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Crop Biomass and Bioresources (B.Sc.)

Taught in German




Packaging made of cellulose, computer screens made of sugar, clothes made of coffee grounds... just as exciting as it sounds, such innovative, bio-based products are also important. Fossil raw materials such as crude oil, coal or gas are finite and place a heavy burden on the environment. How can we reduce the use of fossil raw materials and replace them with more environmentally friendly, renewable raw materials? How can we produce food, clothes, raw and building materials or medicines from plants or animals? Which plants (e.g. rape, maize) are suitable for energy production? How can we use the residues that are produced? What possibilities are there to process as many components of a plant as possible?
This is precisely what the bioeconomy, also called the biobased economy, is concerned with. It is characterised by a sustainable form of economic activity by using natural resources such as plants, animals or microorganisms. Products and processes from the bioeconomy thus combine environmental protection with economic interest. In this way, we can create prosperity while conserving resources and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. You will gain the necessary knowledge for this in the Bachelor's degree programme "Crop Biomass and Bioresources". 
In addition to a broad technical basic knowledge in agriculture, the degree programme also provides students with practice-oriented knowledge in the subject areas of bioresources and renewable raw materials. Students understand the value of biological resources (soil, water, plants, animals, microorganisms), use their natural properties and link this biological knowledge with technological solutions.
If you want to make an important contribution to environmental protection and the developments of the future, this is the right place for you!

What you should bring

In addition to the formal entry requirements (see application), we expect an interest in natural sciences, a certain down-to-earth attitude and an interest in technological issues. Basic knowledge of mathematics, chemistry and biology is advantageous. JLU offers preliminary courses in which you can refresh your knowledge before starting your studies. This way you are optimally prepared for your studies.



since June 22, 2021

Composition of the Study Programme

Composition of the Study Programme


6 semesters - 180 credit points (CP)

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.




Course of studies


1st  semester 2nd semester 3rd semester
Biology Introductory chemical internship Crop production
Economics & Business Administration I Biochemistry I Plant Nutrition
Mathematics and Statistics Bioeconomy


Basics of ecology and soil science Natural Products Research Insects as a source of protein
Genetics Bioresources Breeding for renewable resources and bioenergy
4th semester 5th semester 6th semester
Sustainability Communication Profile module 4 Profile module 9
Renewable raw materials Profile module 5 Profile module 10
Profile module 1 Profile module 6

Profile module 11

Profile module 2 Profile module 7 Bachelor's thesis
Profile module 3 Profile module 8 Bachelor's thesis




Possible focus areas

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. From a selection of over 80 modules, students can choose profile modules from the following topics, for example:

  • Renewable raw materials and bioresources
  • Plant cultivation and plant breeding
  • Plant Nutrition
  • Soil science and soil protection
  • Organic Farming
  • Market Studies 
  • Business Administration
  • Agricultural, food and environmental policy
  • Insect Biotechnology 
  • Resource Management
  • Bioinformatics
  • Communication and extension


Modules from other research fields of the department can also be chosen, e.g. landscape planning, soil microbiology, landscape, water and material balance and consumption.
The exact names and descriptions of the profile modules can be found in the Special Regulations.




Commencement of studies

only in the winter semester

Admission requirements

  • General higher education entrance qualification (= Abitur or comparable qualification), Fachhochschule entrance qualification, master craftsman's examination, higher education entrance qualification for professionally qualified persons. More...
  • Proof of internship (pre-study internship) is not required.
  • Please note that applicants with a foreign higher education entrance qualification are also required to provide proof of German language skills. More...

Pre-courses for the degree programme or sub-subjects

If you are planning to study in this degree programme, we strongly recommend that you take advantage of the programme of preparatory courses offered. Pre-courses are courses that help you to acquire important basic knowledge before you start studying. The classroom pre-courses are offered every winter semester, online courses are available in a flexible way.

You can find further information here.

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

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Examination- and study regulations


Courses offered in the course catalogue

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Study counseling

Prof. Dr. Marc Schetelig

Institute for Insect Biotechnology
Winchesterstrasse 2
35394 Giessen
Tel.: 0641 - 99 35901
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