Earth Sciences and Sustainable Management of Environmental Resources

Bachelor of Science - Undergraduate program

ESSMER is the follow-up program of EES and will start in Fall 2023!

The most pressing problems of the 21st century include environmental degradation such as climate change, loss of biodiversity, soil degradation, and air pollution, and increasing resource scarcity urging for a more sustainable use of Earth’s resources. The BSc program Earth Sciences and Sustainable Management of Environmental Resources (ESSMER) is an interdisciplinary science major with a strong focus on phenomena and processes occurring at the Earth’s surface. Our students develop a holistic understanding of the system Earth, anthropogenic interaction with its land, atmosphere, oceans and biosphere, and management of environmental resources, including water, soils, biological and energy resources, and minerals. The ESSMER program is based on a solid foundation in science disciplines and uses key methodological tools and concepts from Earth Sciences and data management combined with the concepts of sustainability and resource management.

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Why Study at Constructor University
International Experience
Train your intercultural skills by studying with talents from more than 110 countries. A core emphasis of the programs is placed upon supporting the participants’ personal development in terms of soft skills and language skills to account for the diversity in the student body to best prepare them for the national as well as the international job markets. Study in two locations in Germany or Switzerland and get the best education for your professional start.
Top Rankings
Constructor University is a top-ranked private, English-speaking university, offering accredited master’s degree programs with a strong digital focus.
Benefit from highest standards in research and teaching, a highly interdisciplinary teaching and research approach, as well as early involvement in research projects.
Global Career
Get on the gateway and design your individual career plan within an extended job network among research, education, and industry partners. As part of the Constructor ecosystem, you benefit from capacities in research, funding, and incubation to define their individual career perspectives, supported by personalized career planning and services and access to a large Alumni network.
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Key facts
Constructor University, Bremen, Germany
Fall Intake 2023:
Apply by June 1 (global) and July 15 (for applicants who do not need a visa)
Start last week of August (orientation week), first week of September (classes)
3 years full-time
€ 20,000 per academic year (two semesters)
+ € 8,000 on-campus room and board (full meal plan)
All students are considered for an academic achievement scholarship based on their school grade point average (GPA).
EU students are eligible for a minimum guaranteed scholarship of € 4.000.
Financing Options:
Each admitted candidate will receive an individual financial package.
Ready for your future?
The program

The undergraduate program at Constructor University is a three-year, 180-credit-point program designed to prepare students for a wide range of career paths.

The “4C Model” is the program's backbone, with disciplinary content grouped into three themes according to study years: CHOICE-CORE-CAREER. Additionally, the “CONSTRUCTOR Track”, an integral part of the program, runs parallel throughout the program. It provides students with multidisciplinary content and essential skills such as argumentation, data visualization, societal engagement, and communication.

The curriculum allows students to tailor their education to their goals and to explore different fields of study, with the flexibility to change their major within the first year. Moreover, the programs include a mandatory internship and a study-abroad opportunity in the fifth semester to provide students with hands-on experience and a global perspective.

4C Curriculum
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Career Perspectives

Career prospects are excellent, as there is an increasing demand for graduates with a science-based background in both Earth and Environmental Sciences and management skills to solve the most pressing issues of our future societies.

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  • Our applied geophysics area currently focuses on Petroleum Systems Modelling, Seismic Exploration, Gas Hydrate research and Marine Geophysics.
  • Research activities in Space Physics include auroral plasma physics, analysis of multi-spacecraft observations in geospace, and the study of how geomagnetic variations affect System Earth.
  • Research areas for Planetariy Geology include various aspects of Comparative Planetology, such as: aeolian, fluvio-lacustrine, glacial fluid escape processes, impact cratering and the study of Terrestrial (geological) analogues for better interpreting space-based data and planning future exploration. (Big) data discovery, access and analysis for planetary science is also covered.


  • Environmental Geochemistry
  • Marine Geochemistry

Oceanography at Constructor is divided into four areas of emphasis:

  • Biological Oceanography: examines the processes governing the distribution, abundances, and production of plants, animals, and nutrients in the oceanic ecosystem. Emphasis is on investigations of bacteria, phytoplankton, zooplankton, and benthic organisms. Progress entails identifying the patterns of variability in space and time, determining the processes producing and maintaining the patterns, then quantifying the processes.
  • Chemical Oceanography: investigates the complex chemistry, distribution and cycling of dissolved substances, nutrients, and gases in seawater, the mechanisms controlling them and their origins and fates.
  • Marine Geology & Geophysics: studies marine sediments (their formation, transport, and deposition); ocean basin formation (plate tectonics); processes governing shoreline formation; and the origin, structure, and history of the oceanic crust and upper mantle.
  • Physical Oceanography: endeavors to understand and predict motion in the sea. Scales of motion range from millimeters through tidal and current scales to the great ocean gyres. The distribution of physical properties (temperature, salinity, sea ice) and air-sea interaction and its implications for climate are fertile areas of research.
Research excursion to Vulcano (Italy) 2018

Around 30 Constructor students and scientists had the chance to do research on Planetary Sciences, Geophysics and Oceanography during their exciting ROBEX Summer School on the Italian island Vulcano in June 2018. The excursion was part of the research alliance „Robotic Exploration of Extreme Environments”, together with the DLR (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt).

More about the project:

Video about the excursion (YouTube).

School of Science

The study program Earth Sciences and Sustainable Management of Environmental Resources is part of the School of Science.

Designing solutions for a healthier world has always been one of the great challenges of science.

The goal is to make a healthy life possible for each human being and for the growing world population as a whole. Food, plants and marine algae can have a positive effect on health similar to that of conventional medicine.

However, scientists first have to identify and isolate bioactive substances and explore their safe application through transdisciplinary cooperation between geo science, life sciences, physics and chemistry.

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Become part of a global community

Constructor University Students come from all over the world to live and learn at Constructor University. Our student body represents 110 nations. They form an ambitious campus community whose internationality is unprecedented in Europe. Constructor University’s green and tree-shaded 80-acre campus provides much more than buildings for teaching and research.

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