The Bachelor of Science is the first professional degree in horticultural science. With the successful completion of the course, the students have shown that they have a ready-to-use basic knowledge, have practice-oriented specialist knowledge in the areas of horticultural sciences, as well as the economics and social sciences of agriculture, have an interdisciplinary view of the interrelationships and cycles of horticultural production, both have the methodical as well as the social competence to be able to apply their knowledge flexibly in professional practice and have laid the basis for the acquisition of a second professional qualification.


It is typical of horticulture that it detaches itself from agriculture, i.e. from the soil. Production takes place in technical systems, for example in greenhouses. The plants thrive there on growth-stimulating substrates and are supplied with water and nutrients on an industrial scale. Liquid manure is a thing of the past, pests cannot penetrate the closed circuits. A technology-oriented approach, high-tech, so to speak. Production must be optimized on the existing cultivation areas in order to achieve a maximum without harming the environment. At the same time, many universities are researching how the nutrient content in fruits and plants can be increased - for example, by planting fungal cultures at the roots. The efficiency under the glass roof should increase. That could become vital in the future. Because the world population is growing

The two-stage study program with the degrees Bachelor of Science and Master of Science was introduced in 2000, and was accredited and re-accredited. The course is modularized and allows a high degree of flexibility and mobility for the students. The combination of theory and practice is guaranteed by the equipment of the specialist areas and the many opportunities to work in affiliated institutes and test and research facilities. There are contracts with more than 40 partner universities abroad. Most of the master’s degree is offered in English. Several international courses with other universities represent new forms of training and cooperation. This also includes the international master’s course in Horticulture Science, jointly with universities in Munich, Vienna and Bologna. The close connection to other specialist disciplines in the capital is also unique. The institute, with its 1,600 students, is a member of the Agricultural Science Association in East Germany, Agrosnet, as well as the European and World Association of Agricultural Faculties (ICA and GCHERA). The institute is currently working together with the agricultural faculties in Rostock and Halle on the implementation of the joint project "AgrosNet" (www.agrosnet.de ). This association aims to bundle the strengths of the individual locations in the interests of the students. The students can benefit from the pooling of resources in research and teaching by combining the teaching modules of all three locations into a module pool in the area of ??master’s courses and doctoral colleges. Enrollment takes place at the home university, but the timetable is compiled from the offers of the three universities. A "virtual campus" and modern means of communication should make this possible: distance learning events and conferences via video recording, lectures on DVD, supplemented by two-week block modules, which are included in the grade, including the examination and awarding of points. The professors also offer chats on a regular basis.

The course takes into account the constantly changing professional fields. Hardly any other degree leads to so many different areas of application, both in practice and in science, in the service and consulting sector as well as in the upstream and downstream areas at home and abroad. The aim of the training is to acquire professional skills with the bachelor's degree and to lay the foundation for the second master’s degree. This in turn leads to other fields of application such as science and development aid and is the basis for a doctorate. Many graduates later have nothing to do with horticulture at all, but specialize in rural development or work in the environmental sector.




Compulsory area (132 CP)
module designation scope
PM 1 Basics of biochemistry 5 LP
PM 2 Basics of physics and meteorology 5 LP
PM 3 Plant biology 5 LP
PM 4 Botanical systematics and developmental biology 5 LP
PM 5 Introduction to Economics 5 LP
PM 6 Agroecology 5 LP
PM 7 Soil science 6 LP
PM 8 Agricultural and horticultural technology 6 LP
PM 9 Genetics and Plant Breeding 6 LP
PM 10 Analysis and planning of agricultural businesses 6 LP
PM 11 Math and statistics 6 LP
PM 12 Phytomedicine I: Basics of phytomedicine 6 LP
PM 13 Plant nutrition and fertilization 6 LP
PM 14 Agricultural policy 6 LP
PM 15 Agriculture and crop production 6 LP
PM 16 Vegetable growing 6 LP
PM 17 Basics of ornamental plant cultivation 6 LP
PM 18 Fruit growing 6 LP
PM 19 Agricultural Marketing Basics 6 LP
PM 20 Environmental and Resource Economics 6 LP
PM 21 Tree nursery basics 6 LP
  bachelor thesis 12 LP
Compulsory subject-specific elective area (36 CP)

The subject-specific elective area is divided into the focus area (18 CP) and the supplementary area (18 CP).

