Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)

The program covers a broad spectrum of fundamentals relating to the natural sciences, as well as all key subdisciplines in biology, in particular genetics, microbiology, ecology, plant sciences, zoology / animal science, and cross-disciplinary life sciences, such as biochemistry or bioinformatics.

TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan

Key Data

Type of Study
  • Full Time
Required Language Proficiency Language of Instruction
  • German
Main Locations
Admission Category Start of Degree Program
  • Winter Semester (October)
Standard Duration of Studies
(Number of Semesters)
  • 6 semesters fulltime
Credits Costs

Information on Degree Program

What does this program cover?

In addition to a broad spectrum of fundamentals relating to the natural sciences (around 20% of the program, specifically lectures and accompanying internships in inorganic, organic and physical chemistry, and experimental physics, as well as lectures and exercise modules in mathematics and statistics), the program covers fundamentals of the classic biological disciplines of botany, zoology, microbiology and genetics (around 20%, lectures and internships relating to each discipline). Interdisciplinary and comparative lectures (human and animal physiology, plant physiology, ecology) broaden students' knowledge and round out the program. Modern disciplines in biology, such as cell biology, bioinformatics, or biochemistry (lecture and internship) are the subject of required modules. Overarching themes such as evolution, genomics, or developmental genetics are covered in wide-ranging required modules during advanced semesters. Questions concerning social relevance and how to handle scientific findings are discussed extensively among groups of students together with university educators. Students are to complete a general education subject. In the 5th and 6th semesters, students can, in accordance to their own interests, select modules from a very extensive list and from at least 3 to 5 possible biological areas (genetics, microbiology, ecology, plant sciences, zoology / animal sciences, and cross-disciplinary life sciences – these modules account for around 20% of the entire program). In particular, students have the opportunity to complete advanced internships and research internships working within groups of scientists, or to participate in the excursions on offer. After six semesters, the program concludes with a research-oriented thesis completed over a three month period.

How is the program structured?

  • The first four semesters impart fundamental principles of the natural sciences and provide an overview of the subdisciplines in biology. This is accompanied by internships. 
  • From the fifth semester onward, required elective modules introduce the first specialized course content.
  • 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?

Graduates have at their disposal in-depth knowledge of the foundations of natural science, including inorganic, organic, physical and biochemistry as well as physics and mathematics, and they can relate these foundations to biological phenomena and problems. They possess theoretical and practical skills in the areas of zoology, botany, microbiology, genetics and biochemistry, allowing them to pursue and further develop biological experimental approaches. They have in-depth, hands-on experience of modern biological and technical tools and can employ these largely upon their own initiative. Wide-ranging technical training and methodical competence enable them to analyze and assess the potential of, and limits to, approaches to biological problems used in the natural and human sciences. They can relate individual biological disciplines to one another, whether with reference to e.g. molecules and ecosystems, or to research into evolution and genetic technologies, and possess knowledge of interdisciplinary areas such as biogeography. Following a one-semester course, in which the societal challenges of biology are actively discussed, graduates are aware of the scientific and social relevance of research in the life sciences and can assess such research accordingly. Through research internships in ongoing scientific projects, graduates acquire deep insight into current research: how to handle high-end tools, process scientific data, assess and interpret test results, and discuss these results. They can read, understand and, for the most part, interpret as well as critically question original scientific publications. A research-oriented thesis demonstrates graduates’ ability to conduct largely independent scientific work.

Which professional opportunities can I take up with this qualification?

Completion of the bachelor's program qualifies graduates to work under instruction and/or independently in life science laboratories, in adult education, in administration in specialist departments of government agencies, or in various industry sectors; however, students of natural sciences such as biology are especially recommended to embark upon, e.g., a consecutive master's program.

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  

In detail:

What application periods and deadlines do I need to meet?

Application period for winter semester 2018/19: 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?

The Aptitude Recommendation is a mandatory part of the application process. It 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 or invited to a mandatory interview.

Where can I find the online application portal?

Do I have to complete an internship?

While industrial internships are not required, lab courses are a requirement throughout the courses.

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 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.