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Bachelor's degree in geography

From the 2015/2016 winter semester, admission to this course of study may only be based on the new curriculum.You can find the following bachelor's degree here »

FacultyFaculty of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Duration / ECTS-Credits6 semesters / 180 ECTS-AP
Academic degreeBachelor of Science (BSc)
Level of qualificationBachelor (1st cycle)
Type of studyFull time
Study indexC 033 655
CurriculumInformation on the curriculum (2010W) *
requirementMatura or equivalent

* Information on the curriculum (2010W)

The overall version of the curriculum reflects the currently valid curriculum, is not legally binding and is for information only. The legally binding form of the curriculum including any changes can be found in the relevant information sheets.

Please refer to your study sheet for information on which version of the curriculum applies to you
available at: https://lfuonline.uibk.ac.at/public/lfuonline_meinestudien.studienblatt
Column: Curriculum in the current version

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Information on the examination regulations including assessment and grading

Examination regulations

The examination regulations are an integral part of the curriculum, detailed information can be found under the section Examination Regulations.

Description of the grading system used (including the grading scale) »

The grade distribution scale is the statistical representation of the distribution of all positively completed exams that were recorded within a degree or subject (taking into account all registered students of a degree or subject). The grade distribution scale is updated at regular intervals.

Grading scale
Excellent performance


Generally good, some bugs
Balanced, number of critical mistakes
Performance corresponds to the minimum criteria
Significant improvement needed, further work required

Source: WS 2017/2018

Overall assessment of the qualification

Not applicable
Explanation: An overall assessment (with distinction passed, passed, failed) is only awarded for a final examination that consists of more than one subject (this is not provided for in the curriculum of this degree program).

Introductory and orientation phase

(1) The introductory and orientation phase comprises one semester (30 ECTS-Credits) and has to give the student an overview of the main content of the course and its further course and an objective basis for making a personal assessment of his or her choice of course create.

(2) As part of the introductory and orientation phase, the following course examinations, which can be repeated twice, must be taken:

  1. VO Geography: Man and Environment 1 (PM 1 lit. a / 2 SST / 4 ECTS-AP)
  2. VO Geography: Man and Environment 2 (PM 1 lit. b / 2 SST / 3.5 ECTS-AP)

(3) The positive success in the examinations mentioned in paragraph 2 entitles the holder to complete all other courses and examinations that go beyond the introductory and orientation phase and to write the bachelor thesis provided for in the curriculum. The registration requirements specified in the curriculum must be observed.

General information

Recommended course of study

The exemplary course of study listed below is a recommendation for full-time students who start their studies in the winter semester. The list serves to illustrate a possible course of study and is not mandatory. Any repetitions of examinations or their effects that delay the study period are not taken into account.

The standard period of study is 6 semesters or 180 ECTS-Credits, whereby according to the University Act, the workload of an academic year has to be 1,500 (real) hours and this workload is allocated 60 credit points (one ECTS credit point corresponds to a student's workload of 25 hours).

1st semester »

7.5 ECTS-Credits: Geography: Man and the Environment
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Scientific work
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Social Science Basics
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective module

2 semesters "

7.5 ECTS-Credits: General Geography 1
7.5 ECTS-Credits: General Geography 2
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Cartography, Statistics
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Regional Geography 1

3rd semester »

7.5 ECTS-Credits: Human Geography
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Solid Earth 1
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Introduction to Atmosphere
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective module

4th semester »

7.5 ECTS-Credits: Physical Geography
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Exercises in Geography
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Geoinformatics 1
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Alps and Europe

5th semester »

7.5 ECTS-Credits: Applied Geography, Spatial Planning
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Geoinformatics 2
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Seminar with Bachelor thesis ›continue 6th semester!
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective module

6th semester »

7.5 ECTS-Credits: Global Change
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Regional Geography 2
›7.5 ECTS-Credits: Seminar with Bachelor thesis
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective module

Graphic representation »

Qualification profile and competencies

The aim of the bachelor's degree in geography is to impart a profound, practice-oriented basic qualification, which opens up appropriate career opportunities for the graduates. On this basis, the bachelor's degree offers a comprehensive insight into the nature and processes of the litho-, hydro-, cryo-, bio-, atmosphere and anthroposphere. Special emphasis is placed on the practical relevance and application of this knowledge. Together with the other two Bachelor programs at the Faculty, the basics of geo- and atmospheric sciences are taught in joint modules.

Consistently building on the contents of these common study principles, the students acquire a broadly networked basic geographic knowledge in physical geography, human geography and regional geography. The methodological subjects impart the tools to solve practical problems. Graduates can analyze spatial problems with scientific methods, weigh, interpret and evaluate different aspects of these questions in terms of their importance and develop solutions from them. Writing a bachelor thesis enables students to independently work on scientific or practical questions.

Expected learning outcomes

Graduates are able to develop, evaluate and apply scientific and technical-methodological developments in the subject of geography and to apply the acquired competencies across disciplines.

Future prospects: occupational fields and career opportunities

The bachelor's degree in geography serves on the one hand to prepare for a relevant master's degree, and on the other hand, it enables one to take up a job outside of the academic field after completing the degree. The professional opportunities of graduates can be subject-related in engineering and planning offices and in relevant areas of the economy.

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Contact and information

Examination Office
Location Innrain 52d

Dean of Studies
ao. Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Kurt Nicolussi

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