Department of Geoscience


Announcements related to the Covid-19 situation

The current Covid-19 pandemic affects us all. Staff of the Geosciences are doing everything they can to adapt to the situation and to still provide field courses that comply with the regulations of the government and the university. The health and safety of students and staff is our top priority. Many things we were used to are now not possible. Still we try to make sure that all students can collect field days for the BSc and MSc Geosciences excursion modules and mapping courses will take place this summer semester, both for BSc and MSc.

As your module coordinator is in home office whenever possible, please hand in your full excursion pass to Ms Wenger of the Prüfungsamt. She will make sure I sign them. Please do not wait for the last moment to hand in your excusion pass!

Please visit this page regularly to see if there are any announcements regarding excursions and mapping courses. I will do my best to keep you up to date.

Also check the Fachschaft page

In case you run into trouble, for example because of cancelled excursions, please contact Paul Bons by email.

Your field-modules coordinator, Paul Bons.

Announcements (last updated 25/01/2021)

Please note that all excursions and field courses that are announced will only take place if the corona regulations allow this!

2-Tage Virtuelle Exkursion Nördlinger Ries und Steinheimer Becken am 25./26.06.2021 (added 11/05/2021)

Freitag 25.06.2021 (ganztägig) online Veranstaltung mit folgenden Inhalten:

1. Tag: Einführung und Grundlagen der Geologie von Nördlinger Ries und Steinheimer Becken

Impakterscheinungen: Kraterentstehung und -morphologie, Gesteins-Deformationen und Aufschmelzung, Ultrahochdruck-Metamorphose

Virtuelle Exkursion zu Aufschlüssen im Nördlinger Ries und Steinheimer Becken mit ihren typischen Gesteinen.

2. Tag: Eigenständiges virtuelles Aufsuchen der am ersten Tag besprochenen Aufschlüsse und ergänzender Aufschlußpunkte, die im WWW dargestellt sind


Tertiärer Vulkanismus der Auvergne (Massif Central) (added 2 March 2021)

Tertiärer Vulkanismus der Auvergne (Massif Central) Exkursion vom 31.08. 10.9.2021

Leitung: Prof. Ronny Schönberg , Dr. Ilka Schönberg und Dr. Carolina Rosca

Download Flyer

Zwei Exkursionen in den Schwarzwald und zum Kaiserstuhl 2021 (added 1 March 2021)

Am 16. und 17. 04. 2021 finden (wenn es die Coronasituation zulässt) zwei Eintages-Exkursionen in den nördlichen und mittleren Schwarzwald (16.4.) sowie zum Kaiserstuhl (17.4.) statt. Sie richten sich an alle Studierenden der Geowissenschaften und setzen die Teilnahme an der Vorlesung „Dynamik der Erde“ voraus. Die Teilnahme erfolgt an beiden Exkursionen nur gemeinsam als "Paket". Eine Anzahlung von 20 € Fahrtkostenbeitrag wird zu Beginn erhoben. Leitung Gregor Markl.

Hydrothermal deposits of the Schwarzwald (added 1 March 2021)

The 3-day field trip covers the distribution, formation, mineralogy and geochemistry of the hydrothermal vein-type deposits in the Schwarzwald. Planned is field work on natural outcrops, but also in underground visitor mines (depending on the COVID regulations). Link to Flyer.

Registration via ILIAS is open until April 30th on:

MSc mapping course 2021 (added 25 January 2021)

We are offering a mineralogy- and petrology-focused mapping course for MSc students during September/October 2021 led by Michael Marks, Horst Hann and Thomas Binder. A rather "geology-oriented“ MSc mapping course in the Appennines, Italy, will again be offered in 2022 (Christoph Glotzbach).

The last years we held this mapping course on Syros Island (Greece). Currently it is unclear if this will be possible, but if COVID regulation allow for this, we are willing to offer this one in 2021 again.

If COVID regulations do not allow for this, we are offering an alternative mapping course in the southern Schwarzwald focusing on the prominent suture zone called Badenweiler-Lenzkirch-Zone. So far not details on transport and accommodation are planed yet, as the final decision on which of the two alternatives will be happening may only be done during May or maybe even later….

Interested students should register via ILIAS (pswd “MScmap2021”) on:

Registration via ILIAS is open until April 30th.

Afterwards, we will decide which of the two alternatives will be offered.

PDF of info-meeting on mapping courses and excurisions (added 25 January 2021)

The PDF of the info meeting on excusions and mapping courses can be downloaded here.

