How much chemistry does geophysics involve

Bachelor of Science Geophysics

Geophysics is located at the interface between physics and geosciences. It combines the phenomenological observation of physical properties of the earth's crust and natural processes such as earthquakes and volcanism with the use of mathematical and physical methods in order to arrive at a quantitative understanding of these phenomena. Therefore, the three-year bachelor's degree in geophysics not only provides a solid basis in geophysics and geosciences, but also a solid background in mathematics, experimental and theoretical physics as well as methodical knowledge in data processing and programming. Geophysical internships, an international field course and interdisciplinary studies complete the curriculum. After successfully completing the course, the academic degree Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Geophysics awarded.

The following graphic shows the general structure of the course:

Modules in the Bachelor of Science Geophysics


1 (WS)

Geophysics I
12 LP (PM)

Physics i
14 LP (PM)

16 LP (PM)

properties I

2 (SS)

Physics II
14 LP (PM)

3 (WS)

Geophysics II
13 LP (PM)

Physics III
14 LP (PM)

Integration theory
8 LP (PM)

Geoscientific I.
8 LP (PM)

4 (SS)

Geophysics IV
9 LP (PM)

Geophysics III
10 LP (PM)

Basic internship
8 LP (PM)

Interdisciplinary studies
10 - 14 LP (WPM)

societies II
11-15 LP (PM)

5 (WS)

Geophysics VI
7 LP (PM)

Geophysics V
9 LP (PM)

6 (SS)

Bachelor project
13 LP (PM)

PM: compulsory module

WPM: compulsory elective module

Contents of the modules:

  • Geophysics I – VI
    These modules contain the geophysical parts of the course. In the first two semesters, students acquire broad methodological and basic knowledge and get to know the various sub-disciplines of geophysics. From the third semester onwards, thematically coherent modules are dedicated to individual sub-areas of geophysics. Existing knowledge is deepened here and linked to current research topics.
  • Geosciences I and II
    The geophysical perspective is covered in these modules through events from other areas of geosciences such as geology, geochemistry, rock science, hydrogeology and others. added. This gives the students a comprehensive picture of the Earth system.
  • Physics I – III
    These modules contain the basics of classical physics, starting with the mechanics of particles and particle systems through thermodynamics, electromagnetism, electrodynamics and optics to a first outlook on the limits of classical physics and the occurrence of quantum phenomena. Supplements to Physics II and III are devoted to analytical mechanics and special relativity. The modules are identical to the corresponding modules in the B. Sc. Course in physics.
  • Fundamentals of Mathematics and Integration theory
    A solid mathematical basis is necessary for the analysis of geophysical data as well as for the modeling and simulation of geophysical processes. The two modules convey the mathematical basics relevant to geophysics from the areas of analysis and linear algebra. The modules are identical to the corresponding modules in the B. Sc. Course in physics.
  • Basic physical internship
    In the natural sciences, the experiment plays a central role as a method for the targeted investigation of natural laws. In this module, the implementation of experiments, the written presentation of the results and their critical evaluation are learned and practiced.
  • Interdisciplinary studies
    The study of geophysics is complemented by interdisciplinary studies. Here you can choose from a wide range of subjects that are meaningfully related to geophysics, as well as from the general studies offered at the University of Münster.
  • Bachelor project
    As part of the bachelor thesis, initial experience is gained in independent scientific work. The results are summarized in a paper and presented in a lecture.

You can find detailed module descriptions as an appendix in the examination regulations for the Geophysics Bachelor's degree.

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