of their language skills (except German—see above) when registering the subject of their bachelor’s thesis at the latest.


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Telephone enquiries:
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The ASPA is mainly responsible for students at the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Theology.
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Office hours:
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Consultation hours:
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Video chat:
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Videochat Passwort
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Tuesday 13 - 15
Wednesday 10 - 12
Thursday 13 - 15
Friday 10 - 12

Updates / adjustments may occur at any time. Thank you for your understanding!

We currently provide advice and handle your concern solely also via phone and service desk.

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