Sorry for the delay in posting this file.

Exkursion Münchberger Gneismasse 24-30.08.2021 (added 22 January 2021)

Exkursion Münchberger Gneismasse 24.08.-30.08.2021 (Marcus Nowak)

Für die Teilnahme und für weitere Informationen müssen Sie sich in ILIAS anmelden:

Veranstaltungen (Magazin) > Wintersemester 2020-21 > 7 Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät > Geowissenschaften > Exkursion Münchberger Gneismasse 2021 (Nowak)

Passwort: MüMa2021

Dort finden Sie den Zoom-Link für die Vorbesprechung am 27.01.2021 ab 17:00 c.t..

2-day drill core logging in the GUZ for Bsc and Msc Geosciences (added 22 January 2021)

The drill core originates from the Nova-Bollinger magmatic Ni deposits in Western Australia and contains various magmatic and metamorphic units.

Depending on the COVID regulations up to 9 students can participate at one of the following dates:

15-16 March

29-30 March

12-13 April

25-26 May

Registration via ILIAS is open until February 28th on:

Sebastian Staude

1 day field trip to the HEGAU area for BSc and MSc Geosciences students (added 22 January 2021)

This one day field trip led by Michael Marks and Sebastian Staude and will be available for BSc and MSc Geosciences students. This excursion is concerned with the Palaeogene magmatic rocks of the Hegau area and is ideal for beginners.

We may offer several of these field trips, depending on the number of interested people and COVID regulations. The following dates are possible (all Fridays): march 5th, march 12th, march 19th, march 26th, april 9th.

Preliminary information is posted on ILIAS and interested students should register (pswd “hegau2021”) on:

Registration via ILIAS is open until February 28th.

BSc-Geosciences Mapping Course Molinos (Kartierkurs) 11-29 Sept. 2021 (added 08 January 2021)

The BSc-Geosciences mapping course (Kartierkurs, Pflichtmodul) is now scheduled to take place 11-29 September, 2021. Destination, as always, is Molinos in Teruel, Spain, with a few days at Garriguella in NE Spain, just across the border with France. Excursion leaders are expected to be Sebastian Mutz, Christoph Glotzbach, Till Sachau and Paul Bons.

Information on the course will be provided via ILIAS, so please register with "molinos" on:

The mapping course is compulsory for all BSc-Geoscience students now in their 3rd semester or higher. The whole trip also includes additional three days for the excursion module.

The mapping course is coordinated with Ronny Schoenberg to make sure that students can attend both the mapping course and preceding Auvergne excursion (maybe travelling from the excursion straight to Spain, without coming back to Tübingen in between the two courses).

We hope that conditions will improve in the course of 2021 and travel will be possible again. If this is not the case, students should still plan to be available the same period for a (mostly) virtual mapping course. Let's hope we need not resort to this plan B!

Information meeting on (virtual) excursions in 2021 (added 08 January 2021)

The corona crisis sadly caused the cancellation of many excursions in 2020 and possibly in 2021 as well. We are aware that this causes serious problems for many of you who need to get the required 18 field days. We do our best to provide alternatives


On Thursday, January 14, at 17:15 (5:15 PM) there will be a Zoom information meeting to which all BSc and MSC Geoscience students are all invited. You should have received an email or Whatsapp message with the Zoom link and password.

Topics that will be addressed are:

1) Announcement of new virtual excursions (at least 3 are now offered by Jimmy Nebelsick, Jan-Peter Duda and me, but hopefully more will come) and plans for field trips in 2021.

2) Mapping courses in 2021 (The BSc-course in Spain is scheduled for September 10-29, 2021)

3) Questions from students (you can send your questions to Paul Bons in advance so I can prepare or group them).

Stratigraphisches Geländepraktikum (added 11/09/2020)

The virtual "Stratigraphisches Geländepraktikum-2020"  has been online for a week now (Pflicht 4 Semester)

Jimmy Nebelsick sent a mail to all who had registered in Ilias, but perhaps still good to advertise

Titel: Geowissenschaften Geowissenschaft/Bachelor Hauptfach/Stratigraphisches Geländepraktikum-2020

Password: Jura

Signature for excursion pass (added 11/09/2020)

From now on, please hand in your excursion pass and any other documents that would need the signature of me (the Prüfungsausschussvorsitzneder) to the Prüfungsamt without my signature. Ms Wenger will pass all documents that require signatures to me for signing. This makes life much easier for all as I am working between home, the LMB and the GUZ.

