Applied Geography B.Sc.
- Bachelor of Science
- Start of Studies:
- Winter Semester
- Standard Period of Studies:
- 6 semesters
- ECTS Credits:
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What does that mean?
ECTS are credit points that measure the workload of one's studies.
Abitur or equivalent HZB
What does that mean?
General higher education entrance qualification (Abitur), subject specific university entrance qualification, or an equally recognized university entrance qualification (HZB)
Proficiency in German
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What does that mean?
You must provide documentation of your language skills for the language of instruction at the time of enrollment. The exam regulations stipulate the relevant requirements.
Admission to First Semester
NC for WS 2019
Admission to Higher Semesters
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RWTH Aachen self assessments are online advising processes for deciding what to study. Participation in one (rarely two) of these self assessments is mandatory. You can find which self assessment you need to take for this subject in the course of study description under "Prerequisites". You will need to show proof of participation in a subject specific self assessment in order to enroll (not to apply). You can print out the participation certificate yourself.
Dates and Deadlines
Earth's crust – climate – colonization – water supply – transport – economic relations - these are just a few key words that describe the diverse aspects of geography. This discipline deals with the forms and processes of the Earth's surface in its spacial differentiation and human activities in its social and physical environment. It is typical for geographers to include natural science, social science, and economic perspectives and systematically link them.
Physical geography concentrates primarily on natural science research approaches and methods, such as in climatology, geomorphology, and geoecology.
Anthropogeography works from an economic-social science perspective, such as in commercial geography, transport geography, urban geography, and population geography.
Studies in Aachen consist of components from physical geography, anthropogeography, geographical methods, and regional geography. Starting in the fourth semester the curriculum offers students the opportunity to specialize within a geographic subdiscipline. Students select – based on their personal interest – one of the excursion destinations offered and two specialization modules starting in the fifth semester.
The course of study is also very application oriented. The concept behind the course of study is to offer an extraordinarily elaborate and comprehensive methodological training - from scientific data collection on site to evaluating the results.
The third particular characteristic of Aachen geography is the consistent link to other disciplines. The course catalogue, from which students choose a minor and elective module starting in the third semester, is unique and offers a broad range of specializations not available at other universities.
Minor and Elective Module
in both cases students can select from a unique variety of geography subjects or other disciplines: waste management and environmental engineering, business administration, geosciences, geodetics, georisks, social sciences, computer science, mathematics, resources management, urban water management, urban planning, transport and spatial planning, and economics.
Applied geography at RWTH means practical experience straight from the beginning! Field exercises supplement basic studies in the first semester. There is also an emphasis on methodological skills, such as climatological measurements at RWTH's own measuring stations, soil sample analyses, mapping, surveys, and statistic analyses. Many excursions offers a lively look into geographical peculiarities in the region and into geographical practice. Larger study excursions can take students to neighboring Euroean countries or to other continents.
Professional experience in a particular field of application is indispensable for geographers. A professional internships, completed during the lecture-free period, offers a deeper look into fields of work requiring geographic expertise.
Economic GeographyIndustrial Geography
Minor and elective modules (from 3rd semester)
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Module 1 and 2 (by choice), Bachelor's thesis
All details including the detailed program structure can be found on the Institute of Geography website.
The Institute of Geography maintains partnerships with renowned universities worldwide, making it possible for its students to gather the diverse international experiences that are so important for budding geographers. In the EU mobility program ERASMUS+ alone partnerships are maintained with universities in almost all European countries. Short-term scholarships offered through the IDEA League Student Grants support students with stays at the universities in Delft, Zürich, and Gothenburg. Aside from further study possibilities on all continents, the exchange proram with the German University of Technology in Oman, GUtech for short, offers an interesting opportunity to simultaneously acquire technical and international skills.
Various methods, facts, and relationships are linked. In contrast to geography lessons in school where facts and data are taken from literature, geography students collect data themselves, statistically analyzing them, and researching their dependence and relationships with each other. Geography students must have a particularly interest in looking for causes and relationships. They should be just as interested in geosciences as in social and economic approaches. This "all around" perspective is typical for geographers and makes them appealing for diverse work in research and application requiring this ability to make connections. Broadly based alternatives with other focuses include georesource management, geoinformatics, geodetics, environmental science, agricultural studies, and the like.
Do you want more perspectives? Use the diverse resources we have available! You can find our recommendations in the media library.
Career fields are numerous and the occupational outlook is high due to the practical and quantitative orientation of the course of study. Graduates are active both domestically and abroad in the following fields:
- Companies in private industry: site management, marketing, coordination activities, PR activities, controlling, consulting, editorial office activities, IT managment, media companies, environmental protection/consulting, telecommunications, city management, real estate, finance, traffic management, cross-border coordination, EU-oriented consulting responsibilities, tourism, and recreation
- Public administration: spatial and urban planning, regional development and management, environmental management, nature conservation planning, neighborhood and city management, economic promotion, GIS supported planning and coordination activities, development assistance,international authorities
- Self-employment: The vocational qualification offers good possibilities for under taking self-employment activities, e.g. in consulting offices or service enterprises as an external contractor for the professional fields listed above.
Master's Degree Prospects
RWTH Aachen offers two further Master's courses of study Applied Geography and Economic Geography.
Typical topics in the applied geography program are urban geography, landscape system analysis, climatology, and remote sensing.
In contrast, the Master's in economic geography focuses on topics such as geographic innovation research, regional development and tourism, services and
Both courses of study include further geographic subjects, specialization modules, and excursion modules. A minor is a selected during Master's studies to help student further qualify and individualize themselves.
Regulations that apply for all Bachelor and Master courses of study as well as detailed information about the necessary documentation of required language skills can be found in RWTH’s Comprehensive Examination Regulation. Examination regulations are only published in German as they are legally binding.
Subject Specific Exam Regulations regulate academic goals, the course of study layout, and exam procedures. The appendix to the regulations contains the description of the modules, from which the course of study is composed.
The Division of Earth Sciences and Geography practices traditional, application-oriented teaching in a geographically-interesting environment. It offers its students many insights "here on site" and comprehensive skills in open space and evaluation methods. Its collaboration with the other disciplines at RWTH, which is shaped by technology and engineering, open up education and research prospects not offered at other universities.