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EARTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES

 


Bachelor of Science - Undergraduate Program

Earth and Environmental Sciences (EES) - The Program

The EES program is based on a solid foundation in chemistry, mathematics and physics, and combines traditional geoscience disciplines such as geology, oceanography and environmental science using key methodological tools and concepts from geochemistry, geophysics, geodata analysis and data management. The modular curriculum allows for an excellent integration of optional complementary courses from the social sciences, e.g., economics and management, and from the life sciences, e.g., biochemistry, cell biology and microbiology.

The EES program imparts the knowledge and the skills that allow our graduates to address topical challenges and key research questions including the sustainable and responsible exploration of natural resources, the short- and long-term evolution of the Earth’s climate and oceans, the scientific processing and analysis of large volumes of digital Earth data and pressing anthropogenic challenges to the natural environment. The EES program is ideally suited for proactive and engaged students who are passionate about planet Earth and our natural environment, its dynamics and the impact of human activities, who enjoy working outdoors, and who wish to contribute to finding solutions to pressing real-world problems.

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Career Perspectives

The Earth and Environmental Sciences program provides a gateway to a wide range of different career paths that reflect the diversity of Earth and Environmental Sciences.
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Key Facts

Program Start Date 2020:

last week of August (orientation week), first week of September (classes)

Tuition:

€ 20,000 per academic year
+ € 8,000 living expenses

Scholarships:

All applicants are considered for merit-based scholarships of up to € 15,000 per year.

Application Deadlines 2020:

June 1 (global) and July 15 (for applicants who do not need a visa)

Duration:

3 years full-time
 

 

Financing Options:

Each admitted candidate will receive an individual financial package.

5 reasons

5 reasons why you should study Earth and Environmental Sciences at Jacobs University

  1. Dedicate yourself to the most pressing challenges of our time: Saving the environment, understanding climate change, dealing with big earth data, sustaining water and mineral resources.
  2. Interdisciplinary courses to broaden your horizon
  3. Pack your bags and gain hands-on research experience through lab courses and excursions
  4. Further sharpen your profile and interest by choosing a minor
  5. Connect with Alumni to expand your professional network

Program

The three-year undergraduate program involves six semesters of study with a total of 180 ECTS credit points (CP). The curricular structure follows an innovative and student-centered modularization scheme - the 3C-Model - that groups the disciplinary content of the three study years according to overarching themes:

 

Study program structure


The first study year is characterized by a broad offer in disciplinary education that builds on and extends the students’ entrance qualification. EES Students select introductory modules with a total of 45 CP from the CHOICE area of a variety of study programs, of which 15 CP will be from their intended major.

Students can still change to another major at the beginning of the second year of studies if they have taken the corresponding modules of the study program in the first year of studies.

EES students take the following discipline-specific CHOICE Modules in their first year of study:
  • CHOICE Module: General Earth and Environmental Sciences (7.5 CP)
  • CHOICE Module: General Geoscience (7.5 CP)
These CHOICE modules introduce the students in the 1st semester to the fundamentals of Earth and Environmental Sciences (e.g., the structure of the Earth, its major compartments, plate tectonics, time-scales, and the human impact on the natural environment), and in the 2nd semester provide more specific knowledge of geomaterials and geological phenomena and address the exogenic and endogenic processes that shape them.

 


In their second year, students take modules with a total of 45 CP from in-depth, discipline-specific CORE modules. These modules aim to extend the students’ critical understanding of the key theories, principles, and methods in their major at the current state of knowledge and best practice.

EES students take 30 CP from the following CORE modules:
  • CORE Module: Environmental Science (7.5 CP)
  • CORE Module: Geochemistry of Igneous and Aqueous Systems (7.5 CP)
  • CORE Module: Earth Data Science (7.5 CP)
  • CORE Module: Oceanography (7.5 CP)
  • CORE Module: Mineral, Metal and Water Resources (7.5 CP)
  • CORE Module: Geophysical Remote Sensing (7.5 CP)
15 CP in CORE modules can be selected in the second year of studies according to interest and with the aim to pursue a minor in a second field of studies.

 


During their third year, students prepare and make decisions for their career after graduation. To explore available choices fitting individual interests, and to gain professional experience, students take a mandatory summer internship.

The 5th semester opens also a mobility window for study abroad options. Finally, the 6th semester is dedicated to fostering the research experience of students by involving them in an extended Bachelor thesis and seminar module, which aims at data generation of publication quality.

EES students take major-specific advanced Specialization modules to consolidate their knowledge at the current state of research in areas of their choice.

EES students can choose four of the following Specialization Modules:
  • Specialization: Advanced Oceanographic and Geological Field Lab (5 CP)
  • Specialization: Global Change and Systems Thinking (5 CP)
  • Specialization: Modelling of Earth System Data (5 CP)
  • Specialization: Current Topics in Earth and Environmental Science (5 CP)
In addition to the advancement of disciplinary skills within EES, these specialization modules are also meant to bring together different disciplinary threads developed in the CORE area in an interdisciplinary context, thus realizing the idea of capstone modules in the third year of study.

