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Major: Earth and Environmental Sciences

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Major Earth & Environmental Studies

The Major Earth and Environmental Sciences takes an interdisciplinary approach in order to provide a holistic view of our planet Earth. Students will study physical and living environments with a strong focus on Environmental Governance and Sustainability. In addition, they will explore questions about the history, evolution, and the future of the Earth. Students will explore past and present interactions between the Earth, its surrounding atmosphere, as well as all water and life on it. Observed trends can then be used to better predict the future of the Earth, which is also influenced by human activities. The Major in Earth and Environmental Sciences will give students a strong research-oriented foundation in the natural sciences and enable them to relate this foundation to many 21st century challenges and possible solutions.

The following chart gives an overview of the content of all the basic and advanced modules in the Earth and Environmental Sciences Major:

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The chart provides an overview of the Major composition, but the modules are not necessarily listed in the order in which they will be taken. You can find the full description of each module in the Module Handbook. The basic and advanced courses we offer in the above-mentioned modules are listed in the Course Catalog.

Full description

Students choose a Major after completing the Foundational Year. In the Major Earth and Environmental Sciences Major, students explore the human being and its interactions with the environment. In order to do so, they first acquire basic knowledge in the field of Earth and Environmental Sciences and then apply this knowledge and deepen their understanding in the Advanced Courses, Specialization Options, and Electives.

The Major includes a variety of interrelated disciplines with a strong focus on Environmental Governance and Sustainability as well as Natural Resources. Within the context of the LAS program, this approach provides the opportunity to participate in joint interdisciplinary courses and projects together with students from the other Majors.

The Major’s epistemological approach emphasizes the scientific method as the dominant form of knowledge acquisition in the sciences. The curriculum thus includes courses that familiarize students with observational and experimental methods and enable them to conduct a first research project in the sciences. 

Graduates of the Liberal Arts and Sciences program who have completed a Major in Earth and Environmental Sciences finish the program with a bachelor thesis and are awarded the degree Bachelor of Science. This degree enables them to apply to a wide range of Master’s programs in various natural and some social science fields in Germany and abroad. Depending on their research interests and the subject-specific requirements of the Master’s programs that they are interested in, students are encouraged to choose courses in Advanced Modules and in the LAS Electives area that fit with their academic and career aspirations. Students are ultimately responsible for the choices they make, but they are supported and advised concerning their course selection by the course coordinator. 

For more information about this Major, please contact Dr. Sabine Sané:

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For a student perspective on the EES Major, please see the student-run EES website that covers experiences, courses and lecturers as well as internship and graduate program opportunities.