MSc mapping course Italy takes place in alternative form (added 03/08/2020)

The original planned Italy mapping course is replaced by a mapping course in the surrounding of Mössingen. We will all meet at the GUZ on the 25. August and the mapping course will end on the 10. September. We will provide you with projects that two of you will work on in the field and in the lab using a variety of field methods (e.g. geologic/geomorphic mapping, LiDar, photogrammetry, seismics). Grading will be done based on a poster presentation from all paricipants. For more informatin contact Christoph Glotzbach

BSc mapping course Molinos (added 03/08/2019)

The BSc mapping course (Molinos, Spain, course leader Sebastian Mutz) will take place, but in alternative form. Paul Bons and Till Sachau, together with Prof Virginia Toy from Mainz went to the field area in Spain to collect representative rock specimens, thousands of pictures, including from drones, and layer-orientation measurements. These will be used to organise an alternative mapping course, which will be mostly online. Note that short visits to the GUZ will be required to look at the rock specimens and for at least three field days in the neighbourhood of Tübingen.

The course will take place as orginally planned in the period September 13-30. For more information contact Sebastian Mutz (but be patient, this needed to be organised suddenly, so we are still in the course of planning this)

Stratigraphisches Geländepraktikum Jimmy Nebelsick (added 03/08/2020)

A message fromJimmy Nebelsick:

Sehr geehrte Teilnehmer des Bachelorstudiums Geowissenschaften im 4 Semester;

Ein stratigraphisches Geländepraktikum ist für Bachelorstudenten Pflicht. Wegen der Corona Krise wird der Geländekurs als Online-Kurs angeboten. Dieser Kurs wird im 4 Semester belegt und dient nicht als Ersatz für etwaige Exkursionstage.

Ich werde den Online-Kurs (entspricht einer 4 tägigen Exkursion) vorbereiten mit entsprechenden Aufgaben, die gelöst an mich zurückgeschickt werden müssen. Ein Note gibt es nicht, nur müssen die Aufgaben zufriedenstellend bearbeitet  werden, bevor es eine Eintragung ins Exkursionsbuch geben kann. Sie müssen die Aufgaben bis Anfang des Wintersemesters (1 November) abgeben.

Ich plane, bis Anfang August den Kurs fertig gestellt zu haben. Ich werde dann per Ilias eine entsprechende Nachricht an Sie schicken.Wir können auch gegebenenfalls eine Zoom-Konferenz zur Besprechung des Kurses einrichten.

Sie müssen sich für den Kurs unbedingt in Ilias anmelden.

Geowissenschaft – Bachelor Hauptfach

Stratigraphisches Geländepraktikum-2020

Passwort: Jura

The Müma Excursion takes place (added 18/07/2020)

The hygiene plan for the "Müma Excursion" was approved by the university and can therefore take place. Contact Marcus Nowak for any questions regarding this excursion.

Permanent information about excursions and mapping courses

Geoscience field modules covered by this page

Students can register online for excursions and mapping courses. This covers the following modules:

  • BSc-Geosciences: Module Gelände 1 (6 credits. 18 excursion days, including the 4-day stratigraphisches Geländepraktkum)
  • BSc-Geosciences: Module Gelände 2 (6 credits. ca. 14-day mapping course)
  • MSc-Geosciences: Module Gelände 1 (6 credits. 18 excursion days)
  • MSc-Geosciences: Module Gelände 2 (6 credits. ca. 14-day advanced mapping course).
  • MSc-students can do two mapping courses (of course not the same one twice). A second mapping course module is available for this. please note that a second mapping course is conditional on available places. Please contact the excursion leader in time.

BSc-students CANNOT do two mapping courses. Even if you attend two such courses, only one will count for your degree.

How to register for field courses

First you must register here to be able to access the courses. You need to be within the University network or use the VPN Client provided by the ZDV.

Once you are registered you can log in to see the list of excursions and mapping courses that are offered. Basic information (dates, costs, destination, etc.) can be found on the website. Some lecturers may have provided more information in a PDF that can be downloaded, or on a website for which you will find the link. You can also see how many students have already registered for a particular course. This will help you to see which courses are popular and oversubscribed.

You must then register separately for

  • Mapping courses (internal link)
  • Excursions, including the stratigraphisches Geländepraktikum (internal link)

Please note the deadlines!
Each course may have a different deadline. You can change your registration at any time until the deadline.

