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In the bachelor's program, an overview of all relevant areas of chemistry is given. In the subject areas of “inorganic chemistry” and “organic chemistry”, for example, these are rules according to which substances react with one another. Knowledge of such reaction mechanisms enables the planning of the synthesis of target molecules. The associated internships convey on the one hand a feeling for the behavior of the substances and on the other hand the competence to carry out experiments that are difficult at the end of the course, for example working at very low temperatures or with the exclusion of air and moisture. A successful synthesis also includes extensive knowledge of the options for securing structures,

In the subject area "Physical Chemistry", knowledge about the behavior of substances is conveyed, for example why heat is generated or consumed in a certain process, why a reaction takes place at all and what its speed is. In the internships, the focus here is on techniques for determining these behaviors and the derivation of the corresponding regularities. Quantum mechanics finally provides the theoretical understanding of chemical bonds.

The knowledge of mathematics and physics that is necessary for the course and that goes beyond school knowledge is taught in parallel in the first semesters of study.

Program Structure

If the recommended course schedule (see study regulations) is adhered to, the chemistry course can be completed according to a fixed timetable in which all courses are meaningfully coordinated with one another in terms of time and content. There are special professional entry requirements only for internships, because inadequate knowledge there not only jeopardizes learning success, but also means safety risks. The internships require a long time at the university.

Since the bachelor's degree provides basic knowledge, the options are still relatively small. Nevertheless, two modules totaling 10 CP can be freely selected, whereby not only the knowledge in the classic subject areas of chemistry is deepened, but also basic knowledge of biochemistry or environmental chemistry can be acquired, for example.

A further 30 credit points are reserved for the so-called “General Professional Preparation” (ABV). The knowledge and skills acquired here should be helpful for professional life. We also offer a module for “presentation techniques” and a module for “professional field orientation”. The internship is very much appreciated by our students, in which you can explore future fields of work during your bachelor’s degree by working in a chemical company for some time.

The study regulations contain descriptions of the modules and an exemplary study schedule. The examination regulations provide information about examinations.

Chemistry, mono Bachelor

Compulsory area

Inorganic Chemistry (33 CP)

Organic Chemistry (24 CP)

Synthetic Chemistry (19 CP)

Physical and Theoretical Chemistry (34 CP)

Department of Mathematics and Physics (18 CP)

Elective area

10 credit points from two of the following modules:

  • Basics of radiochemistry
  • Bioorganic chemistry
  • Introduction to Macromolecular Chemistry
  • Theoretical chemistry
  • Molecular dynamics
  • Electrochemistry
  • Basics of biochemistry
  • Environmental chemistry: air, water, soil

"General vocational preparation" area

  • Internship
  • Non-chemical elective courses (languages, information literacy, toxicology)

The course ends with the bachelor thesis (12 CP), in which a scientific topic has to be worked on under supervision in one of the institute's working groups.

Career Prospects

Bachelor graduates have scientific knowledge and practical skills that qualify them for a job or a postgraduate course. Classic fields of activity for chemists are mainly in the chemical industry, e.g. in research, analysis, process engineering, production and application, in the patent and documentation area, but also in management, quality assurance or sales and marketing. But there are also chemists who set up their own company, work as editors in a publishing house or even become museum directors.
A master’s degree and usually a doctorate are prerequisites for managerial positions.

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