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Agricultural Sciences (BSc)

Taught in German


B. Sc. Agrarwissenschaften - Bildseite

Zur Illustration: Felder aus der Luft fotografiert.


Areas of Study

The bachelor's course in Agricultural Sciences provides graduates with competencies in the agricultural production processes and their economic and ecological framework. This includes the biological and technical aspects of plant and animal production processes as well as the socio-scientific and economic analysis of production and marketing of agricultural products.


These core aspects are complemented by an individual choice of deeper study in the areas of business administration and management consulting, animal breeding and animal husbandry (including animal nutrition, animal health and animal feed science), crop farming (including land cultivation, gardening and viniculture, plant breeding, plant protection, plant nutrition and organic farming) as well as environmental management.


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)

Duration of studies 6 Semester 180 Credit Points (CP)

Duration of Studies

6 Semesters - 180 Credit Points (CP)

Composition of the Study Programme

Composition of degree programme

Ablaufplan (B.Sc. Agrarwissenschaften)The contents of the course are offered in modules, each consisting of 4 hours weekly for a semester (SWS = semester hours weekly) and each completed with a course-related assessment. The marks gained in the individual module assessments add up to the final grade of the course.
The course consists of 15 core modules (compulsory modules) and 13 specialisation modules (optional modules) and a bachelor's thesis/ dissertation. This concept allows students a multi-faceted individual profiling, set up with a scientifically oriented basic training as its foundation.

Structure of Studies in BSc Agricultural Sciences

Structure of studies


1st semester2nd semester3rd semester
Agricultural Engineering Animal Breeding Animal Nutrition
Biology Genetics and Plant Breeding Plant Nutrition
Economics and Business Administration I Farm Production Economics


Basics in Ecology and Soil Science Politics and Markets of Agricultural and Nutritional Science Crop Production
Mathematics and Statistics Introductory Chemical Practical Training Specialisation Module 1
4th semester5th semester6th semester
Animal Husbandry and Farm Animal Ecology Specialisation Module 6 Specialisation Module 11
Specialisation Module 2 Specialisation Module 7 Specialisation Module 12
Specialisation Module 3 Specialisation Module 8

Specialisation Module 13

Specialisation Module 4 Specialisation Module 9 Bachelor's Thesis
Specialisation Module 5 Specialisation Module 10 Bachelor's Thesis


Bachelor's Thesis

Almost half of the working time in the sixth semester is devoted to writing the bachelor`s thesis/dissertation. In writing the thesis the student should, in a limited period, show that he/she is able to work independently and academically.


Specialisation modules

Students' options for deepening of their nutritional training include specialisation modules such as

  • Agricultural crops and crop protection
  • Animal and plant breeding
  • Animal and plant nutrition
  • Livestock breeding and Feed Science
  • Ecological Farming
  • Business Operations, Agricultural Policy and Market Theory.
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

Having completed the course of studies in agricultural science students are qualified to work at all levels of agricultural production as well as in upstream and downstream areas.

Possibilities for employment can be found in

  • agricultural associations,
  • machine providers and farm supporting unions,
  • animal breeding associations and producer groups.


Apart from this, graduates can find employment in

  • research and testing departments of fertilizer and plant protection producers, plant breeding, feed and nutrition producers,
  • marketing departments of companies for agricultural machinery, fertiliser, seed and plant protection,
  • and in training and further training in development aid.


There are also further possibilities in the various departments of the agricultural administration and survey departments:

  • the state and federal ministries,
  • offices for agriculture and rural development,
  • the agricultural chambers,
  • ecological offices, land consolidation offices and settlement offices,
  • agricultural survey offices
  • plant protection offices.


A new professional field is emerging in the area of bio-energy or non-fossil energy sources.

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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