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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: 75 CP (including bachelor’s thesis)
Mandatory Elective Modules: 85 CP
General Elective Modules: 20 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 (as a minor field) 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 u.hu-berlin.de/vorlesungsverzeichnis. The Study Counselling Service is also available to help you (see important addresses). You’ll find module descriptions, the course curriculum and other details in the course and examination regulations, available online at www.amb.hu-berlin.de, no. 7/2021.

Mono-bachelor's course Biology with 180 CP

Mandatory modules (75 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
BioAC General and Anorganic Chemistry 10 CP
BioMA1 Mathematical Fundamentals of Biology 1 5 CP
BioMA2 Mathematical Fundamentals of Biology 2 5 CP
BioOC Organic Chemistry 10 CP
BioPH1 Physics 1 5 CP
BioPH2 Physics 2 5 CP
BioBA Bachelor's Thesis 10 CP
Mandatory elective modules (85 CP)

In-depth studies (55 CP)

Students must choose in total 4 modules with 10 CP and three modules with 5 CP.

Module Description Size
Bio5 Biochemistry 5/10 CP
Bio6 Physical Chemistry and Biophysics 5/10 CP
Bio7 Animal Physiology and Neurophysiology 5/10 CP
Bio8 Genetics and Molecular Cell Biology 5/10 CP
Bio9 Microbiology 5/10 CP
Bio10 Ecology 5/10 CP
Bio11 Plant Physiology   5/10 CP

Specialized studies (30 CP)

Module Description Size
Bio12 Study Project 20 CP
BioXY Specialization module 10 CP
General elective modules (20 CP)

In addition to specialised study, Students acquire subject-specific, non-specialist and interdisciplinary key qualifications of 10 CP. The general elective modules can be chosen from the module catalogues of other subjects or central institutions (see: http://agnes.hu-berlin.de/). Furthermore, students must choose one module from the specialized studies (BioXY) with 10 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 following master’s courses at Humboldt-Universität:

  • Molecular Life Science
  • Organismic Biology and Evolution
  • Biophysics

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
Course Advisory Service: Dr. Hennig, Tel. +49 30/2093 8610, lehre-und-studium@biologie.hu-berlin.de
Approval/classification (Examinations Office): Ms. Kober, Ms. Beier, Tel. +49 30/2093 8648/8636, bachelor.biologie@hu-berlin.de
Applications: http://studium.hu-berlin.de/bewerbung, see also ‘Course catalogue’
Links to job market: careers information centre, employment market reports, Federal Employment Office Berufenet, Hochschulteam calenddar of events

Version: January 2020
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Contact for questions or feedback regarding this page: studienberatung@uv.hu-berlin.de