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Chair of Geodynamics and Geomaterial Research

For students

Studying at the Institute of Geography and Geology

Interfaces between established disciplines are often breeding grounds for innovation and future-oriented tasks. The University of Würzburg occupies a special position in geoscientific education in Germany by uniting geography and geology in one institute. Through a series of compulsory and elective courses as well as courses from the accompanying subject group "Structural and Process Analysis of the Natural Balance" at BSc level, a combination of classical geographical and geological-mineralogical training oriented towards applied professional fields can be chosen. Building on this, a focus can be placed on the geology of georesources at MSc level. The corresponding range of courses is further broken down here.

Fundamentals and specialisation: The Bachelor's Programme (B.Sc.)

One of the special features of studying geography in Würzburg, where a consecutive BSc programme in Geography has been offered since the winter semester 2007/08, is the opportunity to obtain a broad education in the geosciences, especially in the fields of geology and mineralogy. Staff from the department are substantially involved in the education of BSc students with a range of compulsory, elective and companion courses. The latter are primarily designed for students of physical geography and are chosen by the majority of enrolled students. With the winter semester 2015/16, new study regulations for BSc students came into force, which take into account revisions of the old BSc programmes.

For advanced students: The Master's programme (M.Sc.)

The courses offered by our department on the topic of mineral deposit geology and exploration form one of the core areas in the MSc programme "Applied Physical Geography - Geosystem Change and Protection" introduced in the winter semester 2010/11 and are also used by the majority of the MSc students. A new, internationally oriented MSc programme "Applied Earth Observation and Geoanalysis (EAGLE)", under the leadership of the Chair of Remote Sensing and with the participation of our department, has been offered since October 2016.The department participates with courses on "Mineral Resources in Space and Time", "Advanced Spatial Analysis for Geoscientists" and "Exploration of Mineral Deposits", among others.

For aspiring teachers (geography)

The department offers introductory courses on general geology, regional geology and mineralogy for this group of students. This concerns not only introductory lectures and tutorials for hundreds of students, but also exercises in geological mapping, mineral/rock identification, field exercises and courses on museum didactics.


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