The life sciences strive for a comprehensive understanding of the structure and function of living cells and organisms as well as their interactions with one another and with their environment. Such an understanding forms the basis for medical and technological advances. At the same time, this knowledge is the prerequisite for responsible use of the environment.The bachelor's degree course in biosciences was installed at the University of Potsdam in 2005 and emerged from the previously separate courses of study in biology and biochemistry. It initially teaches the basics in the bioscientific sub-disciplines such as biochemistry, bioinformatics, cell, molecular and microbiology, in genetics, zoology, botany, animal and plant physiology and ecology.
With the help of these disciplines, life processes are analyzed on different levels. Since bioscientific research is based on a sound knowledge of mathematics, statistics, physics and chemistry, the basic course also includes courses in these subjects.
The basic training is followed by an in-depth study in one of the three specializations biochemistry, molecular biology / physiology and organismic biology, with the option of changing the chosen direction once. This offer enables students to prepare for a professional activity that corresponds to their individual inclinations.
A solid knowledge of biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics forms a good basis for a successful degree in life sciences. Any knowledge and skills gaps in mathematics can be closed before the start of the course in a bridging course offered by the university. You should also be curious about the natural sciences and be interested in research methods in the life sciences, such as the quantitative analysis of biological systems and processes.
Due to the international orientation of the subject, a good knowledge of the English language has become very important. For example, many Master’s degree programs now have English titles and some are conducted in English.
Proof of a university entrance qualification is required for the bachelor's degree at the University of Potsdam
The bachelor's degree in life sciences is designed as a single-subject bachelor's degree. The bachelor's degree has a modular structure. Within the modules, the course content is thematically summarized in different study and teaching forms. A fixed number of credit points as well as certain study and examination achievements must be achieved in each module.
The course has a total of 180 credit points and includes the content shown in the overview below. Practical study components play an important role in teaching them. At the end of the course, a usually experimental bachelor thesis is prepared as part of the chosen specialization.
At the end of the bachelor's degree in Biosciences, graduates will be able to scientifically analyze the functioning and interactions of living cells and organisms. They have in-depth and ready-to-use knowledge of modern biology and biochemistry, including the scientific fundamentals, interrelationships and mechanisms of action. In addition, the graduates acquire fundamental research skills as part of their training.
Many bioscientists opt for a master’s degree in order to work in research and teaching later. It is advantageous to gain experience and impressions in good time, for example through internships. In this way, contacts may arise that can be very useful later.
Life sciences graduates, for example, go into quality management, drug approval or the marketing of large companies. Others are involved in clinical research or they work as scientific authors (“medical writers”) who summarize and illustrate the study results. Often, after completing a doctorate and further training in the patent system, graduates decide to work in patent offices, biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies or law firms in order to look after patents from the biosciences. In recent years, new fields of employment for biologists in environmental technology or genetic diagnostics have also emerged.
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