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Bachelor of Science - Undergraduate Program

ESSMER - The Program

ESSMER is the follow-up program of EES and will start in Fall 2023!

The most pressing problems of the 21st century include environmental degradation such as climate change, loss of biodiversity, soil degradation, and air pollution, and increasing resource scarcity urging for a more sustainable use of Earth’s resources. The BSc program Earth Sciences and Sustainable Management of Environmental Resources (EESMER) is an interdisciplinary science major with a strong focus on phenomena and processes occurring at the Earth’s surface. Our students develop a holistic understanding of the system Earth, anthropogenic interaction with its land, atmosphere, oceans and biosphere, and management of environmental resources, including water, soils, biological and energy resources, and minerals. The ESSMER program is based on a solid foundation in science disciplines and uses key methodological tools and concepts from Earth Sciences and data management combined with the concepts of sustainability and resource management.

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WHY Study at Jacobs

  • Train your intercultural skills by studying with talents from more than 100 countries and excellent study abroad options.

  • Benefit from highest standards in teaching, interdisciplinary learning, early research involvement, and hands-on education.

  • Connect with Alumni to broaden your professional network & start your career with our individual career service support.

Key Facts


Jacobs University
Bremen, Germany

Fall Intake 2023:

Apply by June 1 (global) and July 15 (for applicants who do not need a visa)
Start last week of August (orientation week), first week of September (classes)


3 years full-time


€ 20,000 per academic year (two semesters)
+ € 8,000 on-campus room and board (full meal plan)


All students are considered for an academic achievement scholarship based on their school grade point average (GPA).
EU students are eligible for a minimum guaranteed scholarship of € 4.000.

Financing Options:

Each admitted candidate will receive an individual financial package.

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An understanding and appreciation of the inherent interdisciplinary nature of the Earth sciences and resource management is greatly valued by both academia and industry. We prepare students for this challenge using skill-sets that include courses and practical field and lab work, numerical and analytical skills to equip them with a sound knowledge in Earth science disciplines and data sciences. This track will be complemented by modules introducing the principles of sustainability and management and its application to environmental resources. The modular curriculum allows for an excellent integration of optional complementary courses from the social sciences, e.g., economics and politics, and from other science disciplines.

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:


Career Perspectives

Career prospects are excellent, as there is an increasing demand for graduates with a science-based background in both Earth and Environmental Sciences and management skills to solve the most pressing issues of our future societies.

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  • 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.


Research excursion to Vulcano (Italy) 2018

Around 30 Jacobs students and scientists had the chance to do research on Planetary Sciences, Geophysics and Oceanography during their exciting ROBEX Summer School on the Italian island Vulcano in June 2018. The excursion was part of the research alliance „Robotic Exploration of Extreme Environments”, together with the DLR (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt).

More about the project:

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 110 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.