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Bachelor of Science - Undergraduate Program

Earth and Environmental Sciences (EES) - The Program

The EES program is based on a solid foundation in chemistry, mathematics and physics, and combines traditional geoscience disciplines such as geology, oceanography and environmental science using key methodological tools and concepts from geochemistry, geophysics, geodata analysis and data management. The modular curriculum allows for an excellent integration of optional complementary courses from the social sciences, e.g., economics and management, and from the life sciences, e.g., biochemistry, cell biology and microbiology.

The EES program imparts the knowledge and the skills that allow our graduates to address topical challenges and key research questions including the sustainable and responsible exploration of natural resources, the short- and long-term evolution of the Earth’s climate and oceans, the scientific processing and analysis of large volumes of digital Earth data and pressing anthropogenic challenges to the natural environment. The EES program is ideally suited for proactive and engaged students who are passionate about planet Earth and our natural environment, its dynamics and the impact of human activities, who enjoy working outdoors, and who wish to contribute to finding solutions to pressing real-world problems.

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Career Perspectives

The Earth and Environmental Sciences program provides a gateway to a wide range of different career paths that reflect the diversity of Earth and Environmental Sciences.

Key Facts

Program Start Date 2020:

last week of August (orientation week), first week of September (classes)


€ 20,000 per academic year
+ € 8,000 living expenses


All applicants are considered for merit-based scholarships of up to € 15,000 per year.

Application Deadlines 2020:

June 1 (global) and July 15 (for applicants who do not need a visa)


3 years full-time


Financing Options:

Each admitted candidate will receive an individual financial package.

5 reasons

5 reasons why you should study Earth and Environmental Sciences at Jacobs University

  1. Dedicate yourself to the most pressing challenges of our time: Saving the environment, understanding climate change, dealing with big earth data, sustaining water and mineral resources.
  2. Interdisciplinary courses to broaden your horizon
  3. Pack your bags and gain hands-on research experience through lab courses and excursions
  4. Further sharpen your profile and interest by choosing a minor
  5. Connect with Alumni to expand your professional network


The three-year undergraduate program involves six semesters of study with a total of 180 ECTS credit points (CP). The curricular structure follows an innovative and student-centered modularization scheme - the 3C-Model - that groups the disciplinary content of the three study years according to overarching themes:


Study program structure


THE Young University Ranking 2019: In the category “Geography, Environmental, Earth & Marine Science” Jacobs University ranked #7 in teaching within 351 universities worldwide


CHE Rankings 2018: 2018 the Jacobs Geoscience program was top ranked in the CHE Rankings - for the 4th time! CHE is the most detailed university ranking in the German-speaking region. It not only takes into account facts on the range of courses, but also questions students themselves

Students & Alumni

Jacobs University was an eye opening experience both at a professional and personal level.

Gabriela Wiederkehr Guerra



  • Our applied geophysics area currently focuses on Petroleum Systems Modelling, Seismic Exploration, Gas Hydrate research and Marine Geophysics.
  • Research activities in Space Physics include auroral plasma physics, analysis of multi-spacecraft observations in geospace, and the study of how geomagnetic variations affect System Earth.
  • Research areas for Planetariy Geology include various aspects of Comparative Planetology, such as: aeolian, fluvio-lacustrine, glacial fluid escape processes, impact cratering and the study of Terrestrial (geological) analogues for better interpreting space-based data and planning future exploration. (Big) data discovery, access and analysis for planetary science is also covered.


  • Environmental Geochemistry
  • Marine Geochemistry

Oceanography at Jacobs is divided into four areas of emphasis:

  • Biological Oceanography: examines the processes governing the distribution, abundances, and production of plants, animals, and nutrients in the oceanic ecosystem. Emphasis is on investigations of bacteria, phytoplankton, zooplankton, and benthic organisms. Progress entails identifying the patterns of variability in space and time, determining the processes producing and maintaining the patterns, then quantifying the processes.
  • Chemical Oceanography: investigates the complex chemistry, distribution and cycling of dissolved substances, nutrients, and gases in seawater, the mechanisms controlling them and their origins and fates.
  • Marine Geology & Geophysics: studies marine sediments (their formation, transport, and deposition); ocean basin formation (plate tectonics); processes governing shoreline formation; and the origin, structure, and history of the oceanic crust and upper mantle.
  • Physical Oceanography: endeavors to understand and predict motion in the sea. Scales of motion range from millimeters through tidal and current scales to the great ocean gyres. The distribution of physical properties (temperature, salinity, sea ice) and air-sea interaction and its implications for climate are fertile areas of research.


Designing solutions for a healthier world has always been one of the great challenges of science. Food, plants and marine algae can have a positive effect on health similar to that of conventional medicine. However, scientists first have to identify and isolate bioactive substances and explore their safe application.
Life on campus
Jacobs Students come from all over the world to live and learn at Jacobs University. Our student body represents 120 nations. They form an ambitious campus community whose internationality is unprecedented in Europe. Jacobs University’s green and tree-shaded 80-acre campus provides much more than buildings for teaching and research.
Field research in the crater and on the seabed
Out of the lecture hall, into nature: on the Italian volcanic island of Vulcano, researchers from Jacobs University Bremen and the German Aerospace Center taught students practical science.
New professors and lecturers at Jacobs University
They teach and do research in different subject areas and come from different countries. All of them share a very similar motivation however: they want to teach and do research at an international, English-medium university,...
THE 2019 Young University Ranking: Jacobs University Bremen is one of the best young universities in the world
Once again, Jacobs University performed excellently in a university ranking. In the 2019 Times Higher Education (THE) Young University Ranking for universities which are younger than 50 years, the international, English-language campus university ranks 26th...

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