Applied Geography B.Sc.


Key Info

Basic Information

Bachelor of Science
Start of Studies:
Winter Semester
Standard Period of Studies:
6 semesters
ECTS Credits:
180Mehr Informationen

What does that mean?

ECTS are credit points that measure the workload of one's studies.


Admission Requirements

  • Abitur or equivalent HZB Mehr Informationen

    What does that mean?

    General higher education entrance qualification (Abitur), subject specific university entrance qualification, or an equally recognized university entrance qualification (HZB)

  • Proficiency in German --- Mehr Informationen ---

    What does that mean?

    You must provide documentation of your language skills for the language of instruction at the time of enrollment. The exam regulations stipulate the relevant requirements.

Admission to First Semester

NC for WS 2022

Admission to Higher Semesters


Enrollment Requirements

  • SelfAssessment --- Mehr Informationen ---


    RWTH Aachen self assessments are online advising processes for deciding what to study. Participation in one (rarely two) of these self assessments is mandatory. You can find which self assessment you need to take for this subject in the course of study description under "Prerequisites". You will need to show proof of participation in a subject specific self assessment in order to enroll (not to apply). You can print out the participation certificate yourself.

Dates and Deadlines


Earth's crust – climate – colonization – water supply – transport – economic relations - these are just a few key words that describe the diverse aspects of geography. This discipline deals with the forms and processes of the Earth's surface in its spacial differentiation and human activities in its social and physical environment. It is typical for geographers to include natural science, social science, and economic perspectives and systematically link them.

Physical geography concentrates primarily on natural science research approaches and methods, such as in climatology, geomorphology, and geoecology.

Anthropogeography works from an economic-social science perspective, such as in commercial geography, transport geography, urban geography, and population geography.

Studies in Aachen consist of components from physical geography, anthropogeography, geographical methods, and regional geography. Starting in the fourth semester the curriculum offers students the opportunity to specialize within a geographic subdiscipline. Students select – based on their personal interest – one of the excursion destinations offered and two specialization modules starting in the fifth semester.

The course of study is also very application oriented. The concept behind the course of study is to offer an extraordinarily elaborate and comprehensive methodological training - from scientific data collection on site to evaluating the results.

The third particular characteristic of Aachen geography is the consistent link to other disciplines. The course catalogue, from which students choose a minor and elective module starting in the third semester, is unique and offers a broad range of specializations not available at other universities.

Minor and Elective Module

in both cases students can select from a unique variety of geography subjects or other disciplines: waste management and environmental engineering, business administration, biology, geosciences, geodetics, georisks, social sciences, computer science, mathematics, resources management, urban water management, urban planning, transport and spatial planning, and economics.


Degree Content

Applied geography at RWTH means practical experience straight from the beginning! Field exercises supplement basic studies in the first semester. There is also an emphasis on methodological skills, such as climatological measurements at RWTH's own measuring stations, soil sample analyses, mapping, surveys, and statistic analyses. Many excursions offers a lively look into geographical peculiarities in the region and into geographical practice. Larger study excursions can take students to neighboring Euroean countries or to other continents.

Professional experience in a particular field of application is indispensable for geographers. A professional internships, completed during the lecture-free period, offers a deeper look into fields of work requiring geographic expertise.

Curriculum (simplified)

Semester Geographic Modules

Physcal Geography

Economic Geography

Industrial Geography

Seminar and Site Internships, Geostatistics, Cartography


Physical Geography
Soil Geography, Biogeography, Basic Seminar, and Site Internship

Economic Geography
Service Geography, Agricultural Geography

Visualization, Geostatistics (SPSS)


Human Geography
Urban and Population Geography, Spatial Planning, Basic Seminar and Site Internship,

Project Module
Empirical Methods

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Minor and elective modules (from 3rd semester)


Project Module
Project Study

Regional Geography
Regional Seminar, Regional Internship

5 and 6 Specialization
Module 1 and 2 (by choice), Bachelor's thesis

All details including the detailed program structure can be found on the Institute of Geography website.

Programs Abroad

The Institute of Geography maintains partnerships with renowned universities worldwide, making it possible for its students to gather the diverse international experiences that are so important for budding geographers. In the EU mobility program ERASMUS+ alone partnerships are maintained with universities in almost all European countries. Short-term scholarships offered through the IDEA League Student Grants support students with stays at the universities in Delft, Zürich, and Gothenburg. Aside from further study possibilities on all continents, the exchange proram with the German University of Technology in Oman, GUtech for short, offers an interesting opportunity to simultaneously acquire technical and international skills.

All of RWTH's partnerships and collaborative programs can be found on the study abroad webpages. Subject-specific information is available on the Institute of Geography website.



Enrollment Prerequisite

RWTH Georessources and Materials Technology Self Assessment


Decision Aids

Various methods, facts, and relationships are linked. In contrast to geography lessons in school where facts and data are taken from literature, geography students collect data themselves, statistically analyzing them, and researching their dependence and relationships with each other. Geography students must have a particularly interest in looking for causes and relationships. They should be just as interested in geosciences as in social and economic approaches. This "all around" perspective is typical for geographers and makes them appealing for diverse work in research and application requiring this ability to make connections. Broadly based alternatives with other focuses include georesource management, geoinformatics, geodetics, environmental science, agricultural studies, and the like.


Media Library

Do you want more perspectives? Use the diverse resources we have available! You can find our recommendations in the media library.


Career Prospects

Career fields are numerous and the occupational outlook is high due to the practical and quantitative orientation of the course of study. Graduates are active both domestically and abroad in the following fields:

  • Companies in private industry: site management, marketing, coordination activities, PR activities, controlling, consulting, editorial office activities, IT managment, media companies, environmental protection/consulting, telecommunications, city management, real estate, finance, traffic management, cross-border coordination, EU-oriented consulting responsibilities, tourism, and recreation
  • Public administration: spatial and urban planning, regional development and management, environmental management, nature conservation planning, neighborhood and city management, economic promotion, GIS supported planning and coordination activities, development assistance,international authorities
  • Self-employment: The vocational qualification offers good possibilities for under taking self-employment activities, e.g. in consulting offices or service enterprises as an external contractor for the professional fields listed above.

You can find more information about the job market for geographers on the websites Deutscher Verband für Angewandte Geographie and Geographie studieren (both in German).


Master's Degree Prospects

RWTH Aachen offers two further Master's courses of study Applied Geography and Economic Geography.

Typical topics in the applied geography program are urban geography, landscape system analysis, climatology, and remote sensing.

In contrast, the Master's in economic geography focuses on topics such as geographic innovation research, regional development and tourism, services and digitalization.

Both courses of study include further geographic subjects, specialization modules, and excursion modules. A minor is a selected during Master's studies to help student further qualify and individualize themselves.


Examination Regulations

Regulations that apply for all Bachelor and Master courses of study as well as detailed information about the necessary documentation of required language skills can be found in RWTH’s Comprehensive Examination Regulation. Examination regulations are only published in German as they are legally binding.

Subject Specific Exam Regulations regulate academic goals, the course of study layout, and exam procedures. The appendix to the regulations contains the description of the modules, from which the course of study is composed.



The Bachelor's course of study Applied Geography is offered by the Division of Earth Sciences and Geography in the Faculty of Georesources and Materials Engineering.

The Division of Earth Sciences and Geography practices traditional, application-oriented teaching in a geographically-interesting environment. It offers its students many insights "here on site" and comprehensive skills in open space and evaluation methods. Its collaboration with the other disciplines at RWTH, which is shaped by technology and engineering, open up education and research prospects not offered at other universities.