The course prepares students for a variety of professional fields in biotechnology and applied biosciences and leads to a professional and practice-oriented degree. It is geared towards learning basic scientific principles and methods and qualifies for independent activities in application-oriented research, development, production or administration.

In the first and parts of the second semester, the necessary mathematical and scientific fundamentals are imparted. In addition, interdisciplinary key qualifications can be acquired through elective modules from the General Studies.

From the second semester onwards, the subject-specific basics in the biosciences (biochemistry, molecular and cell biology and microbiology) and in bioprocess engineering, which are deepened in the fourth and fifth semesters, take a large part.

In the sixth semester, the students are instructed in a practical project and the bachelor thesis on application-oriented and scientific work and learn to present the results achieved in a suitable form. The practical project and the thesis in the sixth semester can be carried out abroad on request.


1st semester

module Module name SU SWS Ü SWS LP P / WP FB
B01 Studium Generale I 2   2.5 WP I.
B02 Studium Generale II   2 2.5 WP I.
B03 mathematics 6th   5 P. II
B04 Chemical-physical basics     5 P.  
B04.1 Organic chemistry 4th       II
B04.2 physics 2       II
B05 Bioanalytics I 4th 2 5 P. V.
B06 microbiology 4th   5 P. V.
B07 Cell and Molecular Biology I 4th   5 P. V.

2 semesters

module Module name SU SWS Ü SWS LP P / WP FB
B08 General Studies III 2   2.5 WP I.
B09 Studium Generale IV   2 2.5 WP I.
B10 process technology 4th   5 P. V.
B11 Biochemistry i 3rd 2 5 P. V.
B12 Bioanalysis II 2 4th 5 P. V.
B13 Physical chemistry 4th   5 P. II
B14 Microbiological internship I 1 4th 5 P. V.

3rd semester

module Module name SU SWS Ü SWS LP P / WP FB
B15 Biochemical internship   4th 5 P. V.
B16 Fermentation and processing technology I 5   5 P. V.
B17 Bioprocess control 4th   5 P. V.
B18 Microbiological internship II   4th 5 P. V.
B19 Cell and Molecular Biology II 4th   5 P. V.
B20 Biochemistry II 4th   5 P. V

4th semester

module Module name SU SWS Ü SWS LP P / WP FB
B21 Fermentation and processing technology II 5   5 P. V.
B22 Cell culture technology   4th 5 P. V.
B23 Genetics of microorganisms   4th 5 P. V.
B24 Genetic engineering   4th 5 P. V.
B25 Protein chemistry   4th 5 P. V.
B26 Elective module I   4th 5 WP V.

5th semester

module Module name SU SWS Ü SWS LP P / WP FB
B27 Internship in reconditioning technology   4th 5 P. V.
B28 Industrial microbiology 4th   5 P. V.
B29 Internship on fermentation technology   4th 5 P. V.
B30 Immunochemistry   4th 5 P. V.
B31 Elective module II   4th 5 WP V.
B32 Elective module III   4th 5 WP V.

6th semester

module Module name SU SWS Ü SWS LP P / WP FB
B33 Practical phase   1 15th P. V.
B34 final exam       P. V.
B34.1 Bachelor thesis     12 P. V.
B34.2 Oral exam     3rd P. V.

Elective modules in the 4th / 5th semester

module Module name SU SWS Ü SWS LP P / WP FB
WP01 Bioinformatics   4th 5 WP V.
WP02 Biotechnological calculations / test planning   4th 5 WP V.
WP03 Biotechnological processes in production   4th 5 WP V.
WP04 Immobilization of biomolecules   4th 5 WP V.
WP05 Legal basis / biobusiness   4th 5 WP V.
WP06 Structure and function of plant organelles   4th 5 WP V.
WP07 Industrial cell culture technology   4th 5 WP V.
WP08 Environmental biotechnology   4th 5 WP V.
WP09 External module   4th 5 WP Other college


Biotechnology is one of the key technologies of the 21st century. In Germany there are around 600 companies that deal with research, development and production in the field of modern biotechnology.

The most important field of application for biotechnology is medicine (red biotechnology). More and more drugs such as therapeutic proteins and antibodies are now being manufactured with the help of biotechnological processes. Biotechnological processes are increasingly playing an important role in the development of new drugs (including for cancer treatment) and forms of therapy (e.g. tissue engineering) and in diagnostics (immunoassays, DNA chips, biosensors, PCR-based methods).

In modern plant breeding (green biotechnology), biotechnological methods are used to specifically introduce resistance to herbicides, insects, fungi and viruses, or to change the composition of ingredients, such as “golden rice” enriched with provitamin A. Transgenic animals and plants can be used as bioreactors (pharming).

In environmental technology (gray biotechnology), biotechnological processes help with soil remediation, wastewater treatment, exhaust air or exhaust gas purification and the recycling of waste and residues.

White biotechnology is becoming increasingly important for the chemical industry and many other processes, as a large variety of substances such as vitamins, amino acids, antibiotics and alcohol can be produced in a more environmentally friendly and resource-friendly manner through the use of enzymes or microorganisms.

Biotechnological processes and products traditionally play a major role in the food industry (cheese) and the beverage industry (beer).

Graduates of the bachelor's degree will work as scientific or technical employees in research institutions or in industry in the field of research and development or production.



  • General or subject-specific higher education entrance qualification, technical college entrance qualification or another legally stipulated university entrance qualification (e.g. § 11 BerlHG)

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