Degree: Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
Standard period of study: 6 semesters
Start of programme: winter semester only
Language of the programme: German
Admission to the winter semester 2013/14:
The goal of this programme is to convey to the students a basic knowledge of geography and to prepare them to enter a profession or continue their academic education within the frame of an M.A. programme. They will receive a bottom-up, broad and theoretically well-founded education on the basis of current geographic matters (scientific attitude and subject-specific abilities): scientific attitude in the professional practice means the objectification of processes (analysis, evaluation, planning). The programme therefore targets the following study goals (among others):
- methodological basic knowledge for theory building
- critical familiarity with the methodology and techniques of empirical research (data acquisition and data analysis, their statistical and electronic treatment and data generation)
- the ability to identify and evaluate target systems and target conflicts for spatial structures and developments
- application of scientific findings to design human living space
- the ability to convey scientific findings and practical experience to (groups of) people who are affected by spatial developments and/or have to make respective decisions
- the ability to discuss spatial development plans in team work, and to detect problems and devise plans to solve them, with colleagues as well as in an interdisciplinary context
- the ability to find and present solutions for spatial development plans within an appropriate time frame
The subject in Göttingen
The Institute for Geography consists of the five departments Physical Geography, Human Geography, Landscape Ecology, Cartography, and GIS and Remote Sensing, and the field of work Geography/Alpine Geomorphology.
Physical Geography: Geomorphology, Climatology, Hydrology
Human Geography: Cultural Landscape Development, Regional Analysis, Urban Geography, Tourism Geography, Human Ecology, Geovisualization
Landscape Ecology: Resource Protection, Land Use Planning, with the main foci on soil, water and the balance of matter in view of anthropogenic influences
Cartography, GIS and Remote Sensing: Applied Remote Sensing, especially in Climatology, Soil Geography, and Plant Geography; IT system solutions for sustainable development of the earth
Geography/Alpine Geomorphology: Geography, Physical Geography, Traffic and Tourism of the Mountains (Alpine Ecology), Geomorphology, Glaciology, Periglacial Geomorphology, Climatology, Ice Age Research (Paleoclimatology), Philosophy of Science
Combinations of subjects
There is a wide variety of minor subject modules: Economics, Business Studies, Forest Botany, Forest Pedology, Forest Policy, History of Forests and Conservation, Geology, Botany, Biodiversity and Ecology, Environmental and Resource Economy, Politics, Ethnology, Law (for more detailed information, refer to the module catalogue in the programme rules and regulations).
University research, non-university research, private enterprise, public administration, IT, software development, landscaping, land use planning, town and country planning, conservation, GIS, remote sensing, tourism, consultancy (business and politics), journalism.