KIT-Department of Civil Engineering, Geo and Environmental Sciences

What can I study at the KIT-Department of Civil Engineering, Geo and Environmental Sciences?

At our KIT-Department you can choose a course of studies in the following areas:

In addition, you will find further links to contact points and to application at KIT, to the MINT college, and to offers for pupils.

Applied Geosciences

Sustainable use of the environment - on and underground

The basis of life for more than 8 billion people is only possible through the sustainable use of the underground.

Applied geoscientists are therefore in demand as experts for the future-oriented development, extraction, analysis and conservation of raw materials. This includes, in particular, the preservation of clean water and the supply of drinking water, research into alternative and environmentally friendly energy sources, the innovative storage of energy required for this, and the responsible recycling and disposal of materials.

Geoscientists are actively involved in shaping the raw materials cycle of the Earth's system and thus securing the future of mankind.


Civil Engineering

Building the environment - buildings and infrastructure to meet people's needs

Civil engineers plan, build and maintain buildings and infrastructure in an environmentally friendly, resource and energy efficient manner. They solve problems holistically, work in interdisciplinary teams, manage projects and communicate with all those involved.

At our KIT-Department, civil engineers are trained in all subject areas of structural engineering, water and environment, mobility and infrastructure, technology and management in construction operations, and geotechnical engineering.


BaustelleTMB (KIT)

Geodesy and Geoinformatics

Organizing the environment sustainably - we provide the basis

Our society is changing - climate change, digitalisation, connectivity, automation and Big Data clearly show this. Everything happens on our planet, everything requires geodata.

Whether it is the observation of changes in the Earth's system, the monitoring of structural safety, the renewal of our energy supply (e.g. hydropower or geothermal energy), the prevention of natural disasters (e.g. tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, landslides) or the planning of innovative industrial plants - experts from the fields of geodesy and geoinformatics are on site.


VermesserGeodätisches Institut (KIT)


Protecting the environment - geoecologists look at the big picture

The Earth's system is being changed by man in a disastrous way. More than ever, it needs clever minds and skills to do something about it.

We provide the competences for this: Geoecologists are natural scientists who understand ecosystems in all their complexity. So we don't just look at a part of the systems, but at how people, climate, plants and animals, soils, water, etc. interact.

From this understanding we find solutions to environmental problems - locally and on a large scale. Geoecologists are in demand: among others, in local authorities, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), in industry and in environmental research.


Personen beim Betrachten von PflanzenChristoph Neff

Geography (teaching profession)

Teaching the environment - teachers educate for sustainable development

Geography links scientific questions with social problems. The focus is on current challenges such as the causes and effects of climate change or population growth and migration. Space plays a central role here. Geographers ask why things happen where and what consequences result for people and the environment. They provide the basis for sustainable spatial planning and possible solutions to spatial conflicts.

Geographers are trained at our KIT-Department in the following main areas: "Specialized knowledge in the field of human-environmental relations", "Geographical methodological competencies", and "Specialized didactic and educational knowledge".



Foto mit Dozent und StudierendenIfGG

Regional Science

Regional Science is an empirically working science that analyses spatial structures and processes with the aim of organizing spatial uses in a compatible way, avoiding conflicts of use of space or developing adapted solutions for them. Its field of application is the spatial planning of all scales. It is based on a transdisciplinary approach using methods from the natural, social and engineering sciences. The special focus of the KIT Master's program in Karlsruhe is on the problems of underdeveloped regions of the global south.


Contact Points and Application at KIT

Information on studying at KIT and the most important contact points are provided on the KIT web pages "Prior to Studies".
Information on application is available on the KIT web pages "Application and Admission" (Website in German).

Line Plan for a Bachelor's Program at KIT

The KIT line plan (Line plan in German) gives you an overview of whom you can contact before and during the application for a bachelor's program at KIT, which phases and stations you can expect during your studies, and who you can turn to if you have any questions.


You are planning to take up a bachelor's program at KIT and are not sure whether your basic knowledge in mathematics, computer science, physics, and chemistry is sufficient? Then the MINT-Kolleg (Website in German) is the right place for you.

Offers for pupils

Especially for pupils, KIT offers information events on different study programs and workshops on the choice of a field of study. You will find all offers in the brochure (Brochure in German) of the Zentrum für Information und Beratung (zib).