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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Biology

Degree

Combined bachelor, Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) - The course can only be studied with a teacher-training component. If relevant, please also refer to the ‘Biology’ mono-bachelor’s course, the ‘Bachelor’s and master’s courses at HU’ FAQ and ‘Teacher training at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin’.

Standard time for completing course

6 semesters

Start of study

Winter semester only, with numerus clausus

Combinations

Core subject with teaching training option: 113 CP, only with Physics or Chemistry as second subject
Second subject with teaching training option: 67 CP, with any bachelor’s core subject except Biology and Physics

*One credit point (CP) equals a workload of 25 - 30 hours for preparation, follow-up and attendance at classes.

Course objectives

Acquiring knowledge and skills in the field of biology. Gaining an overview of the field of biology as a whole, and thus preparing for a profession that requires wide-ranging knowledge in this area. Where relevant, preparation for a teaching-related master’s course through the completion of teacher training modules.

Why study Biology at HU?

Completing your studies at the HU Department of Biology means:

  • Cooperating with specific local, regional and international schools
  • Using the extensive didactic biological collection of a venerable university in classes
  • Being taught by various scientists from the Berlin Museum of Natural History in addition to the HU faculty
  • Learning about didactic research issues representing different school types, school levels, and problem and biological subject areas first-hand, from the researchers
  • Enjoying the atmosphere and calm of one of the most beautiful courtyards in Berlin
  • Berlin Mitte

What particular interests and skills do you need to start the course?

  • Challenge your assumptions of biology teaching
  • Increase your understanding of the relevant theory
  • Discover the different contexts in which biology teaching is used
  • Learn to put your ideas to competence-oriented use in teaching practice
  • Scientifically evaluate the teaching and learning processes you initiate in biology
  • Participate critically in research and development in the field of didactics of biology

Course content

The best place to find information about course content is the annotated lecture catalogue. It is online at u.hu-berlin.de/vorlesungsverzeichnis. The Study Counselling Service is also available to help you (see important addresses). You’ll find the module descriptions, the course curriculum and other details in the course and examination regulations, available online at www.amb.hu-berlin.de, no. 19/2015.

Biology with theacher training option

Biology as a Core Subject with 113 CP

Mandatory Modules (67 CP)

Module Description Size
Bio1 Introduction to Biology 10 CP
Bio2 Evolution, Structure and Function of Plants 5 CP
Bio3 Shapes of domestic Plants and Animals 5 CP
Bio4 Morphology and Evolution of Animals 5 CP
Bio8 Genetics and Molecular Cell Biology 5 CP
Bio10 Ecology 10 CP
Bio15 Behavioural and Human Biology 10 CP
Bio20 Didactics of Biology - Basic Module 7 CP
BioBA Bachelor's Thesis 10 CP

Mandatory Elective Modules (30 CP)

Two modules with 10 CP and two modules with 5 CP must be selected

Module Description Size
Bio5 Biochemistry 5/10 CP
Bio7 Animal Physiology and Neurophysiology 5/10 CP
Bio9 Microbiology 5/10 CP
Bio11 Plant Physiology                                                               5/10 CP

Teacher training Modules (16 CP)

Teacher training for students who wish to enter the teaching profession consists of the Educational Sciences Modules with in total 11 CP and a Language Training Module with 5 CP.

Second Subject Biology with 67 CP
Module Description

Size

Bio1 Introduction to Biology 10 CP
Bio2 Evolution, Structure and Function of Plants 5 CP
Bio3 Shapes of domestic Plants and Animals 5 CP
Bio4 Morphology and Evolution of Animals 5 CP
Bio8 Genetics and Molecular Cell Biology 5 CP
Bio10 Ecology 10 CP
Bio16 Human Biology 5 CP
Bio17 Fundamentals of Animal Physiology and Neurophysiology 5 CP
Bio18 Fundamentals of Biochemistry 5 CP
Bio19 Fundamentals of Microbiology 5 CP
Bio20 Didactics of Biology - Basic Module 7 CP

General elective course offerings for students coming from other courses of studies

Module Description

Size

Bio13 Biology Research Areas - Organismic Biology and Evolution 5 CP
Bio14 Biology Research Areas - Molecular Life Sciences 5 CP

Master’s courses

You can apply for the Master of Education course at Humboldt-Universität. You’ll find other programmes in the current ‘Post-graduate degree courses’ course catalogue, available athttp://studium.hu-berlin.de/beratung/sa.

Important addresses

Department of Biology: Invalidenstraße 42, 10115 Berlin, www.biologie.hu-berlin.de
Study Counselling Service: Prof. Upmeier zu Belzen, Tel. +49 30/2093 8457,annette.upmeier@biologie.hu-berlin.de
Approval/classification (Examinations Office): Ms. Czaja, Tel. +49 30/2093 8648,czaja@physik.hu-berlin.de
Teacher Training Service Centre: www.hu-berlin.de/studium/lust/lehrer, Tel. 2093 1571,lehrerbildung@rz.hu-berlin.de
Applications, http://studium.hu-berlin.de/bewerbung, see also ‘Course catalogue’
Links to job market: careers information centre (http://www.arbeitsagentur.de/web/content/DE/BuergerinnenUndBuerger/ArbeitundBeruf/Berufswahl/Berufsinformationszentren/index.htm) , employment market reports (http://statistik.arbeitsagentur.de/Navigation/Statistik/Arbeitsmarktberichte/Akademiker/Akademiker-Nav.html), Federal Employment Office Berufenet (http://berufenet.arbeitsagentur.de/berufe/), Hochschulteam calendar of events (http://www.arbeitsagentur.de/web/content/DE/dienststellen/rdbb/berlinmitte/Agentur/BuergerinnenundBuerger/Akademiker/index.htm)

Version: July 2015
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