Geoscientists explore the “Earth System” and decipher its historical development. Understanding the past, natural conditions and changes to this system without human influence forms an essential basis for assessing current environmental changes. Here you can find information about our minor subject training.

Prof. Ehrmann discusses the geology of the Nördlinger Ries with students. Photo: Gerhard Schmiedl
Prof. Ehrmann discusses the geology of the Nördlinger Ries with students. Photo: Gerhard Schmiedl

Information for prospective students

The minor subject training is aimed in particular at students of archeology, biology, geography, meteorology and physics. We offer the following modules:


    In the lecture Introduction to Geology, the most important geological processes (endogenous and exogenous) are presented and a brief overview of the natural history of the earth is given. In the exercises on Petrography (course size max. 20 students) the most important types of rocks are presented, their formation is discussed and their description and identification are practiced.


    In the Geological Working Methods exercises, the basics of independent geological field work are conveyed as well as the basics of the scientific presentation of the collected data. What is learned in the course is practiced in the form of assignments. In the Geological Field Exercises (3 days), findings from the field are recorded under supervision and placed in a regional geological framework. The documentation and evaluation of the findings are practiced with reports.


    The lecture Geology of the Tertiary deals with the most important global and regional events, which have significantly influenced the geological development of the earth in the course of the Tertiary. In the lecture Geology of the Quaternary, the history of the earth in the Quaternary (Ice Age) is presented. In addition, the most important natural archives and proxy data are explained, with which the climate and environmental history can be reconstructed. In the seminar Special Cenozoic Topics, students acquire detailed knowledge about selected aspects in the history of the Canozoic (Tertiary and Quaternary).


    In the lecture Fundamentals of Sedimentology, the different types of loose sediments and sedimentary rocks, their genesis depending on the environmental conditions and the methods of their processing are explained. In the Sedimentological-practical Training (course size maximum 20 students), basic sedimentological methods are learned from sampling and sediment description to sediment analysis and data presentation in the context of practical applications. In the seminar Special Sedimentology, students acquire detailed knowledge of selected aspects of sedimentology.

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