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Mono-bachelorBachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
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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: 125 CP incl. Bachelor’s thesis
Mandatory elective modules: 35 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.

Course objectives

The Biophysics bachelor’s course provides students with the subject-related knowledge, skills and methods they will require to be capable of scientific work, scientifically-based judgement, critical reflection on scientific results and responsible action in the working world. This applies to qualification for a master’s course o the one hand, and to professional qualification in relevant occupations.

Why study Biophysics at HU?

Successful modern biology requires the ability to recognise and present complex relationships and networks, and the ability to use the laws of physics to explain processes on a molecular, cellular and organismic level as well. This requires interdisciplinary training that includes working with highly sensitive experimental methods to gather quantitative data and using them to construct meaningful theoretical models. The Biophysics course is therefore designed for people with a broad interest in the natural sciences. During the course, students will first acquire broad basic training in a wide range of natural sciences disciplines (mathematics, physics, biology, chemistry, biochemistry, biophysics, computer science), and attend the relevant lectures at the corresponding departments. Building on this solid basic knowledge, the advanced phase of the course offers specialised biophysical programmes oriented towards current international biophysical research and offered in conjunction with research institutes from Berlin and Brandenburg. A particular focus is the close relationship between experimental and theoretical biophysics, e.g. the development of experimentally viable molecular and systems biology models. Graduates of the bachelor’s course have the prerequisites and skills required to apply for interdisciplinary life science master’s courses in Germany and abroad, including the Humboldt-Universität Biophysics master’s course.

Course content

The best way to find detailed information about the exact course content is by using the annotated university calendar and current timetables, which can be found at and the department’s website: 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, no. 8/2021, 1. amendment no. 41/2022, 2. amendment no. 29/2023.

Mono-bachelor's course Biophysics with 180 CP

Mandatory modules (125 CP)
Module Description Size
Bio1 Introduction to Biology 10 CP
Bioph1 Mathematics 1 6 CP
Bioph2 Mathematics 2 8 CP
Bioph3 General and Anorganic Chemistry 7 CP
Bioph4 Organic Chemistry 6 CP
Bioph5 Physical Chemistry 8 CP
Bioph6 Physics 1 8 CP
Bioph7 Physics 2 9 CP
Bioph8 Physics 3 5 CP
Bioph9 Physical Internship 5 CP
Bioph10 Fundamentals of Biophysics 10 CP
Bioph11 Biochemistry 8 CP
Bioph12 Theoretical Biophysics 5 CP
Bioph14 In-depth module: Theoretical Biophysics 10 CP
Bioph15 In-depth module: Experimental Biophysics 10 CP
BiophBA Bachelor's Thesis 10 CP
Mandatory elective modules (35 CP)
Module Description Size
Bio7 Animal Physiology and Neurophysiology 5/10 CP
Bio8 Genetics and Molecular Cell Biology 5/10 CP
Bio11 Plant Physiology 5/10 CP
Bioph13 Microbiology 5/10 CP
BiophSP Study Project 20 CP

In addition to module BiophSP students must choose two of the following modules: Bio7, Bio8, Bio11 und BiophSP, one with 10 CP and one with 5 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: Other 10 CP must be completed with modules chosen from the course catalogue of the biology department.

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 consecutive master’s courses at Humboldt-Universität:

  • Biophysics
  • Molecular Life Science
  • Organismic Biology and Evolution

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

Important addresses

Department of Biology: Invalidenstraße 42, 10115 Berlin,
Course Advisory Service: Dr. Müller, Tel. +49 30/2093 98463,
Approval/classification (Examinations Office): Tina Rhode, Tel. +49 30/2093 46789,
Applications:, see also ‘Course catalogue’
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