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Biochemistry (B.Sc.)

The Bachelor's degree programme links established basic knowledge with biochemical issues in the field. Further studies are possible in the subjects: Biochemistry, Bioorganic Chemistry, Bioanorganic Chemistry, Molecular Genetics, Cell Biology, Biomolecular Chemistry, Bioanalysis and Biophysical Chemistry. Graduates are sought for research and laboratory work. In addition to this, the degree qualifies the student for one of the six Master's degree programmes at Göttingen which focus on Chemistry, Biochemistry or Molecular Biology.

Subject name: Biochemistry
Degree: Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
Standard period of study: 6 semesters
Starting semester: Winter semester only
Language of the programme: German


  • 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 Services)

Description of the degree programme
The Bachelor's degree programme in Biochemistry is a research-oriented, full-time course of studies over 6 semesters. It is an interdisciplinary degree programme offered by the Faculty of Biology and Psychology and the Faculty of Chemistry in cooperation with the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry.
The course of studies comprises 180 ECTS credits (abbreviated: C), which are allocated to professional studies (133 C), the area of professionalization (31 C) and the Bachelor's thesis (12 C).
The course of studies is divided into two segments, the orientation year and the main studies.

Structure of studies
Orientation year
The orientation year comprises four orientation modules and four compulsory modules, including the following lectures and laboratory courses:
"Introduction to Biochemistry", "Lecture series Biology II", "Experimental Chemistry I+II" and the compulsory modules "Mathematics for Chemistry I + II", and "Experimental Physics I+II".

Main studies
The main studies comprise two academic years and 114 credits.
Starting with the basic modules, students are required to complete a knowledge expansion course in one subject area. It consists of a six-week knowledge expansion laboratory course, including a literature seminar and a scientific project management course. The Bachelor's thesis must be written in the subject area of the knowledge expansion course.

As a part of the knowledge expansion and professionalization areas, students can take additional optional modules in Biology and Chemistry to the extent of 11 credits or freely choose from the University's catalogue of modules for interdisciplinary key competencies and the study courses offered by the Central Institution for Languages and Key Competencies (ZESS). Students taking the module "Scientific English II" acquire the UNICERT III certificate, which is accepted as an entry qualification for the international Master's degree programmes offered by the Faculty of Biology and Psychology.

The Bachelor's thesis is normally written during the 6th semester and comprises 12 credits.

Objective of the degree programme:
In addition to sound basic knowledge in Biology and Chemistry, students are given an opportunity to acquire in-depth expert knowledge in a specialized biological, chemical or biochemical subject area of their own choice in order to
a) acquire excellent general and specialized professional skills,
b) lay the foundation for completion of a further degree with higher professional qualifications in the form of a Master's degree programme.
To achieve these goals, sound basic knowledge is combined with practical biochemical research questions, to enable students to acquire the scientific qualification as well as practical professional competence.

After passing the Bachelor's examination, students will graduate from Georg-August University with the academic degree of a "Bachelor of Science" (abbr.: B.Sc.).

Recommended previous knowledge:
Computer literacy and knowledge of mathematical and scientific thought and methods, as well as German language proficiency.

Possible profiles
Research-oriented profiles for the subsequent Master's degree programmes "MSc/PhD Microbiology and Biochemistry", "MSc/PhD Developmental, Neural, and Behavioral Biology", "MSc Chemistry", "MSc Molecular Medicine", "MSc/PhD Molecular Biology", "MSc/PhD Neurosciences" and "MSc Chemistry".

Occupational fields
Scientific research and laboratory work mainly in biochemistry, molecular biology and molecular medicine at universities, public authorities, public research institutes and private enterprises in the medical, chemical and pharmaceutical industries. The field of activity is diversified, ranging from product development, production, quality management and project management to consulting and marketing.