Programme Structure

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Our Bachelor’s Study Programme imparts solid basic training in the biosciences. The degree programme comprises 20 modules, in which the theoretical and practical training in classical and modern areas of the biological sciences as well as the requisite basic knowledge of chemistry, physics and mathematics. In the course of training, it is possible to set individual focuses in four specialisation modules in which four laboratory courses from the 10 offered can be selected as well as a freely selectable module “Free Study”. The three-month bachelor’s thesis with the preparatory module “Introduction to scientific work” completes the programme.

The table below reproduces the exemplary Study Plan in the Bachelor's Study Programme in the Biological Sciences. Courses with similar content are consolidated to a larger unit in the modules. The Semester Week Hours (SWS) stipulates the mandatory attendance times in the courses; the Credit Points (CP) measure the total amount of work for a course, including preparation and follow-up work. For the successful completion of the Bachelor’s Degree Programme, 180 CP must be earned. Thus, an average of 20 Credit Points are to be achieved per semester; this corresponds to a total work effort of approximately 900 work hours.

As required, specific study certificates are to be earned and/or module examinations are to be taken, as a rule in the form of a written examination. The study certificates are primarily covered by these two instruments, which require active participation by the students.

  • Preparation of reports. In this manner, students are introduced to the technique of scientific publications because the reports exhibit the divisions of such a publication.
  • Seminars in which the students give presentations.

At the end of the course of studies, the grades of module examinations yield the final bachelor grade. Certain modules have cumulative module examinations in the form of individually graded courses. In the following table, courses with a (cumulative) module examination have been set in italics. The rules for each module are in the module descriptions in the Bachelor’s Study Regulations.

Semester

Course Title

Course Type

Hours per 
Week

CP

Module

1st

Structure + Function of Organisms

S,  L, P, T

10.5

12

1

 

Basic Principles of General and Inorganic Chemistry for Natural Scientists and Teaching Candidates

 L, P

5

7

2a

 

Introduction to Physics I

 L, P

4

5

4a

 

Statistics

 L, P

2

4

5

 

Sum 1st semester

 

21

28,5

 

2nd

Diversity of Organisms and Habitats: Plants and Fungi

 L, P, T

4.5

6

6a

 

Diversity of Organisms and Habitats: Animals

L, P, T

4.5

6

6b

 

Organic Chemistry for Natural Scientists and Teaching Candidates L2 - Lecture and Pracitcal Training

 L, P

5

8

3a

 

Introduction to Physics II

 L, P

4

5

4b

 

Physical Practical Course for Biologists I

LAB

3

3

4a

 

Practical Course for General and Inorganic Chemistry for Natural Scientists and Teaching Candidates

LAB

4

4

2b

 

Sum 2nd semester

 

24

29,5

 

3rd

Biochemistry and Physiology of Animals (1st part of semester)

 L

4

6

7

 

Microbiology and Physiology of Plants (1st and 2nd part of semester)

 L

4

6

11

 

Ecology and Evolution (2nd part of semester)

 L

4

6

9

 

Practical Course for Organic Chemistry for Natural Scienctists and Teaching Candidates L2

LAB, S

10

9

3b

 

Physical Practical Course for Biologists II

LAB

3

3

4b

 

Sum 3rd semester

 

24

28

 

4th

Neurobiology, Cell- and Developmental Biology (1st part of semester)

 L

4

6

10

 

Genetics and Molecular Biology (1st and 2nd part of semester)

 L

4

6

8

 

Specialization 1 (1st part of semester)

P, S

4

6

12

 

Specialization 2 (2nd part of semester)

P, S

4

6

13

 

Literature and Presentation Skills

S

1.5

2

18

 

Lecture Series "Forschung Frankfurt"

L

2

2

18

 

Sum 4th semester

 

21

31

 

5th

Specialization 3 (1st part of semester)

P, S

4

6

14

 

Specialization 4 (2nd part of semester)

P, S

4

6

15

 

Team Management + Leading Skills

 L, T

5

8

17

 

Elective Module (free studies)

 L, P, S

4

6

16

 

Scientific Research

S

2

4

19

 

Literature Seminar and Presentation Technique

 S

1.5

2

18

 

Sum 5th semester

 

22

33

 

6th

Colloquia of Institutes

Co

1

1

18

 

Elective Module (free studies)

 L, P, S

4

6

16

 

Working Group Seminar

S

1

2

19

 

Project Planning

S

3

5

19

 

Introd.to Scientific Working Methodology

LAB

4

4

19

 

Bachelor Thesis

LAB

12

12

20

 

Sum 6th semester

 

25

30

 

 

Sum 1st to 6th semester

 

 136

180

 

Key: Co=Colloquium, L=Lecture, Lab=Practical / Laboratory Work, P=Practical Training, S=Seminar, T=Tutorial