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General information about all study programs
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  • Course Catalog
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    Logo Friedolin
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    Course Catalog

    Friedolin – Online-Study Administration

    want to know more?External link

  • Room plan
    Lecture hall with students
    Lecture hall with students
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    Room plan

    Room occupancy for Institute of Geosciences - Overview

    Room occupancy for Institute of Geosciencespdf, 489 kb · de


  • Excursion schedule
    Studenten bei der Geländearbeit
    Studenten bei der Geländearbeit
    Image: Christoph Worsch (University of Jena)

    Excursion schedule

    Excursion and Field events 2021pdf, 660 kb · de


    The corona situation is still uncertain to the extent that off-road events in particular, which require a longer stay together in vehicles, or accommodation in cramped quarters, can currently be problematic.
    Many field events have therefore been postponed indefinitely. Please contact the respective module supervisor for up-to-date information.

  • Evaluation sheet for field trips and other written work

    This standardized evaluation sheet for field trips and other written work facilitates a comparable, structured and transparent evaluation of written student work for teachers.
    At the same time, the evaluation sheet is intended to serve as a guideline for students on the general requirements for written work in the degree program, as well as to create more transparency in the criteria for awarding grades.

    The examination board BSc & MSc Geosciences recommends the use of this standardized evaluation sheet to all teachers in our department. 

    The evaluation sheet form is available (after logging in with FSU access data) on the following page de


If you do not have a login for Friedolin, please contact the respective lecturer to get information about the start of courses or online documents.


Whether in the exploration and extraction of raw materials, the study of climate and environmental changes, or the assessment and reduction of geohazards: Geoscientific knowledge is needed in many areas of society.

Geoscientists investigate the Earth system scientifically and deal with all geoscientifically relevant chemical, physical and biological processes on our planet. The study program provides theoretical and practical knowledge in chemistry, mathematics and physics, in the basic geoscientific subdisciplines as well as in geoscientific working methods in the laboratory and in the field. 

The geology major studies the structure, material properties, and history of the Earth; the evolution of continents and oceans; the formation and destruction of mountains; and the transport of sediment by air, water, and gravity and its deposition in sedimentary basins.

The Geophysics major studies the physical properties of the Earth, addressing fundamental questions about geodynamic processes on and in the Earth. Another significant aspect is the understanding and application of geophysical methods that allow "deep views" into the Earth's interior.

The specialization in mineralogy is analytically and experimentally oriented and is characterized by the physical and chemical characterization of minerals and rocks. These studies provide important ideas for the exploration of deposits and the development of technically important solids such as metals, semiconductors, building materials, glasses, ceramics, and new materials.

For more information on the subject of geosciences, visit the online study check of the University of Jena.


Contaminated sites from mining and other manufacturing industries pose major challenges to our society with regard to the reuse of contaminated areas. Here it is necessary to develop sustainable and economical remediation strategies. These and other environmental problems can no longer be solved by individual disciplines such as chemistry, geology and biology alone, but only by networking them with each other. For this reason, the study program Biogeosciences was established at the Universtität Jena.

In six semesters, you will acquire theoretical and practical skills in the basic subjects of mathematics and physics coupled with in-depth training in chemistry. Building on this, extensive content from the geosciences (e.g. hydrogeology, environmental geochemistry, soil science) and biosciences ( e.g. limnology, microbiology) is taught in theory and practice.

For more information on the Biogeosciences program, visit the Study check of the University of JenaExternal link.

Environmental and Georesource Management

The four-semester program offers you a scientific and engineering education to address issues of environmental protection and resource conservation. You will acquire in-depth specialist knowledge in the two disciplines of geosciences and environmental engineering. In addition, the program imparts interdisciplinary skills, for example in subjects such as management and environmental law. Extensive international research and teaching cooperations offer excellent opportunities to complete parts of the degree program abroad. This international orientation is also supported by English-language elective modules and a course in intercultural competence.

The special feature: The courses are taught in close cooperation between the Friedrich Schiller University (FSU) and the Ernst Abbe University (EAH) Jena. Throughout the entire course of study, you are enrolled at both universities. The program thus combines the high research competence of the FSU Jena with the strong practical orientation of the EAH Jena. The close networking of the two universities with each other as well as with companies and other research institutes in and around Jena make it easier for you to establish contacts in practice or to work on current research projects at an early stage.

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Logo Fachschaftsrat
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Student Representative Council (FSR) Geoscience

The Student Council of the Institute of Geosciences is the representation of all students of biogeosciences and geosciences. The elected students represent the common interests of the students and represent their professional interests, e.g. as representatives in the Institute Council, examination boards, etc.

The website of the FSR informs about the offers (Paleo-AG) and numerous events (GeoGrillnacht, Barabarafeier...), which enliven the daily study routine.

Webseite of the Student Representative Council (FSR) Geoscience de


  • What about the language?

    We should state outright that the BSc and MSc degree programs are defined in German. This means that German is the language of record in which the legal documents are written, and that German is the official language of communication. Admission to the MSc degree program requires proficiency in German at level B2.

    Having said that, you should know that we have many foreign students from all over the world. All of our faculty are fluent in English in conversations and in the classroom, all but our regional publications are in English, and many faculty members have spent some (or even many) years in foreign countries. We actively encourage our German students, starting about at the advanced undergraduate level, to become proficient in English in reading, speaking and writing because we all know that many geoscience careers require international mobility and language communication skills.

    If you are interested in spending an exchange semester or exchange year here but have no intention to enroll in the MSc program, you will encounter few problems. Science classes are held with lots of graphs and illustrations anyway, and geoscientific terminology is similar worldwide. Practicals and labs are tutored and generally in small groups. You would be very welcome to ask questions in English, and they would be answered in English as well. If the class is not formally offered in English already and if you make yourself known, the instructor may switch to English on his own decision unless there are objections from other class attendees. Of course, we will also fully certify your attendance.

    However, even as an exchange student you would be expected to make some reasonable effort to learn and speak at least some German. After all, knowledge of a culture and its people comes through knowledge of its language, and speaking and understanding some German will make everyday life outside the classroom easier and more enjoyable.

    For foreigners intending to enroll in a degree program, Thuringia offers a one-year Studienkolleg which prepares for the general qualification and includes preparatory courses which will lead to the B2 (or DSH-2) level.
    Th university also offers language classes on the levels DSH-1 and DSH 2 (Link to the DSH-CourseExternal link). For the latter, proficiency at the B1 level is a prerequisite.

    The university offers capable help to foreign students in many ways, such as by offering further language classes, assisting in problems of everyday life, and with administrative issues.