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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Chemistry

Degree

Combined bachelor, Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) - this degree programme was designed to be compatible with teacher training. The Department of Chemistry does not recommend studying this programme without a teacher-training component. If you are interested in applying for this option, please contact the Student Advisory Service (see below). Please also have a look at the FAQ on the ‘Chemistry’ mono-bachelor’s course, on ‘Teacher training at HU’ and on ‘Bachelor’s and master’s courses at HU

Standard time for completing course

6 semesters

Start of study

Winter semester only, no numerus clausus

Combinations

Core subject: can only be combined with the second subjects Biology, Geography, Computer Science, Mathematics and Physics
Second subject: with any bachelor’s core subject except Physics

Course structure

Core subject: 90 credit points (CP*)
Basic studies, 1st - 3rd semesters
In-depth studies, 4th - 6th semesters

Second subject: 60 credit points (CP)
Basic studies, 1st - 3rd semesters,
In-depth studies, 4th - 5th semesters

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

The bachelor’s course also includes career-related additional qualification modules or, if you are aiming for a career in teaching, teacher training modules (Education Studies, Didactics and German as a Second Language): total of 30 CP. The bachelor’s course with teacher training differs slightly, with 80 CP for the relevant core subject including bachelor’s thesis, 60 CP for the relevant second subject and 40 CP for teacher training. This applies to the areas of teaching L1 or L2 (Master of Education amounting to 60 CP) or special school teachers (L3, Master of Education amounting to 90 CP).

Course objectives

Students will acquire a theoretical and methodological grounding based on practical laboratory work, including inorganic, organic, physical and analytical chemistry, as well as biochemistry and structural chemistry. Students will also learn about the concepts that link the various sub-fields of chemistry. The intended outcome is for students to be able to teach chemistry in a school following completion of a postgraduate master’s programme.

Students will also be introduced to initial experimental skills and gain the ability to think independently with regard to scientific topics and experimentation. The teacher training modules prepare students for teaching chemistry in schools. The programme lays the foundation for a post-graduate master’s programme for chemistry teachers with the relevant combination of subjects.

Why study Chemistry at HU?

Studying at the Department of Chemistry means:

  • Preparing for your future career in tailor-made classes
  • Learning about cutting-edge, research-based approaches in Didactics
  • Taking advantage of modern educational facilities such as mobile school laboratories, school projects and internships
  • Having experienced teachers at your side for support during your studies
  • Studying at the Adlershof site, right in the middle of one of the most active business and science locations in Germany.

Content of studies

The best way to find detailed information about the exact course content is using the annotated university calendar and current timetables, which can be found at u.hu-berlin.de/vorlesungsverzeichnis. The Course Advisory 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. 79/2015, 1. revision no Nr. 11/2017.

Core subject

Module

Description

Size

Module C1

General and Inorganic Chemistry

15 CP

Module C2

Mathematics

6 CP

Module C3A

Physics

7 CP

Module C3B

Physics

3 CP

Module C4

Organic Chemistry

15 CP

Module C5

Physical  Chemistry

11 CP

Module C6

Analytical Chemistry

6 CP

Module C7

Teaching Competence (Didactics of Chemistry)

7 CP

Module C8

Chemistry in Everyday Life

6 CP

Module C9

Biochemistry

8 CP

Module C10

Structural Chemistry/Spectroscopy

6 CP

Module C11

Bachelor’s thesis

10 CP

Module C12

Practical Teaching Studies

10 CP

If you are aiming to go into teaching at level L1 or L2 (Master of Education totalling 60 CP), you take modules C3B and C12 instead of modules C6 and C3A.

Second subject

Module C1

General and Inorganic Chemistry

15 CP

Module C2

Mathematics

6 CP

Module C3A

Physics

7 CP

Module C4

Organic Chemistry

15 CP

Module C5

Physical  Chemistry

11 CP

Module C6

Analytical Chemistry

6 CP

Module C7

Teaching Competence (Didactics of Chemistry)

7 CP

Teacher training / career-related additional qualifications

For students who wish to enter the teaching profession, Teacher Training consists of Educational Sciences, Didactics [modules C7 and potentially C12 (Practical Teaching Studies)] and ‘German as a Second Language’.

Those wishing to enter other professions can complete other practical career-related courses (see course catalogue).

Master’s courses

You can apply for the Master of Education at Humboldt-Universität. Other courses on offer can be found in the current ‘Post-graduate degree courses’ course catalogue, available at http://studium.hu-berlin.de/beratung/sa.

Important addresses

Department of Chemistry:  Brook-Taylor-Str. 2, 12489 Berlin, www.chemie.hu-berlin.de/studium
Course Advisory Service: Prof. Tiemann, Tel. +49 30 2093 7510, ruediger.tiemann@chemie.hu-berlin.de
Approval/classification (Examinations Office): Ms Armbrecht, Tel. +49 30 2093 6971, rita.armbrecht@physik.hu-berlin.de
Teacher Training Service Centre: http://studium.hu-berlin.de/lust/lehrer, Tel. +49 30 2093 1571, lehrerbildung@rz.hu-berlin.de
Applicationshttp://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: October 2012
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