Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences
Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
The bachelor's program in Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences deals with processes of plant and animal production, and associated fundamentals relating to the natural sciences, economics, and ecology.TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan
Information on Degree Program
What does this program cover?
The interdisciplinary bachelor's program in Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences is devoted to processes of plant and animal production, and associated fundamentals relating to the natural sciences, economics, and ecology. These play a role in both agrarian and horticultural value-added chains. Of central importance here is the production of high quality food and feed products, ornamental plants, and biogenic raw materials. The purpose is to exploit the substance and energy that these products contain, in the context of a sustainable and multi-functional agricultural and horticultural sector. The preservation of natural resources is also an important factor in this context.
The bachelor program offers students content that gives equal coverage to basic knowledge of the natural sciences, engineering, and economics, as well as of discipline-specific matters. In accordance with their individual interests, students can choose whether to specialize in agricultural sciences or in horticultural sciences. Depending on their choices, the discipline-specific modules incorporate content from
- soil science and site feasibility,
- causal relations in agricultural ecosystems as regards material and energy flows,
- methods of plant cultivation and precision agriculture,
- fundamentals of phytopathology and plant protection,
- modern methods of plant breeding and genetic engineering,
- fundamentals of systems engineering in arable farming, horticulture, livestock farming,
- principles of plant nutrition and agricultural chemistry,
- corporate leadership, production theory, accounting systems,
- as well as marketing and research.
How is the program structured?
- The first two semesters deal with the fundamentals of engineering, the natural sciences, and the biosciences, as well as core competencies in the agricultural and horticultural sciences.
- The third semester focuses on project-based block courses and the system-oriented approach to the agricultural and horticultural sciences. In addition, students develop solutions that take into consideration a system in all of its discipline-specific aspects.
- From the forth semester onwards, the broad offering of elective modules enables students to focus on their own individual interests. A wide-ranging, generalist vocational education and training is therefore fully supported, as is specialization in one of several areas: plants, animals, management, or engineering.
- The sixth semester is devoted to the bachelor’s thesis.
What is the language of instruction?
Required language skills for admission:
You need sufficient German language skills if you wish to apply for this program. Evidence of your language proficiency has to be submitted before the end of the application deadline. Learn more about recognized certificates and other ways to prove your German language skills.
This evidence of your language proficiency confirms that you comply with the minimum language requirements for admission to the program. Depending on the program and your individual background, it may be necessary for you to keep working on your language skills during your studies. Be sure to take a look at the services of our Language Center.
Language of instruction:
The language of instruction for this program is German.
Which further expertise and skills will I acquire?
As a graduate, you understand systems in the agrarian and horticultural sectors. You are able to handle problems relating to quality production and marketing, whether with regard to food of plant or animal origin, or to non-food products. In addition, you can draw on discipline-specific knowledge as well as interdisciplinary knowledge of methodologies. In the process, you always act responsibly and are also conscious of how climate and environment, but also social and political aspects, determine basic conditions.
In terms of thinking and of working practices, you have a joined-up, analytical approach and you purposefully apply your knowledge of methods. Further, your experience of project modules enables you to translate your knowledge of theory into practice in a system-oriented manner. Deeper knowledge of chemical and biochemical analysis, of molecular genetics and biotechnology, of the analysis of material and energy flows in arable and horticultural ecosystems, as well as of business and market analysis, also serves as a foundation. Depending on your choice of specialization, you have at your disposal additional specialist knowledge of the area of agricultural sciences or horticultural sciences.
Which professional opportunities can I take up with this qualification?
This bachelor’s degree provides you with various career options: Students have chosen jobs as diverse as agricultural consulting, research in for example phytopathology or plantbreeding and economics, just to name a few. Nevertheless the TU München strongly encourages its students to continue education at graduate level – therefore every successful student is offered consecutive graduate studies. Possible programs are offered in agricultural sciences, renewable resources, horticultural sciences and coming soon agricultural management, as well. Since you will have completed the common basic curriculum in Weihenstephan, you may even opt to apply for graduate education at a different faculty, for example Biology or Consumer Economics.
Binding Regulations for Progression of Studies, Examinations and Application
Application and Admission
How does the application process work?
Admission requirements and the application procedure vary depending on the type of higher education entrance qualification you hold.
You must apply through the application portal at TUMonline. After completing the online application process, you will receive a list of documents you must submit to TUM in hard copy by the application deadline.
Applicants with an international higher education entrance qualification must have their documents reviewed in advance through uni-assist.
Which application documents do I need to submit?
- Online Application Print-out (signed)
- Final Secondary-School Examinations (certified copy)
- Letter of Motivation
- Complete and Current Résumé (CV)
- Confirmations of Apprenticeships, Internships or Other Qualifications where Appropriate
- Passport (copy)
- Most Current Photo (as for ID)
- Student Health Insurance Certificate
- Proof of German Language Proficiency (certified copy) - international applicants only
- Preliminary Documentation by uni-assist (copy) - international applicants only
We may require additional documents depending on the type of secondary school diploma you earned and your country of origin (e.g. GRE, GATE, APS). After completing the online application process, you will receive a list of documents you must submit to TUM in hard copy by the application deadline.
What application periods and deadlines do I need to meet?
Application period for winter semester: 15.05. - 15.07.
An application for the summer semester is only possible for higher upper-division semesters. Application deadline: 15.01.
Our online application portal TUMonline will create an application form and a checklist with the documents you have to hand in. The checklist shows which documents you need for admission and which for enrollment.
You must submit the signed application form and all documents you need for admission before the application deadline.
Please also submit the documents we need for your enrollment as soon as possible. If individual documents for enrollment are not available to you yet, you can hand them in up to five weeks after the start of the lecture period. However, we recommend that you submit all required documents well before the semester begins, as you will not be enrolled until all documents have been received.
Please check your TUMonline account regularly, to see if we have any queries to your documents or if you have to amend one or more documents.
On what basis does TUM select applicants for admission?
Selection takes place through an aptitude assessment procedure. Aptitude assessment is a two-part procedure evaluating your ability to successfully manage the particular qualitative requirements of the bachelor’s program.
In the first stage, your overall secondary school grades, your grades in subject-specific courses, and any relevant practical experience or additional qualifications will be evaluated using a point system. Depending on the amount of points accumulated, applicants are either immediately admitted, rejected or invited to an admissions interview.
Where can I find the online application portal?
The online application process takes place through our application portal TUMonline
Do I have to complete an internship?
The degree program encompasses 8 weeks of industrial internships, 4 weeks of practical courses and 4 excursion days.
What are my options after earning this degree?
After successful completion of a bachelor’s degree program, you are able to enter a profession. The team at Alumni & Career or the Career Service of the Academic Faculty of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences can assist you with questions regarding professional orientation, job search and job application.
After earning their bachelor’s degree, many students go on to pursue a master’s degree. These programs allow you to deepen your disciplinary knowledge or to expand it with a new field of study. The Student Academic Advising Office can assist you in selecting an appropriate master’s program.