Biology (B.A.) (2 subjects/teacher training)
Biology is a multifaceted, experimental science for prospective teachers to study in equal balance with another subject. You will get to know and use Organismic and Molecular Biology in theory and practice. Alongside well-established training in Biology, you will receive knowledge in specialised didactics and education in preparation for being a teacher. Our partner schools offer various options in order to get to know the teaching profession up-front as early as during your studies. The Master of Education degree then continues teacher training.
Subject: Biology (B.A.) (2 subjects/teacher training)
Degree: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Standard period of study: 6 semesters
Start of programme: winter semester only
Admission to the winter semester 2017/18:
- 1st subject semester: limited admission (application to the University)
- 2nd to 6th subject semester: limited admission (application to the University)
- International applicants (non-EU): limited admission (application to International Student Office)
This full-time Bachelor of Arts degree course taken over six semesters combines intensive specialist studies in two subject areas.
In the first part of their degree course (first and second semesters, "orientation year"), students are provided with basic teaching in the field of biology, as well as fundamental knowledge of natural sciences.
In the second part of the degree course (third to sixth semesters), students gain practical experience from a broad range of subjects in an organismic and a molecular biological subject area and gather fundamental knowledge about Central European flora and fauna, as well as biological didactics.
This degree course in biology qualifies students primarily for the graduate degree course "Master of Education" (career goal: teaching post in a German high school (Gymnasium). However, the course also makes it possible, under certain conditions, for students to take a specialist Masters Degree in Biology.
Specialist fields and main areas of research
Anthropology; Biochemistry; Developmental and Cellular Biology; Genetics and Microbial Cell Biology; Neurosciences and Behavioural Biology; 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
The degree course is modular in structure with accompanying examinations and comprises 66 ECTS Credits (abbreviated hereafter as: C) in the field of biology.
First part of the degree course comprising 30 C: Lecture series in Biology, lab classes in Botanics and Zoology, as well as Inorganic Chemistry (when the student's second subject is not Chemistry) and Physics (only when Chemistry is the second subject) as compulsory modules.
Second part of the degree course comprising 36 C: Two compulsory modules selected from different specialist biological areas, determination classes in Botanics and Zoology, teaching methodology in Biology, as well as key qualification modules and a possible Bachelor thesis in Biology (12 weeks).
Language skills and language requirements
The two modules "Scientific English I" and "Teaching in Biology I" can be taken during the degree studies. By successfully completing both of these modules, in combination with other required modules from the degree course "Master of Education", students can achieve the additional qualification "Bilingual Teaching".