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Mono-bachelor, Bachelor of Science (B. Sc.) - Please also see the Biology combined bachelor’s course, the Biophysics mono-bachelor’s course and the ‘Bachelor’s and master’s courses’ FAQ as required.

Standard time for completing course

6 semesters

Start of study

Cf. course catalogue

Course structure

In total 180 credit points (CP*) are required

Mandatory Modules: 135 CP (including bachelor’s thesis)
Mandatory Elective Modules: 20 CP
General Elective Modules: 25 CP

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

Why study Biology at HU?

The Biology bachelor’s course offers wide-ranging basic training in organismic biology (botany, zoology), physiology, microbiology, molecular cell biology and ecology. This is combined with a knowledge of mathematics and the natural sciences disciplines of chemistry and physics, which you will require for an understanding of the issues of modern biology. Particularly noteworthy features are the close link with the Biophysics course and a focus on the basic knowledge of immunology. In addition, students may select courses from the fields of parasitology, developmental biology and theoretical biology during the advanced phase. The study programme also includes participation in a current research project. The course is an ideal preparation for the department’s consecutive master’s courses with a focus on organismic or molecular biology.

Course content

To find detailed information about the exact course content, use the annotated lecture catalogue and current timetables. You will find them online at hu-berlin/vorlesungsverzeichnis. The Study Counselling Service is also available to help you (see below addresses). You’ll find module descriptions, the course curriculum and other details in the course and examination regulations, available online at, no. 7/2021, 1st revision no. 27/2022.

Mono-bachelor's course Biology with 180 CP

Mandatory modules (135 CP)
Module Description Size
MB 1 Molecular Cell Biology 10 CP
MB 2 From Cells to Organisms   5 CP
MB 3 Mathematical Foundations in Biology 1   5 CP
MB 4 General and Inorganic Chemistry   5 CP
MB 5 Organismic Biology 10 CP
MB 6 Mathematical Foundations in Biology 2   5 CP
MB 7 Organic Chemistry   5 CP
MB 8 Technical Practical in Chemistry   5 CP
MB 9 Physics 1   5 CP
MB 10 Evolution and Biosystematics   5 CP
MB 11 Biochemistry and Microbiology   5 CP
MB 12 Biophysics and Biochemistry   5 CP
MB 13 Animal Physiology and Neurobiology   5 CP
MB 14 Physics 2   5 CP
MB 15 Microbiology and Parasitology   5 CP
MB 16 Plant Physiology and Developmental Biology   5 CP
MB 17 Molecular Genetics   5 CP
MB 18 Ecology and Biodiversity   5 CP
MB 19 Theory, Tools and Methods in Biology   5 CP
MB 20 Study-project Mono 20 CP
MB 21 Final module / Bachelor's thesis 10 CP
Mandatory elective modules (20 CP)

Students must choose 2 modules.

Module Description Size
MB 22 Molecular Microbiology and Parasitology 10 CP
MB 23 Foundations of Plant Molecular Biology 10 CP
MB 24 Molecular Biology of the Cell 10 CP
MB 25 Neurobiology 10 CP
MB 26 Communities and Taxa in Space and Time 10 CP
MB 27 The Neuronal Basis of Behaviour 10 CP
MB 28 Molecules of Life 10 CP
MB 29 Foundations of Laboratory Animal Science 10 CP
MB 30 Special topics in biology 1 10 CP
MB 31 Special topics in biology 2 10 CP
General elective modules (25 CP)

In addition to specialised study, Students acquire subject-specific, non-specialist and interdisciplinary key qualifications of 25 CP. The general elective modules can be chosen freely from the module catalogues of other subjects or central institutions (see "Überfachlicher Wahlpflichtbereich" and/or Career Center, Language Center:

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

Module Description Size
MB ÜWP 1 Cells and Organisms 10 CP
MB ÜWP 2 Organisms in their environment   5 CP

Students of the Bachelor's degree programme Biophysics can also choose the modules MB 10, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 within the framework of the ÜWP.

Master’s courses

You can apply for the following master’s courses at Humboldt-Universität:

You’ll find other programmes in the current ‘Post-graduate degree courses’ course catalogue, available at


Department of Biology: Invalidenstraße 42, 10115 Berlin,
Course Advisory Service: Prof. Eitinger, Tel. +49 30/2093 49684,
Approval/classification (Examinations Office): Tina Rohde, Tel. +49 30/2093 46789,
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