For each MAPPING COURSE you choose from one of four options:

  1. I absolutely need to go to this mapping course (*). This means you must go to this one and cannot go to any other course that is offered.
  2. I would like to go to this course.
  3. I could go to this course if necessary, but I prefer another one. Some courses are oversubscribed and then, unfortunately, some students will have to transfer to another course.
  4. I absolutely cannot go to this course (*). If your preferred mapping course is oversubscribed, you cannot be transferred to this course.

(*) If you choose options (1) or (4) you must provide a brief reason. This could be that you attended this course before, for example.

We do our best to provide every student with their preferred options, but cannot always satisfy everyone's wishes. Note that only one mapping course is compulsory for BSc-students in Geosciences. You can only do an extra second one if the course leader agrees to this, but you have no right to a second course and will be lowest priority.

For each EXCURSION you choose from the following options:

  1. I absolutely need to go to this excursion. This means you must go to this one for some reason and you need to explain why.
  2. I would like to go to this excursion.
  3. I don't want to go to this excursion.

Some excursions are oversubscribed. It is therefore good to register for one or more "back-up" excursions. Excursion leaders of oversubscribed excursions will do their Vorbesprechung first and select the students that can go on their excursion. Please note that if you already have enough excursion days for your module, you have lowest priority!

Any problems or questions?

Please contact or email:

  • The course leader, if you have questions about a particular course,
  • Paul Bons, only if you have questions about excursions and mapping courses in general. I have no information on individual courses, nor on which course has places available. Only the course leaders know these things!

Two mapping courses are planned for 2021:

  • BSc: Molinos, Spain, The BSc-mapping course will take place 11-28 September 2021 (Sebastain Mutz, Christoph Glotzbach, Till Sachau and Paul Bons). Priority is given to BSc-students. Note that this trip consists of the mapping course and 3 additional excursion days that can count for your excursions module. Go to ILIAS (, pwd molinos.
  • MSc maping course 2021: Michael Marks, Horst Hann and Thomas Binder are planning a mapping course on Syros, Greece, in Sept/Okt 2021. More information to be posted in due time. This mapping course is more "mineralogy and petrology oriented". Please register on ILIAS (with MScmap2021, registration until April 30). The last years we held this mapping course on Syros Island (Greece). Currently it is unclear if this will be possible, but if COVID regulation allow for this, we are willing to offer this one in 2021 again. If COVID regulations do not allow for this, we are offering an alternative mapping course in the southern Schwarzwald focusing on the prominent suture zone called Badenweiler-Lenzkirch-Zone. So far not details on transport and accommodation are planed yet, as the final decision on which of the two alternatives will be happening may only be done during May or maybe even later…. Note that BSc-students can only attend this MSc-course under exceptional circumstances, to be approved by the excursion leader (Michael Marks) and module coordinator (Paul Bons).
  • A more "geology-oriented" MSc-mapping course in the Appennines, Italy, will again be offered in 2022 (Christoph Glotzbach).

The Molinos course is intended for all BSc-students in the 4th semester in summer 2021, so who started their studies in WS 2019-2020 or before. Students that enrolled in WS 2020-2021 must do their BSc-mapping course in Molinos in 2022, again in September (possibly running until early October; dates will be announced in due time).

If, for some reason, you absolutely cannot attend the course that is intended for you, please register for the other course and contact the course leader.

Please note: a mapping course is not the same as an excursion. Therefore not all field days of a mapping course can be transferred to count as excursion days (Field module 1) instead of a mapping course. The maximum number is 8. Please contact the Module Coordinator (Paul Bons) if you have questions.  

Only MSc-students can attend two mapping courses (but of course not to the same area).


Please remember to cancel your registration if you do not want to attend an excursion any more.
This helps the lecturers a lot!

Finally: Please make sure that the excursion leader signs for the excursion days in your excursion pass. Once you have the required number of excursion days, your pass has to be signed off by the module coordinator: currently Paul Bons.

Make sure you get the final signature well in time, not just before the end of semester, as this is March or September, when the coordinator is likely to be away for fieldwork or other duties when there are no classes. Only the coordinator can sign your pass!

If you collected more than the required days in your BSc and continue in MSc, the excess days can count for your MSc. Please keep your BSc-excursion pass.

Excursion days from other universities (for example from Erasmus exchanges) can count for your excursion module. What is needed is a written and signed statement of the excursion leader, stating the number of days and a brief description of the excursion. The module coordinator (Paul Bons) can then sign for these days in your excursion pass.

Your module coordinator, Paul Bons