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.
- Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
- Teaching language:
- Standard period of study:
- 6 semesters
- Start of studies:
- Winter semester
(application to the University)
- A pre-course is offered
- Orientation events:
- Orientation events are offered
Biology is the science of living organisms and examines their diversity, development, functioning and the relationship between individual organisms and their environment; from the physical and chemical processes in the individual cell to complex ecosystems. The fields of research within biology are thus very diverse.
The modularly structured degree programme taught in German provides an overview of the many biological sub-disciplines in the first year of study and teaches the scientific basics in chemistry, mathematics and statistics.
From the third semester onwards, students become more familiar with six biological subject areas of their own choice from a wide range of options and supplement these with two other non-biological natural science subjects. This gives you a broad range of bioscientific basics, but you can incorporate your own preferences.
In the fifth or sixth semester, you will specialise in one of these biological subjects and write your Bachelor's thesis, your first small research paper.
The Göttingen Bachelor's in Biology is characterised by a broad range of biological subject areas and makes it possible to set individual focal points of interest through many options. For example, by choosing modules in the second part of the programme, you can have your studies assigned to one of the three specialisations "Bioinformatics", "Molecular Biosciences" or "Neurobiology and Behavioural Biology", which at the same time shows which subject areas are particularly distinctive in Göttingen. But of course, it is also possible to study a generally broad range of biology without a specialisation.
By integrating the compulsory module Scientific English, the degree programme optimally prepares students for a further scientific career and facilitates entry into international Master's programmes.
In addition to the University, many scientific centres and research institutions such as several Max Planck Institutes and the German Primate Centre are located in Göttingen and are closely linked to the faculty. This offers additional teaching opportunities and a wide range of possibilities to carry out optional internships or final theses outside the university.
Apart from an interest in biology, in scientific questions and enjoyment of practical experiments, general scientific basics, especially in chemistry as well as mathematics and statistics are required. An understanding of biological processes and interrelationships, whether on a macro-, micro- or even molecular-biological level, is hardly possible without a solid knowledge of the other natural sciences.
In addition, a good knowledge of English is advantageous at the beginning of the study programme, because for the compulsory module Scientific English I, an intermediate level II knowledge of English is required. If these are not yet (completely) available, the missing knowledge can also be made up during the study programme.
The curse and blessing of biology is the large number of possible fields of work, which depend not least on the chosen subject specialisation. Many biologists not only work in "classic" research positions at universities and in industry, but also in many other areas for which biological knowledge is necessary. The Association of Biology mentions, for example, production, quality control, marketing and sales, patents, management and in-house environmental protection as well as consulting, public relations and information management.
Even though the three-year "Bachelor's degree" is formally the first academic degree qualifying for a profession, a subsequent two-year Master's degree is often indispensable in the biological sciences. As an undergraduate degree programme, the Bachelor's degree in biology is more about a broad education than about early specialisation - this usually only takes place through the choice of a specialised Master's programme. Furthermore, for a path into science, the doctorate is the third step of academic training.
Related and consecutive/graduate programmes
2nd semesterLecture series II Basic zoology internship Statistics General and Inorganic Chemistry internship
- Winter and summer semester
- 1st subject semester:
- restricted admission (application to the University)
- 2nd to 6th subject semester:
- open admission (enrolment without previous application)