Urgeschichte und Naturwissenschaftliche Archäologie

Bachelor minor

Minor in Scientific Archaeology

Scientific Archaeology refers to the application of scientific methods to answer archaeological questions. These methods come from chemistry, anthropology, zoology, genetics, etc.

The goal of this minor is to familiarize students of archaeology with the basic principles of natural scientific methods used in archaeology and to teach their potential as well as limitations. Students should be able to competently and critically evaluate the suitability of various methods for complementing questions in cultural studies. Students should acquire the ability to conceptually integrate natural scientific investigations in their own work from the very beginning (e.g. in the planning and management of excavations). Furthermore, the knowledge of natural scientific investigations and the evaluation of the same should enable students of natural scientific archaeology to discuss scientific results with natural scientists.

The minor comprises 60 ECTS and can be combined with any major subject at the University of Tübingen to the extent of 120 ECTS. Special reference is made to the major subject Prehistory and Early History and Archaeology of the Middle Ages; the dates of the courses of these two subjects are coordinated.

Admission is currently free. Commencement is only possible in the winter semester.

Admission and enrollment (matriculation) are handled by the Registrar's Office.

An up-to-date offer of courses can be found on Alma.

Although some classes include English as a language of instruction, the program is officially conducted in German.


For the subject grade in the minor subject, the grades of required subject-specific modules amounting to 54 LP are evaluated. A required subject-specific module in the amount of 6 LP, which was completed with at least the grade "sufficient" (4), is not included in the grade calculation.

The evaluated examination performances are each weighted according to the credit points of the modules.

Module Handbook and Examination Regulations

The current Module Handbook provides an overview of the modules to be taken. The legal framework of the studies and the examinations is defined in the Examination and Study Regulations.