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General Introduction

Jacobs University offers study programs according to the regulations of the European Higher Education Area. All study programs are structured along the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), which facilitates credit transfer between academic institutions. The three-year undergraduate program involves six semesters of study with a total of 180 ECTS credits. The curricular structure follows an innovative and student-centered modularization scheme – the 3C Model – which groups the disciplinary content of the three study years according to overarching themes:

The first study year is characterized by a broad offer in disciplinary and interdisciplinary education. Students select three CHOICE modules from a variety of study programs.

In the second year, students take three in-depth, discipline-specific CORE modules. One CORE module can also be taken from a second, complementary discipline, which allows students to incorporate a minor study track into their undergraduate education.

In the fifth semester, the World Track provides students either with an extended internship or a study abroad opportunity at a partner university. Students may also opt to stay on campus and continue their undergraduate education, where they select specialization courses within their study program and pursue a project/research module including the Bachelor thesis.

Major Overview

This program combines traditional disciplines in geosciences such as geochemistry, geophysics, oceanography and environmental sciences, and connects these to social sciences, economics, and management. Students learn about the sustainable exploration and management of natural resources, the evolution of the Earth’s crust, climate and oceans, and about the anthropogenic impact on natural systems. Practicals, international field excursions, involvement in ongoing research projects, and internships are integral parts of the program.


Careers in the private sector, government institutions and non-governmental organizations that focus on the environment, resources, development and energy.

First Year

Module: Inorganic Chemistry and Environmental Systems

  • Introduction to Earth and Environmental Systems
  • Field Lab GeoEnvironmental Systems and their Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry I
  • Inorganic Chemistry Lab

Module: Physics of Natural Systems

  • Classical Physics
  • Classical Physics Lab
  • Introduction to Earth and Marine Systems
  • Introduction to Mineralogy

Module: CHOICE (own selection)

Students take one further CHOICE module from those offered for all other study programs

Second Year

Module: Fundamental Earth and Environmental Sciences

  • Volcanism and Metamorphism
  • Sedimentology
  • Structural Geology
  • Marine Environments
  • Climate Change
  • Fieldtrip Environmental Challenges in Northwestern Germany

Module: Earth, Ocean, and Environmental GeoChemistry

  • Geochemistry of Igneous and Aqueous Systems
  • Environmental Geochemistry
  • Applied Geochemistry
  • Isotope Geochemistry
  • Mineral Resources
  • Fieldtrip Volcanism and Hydrochemistry in the Eifel, Germany

Module: Earth, Ocean, and Environmental GeoPhysics

  • Geophysical Techniques and Applications
  • Geophysical Hydrodynamics
  • Geophysical Data Analysis and Modeling
  • Physical Oceanography
  • Earth System Monitoring and Remote Sensing
  • Oceanographic Excursion/ Research Cruise North Sea

Third Year

Module: Internship / Study Abroad

Module: Project / Research and Bachelor Thesis

  • EES Project/ Research
  • EES Bachelor Thesis

Module: EES Specialization Area

Take four specialization courses

The Jacobs Track

The Jacobs Track is an essential element of Jacobs University’s educational concept. It fosters employability, transdisciplinarity, and internationality across all study programs. All students have to take modules offered within the Jacobs Track. The transdisciplinary triangle models offer courses from the areas business, technology, and societal context. Mathematics and statistics courses are offered within a methods module and foreign languages are provided within the language module.


Jacobs University Bremen gGmbH

Campus Ring I
28759 Bremen

Phone: +49 (0)421 200 4200
Fax: +49 (0)421 200 4203

You can get further Information on the website of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Jacobs University.
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