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B.Sc. Geographical Sciences

The bachelor program "Geographical Sciences", which is hosted by the Institute of Geographical Sciences and has a prescribed period of study of 6 semesters, will award the degree Bachelor of Science (B. Sc.) to the student, if completed successfully. The language of instruction is German.

The following information pertains to the Study and Examination Regulations of 2011 (valid for the study period starting with the winter semester 2011/12).

The bachelor program Geographical Sciences conveys to students the treatment and evaluation of spacial structures, environmental processes and human behavior in space and time.

Teaching natural, economical and social sciences' theories, models and methods as a basis, the program gives students insight into and lets them solve interrelations, problems and structures in spacial and chronological order, planning and organisation of the environment. Hence the program does not only acquaint students with the scientific working method of Geography but also considers interdisciplinary approaches and connects Geography with other natural and social sciences and with the arts.

At the end of the program students will be able to independently and efficiently familiarize themselves with geographical topics and to plan, execute, document and finish a geographical work project in a goal-oriented manner.   

Holders of a bachelor's degree in Geographical Sciences will therefore have at their command knowledge and skills which qualify both for an immediate entry into professional life and for application for a consecutive master's program or one outside one's subject area. 

I. Core subject (120 LP)

The core subject subdivides into the following three areas of study and the Bachelor's thesis:

1. "Basic geographical knowledge" („Geographisches Grundwissen“) (30 LP)

In this area of study the basics of Human Geography and Physical Geography are taught.

2. "Introduction to working as a geoscientist" („Einführung in geowissenschaftliches Arbeiten“) (40 LP)

In this area of study knowledge about methodological faculties and skills as well as scholarly working methods is imparted and trained.

3. "Specific and project-orientated topics" („Spezielle und projektbezogene Themen“) (38 LP)

In this area of study, geographical topics are engrossed and interconnected; project work constitutes a key component.

   The individual modules of the three areas of study are listed in the current

   Study and Examination Regulations of 2011 to be found here (in German only).

4. Bachlor's thesis (12 LP)

By submitting their Bachelor's thesis students demonstrate their ability to work on a selected problem in the field of Geographical Sciences autonomously - but under supervision - according to scholarly methods and standards and to present their findings in an appropriate manner.

II. Affine areas of study ("Affine Bereiche") (30 LP)

Studying affine areas of study extends students' scientific spectrum.

   The individual modules of these areas of study are listed in the current

   Study and Examination Regulations of 2011 to be found here (in German only).

III. General professional skills courses (abbr. ABV) (30 LP)

This area of study contains the following parts:

·         professional practical training

·         modules out of six spheres of competence

   General information about ABV in Bachelor study programs at Free University Berlin

   here (in English).

This area provides a broadened scientific education beyond students' respective fields of study and offers to teach skills both vital to occupational and to scholarly advancement. Furthermore it offers a chance to apply already apprehended knowledge in an environment related to professional activity.

Study and examination regulations, study plans

Contents and qualificational goals of individual modules are regulated in the study and examination regulations.

The Bachelor program's structure is illustrated additionally by the exemplary study plans.

   Both are to be found here (in German only).

  • Application deadline

15th of July (term of exclusion)

  • Prerequisites for admission

- Higher education entrance qualification ("allgemeine Hochschulreife")

It is recommended to take the preparatory course in mathematics before the start of semester..

  • Tuition fees

Fees to be paid during the course of study you find under matriculation fees.

  • General information and adresses regarding your application you find here.

  • For all study programs of the Geographical Sciences (including areas of concentration) departmental academic advising is offered by lecturers. Additionally academic advising and support from students for students (mainly for beginners) ist offered by the mentors. Contact to lecturers and mentors here.

The Bachelor's program Geographical Sciences shall enable students to work on complex geographical issues and problems in science, research and consulting (for government agencies, organisations, corporations, production plants, NGOs, development agencies, engineering offices, insurances, administration as well as in politics).

   Possible occupational areas and fields of activity are listed under § 4 in the current

   Study and Examination Regulations of 2011 to be found here.

For executive positions or a career in research and teaching a Master's degree and, if applicable, a promotion are prerequsites.