 


As a core element of Jacobs University’s employability approach students are required to engage in a mandatory two-month internship of 15 CP that will usually be completed during the summer between the second and third year of study. This gives students the opportunity to gain first-hand practical experience in a professional environment, apply their knowledge and understanding to a professional context, reflect on the relevance of their major in employment and society, reflect on their own role in employment and society, and find professional orientation. As an alternative to the full-time internship, students interested in setting up their own company can apply for a start-up option to focus on the development of their business plan.

The Jacobs Track, an important feature of Jacobs University’s educational concept, runs parallel to the disciplinary modules across all study years and is an integral part of the study program. It reflects a university-wide commitment to an in-depth training in scientific methods, fosters an interdisciplinary approach, raises awareness of global challenges and societal responsibility, enhances employability, and equips students with extra skills desirable in the general field of study. Additionally, it integrates (German) language and culture modules.

Methods and Skills modules
Methods and skills such as mathematics, statistics, programming, data handling, presentation skills, academic writing, and scientific and experimental skills are offered to all students as part of modules within the Methods and Skills area. Students are required to take 20 CP in the Methods/Skills area.

EES students take the following Methods modules:
  • Methods Module: Mathematical Concepts for the Sciences (5 CP)
  • Methods Module: Chemistry for Natural Scientists (5 CP)
  • Methods Module: Physics for Natural Scientists (5 CP)
One module can be chosen freely among offered Methods Modules.

Big Questions modules
The modules of the Big Questions area intend to broaden the students’ horizon with applied problem solving between and beyond the disciplines. The offerings comprise problem-solving oriented modules that tackle global challenges from the perspectives of different disciplinary backgrounds and that allow, in particular, a reflection of the acquired disciplinary knowledge in economic, societal, technological, and/or ecological contexts.

EES students select 2-4 modules (10 CP) from a broad portfolio of Big Questions modules.

Community Impact Project
In their 5th semester, students are required to take a 5 CP Community Impact Project (CIP) module. Students engage in on-campus or off-campus activities that challenge their social responsibility, i.e., they typically work on major-related projects that make a difference in the community life on campus, in its neighborhood, in Bremen, or on a cross-regional level.

Language modules
Jacobs University supports its students in acquiring and improving these skills by offering a variety of language modules at all proficiency levels. Emphasis is put on fostering German language skills of international students as they are an important prerequisite for non-native speaking students to learn about, explore, and eventually integrate into their host country and its professional environment.
All students take four language courses in the first and second year.
 

The curriculum of the study program is outlined in the schematic study plan:

Rankings

THE Young University Ranking 2019: In the category “Geography, Environmental, Earth & Marine Science” Jacobs University ranked #7 in teaching within 351 universities worldwide

 

CHE Rankings 2018: 2018 the Jacobs Geoscience program was top ranked in the CHE Rankings - for the 4th time! CHE is the most detailed university ranking in the German-speaking region. It not only takes into account facts on the range of courses, but also questions students themselves

Students & Alumni

Jacobs University was an eye opening experience both at a professional and personal level.


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Research

Geophysics

  • Our applied geophysics area currently focuses on Petroleum Systems Modelling, Seismic Exploration, Gas Hydrate research and Marine Geophysics.
     
  • Research activities in Space Physics include auroral plasma physics, analysis of multi-spacecraft observations in geospace, and the study of how geomagnetic variations affect System Earth.
     
  • Research areas for Planetariy Geology include various aspects of Comparative Planetology, such as: aeolian, fluvio-lacustrine, glacial fluid escape processes, impact cratering and the study of Terrestrial (geological) analogues for better interpreting space-based data and planning future exploration. (Big) data discovery, access and analysis for planetary science is also covered.

Geochemistry

  • Environmental Geochemistry
  • Marine Geochemistry

Oceanography
Oceanography at Jacobs is divided into four areas of emphasis:

  • Biological Oceanography: examines the processes governing the distribution, abundances, and production of plants, animals, and nutrients in the oceanic ecosystem. Emphasis is on investigations of bacteria, phytoplankton, zooplankton, and benthic organisms. Progress entails identifying the patterns of variability in space and time, determining the processes producing and maintaining the patterns, then quantifying the processes.
     
  • Chemical Oceanography: investigates the complex chemistry, distribution and cycling of dissolved substances, nutrients, and gases in seawater, the mechanisms controlling them and their origins and fates.
     
  • Marine Geology & Geophysics: studies marine sediments (their formation, transport, and deposition); ocean basin formation (plate tectonics); processes governing shoreline formation; and the origin, structure, and history of the oceanic crust and upper mantle.
     
  • Physical Oceanography: endeavors to understand and predict motion in the sea. Scales of motion range from millimeters through tidal and current scales to the great ocean gyres. The distribution of physical properties (temperature, salinity, sea ice) and air-sea interaction and its implications for climate are fertile areas of research.

 

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