Master Course Applied & Environmental Geoscience (AEG)
The M.Sc. program "Applied & Environmental Geoscience" (AEG) is an international research-oriented study program targeting at the evaluation of environmental problems and the development of ecologically and economically sound mitigation measures. Special emphasis is given on environmental problems in the subsurface such as industrial, urban and agricultural pollution of drinking water supplies from groundwater resources, the non-sustainable use of natural resources, the impact of short and long term waste disposal, use of geothermal energy, impact of climate and land-use change on soil and water quality, among others.
Finding solutions to such issues, requires a comprehensive understanding of the physical, chemical, and biological mechanisms operating under natural conditions. Geoscience offers a process-orientated approach to these mechanisms based upon an in depth knowledge of the classical natural sciences combined with the utilization of modern technology.
The program is designed for students holding an undergraduate degree in natural sciences or engineering, who are interested in a process-oriented, research-driven graduate education in environmental geosciences following multidisciplinary approaches. A good background in mathematics, chemistry, and physics is required. Undergraduate training in geosciences or environmental sciences is helpful but not requested. Capabilities of independent problem solving are important and will be further developed within the educational program.
By choosing the appropriate elective modules students can specialize in either
- Environmental Chemistry and Environmental Microbiology or
- Environmental Physics and Environmental Modeling.
As AEG students have various academic backgrounds - some are trained in geosciences, others in environmental sciences, chemistry, biology, physics or engineering - they choose different specializations and elective modules according to their respective background and interests. Therefore AEG alumni are also working in a variety of fields.
The key employers for graduates of the AEG program are environmental consultancies working in:
- characterization of sites (hydrogeology, geophysics, chemical and micorbiological analysis),
- assessment of environmental risks,
- management of water resources,
- design and operation of remediation technologies,
- modeling of flow and reactive transport in subsurface systems.
AEG graduates are also well trained for jobs in environmental agencies, non-governmental organizations, and (re-)insurance companies covering costs of environmental risks and remediation. Furthermore the AEG programs lays an excellent foundation for doctoral studies in programs of earth sciences, environmental sciences, and environmental engineering.
But see yourself where AEG students come from and where they go after graduation:
The Center for Applied Geoscience operates modern laboratories for
- standard hydrochemistry covering all major anorganic components,
- the analysis of organic micropollutants,
- molecular-biological and microbiological analysis,
- optical fluorescence and electron microscopy,
- geotechnical engineering and hydraulic studies.
These labs are used within the study program, particularly within the Scientific Practice modules and M.Sc. thesis studies. A new educational lab has been opened in 2010.
The center is equipped with modern hydrogeological and geophysical site-investigation devices for pumping/slug tests, tracer tests, geomagnetic and seismic surveying, electrical-resistivity tomography, and ground-penetrating radar. A direct-push device is available for soil/aquifer sampling and installation of piezometers.
Field courses take place in part at the Tübingen Hydrogeological Research Site Lauswiesen, where a well field is installed and operated for research and education purposes.