Earth Sciences (Bachelor)

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The bachelor’s programme in Earth Sciences 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 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


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Data updated on: 25.05.2020

*Click here for further information on statistical data in the field of teaching and learning. (in German)


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 the Earth system, mineralogy and crystallography and general and inorganic chemistry, compulsory modules from subdisciplines such as mineralogy, biology, rock identification, cartography, mathematics, chemistry and palaeontology, as well as elective modules. To successfully complete the programme, students have to write a bachelor’s thesis.

Five concepts

which you will deal with during your studies:

  • Crystallography
  • Palaeobiodiversity
  • Stratigraphy
  • Tectonics
  • Geological mapping

... and many more.

 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 asks graduates to provide their opinion about the degree programme immediately after graduating. The survey results show how graduates evaluate the degree programme they completed from a subject-specific and organisational perspective.


The graduate survey is an important feedback tool for continuously improving the quality of studies.

Graduates ...

  • say that this degree programme receives the grade: 2,3 (good)
  • rate the level of difficulty as: 3.5 (appropriate)

→ These results are basd on feedback from 27 graduates.

*Detailed information about the implementation, analysis and use of the survey as well as further data can be found in the bachelor’s programme in Earth Sciences graduation survey (in German).

Career Tracking of Graduates

The tracking of graduates provides information about the career paths of the University of Vienna graduates and aims at providing guidance for career entry after graduation (e.g. questions about the duration of job search until first employment after graduation, salary development and sectors that graduates are active in).

3 years after graduation ...

  • 68% of graduates residing in Austria are gainfully employed.
  • graduates earn approx. € 2,669 gross/month.
  • 10% of graduates work in the wholesale trade sector.

*You can find precise information on implementation, evaluation and use as well as further data for this degree programme in the graduate tracking "Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Statistics".