Geodesy and Geoinformation B. Sc.

The bachelor's degree program in geodesy and geoinformatics deals with the recording of the living space of mankind by surveying from the ground, from the air and from space as well as the processing and presentation of geoinformation. According to the classical definition by Friedrich Robert Helmert (1880), geodesy is the science of measuring and mapping the earth's surface. This definition includes the determination of the geometric figure of the earth, its gravitational field as well as its orientation in space.

Your profile

The Bachelor's degree program in Geodesy and Geoinformatics at TUM is the right program for everyone

  • who is fascinated by the earth, the recording of its changes and their representation on maps
  • whose strengths lie primarily in the natural sciences and in computer science 
  • who enjoys working with other people in a creative way
  • who prefers to study in small, well supervised groups

What you'll learn

As a graduate of the program, you have at your disposal a wide repertoire of foundational competencies relating to the discipline and its methodologies. These cover survey and remote sensing technologies, as well as geoinformation and spatial planning. You are able to document, analyze and visualize changes in the human environment. In the area of spatial informatics, you are able to apply specialist methods in order to solve problems. You possess sound knowledge of the collection, processing and visualization of precise geoinformation.

Within the context of the program, you acquire insight into the various areas of geodesy. You are familiar with the application of the relevant fundamental methods and instruments required for land and construction surveys, higher geodesy, photogrammetry, remote sensing, satellite geodesy, cartography and spatial informatics, as well as land and urban development.

Furthermore, you have developed a deepened understanding of spatial dynamics. Given the program's interdisciplinary approach, you also have a grasp of the legal context in which you conduct your activities. You are just as familiar with concepts of spatial planning as you are with assessing sites and properties and with land regulation measures in rural and urban settings.

Study information

The objective of geodesy is the documentation of the anthroposphere through the use of surveys and geoinformation, and the representation of the latter according to the task at hand. Geodata describe, order, and register human habitats according to particular characteristics, and also contribute to shaping and changing these habitats.

In addition to classic measuring instruments such as theodolites, laser scanners, and cameras, geodata is used in information systems, modern satellite technology and digital remote sensors. Geodesists develop automatic, computer-based procedures for the collection, processing, analysis and visualization of spatial information. The diversity of surveys ranges from global satellite-based surveys of the earth through surveys of regions using airplanes to the terrestrial surveys of construction works and machines performed by engineers onsite. The geoinformation extracted from geodata provides citizens with the basis for legal clarity in the context of administrative and planning authorities and is prerequisite for creative, organizational and planning measures. Geodetic measuring procedures now play an increasingly significant role in catastrophe management, the monitoring of environmental risk, as well as in the exploration of the earth system and of planets.

During the first and second semesters, focus is placed on the acquisition of fundamental knowledge. The emphasis is on mathematical, physical and legal foundations, as well as the techniques required for conducting surveys.

From the third to the sixth semester, the focus shifts to the scientific knowledge of engineering in all core areas of geodesy and geoinformation. This relates to the sensors used in engineering surveys, photogrammetry and remote sensing, higher geodesy and satellite geodesy, as well as the procedures undertaken in assessing the data recorded.

The program concludes with the bachelor's thesis, in which the methodological, disciplinary and practical skills acquired converge and are applied.

Within the context of the program, a five-week external internship must be completed.