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Biological Diversity and Ecology (B.Sc.)

Ecology – occupation or calling?
If you are interested in the evolutionary origin of plants and animals and are familiar with the issues of conservational biology and ecology, then at Göttingen, you can learn about methods and skills to understand and make use of modern research into biodiversity. Research in the field, molecular techniques and computer-aided ecosystem research can all be found in this degree programme. The Bachelor's degree qualifies students to take part in our English-language Master's degree programmes with a biological or ecological focus.

Subject: Biological Diversity and Ecology (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


  • 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)

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 related natural sciences in the first part of the course (first to fourth semesters). In the second part of the course (fifth to sixth semesters), students acquire advanced and in-depth knowledge of Central European flora, fauna and vegetation, as well as being introduced to the methods used in systematic biological research and biological-ecological research and their relevant applications. The degree course prepares students for professions in administrations, companies and national/international organisations, as well as also preparing them to take the German and English language Masters / Ph.D programme.

Main areas of research in Göttingen
Plant and Animal Ecology; Evolution and Systematics of Plants and Animals; Conservation Biology; Vegetation Analysis; Palynology and Paleoecology; Applied Biodiversity Research

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 120 C:
Orientation year (first and second semesters) with lecture series in Biology, lab classes in Botanics and Zoology and determination classes in Botanics and Zoology, as well as Inorganic Chemistry as compulsory modules. Third to the fourth semesters: Compulsory modules in Botanics, Evolution, Ecology and Zoology, as well as compulsory optional modules and other optional modules from the areas of biology, general mathematics & natural sciences and key qualifications (language skills (English)) as well as a 6-8-week internship.
Second part of the degree course comprising 60 C:
Selected modules for advanced knowledge of the specialist fields of Applied Biodiversity Research, Ecology, Evolution and Systematics, scientific project management and a Bachelor's thesis (10 weeks).

Language skills and language requirements
Good English language skills are recommended 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.

Suitable for jobs in landscaping, national parks, conservation authorities and German State Offices, scientific publishing houses, textbook publishers and adult education (if necessary, in combination with additional study), as well as research and teaching.