Bachelor Geography
Description of Studies

You can study Geography as a full-time major (as opposed to an option in teacher education) either as a Bachelor of Arts (B.A,), with a specialization in human geography, or in the science-oriented Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.), with a specialization in physical geography. In the first two years, the courses in both programs are identical so it is possible to switch programs after the fourth semester.

You can also study Geography in combination with another subject. For instance, if you intend to pursue a non-school career you can take Geography as a profile-building specialty or as a complementary subject. A third possibility is to study Geography in the frame of a bachelor’s degree in teacher education. In this case, you should be aware that there are certain rules to observe when choosing your combination of subjects. Besides these options, students of the University of Oldenburg studying for a dual-subject degree can choose Geography in Bremen as a second subject. If you choose two subjects from the same subject grouping, there will need to be a departure from the foreseen study schedule (Geography belongs to subject grouping C). We recommend you seek advice on this by contacting the Study Program Coordinator. A dual-subject bachelor’s degree course is particularly suitable for an integrated course of study abroad (e.g. at one of our attractive partner universities in combination with a minor such as Franco Romance Studies, Spanish Language and Literature, English-Speaking Cultures).

After their fourth semester, students in both undergraduate programs (B.A. and B.Sc.) studying geography as a major or studying geography specialty courses are able to build individual profiles by choosing the elective modules offered by the field and in the area of General Studies.

For details of your study schedule see the study plans.

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Module Descriptions of Compulsory and Elective Modules

In all Geography study programs, once you enter main studies, you are able to build individual profile by choosing elective modules. Please see our module descriptions for module contents and examination requirements.

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Final Degree Module

Bachelor Thesis

Students in the Bachelor's degree program (full studying and teacher education) write in the 6th semester a thesis (Bachelor thesis) in Geography field. For registration at the examination office are mandatory at least 120 Credit Points for full-time students, and 65 Credit Points for teachers degree. The processing time is maximally 12 weeks. The written performance is evaluated with 12 Credit Points at the colloquium and in conjunction with the obligatory Bachelor seminar 3 Credit Points.
To ensure the submission of the thesis in given time, before the respective dates colloquium, the Bachelor Audit Committee has established the following three application deadlines for the thesis: 15.10 ( Colloquium in February ); 15.3. ( Colloquium in July ); 15.5. ( Colloquium in September )

Bachelor Colloquium

The dates of the course Bachelor colloquium will be announced after decision of the Study Commission in the course catalogue or Stud - IP. Participants of the colloquium login after registration bachelor thesis (at the examination office) no later than two weeks before the seminar date by Stud - IP for the corresponding course " colloquium in February / July / September " and name where the title of the work and the names of the examiners. If you can not attend the university colloquia or miss the deadline and do not want to wait until the next colloquium schedule, you must talk about your colloquium after the submission of the paper directly to the examiners.
You can only attend the colloquium with approval by the Examination Office, in the case that they received all the reports, or a message by both evaluators, that you passed with at least 4.0.

Possible auditors or reviewers of the Bachelor thesis

At least one reviewer is a professor [Lectors are currently approved as well], the second assessor may be a researcher. Both should be members of the University of Bremen.

External experts must have at least one level of  the academic examination (for the bachelor thesis therefore a diploma, master, master's or first state examination) and must be approved by the Audit Committee. The workers with the two subject Bachelor and Master of Education can be examined by qualificated employees.

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General Studies and Internships

In the area of General Studies, students can choose courses both on subject-related topics as well as courses on transferrable skills. General Studies only form part of the curriculum in study programs with compulsory specialties. They account for 36 CP for major studies in geography and 18 CP as specialty subjects (in each case with an additional 15 CP for the careers-relevant modules GEO-B1 and B2). The courses in General Studies serve to train learning techniques and general key qualifications as well as to provide career orientation. The course offerings include topics such as scientific methods, literature search, foreign languages, writing, presentation and moderation techniques, project management, time management, media literacy, career-related studies: Internships, foreign language skills, careers orientation.

In the area of General Studies, students can also acquire CPs in neighboring fields. Depending on your major, we recommend taking courses and modules in the subject areas of health sciences, cultural studies, political science, sociology, economics and business studies, law, biology, chemistry, geosciences, information technology, or physics. The best thing would be for you to seek advice from the student advisors in the geography department or the respective neighboring subject areas as to which courses or modules would be right for you. At the moment there is only one such recommendation for our students and that is in the area of geosciences:

In the event the course leader does not allocate CPs, the studies coordinator in Geography will determine how many are due and enter them accordingly.

Internship

It is compulsory for all students on a geography major (B.A. und B.Sc.) and studying specialty courses to undertake an eight-week internship. The regulations on studies and internships foresee that this work experience should take place in the semester break following students’ fourth (or fifth) semester. The internship is in the frame of module GEO-B2 and carries 12 CP. In the course of their internship, students gather first-hand knowledge of the tasks geographers deal with in the practice, have an opportunity to apply some of the things they have already learned during their studies, and develop their own professional identity. This period of work experience also tests their aptitude for careers in the field of geography, raises motivation, fosters the introduction of practice-related issue areas in university studies, and contributes towards the development of key qualifications such as teamwork, communication and articulation skills, and promotes students’ powers of persuasion as well as their ability to work in a team. Students prepare for their internship in the module GEO-B1: “Career Orientation 1”. You can obtain quick answers to your questions and up-to-date information on available work placements by visiting the section “Praxisforum FB8” in StudIP. Be sure to have your proposed internship approved by the department’s Placements Officer before you actually start.

Evaluation and post-processing of your work experience takes place in the frame of a course offered every semester in module GEO-B2. You should register your colloquium presentation in in StudIP-Forum for the respective course in the semester following your work experience. At the latest on the date of your colloquium presentation, you must hand an internship report together with an internship certificate (Praktikumsschein) to the course leader. The report (which is not graded) must fulfill the requirements set down in information sheet on internships (Merkblatt zum Praktikumsbericht). Provided the requirements have been fulfilled, the Placements Officer signs the internship certificate and a digital version of the report is submitted in pdf format.

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Wissenschaftliches Arbeiten

Als Grundlage für wissenschaftliches Arbeiten gilt das Kompendium des Instituts für Politikwissenschaft der Uni Bremen.

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Contact Persons and Study Guidance

Do you have any questions concerning your study program? Feel free to contact the program coordinator, Michael Thiele. Questions in connection with modules should first be addressed to the person responsible for the module(s) in question. And for questions surrounding examination procedure and certificates, please contact the Central Examinations Office.