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Agricultural Sciences (BSc)

Taught in German


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Areas of Study

Students of agricultural sciences deal with agricultural production processes and their economic and ecological framework conditions. This includes the biological and technical aspects of plant and animal production processes as well as the sociological and economic analysis of the production and marketing of agricultural products. These core areas can be individually supplemented by in-depth training in the fields of business administration and management consultancy, animal breeding and husbandry (incl. animal nutrition, animal health and feed science), plant production (incl. arable farming, horticulture and viticulture, plant breeding, plant protection, plant nutrition and organic farming) and environmental management. Characteristic for the study of agricultural sciences are the systemic approach, interdisciplinarity and networking between the disciplines involved, and the large scope for students to shape their subject orientation.



Requirements of this course of study

This interdisciplinary course of study requires flexibility and an interest in scientific, sociological, economic and technological questions, methods and ways of thinking.

Number of enrolled students

335 students are enrolled in this bachelor degree course (as of winter semester 2017/18).


since 28 September 2007.

Composition of the Study Programme

Degree BSc


Bachelor of Science (BSc)

Standard period of study

6 semesters - 180 credit points (CP)

The course of studies will be revised for the winter semester 2022/23 and will probably be adjusted as follows.
Composition of the Study Programme

Composition of degree programme

The study contents are divided into modules. Each module has a scope of 6 CP (four semester hours per week) and concludes with a course-related examination.
17 of the modules are compulsory (core modules), 11 modules are profile modules and can be selected from the entire range of courses offered by the department. The Bachelor's thesis corresponds to the scope of two teaching modules.
Individual specialisation takes place through the choice of profile modules. The degree programme is successfully completed when all modules have been passed.

Structure of Studies in BSc Agricultural Sciences

Structure of studies


1st semester2nd semester3rd semester
Economics and Business Administration Basics of biochemistry Mathematics and Statistics
Soil Science and Ecology Operational production economics Crop Production
Agricultural Engineering I Politics of the agricultural and food economy

Animal Nutrition

Biology Animal Breeding Plant Nutrition
Introductory chemistry practical course Plant Breeding I Phytomedicine
4th semester5th semester6th semester
Livestock production and livestock ethology Specialisation Module 4 Specialisation Module 9
Organic Farming Specialisation Module 5 Specialisation Module 10
Specialisation Module 1 Specialisation Module 6

Specialisation Module 11

Specialisation Module 2 Specialisation Module 7 Bachelor's Thesis
Specialisation Module 3 Specialisation Module 8 Bachelor's Thesis



Specialisation modules

Broad all-round knowledge or specialisation - both are possible. Our students have it in their hands, they put together their studies according to their individual inclinations from the whole range of our offers. The following is a selection of possible profile modules:

  • Physics
  • General and molecular microbiology
  • Applied and environmental microbiology
  • Ecological zones and soils of the earth
  • Agriculture and the environment
  • Pollutants in the environment
  • Genetics
  • Renewable raw materials
  • Bioeconomy
  • Natural Resources Research
  • Bioresources
  • Basics of consultation
  • Biodiversity
  • Marketing in the agricultural and food sector
  • Agri-food sector in the EU
  • Grassland Science
  • Plant Breeding II
  • Soil Fertility
  • Agroecology and Integrated Pest Management
  • Project studies in plant production
  • Biostatistics
  • Project Studies Animal Breeding
  • Anatomy and physiology of farm animals
  • Animal Breeding: Molecular genetics and reproductive techniques
  • Population genetics for animal breeding
  • Nutritional practice of farm animals
  • Special feed science
  • Basics of feed analysis
  • Agricultural production planning
  • Professional communication and presentation
  • Vegetation ecology
  • Food safety and stock protection
  • Regenerative energy
  • Plant Breeding and Climate Change
  • Taxonomy and diversity of fungal pathogens
  • Entomological identification exercises
  • Agricultural Engineering II
  • Organic farming in practice
  • Sustainable agricultural systems II
  • Critical analysis of animal husbandry methods
  • Basics of online communication
  • Equestrian sport and use from a scientific point of view
  • Current issues in international agricultural and food policy
  • Environmental economics and policy
  • Scientific work in the natural sciences
  • Underutilised crops
  • Field fodder cultivation
  • Forestry for agricultural scientists
  • Agroforestry and mixed crop systems
  • Bioenergy
  • Value chains in the bioeconomy
  • Special botany of food crops
  • Breeding for renewable resources and bioenergy
  • Material use of biomass
  • Beekeeping and apiculture
  • Organic inspection and certification
  • Introduction to ecotoxicology
  • Philosophy of science and good scientific practice
  • Biomass and bioeconomy
  • Basics of market research


