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Course offerings

The faculty of Biological Sciences offers a broad range of courses to freshman and to students who have already completed an undergraduate degree.

Prospective students will find a compilation of all course offerings inside the information brochures which are offered on the FSU student information page of the faculty.
The brochures may be downloaded as pdf.

Currently, the following courses in the fields of biology, food science and pharmacy are offered:



The Bachelor's Degree in Biology consists of the branches chemistry, mathematics/ biostatistics, physics/ biophysics, zoology, botany, microbiology, cell biology, biochemistry, physiology, genetics and ecology. The first part of the study path (1st and 2nd academic year) is the same for all students. The second part (3rd academic year) allows all students - through a wide range of advanced modules - to specialize in a biological subdomain, to orientate towards a chosen occupational area or to focus on a consecutive master's program. The advanced modules can be chose from four areas of specializations: evolution, ecology and systematics, microbiology, molecular life sciences and neurosciences.

  Institut für Allgemeine Botanik

The University of Jena is one of the few German universities that offer very complex and highly specialized studies in Biochemistry/ Molecular biology. Due to the main focus on "molecular biology" the University of Jena sets a strong biological emphasis during the studies. Basis of the program is the scientific education in the fields of biochemistry, biophysics, experimental medicine, genetics, molecular biology, theoretical biology and cell biology. Furthermore, students will receive general education in the subjects of botany, microbiology, zoology, mathematics/ biostatistics, physics and in particular chemistry. The first part of the study path (1st and 2nd academic year) is the same for all students. The second part of the study path (3rd academic year) contains two basic modules "Biochemical and biological methods" and "Experimental medicine" and a wide range of advanced modules that allow students to orientate towards a chosen occupational area or to focus on a consecutive master's program.

  Zentrum für Molekulare Biomedizin

The University of Jena offers students from a non-scientific major the rare opportunity to choose Life sciences as a Supplementary subject and thus to combine a humane or social discipline with a scientific subject. Thereby, the university reflects the fact that biological issues become more and more important in order to find answers for questions which affect society as a whole and in addition it accounts for the increasing importance of biological expertise in non-scientific fields. Thus, students are given the possibility to combine life sciences with subjects like sports science, education, philosophy or German studies. The subject life science conveys primarily the theoretical foundations of subdomains of modern "life sciences" with particular social relevance. For the study of the supplementary subject life science you can choose five modules fitting your interests. You can select modules from the following fields: zoology, botany, ecology, microbiology, genetics, bioinformatics, biochemistry, food science and pharmacy.


The Bachelor's Supplementary subject History of science provides the ability to a critical historical and methodological reflection on academics in general and science in particular. Therefore, the subject can be combined with a wide range of majors. The challenge and appeal of the subject is the border crossing between disciplines, since the object of this field are the sciences, but the procedure is based on historical, cultural-scientific and sociological methods. The research focus of the Institute history of medicine, science and technology "Ernst-Haeckel-Haus" lies on the history of science since 1800, the history of biology and contemporary history. Picking up on the idea of the unity of research and teaching, the course is based on the entire width of the natural sciences ranging from antiquity to the 20th century with a particular focus on the history of life sciences and physics.


Food science (trophology) is a complex subject which is focused on the proper nutrition in order to preserve and strengthen human health and performance as well as the metabolic processes regarding human nutrition. Trophology - as opposed to ecotrophology (nutritional combined with domestic science) - is a scientific subject. Nutritionists work on a multi-disciplinary scientific foundation in order to solve problems on a molecular, cellular and organic level. On the basis of a comprehensive scientific and biomedical education they gain knowledge on the interdisciplinary field of nutrition which has a biochemical and molecular biological background. This background includes the fields of physics, mathematics, biostatistics, chemistry, molecular/ micro and human biology, hygiene, nutrition physiology, bio-/ food chemistry, human nutrition and food technology.

  Poster Ernaehrungswissenschaften

The scientific observation and explanation of all life processes is at the center of the subject of biology. Formally the biology is divided into botany, zoology, physiology, microbiology and cross-disciplines such as genetics, ecology and molecular biology. The aim of the Teaching degree Biology is to enable soon to be biology teachers to give modern lessons with a focus on experiments. Initially all subject mentioned above are mandatory for the students; during the main studies you can choose a specification. The subject "didactics of biology" provides insight into the "what", "how", and "why" of teaching and learning. In this class academic content for teaching will be reviewed and transformed into concrete suggestions that can be integrated into the classroom. You will learn to classify and evaluate current issues with a biological background, for example creationism, sustainability and resource management, animal and plant health, as well as the ethical treatment of plants and animals.


Pharmacy is the science of drugs. The focus of the subject is the development, manufacturing, testing, storage, distribution and risk assessment of pharmaceuticals as well as the information and consulting on pharmaceuticals in the area of health care. In addition, historic, legal and clinical aspects are taught. Both the training and the practice of the pharmacist profession are regulated by the licensing regulations for pharmacists (AAppO). The university studies lead to the state examination, additional to that the one interested in research can aim for the diploma. The studies contain the five major areas pharmaceutical/ medical chemistry, pharmaceutical biology, pharmaceutical technology, biopharmaceutics, pharmacology/ toxicology and clinical pharmacy. The course is split into two study periods (with a duration of two years each). After four semesters, which include a pharmacy-orientated basic scientific training on chemistry, pharmaceutical biology, physics, drug morphology, physiology and pharmaceutical analytics, the first section of the pharmaceutical examination takes place. During the second part you will learn to develop, produce, examine and evaluate drugs. The second part is finished with the second section of the pharmaceutical examination.

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For questions concerning study programs and courses of studies you can contact the advisors of the Faculty, the person in charge of the study programs or the Student Service Centre of the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena.

In addition, the student councils gives advice and answer questions concerning your studies. If you have not already made up your mind which subject to study, the university information day may provide valuable information for you.


During the studies on gets a good insight into the teaching and research of the institutes and departments at the Faculty of Biological Sciences.