Applied Geosciences (BSc)

Responsibility towards mankind and nature

Will the water supply remain secure in the future? Where can we find more crude oil? Is substrate stable enough to build a road on top of it? How and where can waste be stored without causing further damage?

Geoscientists have an amazingly broad range of knowledge: they look for solid, liquid and gaseous raw materials, analyse their composition, investigate and clean up soil and water pollution or run substrate surveys for construction projects. Geosciences therefore hold the key to one of the greatest future challenges: society's need for a sustainable supply of raw materials, power and water and the protection of the Earth's complex systems.

What skills and interests do I need?

For geoscientists, the Earth is a gigantic outdoor laboratory – a love of nature is therefore an absolute must. As part of fieldwork, you will collect quantities of data that you will then evaluate. You should therefore be interested in EDP and bring with you a desire for accuracy and the ability to understand complex connections. If you also love learning about foreign languages and cultures, you're ready for this exciting programme.

What can I expect during my studies?

The Applied Geosciences programme at Montanuniversität offers a unique combination of technology and natural science. You will find out more about the following areas in the Bachelors programme:

  • Applied geophysics looks at the physical properties and processes of the Earth's crust and interior (e.g. earthquakes) and the extraction of raw materials.
  • Mineralogy addresses the creation, properties and use of minerals.
  • Petroleum geology uses special methods and procedures to find and use petroleum reservoirs and natural gas fields.
  • Geomechanics and geological engineering investigate the behaviour of mountains and the interaction between the geological substrate and construction.
  • Environmental geology and hydro-geology look at groundwater capture and pollution amongst other things and address natural (e.g. landslide) and artificial (e.g. landfill sites) georisks.
  • In resource geology, you learn to investigate deposits of petroleum, coal, gold etc. and evaluate their financial and industrial use.

What can I expect after my studies?

This comprehensive study programme means that a wide variety of career opportunities will be open to you: Geoscientists across the world work in mining and raw materials companies and the petroleum industry, as well as engineering offices, construction companies and public authorities, where they look at issues such as landfill sites, recycling, site remediation and water supply. Graduates from Montanuniversität Leoben have a clear competitive advantage in the employment market, given their outstanding engineering science education, and find superb jobs all over the world.