Practical application

Module BP 144 "Professional internship" can be chosen as a profile module in all Bachelor's degree programmes of Faculty 09 (corresponds to 12 CP). Students can thus familiarise themselves with the professional world and get suggestions for the individual design of their further studies. The Internship Office maintains a database of suitable companies and institutions.


Bachelor thesis

Almost half of the working time in the sixth semester is devoted to writing the Bachelor's thesis. At the end of the degree programme, you prove that you are able to independently prepare a scientific paper in the subject area.

Practical relevance

Practical relevance

During their studies students have the opportunity to do a professional practical training of 9 weeks (12 credit points), during which they become familiar with professional reality and are encouraged in the individual structuring of their studies. The Practical Training Office provides a data base of suitable businesses and institutions.


Commencement of Studies in the Winter Semester

Commencement of studies

Only possible in the winter semester

Entrance Requirements Abitur ohne Praktikumsnachweis

Entrance requirements

  • Applicants must have an Abitur (German school leaver's examination for university entrance) or equivalent. More on this...
  • Certification of a pre-professional practical period is not required.
  • Special regulations apply to foreign applicants or those who gained their university-entrance qualifications abroad. Read more...

Application not limited only winter

Application / Enrolment

  • The study programme is not subject to admission restrictions.

  • The enrolment period for the winter semester begins at the beginning of June.

  • The end of the enrolment period is determined anew each year, please enquire in the application portal during the enrolment period.

Different rules apply in some cases for international applicants. More...


Career Options

Career Options

Programmes of further study at JLU

The following consecutive Master's degrees are offered by JLU:

Additionally, JLU's Faculty 09 offers the following Master's degrees.



Career options

Graduates of the degree programme in Agricultural Sciences can be employed in the environment and at all levels of agricultural production as well as in the upstream and downstream areas. Possible employers can be found at state institutions, professional associations, in the private sector, in research, or at international organisations / non-governmental organisations. The following is a selection of possible employers: 


Federal and Land Ministries:

  • Offices for Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Chambers of Agriculture
  • Environmental, land consolidation and settlement offices
  • Agricultural testing institutes
  • State institutes for plant protection
  • Federal Plant Variety Office


  • Agricultural associations
  • Machinery and farm relief associations
  • Livestock associations and producer groups
  • Organic farming and certification associations

Private sector:

  • Breeding and plant protection companies
  • Fertiliser companies
  • Animal feed and animal health companies
  • Agricultural technology companies
  • Food and nutrition industry
  • Bioenergy industry
  • Insurance companies
  • (Large) agricultural enterprises



  • Universities and technical colleges
  • Federal institutes and agricultural research institutes (e.g. JKI, IPK)
  • International agricultural research centres (e.g. IRRI, CIMMYT, IFPRI, etc.)
  • Research departments of large agricultural companies

International organisations and NGOs:

  • German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ)
  • FAO and other UN agencies
  • NGOs such as Welthungerhilfe, FIAN, Brot für die Welt, Caritas, etc.


Further Information

Further Information: Documents

PDF documents for the courses of study


Examination- and study regulations


Courses offered in the course catalogue

International pages

Please have a look at our International Pages for more information in English.

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Subject Advisors

Prof. Dr. Bernd Honermeier
Institut für Pflanzenbau und Pflanzenzüchtung I

Schubertstraße 81

35392 Gießen
Phone: 0641 - 99 37441
Office hours: by appointment

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