Chemistry – Bachelor of Science


Undergraduate study programme leading to a first degree and providing qualifications and skills for future employment. In some study programmes, you can also select Chemistry as a minor subject.

Chemistry is concerned with all aspects of the transformation of matter, including the possibility of producing new, previously unknown substances. This means that chemistry plays a central role in the natural sciences, the technical sciences and medicine. Our Bachelor's Programme in Chemistry provides you with solid, broad-based foundations in the core subjects of inorganic, organic and physical chemistry, as well as the best preparation for a subsequent master’s degree. At Konstanz, the key research areas in the Department of Chemistry range from contemporary inquiries in the life sciences to current aspects of materials sciences. One of the major elements in our bachelor's programme is the strong emphasis on practical training in the laboratory.


Degree Bachelor of Science
Programme start Winter semester
Period of study 6 semesters
Application period 07.05. - 15.09.
Admission restrictions no
ECTS 180
Obligatory minor subject no

Why study Chemistry in the University of Konstanz?

  • Three thrilling Courses of Studies in one section: Chemistry, Life Science and Nanoscience
  • Your lecturers are multiple award-winning and internationally oriented scientists
  • Intderdisziplinary Courses
  • easy contact with the research
  • Interesting experimental courses
  • Numerous research initiatives in the department
  • Introdoctury and welcome events for freshmen as well as pre-courses in Mathematics
  • small groups and individual supervision
  • Campus university with short ways lead to a familiar atmosphere


Prospects and opportunities

Career prospects

The professional profile of chemists has changed and broadened remarkably in recent years. The close and constantly growing interconnections between chemistry and other scientific and technical disciplines are the reason for this. Young chemists can work in different areas of the chemical and non-chemical industry.

Typical work areas include:

  • chemical Industry
  • Research and development
  • Production, Process and application engineering 
  • environmental protection
  • Quality management
  • Trade, Management and Consulting

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

To qualify further the University of Konstanz offers the Master's Programme in Chemistry.

Programme structure

Programme start

Winter semester

Academic structure

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

Please check the Exam regulations (partly in German) for more information about the programme structure.

Internship and study abroad


You do not have to complete an internship outside the university.

Study abroad

A period of study abroad during the master's programme is highly recommended. The university promotes study abroad via the Erasmus+ and numerous other exchange programmes.

Impressions from students and lecturers

Hear from students and lecturers
In our interview series, students talk about their subject, teachers explain the department's research and tell you what topics they cover in seminars and lectures.

Get an impression
Discover online lectures and websites with more information about your prospective subject.


What interests and skills should I have?

  • Analytical thinking
  • joy in experimenting
  • Manual skills
  • Good knowledge of physics, mathematics and English

PocketGuide – Get to know our study programmes
Which study programme in the Department of Chemistry is the right for you? Find out everything about studying B.Sc. Chemie, B.Sc. Life Science or B.Sc. Nanoscience at the University of Konstanz in our PocketGuide. You can take your first lessons and quizzes on subject contents and test your expectations of your studies.

Language skills

Foreign language skills
You do not have to proof any foreign language skills for the bachelor's programme. However, as large parts of the research literature is 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

The language mainly used in class is German.

Admission requirements

General higher education entrance qualification (Abitur) or equivalent.

Documentation Orientation Test
When applying for admission at universities in the state of Baden-Württemberg you have to do proof that you have really considered whether your chosen study programme is suitable for you. That is why the Department of Chemistry offers an annual Information Day. Taking part in this information day is obligatory for students who wish to apply for the Bachelor’s Programme in Chemistry.


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 certain international students
Since winter semester 2017/18, the state of Baden-Württemberg has required some international students to pay tuition fees for their first degree studies. The following students are not 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” (e.g. non-EU citizens with a German “Abitur”). More detailed information can be found here.

Each year, the University of Konstanz grants exemptions to a limited number of particularly gifted international degree-seeking students in accordance with the university’s “Begabtenbefreiungssatzung” (statutes governing the exemption of gifted students). More detailed information can be found here.

Tuition fees for second degree studies for all students
All students are required to pay tuition fees for their second degree studies. More detailed information can be found here.

Application and application documents

This study programme has no admission restrictions.

PocketManual "Application" (in German)
Enrolling at the University of Konstanz – Our PocketManual "Application" (in German) 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.

An application is possible during the following period: 07.05. - 15.09. (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

During the online application process, you will need to enter various kinds of information (school grades, attendance periods etc.) and upload various PDF documents. Please make sure that you have the relevant documentation ready. This may include:

  • your Abitur certificate (German general higher education entrance qualification)
  • documentation of any volunteering you may have done (FSJ, FÖJ etc.)
  • any documentation about vocational training you may have completed
  • any other required documents (medical certificate etc.)

An electronic assistant will guide you through the application process. Required fields are marked by an asterisk (*).