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Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)

Sustainability and environmental protection are becoming increasingly important – in industry, society, politics, education and research. Bioeconomics strives toward the transition from fossil to biogenic raw materials.

TUM - Campus Straubing for Biotechnology and Sustainability

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?

The bachelor’s degree program in Bioeconomics at the TUM Campus Straubing for Biotechnology and Sustainability incorporates various scientific disciplines in which the natural sciences work closely with the economic sciences across disciplinary boundaries. Students gain an understanding of environmental economics and economics enabling them to work with biological, chemical and technical principles and methods, as well as to think in and further develop local and global cyclic processes. By combining chemistry, engineering and the life sciences with micro- and macroeconomics, students gain comprehensive knowledge in the field of efficient and sustainable use of biogenic resources.

For a comprehensive description of the program, please refer to the degree program documentation:

How is the program structured?

In the first two semesters, important mathematical, scientific, environmental and economic fundamentals are acquired. From the third semester onwards, knowledge in the core areas of chemistry, physics, biology and business administration will be deepened. In the fifth semester, emphasis is placed on elective modules. The tandem module combines two specialist areas, so that a solution to a concrete problem can be developed in a structured and cross-disciplinary manner. The program concludes with the bachelor’s thesis.

In detail:

1st Semester: Mathematics, Economics, General Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Cell and Microbiology, Business Administration

2nd Semester: Organic Chemistry, Circular Economy of Biogenic Resources, Statistics, Introduction to Informatics, Thermodynamics of Mixtures and Material Transport, Marketing and Innovation, Sustainable Supply Chain Management

3rd Semester: Green Chemistry, Technical Thermodynamics, Production of Biogenic Resources, Environmental Sociology, Accounting and Controlling

4th Semester: Applied Methods of Empirical Bioeconomics, Chemical and Thermal Process Engineering, Energy Technology and Systems, Ecology and Environmental Management, Life Cycle Analysis, Introduction to Environmental and Resource Economics

5th Semester: Bioprocess Engineering
Elective modules (total 20 credits)
General-education elective module (total 5 credits)

6th Semester: Tandem Module Trans- and Interdisciplinary Research in Bioeconomics, Governance of Bioeconomics, Mapping of Bachelor's Thesis

Elective modules: 20 credits must be obtained from the following list

Introduction to energy storage, practical course in general process Engineering

Medicinal and aromatic plants, production and development of lignucellulosic biomass

Biochemistry, biomass use, biopolymers

Business Administration/Economics:
Introduction to development economics, finance, renewable raw materials markets

General Education Elective modules: 5 credits must be obtained from the following list
English (discipline specific), Spanish, Communication and Presentation, Project Management

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 usually German. This means that most of the modules are offered in German. Some courses may, however, be taught in English. The language of instruction for each module is detailed in the module overview. To learn more about the language of instruction for each module, contact the departmental student academic advisor of this program. 

Which further expertise and skills will I acquire?

Specifically, graduates of the bachelor's program in Bioeconomics acquire the following skills and abilities:

  • They understand business and economic processes and are familiar with models and methods for evaluating the effects of bio-based innovations on industry, the economy and society.
  • They understand environmental and resource economic issues and are familiar with methods and procedures for evaluating them in industry, national economies and society and integrating them into decision-making.
  • They master mathematical and scientific methods in order to abstract and analyze problems in their basic structure.
  • They have basic knowledge of the natural sciences and engineering, are familiar with methods of analysis, modeling, simulation and design, and are able to apply these.
  • They are able to recognize and understand operational change processes.
  • They can work successfully in teams and communicate their results.
  • They are able to identify and manage inter- and transdisciplinary problems taking into account business, economic and scientific contexts.
  • They are able to independently acquire new knowledge in relevant fields.
  • They have become acquainted with selected fields of technology and are thus able to bridge the gap between basic natural and engineering sciences and economic applications.
  • They have acquired non-technical qualifications by way of example and are, thus, sensitized to the non-technical requirements of professional activity, particularly as regards political processes.
  • Their interdisciplinary knowledge in the field of Bioeconomics enables them to plan projects independently and to pursue careers in industry, research and consultancy.

Which professional opportunities can I take up with this qualification?

Highly qualified graduates with inter- and transdisciplinary understanding are in demand for the rapidly growing areas of activity in Bioeconomics. Graduates of the bachelor’s program in Bioeconomics can support and shape a sustainable bio-based economy. This applies in particular to the complex conversion of the raw material base from fossil resources to the renewable resources of the energy and chemical industries, which deal with the production, use and economy of biogenic resources.

Binding Regulations for Progression of Studies, Examinations and Application

Application and Admission

How do I apply? (start of program in winter semester 2019/20)

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 are the steps of the application process?
What admissions requirements do I need to fulfill?

Which documents do I need to submit? (start of program in winter semester 2019/20)

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 deadlines do I need to meet? (start of program in winter semester 2019/20)

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 before the application deadline

When applying with an international higher education entrance qualification, please be sure to complete the application for your VPD Certificate before 15.07. (winter semester) or 15.01. (summer semester) and submit proof of your German language proficiency before the application deadline.

Should you wish to apply as a qualified professional, please submit proof of successfully completing at least 2 years of vocational training and of at least 3 years of subsequent full-time work experience before the application deadline.

Please also submit the other required documents by the end of the application deadline so we can process your application.

If individual documents (except the above listed) are not available to you in time, 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?

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?

This degree program does not encompass a compulsory internship nor is an internship a requirement for admission. However, it is recommendable, as a rule, to gain practical experience as soon as possible.

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.

◾Contact: Student Academic Advising Office
◾Info pages: Master’s degree programs at TUM
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