Geosciences are the part of the natural sciences which explores the earth system. Geoscientists reconstruct and predict by observing field relationships, by modelling physical or chemical reactions and by conducting laboratory experiments.
Geology studies the composition, the material properties and the history of the Earth, the development of the continents and oceans, the formation, architecture and destruction of mountain ranges as well as the distribution of sediments by air, water, ice and gravity and their arrangement in sedimentary basins.
Geophysics investigates the physical properties of the Earth by asking fundamental questions about geodynamic processes on and in the Earth. An important field is the development and the application of methods which allow "deep views" of Earth's interior.
Mineralogy includes experimental and analytical investigations of the physical and chemical properties of minerals and rocks. These contribute to the exploration for and exploitation of mineral deposits and to the development of technically important and innovative solid-state material such as metals, semiconductors, building materials, glasses, ceramics and innovative material properties.
Geosciences investigate the Earth system by the means of the natural sciences. Geoscientific knowledge is required in many fields relevant to society, be it for the exploration and production of metallic or energy resources, the assessment of natural risks, the supply of fresh water, or for the foundations of buildings and other infrastructure. In the last decades, these fields have greatly expanded into the production of geothermal energy, the investigation of climatic and environmental changes, the recultivation of former mining areas, resource management, and the protection of fresh water aquifers. The professional perspectives are varied and the employment chances are excellent on the national as well as the international job market.
Jena is an excellent location to study geology, geophysics or mineralogy. Jena is a well-respected university and science city with slightly more than 100,000 inhabitants, among it ca. 24,000 students. Our geoscience curricula cover a very broad spectrum and prepare equally well for academic or industry careers. Laboratory practicals, internships and outdoor-based exercises as well as excursions prepare straight for the professional life or a subsequent scientific qualification. The geographic location of Jena in the center of Germany provides numerous locations of geoscientific interest nearby.
The faculty and staff structure at the Department of Geosciences combines the advantage of individual mentoring with the opportunities of a large university.
A specific attraction of Jena, in contrast to many other locations, is the opportunity to devise individual course curricula which allow students to deepen their expertise according to their own talents and interests.
The geodynamic observatory at Moxa, the Thuringian seismic network, the mineralogical collection and the excellent analytical equipment offer ideal opportunities to participate hands-on in cutting-edge research. The departmental staff also maintains close contacts to other geoscience departments, government research institutions, government agencies and industry.
FSU students enrolled in the BSc degree programs "Geosciences" or "Biogeosciences" can now take classes for credit in the BSc degree program "Umwelttechnik" (Environmental Management) at the EAH and vice versa.
Feedback from students at both universities was really positive.