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Agricultural Sciences (B.Sc.)

Taught in German


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How will we feed 10 billion people in the future? How do we produce and market high-quality food? How do we breed and keep farm animals in a species-appropriate way? How do we protect plants? How does organic farming work? These and other exciting questions are addressed in the Bachelor's degree programme in Agricultural Sciences. Students learn about agriculture from all sides and understand the entire agricultural system. 
Agriculture has long since ceased to be what it once was: climate change makes it necessary for us to find ways to reduce our consumption of resources, release fewer greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, protect the environment and preserve biodiversity. Nevertheless, we want to produce high quality food to feed the growing world population. An important role is played by progressive digitalisation both in the field and in the barn, which fundamentally changes the work in agriculture, increases efficiency in production and supports farmers in doing more for the environment, climate and animal welfare. In the agricultural sciences degree programme, our students are actively involved in solving important social and environmental problems. The basis of the study programme is formed by basic natural science subjects such as biology, chemistry, mathematics and statistics. Building on this, students receive basic training in the disciplines of plant and animal production as well as agricultural economics and agricultural technology. Social sciences and ecology also play a role. This approach from different directions is called interdisciplinary. In addition, our students acquire interdisciplinary skills such as science-led work and presentation.



Requirements of this course of study

In addition to the formal entry requirements (see application), we expect fun in the science of life, flexibility, solution-oriented thinking and a pragmatic approach to the challenges of everyday life. Basic knowledge of mathematics, chemistry and biology is an advantage. JLU offers preliminary courses in which you can brush up on your knowledge before starting your studies. This way you are optimally prepared for your studies.

Number of enrolled students

351 students are enrolled in this bachelor degree course (as of winter semester 2022/23).


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

Components of the study programme

The programme consists of 17 core modules (compulsory modules) and 11 profile modules (elective modules). Each module has a scope of 6 CP (4 hours per week for one semester) and concludes with a course-related examination. The grades achieved in the individual module examinations result in the final degree grade. In addition, the programme includes a Bachelor's thesis, which is equivalent to 2 modules. This proves that you are capable of independently writing a scientific paper.


Individual profile

The development of an individual profile plays a major role in the degree programme. Our students decide for themselves whether they want to acquire a broad all-round knowledge or prefer to specialise, whether their studies are more practice-oriented or scientific and theoretical. They can choose profile modules from the complete range of courses offered by the Department 09 or even from other departments at JLU. 


Practical relevance

In addition to choosing practice-oriented modules, students have the opportunity to complete an internship to gain a first insight into professional life. Module BP 144 "Professional Internship" corresponds to 12 CP and can be chosen as a profile module in all Bachelor's degree programmes of Faculty 09. In this way, students familiarise themselves with the professional world and get suggestions for the individual organisation of their further studies. The Internship Office maintains a database of suitable companies and institutions and supports students in their search for a suitable internship.


Structure of studies


1st semester 2nd semester 3rd 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 semester 5th semester 6th 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 offer. In a catalogue of over 80 modules, students can choose profile modules from the following topics, for example:

  • Economics 
  • Business Administration
  • Agricultural, food and environmental policy
  • Insect Biotechnology 
  • Soil science and soil protection
  • Plant cultivation and plant breeding
  • Plant Nutrition
  • Renewable raw materials and bioresources
  • Bioinformatics
  • Organic Farming
  • Animal Breeding and Husbandry
  • Animal Nutrition
  • Communication and advisory services


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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