Biology as the science of life unites all of the natural sciences. By means of experimental observations and the use of state-of-the-art molecular biological methods in the laboratory, the basic features of life are further deciphered, understood and modeled.

The bachelor's degree in biology conveys basic knowledge of biology as well as the necessary knowledge in chemistry, physics and mathematics. In addition to the acquisition of basic knowledge, interdisciplinary skills - such as scientific writing and scientific presentation - are also acquired. From the 5th semester onwards, there is a freely selectable specialization in sub-areas of biology. Particular emphasis is placed on learning modern methods and working independently in the laboratory. Research focuses on biochemistry, biotechnology, developmental biology, evolution, genetics, microbiology, molecular biology, structural biology, synthetic biology and cell biology.


In the first four semesters, the basics of biology and the necessary knowledge of chemistry, physics and mathematics are taught.

During the course of studies, you have the option of choosing between two study variants (the application process for the 4-year study variants Bachelor Biology International takes place in the fourth semester):


Entry requirement for the bachelor's degree in biology is the general university entrance qualification (Abitur) Under very limited conditions, it is also possible to study without a high school diploma. The biology course has restricted admission (local numerus clausus) and is mainly taught in German. The application for a study place is made online using the DoSV procedure. Applicants for higher semesters need to have their academic achievements recognized


The professional fields in biology are very diverse. The bachelor's degree in biology at the HHU is therefore naturally not geared towards a clearly defined professional field, but rather takes into account the heterogeneous fields of activity of biologists. The bachelor’s degree in biology leads to a first professional qualification and forms the basis for numerous master’s degrees in biology or for a professional activity, for example in the life science and health sectors. The majority of the graduates follow a master’s degree after the bachelor’s degree. Graduates of the 4-year variant Bachelor Biology International have the opportunity to choose a 1-year master’s course or to join a doctoral program directly.

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