Biological Sciences – Bachelor of Science

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Undergraduate study programme leading to a first degree and providing qualifications and skills for future employment.

Biology is the science of living systems. It investigates the development, functioning and behaviour, and the relationships between the individual organism and its environment. In Konstanz our focus is on cell biology with a molecular biology orientation, biomedical basic research and ecology. During the course of your studies you will acquire skills in all of the classical and modern fields of biology, and you will receive comprehensive practical training in the methods of cellular and molecular biology.

Overview

DegreeBachelor of Science
Programme startWinter semester
Period of study6 semesters
Application period27.05. - 15.7.
Admission restrictionsyes
ECTS180
Obligatory minor subjectno
Number of places:172

Why study Biological Sciences at Konstanz?

  • You can actively participate in current research projects
  • Excellently equipped laboratories
  • Individual supervision and support for our students
  • Especially for first-semester students: welcoming events, introductory courses and a preparatory course in mathematics before the semester starts
  • For all students: Helpful services such as mentoring groups and tutorials
  • Very friendly atmosphere between teaching staff and students

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Content

Prospects and opportunities

Career prospects

Young biologists can work in different areas of the biological and non-biological industry. Typical work areas include:

  • Biotechnology, chemical and pharmaceutical companies
  • Research institutions
  • Research and development
  • Economic businesses and companies
  • Journalism and political administration

You can find out more about career entry in the interview series #dreamjob - Starting a career. Alumni of the University of Konstanz report on their very personal career entry.

Graduate studies

After graduating with a BSc in Biological Sciences we recommend moving on to a master’s programme. You can continue at the University of Konstanz with our Master’s Programme in Biological Sciences.

Programme structure

Programme start

Winter semester

Academic structure

You can find an exemplary structure of the study programme in this table.


Additional information about the programme structure is available at the Exam regulations (in German).

Internship and study abroad

Internships

You do not have to complete an internship outside the university. Since the examination frequency in the Bachelor 's Programme in Biological Sciences is rather high, we recommend completing your entire course of studies at the University of Konstanz without interruptions for study abroad.

Study abroad

A study abroad stay is not compulsory. If you continue with our Master's Programme in Biological Sciences, you can complete the included internship in Germany or abroad. The university promotes study abroad via Erasmus+ and numerous other exchange programmes.

Requirements

What interests and skills should I have?

  • Good general knowledge
  • Very good knowledge of mathematics and the natural sciences
  • A willingness to work hard
  • Self-initiative
  • The ability to work and learn in a structured way
  • Keen observation skills
  • Logical and analytical thinking
  • Good English skills

Language skills

Foreign language skills
You do not have to proof any foreign language skills. However, as large parts of the research literature are written in English, good English skills are highly recommended.

German language skills
International applicants need documentation of their German language skills, level DSH-2 or TestDaF 4. Alternatively, other language tests or school certificates recognized as equivalent can be used as proof of the required German language skills. The University of Konstanz does not offer preparatory German language courses or approved German language exams. For this reason, you must submit accredited proof of your German language skills along with your application.

Language(s) of instruction

German and English

Admission requirements

General higher education entrance qualification (Abitur) or equivalent.

Orientation procedures
If you intend to study at a university in Baden-Württemberg, you will need to submit proof of having completed an orientation procedure along with your university application. You must enclose proof of participation in the orientation procedure with your application documents. Here you will find a list of the orientation procedures recognised by the University of Konstanz.

For details, please see the admission regulations.

Fees

Semester fee

All students enrolled at the University of Konstanz are charged a semester fee each semester, similar to all other German universities. Here you can find the current semester fee and its individual components.

Tuition fees for first degree studies for some international students
Beginning in the winter semester 2017/18, the state of Baden-Württemberg will require some international students to pay university tuition fees for their first degree studies. The following will generally not be required to pay tuition fees: citizens of a country within the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA), doctoral students and certain 'Bildungsinländer' (international students with German Abitur). You can find more detailed information here.

Tuition fees for second degree studies for all students
All students will be required to pay tuition fees for their second degree studies starting in the winter semester 2017/18, too. You can find more detailed information here.
Once a year, the University of Konstanz grants exemptions to a limited number of particularly gifted international degree-seeking students in accordance with the Begabtenbefreiuungssatzung (statutes governing the exemption of gifted students). You can find more detailed information here.

Application and application documents

This study programme has admission restrictions.

An application is possible during the following period: 27.05. - 15.7. (winter semester). There may be other deadlines if you are applying for admission to a higher semester (for instance, if you are changing subjects or universities). For more information please consult the university website.

Application documents

You will find an overview of the required application documents in your application for admission, which you will receive at the end of your online application.

Application Guide
The PocketGuide Application will guide you as you take all the steps towards submitting a successful application to your first-choice study programme at the University of Konstanz.

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