The goals of this new B.Sc. course are ambitious: Young students will learn modern methods, both in ecology and in molecular (bio-)sciences. They will be exposed to the most recent developments in both fields in a very early phase of their studies, and they will become involved in research activities of leading research teams in their respective fields. Lectures provide necessary background knowledge, but we expect an understanding of natural sciences, in particular biology, from school or the willingness to independently refresh this knowledge. Most teaching modules comprise practical work, field and laboratory courses or seminars – students will receive practical training and they will frequently interact with lecturers and other students.
The three years B.Sc. programme comprises 18 technical modules, each with 6 ECTS credits and 4 hours of weekly training. Most modules explain the use of molecular tools to address ecological issues in different disciplines, but some are clearly focused on molecular biosciences whereas others mainly focus on ecosystem research and its applications. The technical modules are complemented by a key competence module on cross-cutting issues in each semester. A full semester is reserved for elective modules and students are encouraged to spend this semester at partner universities abroad to further strengthen their international profile. The programme ends with a Bachelor project and the B.Sc. thesis.
This new B.Sc. study programme will be offered for the first time starting in October 2011 at Göttingen University, Germany. The programme is fully in English, and we aim for a very international group of students including students from Germany, other European countries and abroad. We plan to attract the most qualified and motivated students and we offer a very international atmosphere.