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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
€ 262,37
Start of studies
Winter semester
Part-time possible
Find your application procedure

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 Graphic: Sophie Bartholome (Universität Jena)

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 (ECTS for short; 1 ECTS = 30 hours for attendance, preparation and follow-up work, private study, assessed coursework and examinations) and a minor subject with 60 ECTS.

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

Short form: ECTS = credit points (European Credit Transfer System)
You can choose from a wide range of required elective modules for the minor subject; 42 ECTS must be taken in total. More detailed information can be found in the module catalogue for the study programme [in German].

Why study in Jena?

Diese Karte zeigt die Häufigkeit und Schwere von Erdbeben in Ostthüringen. 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

Institut für Geowissenschaften am Burgweg

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

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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.

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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.


Subject-specific academic advisory service — Prof. Dr Christoph Heubeck (responsible for Geology)
Burgweg 11
07749 Jena
+49 3641 9-48620
Opening hours:
by arrangement
Subject-specific academic advisory service — Prof. Dr Juraj Majzlan (responsible for Mineralogy, Head of Examinations Committee)
Room 208
Burgweg 11
07749 Jena
+49 3641 9-48700
Opening hours:
Thursdays 9:00–10:00
Student Representative Committee Earth Sciences
Academic Office for Student Affairs and Examinations
Carl-Zeiß-Platz 1
07743 Jena
+49 3641 9-411999
Opening hours:
Monday: 10:00–12:00
Tuesday: 12:00–16:00
Wednesday: closed
Thursday: 12:00–14:00
Friday: 10:00–12:00

Telephone enquiries:
Monday to Friday: 09:00–10:00
Monday and Wednesday: 14:00–15:00
Central Student Advisory Service
University Main Building / SSZ
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The Central Student Advisory Service does not offer personal services at the moment.

Consultations can also take place via phone.

Please send us an email and we will call you back (German phone numbers only).
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