Focus area (18 CP)

One module with a total of 6 CP must be demonstrated from the following three module pools:

Module pool I: Basics of empirical research:

module designation scope


6 LP
FWM S 2 Econometrics 6 LP

Module Pool II: Politics and Markets:

module designation scope
FWM S 3 Basics of market and policy analysis 6 LP
FWM S 4 Structural change and rural areas 6 LP
FWM S 5 World markets of the agricultural and food industry 6 LP

Module pool III: Vegetable raw materials and quality:

module designation scope
FWM S 6 Provision and use of biogenic raw materials 6 LP
FWM S 7 Grassland and forage production 6 LP
FWM S 8 Quality dynamics and quality assurance for fruit and vegetables 6 LP
FWM S 9 Plant protection 6 LP
Supplementary area (18 CP)

In the supplementary area, modules totaling 18 credit points have to be completed. For this purpose, modules are to be selected from the following offer, from the module offer of the other bachelor's degree programs of the Faculty of Life Sciences as well as modules not already included in the focus area.

module designation scope
FWM E 1 Problem-oriented work (bridge module) 6 LP
FWM E 2 Agricultural meteorology 6 LP
FWM E 3 Agricultural project workshop 6 LP
FWM E 4 Applied phytomedicine 6 LP
FWM E 5 Selected methods of forest use 6 LP
FWM E 6 Apiculture 6 LP
FWM E 7 Land use systems 6 LP
FWM E 8 Soil protection I 6 LP
FWM E 9 Soil protection II 6 LP
FWM E 10 Botanical identification exercises 6 LP
FWM E 11 Manure and fertilization 6 LP
FWM E 12 Introduction to biotechnology in plants 6 LP
FWM E 13 Nutrition, health and consumer protection 6 LP
FWM E 14 Fishery management 6 LP
FWM E 15 Ornamental plant cultivation 6 LP
FWM E 16 Forage cultivation and use systems 6 LP
FWM E 17 Feed preservation 6 LP
FWM E 18 Forage herbalism 6 LP
FWM E 19 Horticultural crop production and agriculture 6 LP
FWM E 20 Greenhouse technology 6 LP
FWM E 21 Basics of controlling 6 LP
FWM E 22 Commercial and service business administration 6 LP
COM 23 Introduction to Aquaculture 6 LP
FWM E 24 Methods and methodology of scientific work 6 LP
FWM E 25 Molecular and Population Genetics 6 LP
FWM E 26 Natural area and agricultural site classification 6 LP
FWM E 27 Farm animal biology 6 LP
FWM E 28 Organic farming 6 LP
FWM E 29 Organic fruit growing / wild fruit 6 LP
FWM E 30 Horse breeding and nutrition 6 LP
FWM E 31 Phytomedicine Report: Basics 6 LP
FWM E 32 Quality assurance of fruit and vegetables in the tropics and subtropics 6 LP
FWM E 33 Accounting in agriculture and horticulture 6 LP
FWM E 34 Reproductive biology of farm animals 6 LP
FWM E 35 Special horticultural plant breeding 6 LP
FWM E 36 Site ecology I 6 LP
FWM E 37 Site ecology II 6 LP
FWM E 38 Study project 6 LP
FWM E 39 Technology in outdoor production and in gardening and landscaping 6 LP
FWM E 40 Animal products processing technology 6 LP
FWM E 41 Animal feeding and ration calculation 6 LP
FWM E 42 Process engineering and plant cultivation problems in tree cultivation 6 LP
FWM E 43 Procedural exercises (animal husbandry) 6 LP
FWM E 44 Water management in agriculture 6 LP
FWM E 45 Ornamental plants in protected cultivation 6 LP
Interdisciplinary compulsory elective area (12 CP)

In the interdisciplinary compulsory elective area, modules from the module catalogs of other subjects or central institutions are to be taken to the extent of your choice ( http://agnes.hu-berlin.de/ ). Alternatively, modules from the subject-specific elective area of ??the faculty can also be chosen.

Offers in the interdisciplinary compulsory elective area for other courses of study

module designation scope
FWM E 22 Commercial and service business administration 10 LP
FWM E 29 Organic fruit growing / wild fruit 10 LP



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