Chemical Biotechnology

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)

The interdisciplinary bachelor's degree program in Chemical Biotechnology on Campus Straubing aims to meet the rising demand in the chemical industry for highly skilled engineers and scientists.

TUM - Campus Straubing for Biotechnology and Sustainability

Key Data

Type of Study
  • Full Time
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?

Industrial biotechnology, best described as chemical biotechnology, is one of the key technologies for making conventional industrial processes more cost-effective and ecologically friendly, as well as for tapping renewable resources for industrial purposes. The development of processes in biotechnology therefore demands interplay between biology, chemistry, and process engineering.

From this point of view, the aim of the bachelor's program in Chemical Biotechnology is to cultivate comprehensive knowledge of a combination of topics in chemistry, engineering, and biosciences that is tailored to the area of conversion processes, as these relate to biotechnology and chemical substances.

How is the program structured?

  • The first two semesters deal with the relevant fundamentals of mathematics and the natural sciences.
  • From the third semester onwards, these are built upon through the cultivation of advanced knowledge relating to the three main areas of chemistry, molecular biology, and process engineering. From the forth semester onwards, students can begin to partially specialize through their choice of various elective modules.
  • In the fifth and sixth semesters, students build upon their chosen specialty by completing a major research internship and the bachelor’s thesis.



Which further expertise and skills will I acquire?

The bachelor's program in Chemical Biotechnology conveys the scientific and technological fundamentals and general content of the core disciplines of chemistry, molecular biology, and process engineering, as well as cultivating the associated skills required for practical laboratory work and scientific experiments. These skills are acquired during the course of extensive practical lab modules.

As a graduate, you can draw upon your interdisciplinary knowledge of chemical biotechnology to independently plan projects. You are also able to pursue a professional career in industry and research that directly relates to your education and training.

Which professional opportunities can I take up with this qualification?

Given the intensive cultivation of practical, methodological, and analytical skills, the bachelor's program in Chemical Biotechnology provides you first and foremost with a degree that qualifies you for a professional career. By way of example, you have the opportunity to work as an engineer in the chemical industry or as a scientist at a research institute, be it within a university or independent of such an institution, or at a state authority. After the successful completion of the bachelor's program in Chemical Biotechnology, you can pursue a master's program with a similarly interdisciplinary profile so as to accrue a further qualification required for a highly skilled scientific occupation.

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:

Which application documents do I need to submit?

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 before the application deadline. We also need the documents for admission in order to process your application.

When applying with an international higher education entrance qualification, please be sure to complete the application for your VPD Certificate before the end of the application period and also submit proof of your German language proficiency before this deadline.

Should you with 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.

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?

This is a program with unrestricted access. There is no selection procedure.  You will receive confirmation of your application after submission of the online application and all documents in a formally correct manner by the deadline.

During your first year of studies, the "Grundlagen- and Orientierungsprüfung" has to be completed. It consists of six examinations based on the mandatory modules in mathematics, physics, statistics, general chemistry, physical chemistry and basics of organic chemistry. 

Do I have to complete an internship?

An internship is not required for admission to this program.

From the first semester onwards, skills required for practical laboratory work and scientific experiments are acquired during the course of extensive internship modules. In the fifth semester, a major research internship worth 10 CP accompanies your studies.

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. 


Questions about application and admission:
Phone: +49 89 289 22245
In Person: Arcisstr. 21, Room 0144

Contact Hours

Central Student Advising

Arcisstr. 21, Room 0144
80333 Munich


Appointments must be arranged by phone in advance.

Departmental Student Advising Margit Klier-Richter
Schulgasse 22, Room 01.010
94315 Straubing
Tel. +49 9421 187 166