Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
The interdisciplinary degree program in Renewable Resources covers the entire value added chain of renewable resources, from breeding and cultivation to harvest, utilization and marketing.TUM - Campus Straubing for Biotechnology and Sustainability
Information on Degree Program
What does this program cover?
The interdisciplinary bachelor's program in Renewable Resources provides students with fundamental knowledge of the natural, life, and engineering sciences. It covers the entire value-added chain as regards renewable resources, from plant-breeding and cultivation through harvesting and the use of crops for the purposes of energy and as raw materials to marketing. Throughout, the central focus is on economic as well as ecological aspects.
How is the program structured?
You will start off with the necessary fundamentals in biology, chemistry, engineering, and economics and business administration. A further focus lies on the production of biogenic resources through agriculture and forestry, e.g. breeding, cropping, and harvesting. In the course of the program you will study ecology including sustainability, ecosystems, and stressphysiology. Emphasis is placed on the energetical and industrial use of renewable resources, including but not limited to electricity and energy conservation as well as biopolymers and biorefinery. In addition, you will recieve a thorough overview of the political and economic aspects, management and marketing of biogenic resources. The final semester is dedicated to the bachelor’s thesis required of every student.
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?
As a graduate, you are familiar with all of the central aspects of the value creation process relating to renewable resources. Given your interdisciplinary knowledge of the areas of agriculture and forestry, the use of resources for chemical and material purposes and to generate energy, as well as of economics, you are able to analyze complex systems in relation to your discipline.
You can design sustainable agricultural, agroforestry, and forestry systems for the production of biogenic resources. Your knowledge of methodologies enables you to assess the quality of resources. Furthermore, you will have acquired a sound knowledge of the fundamentals of relevant disciplines: chemistry, biotechnology, economics, ecology, and power engineering.
Which professional opportunities can I take up with this qualification?
Should you decide to embark upon a professional career after successfully completing the bachelor's program, opportunities arise in the energy sector, manufacturing, and mechanical and plant engineering, as well as at producers of renewable resources. Service and consultancy sectors, as well as public administrative bodies and research, offer further opportunities.
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.
Students who earned their higher education entrance qualification in a non-German language school in another country and whose native language is not German must take part in an admissions interview to assess their subject-specific language skills.
Where can I find the online application portal?
Do I have to complete an internship?
A mandatory internship is part of the degree program.
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.