bridge the social, environmental, and natural sciences. Geosciences investigate spatial phenomena, specifically location-specific problems involving spatial consequences, thereby requiring action to be taken from within a range of sustainability strategies.
Geosciences coursework therefore focuses on the natural sciences but also comprises social science components, thus promoting networked thinking oriented towards an understanding of cause-effect relations in the human-environment system and the impact assessment of human interventions.
Three majors (specialisations) are available:
- Geography and Climatology
- Geology and Mineralogy
- Environmental Geosciences and Biogeochemistry
Geography studies the landscape systems of the Earth, their natural development, conscious design, and unconscious alteration by humans on various spatial levels: urban districts, catchment areas, regions, zones, and the entire planet. Climatology studies the meteorological and climatological foundations necessary for an understanding of the local to global interactions between the surface of the Earth and the atmosphere as well as the dynamic process within the atmosphere. Coursework focuses on natural processes and human-caused, anthropogenic influences.
Geology and Mineralogy spans a wide field of study, from nuclear-scale observation (crystallography) to the global scale (plate tectonics). Coursework includes Mineralogy-Petrology, Tectonics-Geology, Sedimentology-Paleonthology, and Geophysics.
Environmental Geosciences and Biogeochemistry study terrestrial and aquatic life and energy cycles between ecosystems, especially between the geo-, pedo-, hydro-, atmo-, and biospheres, with special attention to anthropogenic influences. Environmental Geosciences focus on soil science, terrestrial and aquatic Biogeochemistry.