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Biology (B.Sc.)

From A for Anthropology to Z for Zoology:
The Biology degree programme at Göttingen offers insights into the sundry sides of the subject. You will learn to identify plants, animals and micro-organisms, work on molecular and genetic issues and get to know about chemical building blocks and their biochemical interaction. As early as the first semester, you will begin to perform small experiments and later conclude your studies with your own research project. The Bachelor's degree qualifies students for Master's degree programmes with foci in ecology, biochemistry, molecular biology and neurobiology.

Subject: Biology (B.Sc.)
Degree: Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
Standard period of study: 6 semesters
Start of programme: winter semester only
Language of the programme: German

Admission to the winter semester 2018/19:

  • 1st subject semester: limited admission (application to the University)
  • 2nd to 6th subject semester: open admission (enrolment without previous application)
  • International applicants (non-EU): limited admission (application to International Student Services)

Course description
The German-language Bachelor of Science degree course in Biology (full-time course over 6 semesters) provides basic teaching in biology and fundamental knowledge of natural sciences, chemistry and mathematics/statistics in the first part of the course (first and second semesters, “orientation year”).
In the second part of the degree course (third to sixth semesters), students get to know six specialist biological fields that they can freely select themselves from a broad range of available subjects, which is supplemented by two further non-biological subjects. As a result, students acquire specialist scientific knowledge; learn about methodological approaches and handling specialist biological literature.
The degree course is primarily designed to prepare students for the German and English language Masters / Ph.D programme by providing the foundations for a research-oriented career, although it also qualifies students for professions in administrations, companies and national/international organisations.

Specialist fields and main areas of research in Göttingen
Anthropology; Biochemistry; Applied Bioinformatics; Algorithmic Bioinformatics; Biocognition; Developmental and Cellular Biology; Genetics and Microbial Cell Biology; Genome analysis; Microbiology; Animal and Plant Ecology; Evolution,
Systematics and Diversity in Plants, Evolution, Systematics and Diversity in Animals; Cellular and Molecular Biology in Plants; Animal Physiology; Behavioural biology

Programme structure
The degree course is modular in structure with accompanying examinations and comprises 180 ECTS Credits (abbreviated hereafter as: C).
First part of the degree course comprising 50 C: Lecture series in Biology, lab classes in Botanics and Zoology, as well as Inorganic Chemistry and Mathematics/Statistics as compulsory modules.
Second part of the degree course comprising 130 C: 8 optional modules from the field of biology (5/6), the fields of general mathematical & natural sciences (3/2) and the area of professionalization (20 C) with key qualifications and modules from a university-wide range of subjects, as well as an advanced course (generally in the 5th or 6th semesters) in a biological field of study with a subsequent Bachelor thesis (total of approx. 18 weeks, 30 C).

Language skills and language requirements
Good English language skills are required at the start of the degree course. The module “Scientific English I” must be completed during the degree course, which requires English language knowledge at the level of “Mittelstufe II” (Intermediate level II) to start the course. This language qualification can also be acquired during the degree course.
If the module “Scientific English II” is additionally taken, students can then acquire the certificate UNICERT III, which is accepted as an entrance requirement by the Faculty of Biology and Psychology for their international Masters programme.

Possible specialist fields
Depending on the modules selected in the second part of the degree course, students will be allocated to one of the three specialist fields of study “Bioinformatics”, “Molecular Biosciences” and “Neural and Behavioural Biology”.

Suitable for jobs in research and teaching (if necessary, in combination with a Masters / Ph.D programme) in universities and non-university institutions, companies working in the field of life sciences, environmental authorities and German State Offices, scientific publishing houses, textbook publishers and adult education (if necessary, in combination with additional study).