Technische Universität Berlin
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Technischer Umweltschutz, B. Sc.

Program overview

Environmental science and technology is concerned with a wide range of issues of major importance to society, such as the extraction of raw materials from waste, waste water recycling, the measurement of greenhouse gas emissions, atmospheric research or material conversion processes with minimal effects on the environment. This is reflected in the practical orientation of the Environmental Science and Technology bachelor’s study program at TU Berlin. Students study the engineering and ecosphere-related processes of the development, distribution, effect, and transformation of pollutive materials and of hygienic and toxicologically relevant agents within and between the environmental media earth, water, and air, as well as the technosphere. Particular attention is paid to the recognition, evaluation, avoidance, reduction, and removal of environmental burdens, risks, and damages as well as to the preventative areas of environmental protection.

DegreeBachelor of Science
Standard period of study 6 semesters
Credit points180
Program start Winter semester
Admission Open admission
Language of instruction German

Admission requirements

As for every other bachelor’s degree program at TU Berlin, applicants must possess a university entrance qualification certificate to apply. Generally, the Abitur serves as the university entrance qualification certificate. If you do not have a formal university entrance qualification, you may still be able to study at TU Berlin if you can provide proof of certain professional qualifications.

The Environmental Science and Technology bachelor’s program is taught in German.

If you are applying with a foreign school-leaving certificate, you must provide proof of German skills at a specific level. This is a prerequisite for admission. Knowledge of English is useful as some courses/modules are also offered in English. However, it is not a condition for admission to studies.

As mathematics, natural science, and engineering make up a significant component of the curriculum, you should have an interest in and basic understanding of these subjects. It is particularly useful if you took advanced courses in these subjects in school.

Program structure

In the first phase of your studies, you learn the necessary basic principles of mathematics, natural science and engineering. Through project work you learn about working methods and how to approach engineering work and problems. You will independently work on environmental problems in groups and simulation games, applying technical solutions encompassing different media to current environmental burdens in conurbations, taking account of social and economic aspects. During the technical component of the study program, students take integrated courses to learn about environmental engineering and chemistry in further detail as well as acquire new skills and abilities, which are in turn developed in seminars and labs. The final requirement is a scientific bachelor’s thesis, which students complete independently.

There is a proposed course schedule for the degree program. This is a recommendation for how to complete the degree program within the standard period of study of six semesters. It provides an example of which modules to take in which semesters. While this proposed course schedule is ideal on paper, it is not mandatory. It’s simply an example of how to successfully schedule and shape your studies.

You can find the proposed course schedule in the study and examination regulations. The most current version of the regulationsapplies to applicants.


Examination regulations

Content and modules

The bachelor’s degree program in Environmental Science and Technology is modular in design. A module combines curriculum content relating to a specific topic. Modules often include a variety of different study and teaching formats such as lectures, practical tutorials, seminars, and practical projects. Students are required to earn a specific number of credit points and complete certain coursework and assessments in each module.

A current overview of all modules in the bachelor’s program in Environmental Science and Technology is available in TU Berlin’s module transfer system (MTS). The MTS also provides an overview of which modules are mandatory and which are elective. Detailed module descriptions provide information about the contents of modules, learning objectives, participation requirements, workload, types of assessment, etc. The module catalogue is based on the study and examination regulations.

To module database

Internships

Two non-university internships are mandatory for this bachelor’s program: a basic internship and a technical internship. We strongly recommend completing the 6-8-week basic internship before beginning your studies. The two industry internships combined last a total of 12 weeks. Students are to submit proof of having completed all 12 weeks before registering for their final exam in the program.

The basic internship provides you with an opportunity to get to know the diverse aspects of working life, including effects on the environment, from a practical perspective. It is preferable that students complete the internship in a medium-sized or large industrial operation, in skilled trade or service operations, public service, or in agriculture.

The technical internship is an opportunity for students to apply both basic principles and specialist knowledge of environmental science and technology.

Further information is available in the program’s internship regulations.


Stays abroad

You can generally complete parts of the program abroad, either in the form of study abroad or internships. General information regarding stays abroad can be obtained from the TU Berlin International Office (study abroad) and from the Career Service (internships abroad).


Acquired skills

Students in the Environmental Science and Technology bachelor's study program gain knowledge and skills of both engineering and the natural sciences. Further, they study business, legal, ecological, and social aspects of environmental protection. As a graduate of the study program you are able to develop and conduct measures to recognize, avoid, minimize, and eliminate harmful environmental influences.

After your studies

The Environmental Science and Technology bachelor's program builds the foundation for both the Environmental Science and Technology, and Environmental Science for Urban Ecosystems master’s programs at TU Berlin. The bachelor’s program also allows graduates to pursue further academic training at national and international universities.

Graduates can find work in a wide variety of professional fields: environmental engineering or goods production, environmental agencies, international organizations, business consulting, engineering offices, or disposal companies.

Further information & downloads

Guidance and choosing the right degree program: Academic Advising Service

Questions about the degree program: Course Guidance

General questions: Student Info Services

Application and enrollment: Office of Student Affairs – Undergraduate Admissions

Recognition of previously acquired credits: Examination Board

Specific contact points for the degree program