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Areas of study
The bachelor's degree course Biology (BSc) leads to a first professional qualification. The master's degree course in biology (MSc) offers a continuation with deeper academic studies. The course is intended to address those applicants with a keen interest in biology, who wish to take a course with an orientation towards the future, with a range of professional prospects in the areas of research, development, services, management, marketing, academic journalism and education. The aim is to cover basic and methodological knowledge in the main area of biology and also to give thorough training in the basic science subjects. In this course the students learn the connections within biology and between biology and the associated subjects and are given an opportunity to learn to work academically on their own responsibility, acquiring methodological competence.
Requirements of this course of studies
Students should have an interest in the natural sciences – not just in biology. They should have a basic knowledge of chemistry, mathematics and physics. Beginners in the course should have a knowledge of English.
Number of enrolled students
392 students are enrolled in this bachelor degree course (as of winter semester 2017/18).
Accreditationsince 23 June 2005.
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 bachelor`s degree course in biology is divided into three sections:
Core curriculum (1st year of study), expansion- (2nd year of study) and in-depth phase (3rd year of study).
1st semester 2nd semester Introduction to the study of
biology and management of studies
Biochemistry / molecular biology General biology Classification practice / excursions General botany Microbiology Chemistry for biologists Physics for biologists Genetics Zoology
Already in the expansion phase additional electives for up to 6 credit points can be taken from the optional range of courses besides the mandatory modules.
3rd semester 4th semester Mathematics and statistics for biologists Developmental biology Physics for biologists Plant ecology Plant physiology Animal ecology Introduction to animal physiology Human biology Cell biology
Optional module (for a list see the module handbook) or work placement
In-depth phase (5th & 6th semester)
In the in-depth phase, two focal aspects must be chosen, with a size of 15 CP. The focal aspects can be chosen from a wide range of 15 biological diciplines (see list below)
The biological specialist disciplines are:
- didactics of biology;
- developmental biology;
- protection of nature;
- plant ecology;
- plant physiology;
- animal ecology;
- animal physiology;
- cell biology;
In addition, compulsory modules as well as one university project internship must be completed.
Please have a look at the publications of the notification of the University Giessen (MUG), where you can find the relevant study- and examination regulations (please note that only the latest German version is authoritative).
Important professional competences for the practical relevance are going to be conveyed in a theoretical and practical manner. In addition, there is the possibility to acquire practical experiences within a biological occupational field internship.
Almost half the time in the sixth semester is taken up writing the bachelor`s dissertation. In the thesis the student must show that he/she is capable of working independently on an academic project. The thesis will be evaluated by two examiners.
Errors and Omissions Excepted.
- 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...
- Language requirements
For biology studies, language certificates must be submitted before the start of the course, at the latest when enrolling.
Please read the carefully and send any queries to ZSB@uni-giessen.de.
- Application limited internally only winter semester
Application for admission and registration
- Applications must be received by the JLU Student Secretariat by 15th July. More on this...
Please note that the deadline for courses of study that are not limited can be extended. The deadline extensions will be published in the application portal.
- Career Options
Programmes of further study at JLU
- Master in Biology
- Master in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology
- Master in Global CHange: Ecosystem Science and Policy
Doctorate possible with a Master's degree for the degree Dr. rer. nat.
Career options / Job market
The scope of activities and career options is very broad for biologists. Apart from academic and non-academic research biologists can find jobs in such diverse fields as managing a national park or an ornithological station, environmental protection, criminology, marine biology or the protection of species.
Online advertisements for employment on offer and further information can be found on the internet pages:
- Further Information: Documents
PDF documents for the courses of study
- (in German)
- Study guide (in German)
Examination- and study regulations
- Special regulations (in German)
(with module descriptions and module plans) (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)
- 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
Dr. Birgit Jauker
Faculty 08 - Biology and Chemistry
IFZ, Heinrich-Buff-Ring 26-32, room B402
Telephone: ++49 (0) 641 – 99 35711 or 35122
Contact hours: Thursdays 8.00-10.00
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