Faculty of Chemistry and Earth SciencesChemistry – Bachelor 50%

Chemistry is primarily an experimental science which considers the development, characteristics and transformation of matter.

Facts & Formalities

DegreeBachelor of Science
Type of programmeUndergraduate
Start of programmeWinter semester only
Standard period of study6 semesters
Language(s) of instructionGerman and English
Fees and contributions171.75 € / Semester
Application procedureSubjects with entrance examination procedure
Application deadlinesInformation about deadlines can be obtained after you have put together a degree program.
Teaching degree optionYes

Course Content

Graduates of the Bachelor’s degree programme in Chemistry possess theoretical and practical knowledge and skills in the field of chemistry. They have fundamental, structured subject knowledge in inorganic, organic and physical chemistry. Graduates are able to apply their subject knowledge across the subdisciplines of Chemistry and are able to take an independent and critical approach to new topic areas. In addition, they have a solid understanding of fundamental working techniques and methods and are able to use these to solve simple research questions within the field of chemistry. They are also able to document, interpret and present experimental results.

Where Chemistry is studied with the Teaching Degree option the cross-disciplinary element of the degree programme enables students to gain fundamental knowledge in specialised didactics and education studies, as well as initial experience of working in a school. Where the Bachelor’s degree programme in Chemistry is studied with the Teaching Degree option, it prepares students to undertake a Master of Education with the aim of becoming a teacher in a German secondary school (Gymnasium).

Where it is studied with the Interdisciplinary option, Chemistry may be studied with a weighting of 50% in combination with a second science. This qualifies graduates to pursue further study, namely a research-orientated, interdisciplinary Master of Science.

Course Structure

The Bachelor’s degree programme in Chemistry with a weighting of 50% is studied in combination with a second Bachelor’s degree programme with a weighting of 50%. 

Choosing to complete the degree programme with the Teaching Degree option enables students to study Chemistry in combination with another subject which would be relevant in the teaching profession (visual arts, biology, Chinese, German, English, Evangelical theory, French, geography, history, Greek, computer science, Italian, Jewish religious education, Latin, mathematics, music (cooperation with the University of Mannheim), philosophy/ethics, physics, politics, Russian, Spanish, sport, economics), and prepares students to complete a Master of Education with the aim of teaching in a German secondary school (Gymnasium). 

The Interdisciplinary option allows students to study Chemistry in combination with a second scientific subject (biology, geography, computer science, mathematics, physics). The cross-disciplinary elements of the degree programme give students the opportunity to select classes and courses which may be of relevance to their future career, and which may help them fulfil the admission requirements for a subsequent Master’s degree programme. The Bachelor’s degree programme in Chemistry with a weighting of 50% does not legally entitle students to enrol in the consecutive Master’s degree programme in Chemistry. 

In both of the instances described above, the first major subject is the subject in which the student writes his or her Bachelor’s thesis. If the student’s other major subject is biology, geography, computer science, mathematics or physics, the Bachelor’s thesis must generally be completed in Chemistry. 

The Bachelor’s degree programme in Chemistry with a 50% weighting consists in lectures and courses in inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, safety and hazardous substances,  as well as in basic courses in mathematics and physics. At the end of the Bachelor’s degree programme in Chemistry, students sit a final oral examination and complete a Bachelor’s thesis in an area of research relevant to Chemistry.