Agricultural Sciences (BSc)
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).
Accreditationsince 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
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 semester 2nd semester 3rd 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 semester 5th semester 6th 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
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.
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 relevanceDuring 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
- 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
Programmes of further study at JLU
The following consecutive Master's degrees are offered by JLU:
- Agricultural Economics
- Agrobiotechnology (Taught in English)
Insect Biotechnology and Bioresources (Taught in English)
- Livestock Sciences
- Plant Production
- Transition Management (Taught in English)
Additionally, JLU's Faculty 09 offers .
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: Documents
PDF documents for the courses of study
Examination- and study regulations
- Special regulations (in German)
(in English) Please note that only the German version of the modules is offical and legally binding. The english Version is for informative purposes only.)
- General study regulations for modular and multi-stage study programmes
Courses offered in the course catalogue
- Electronical course catalogue (in German)
- Special regulations (in German)
- International pages
Please have a look at our International Pages for more information in English.
- Any Questions
Information- and advisory services of JLU can be found under the category “contact” on this page!
Do you need assistance in choosing the right courses of study?
- Subject Advisors
Prof. Dr. Bernd Honermeier
Institut für Pflanzenbau und Pflanzenzüchtung I
Phone: 0641 - 99 37441
Office hours: by appointment
- Central Study Advisor
- Central Student Services