In the 1st and 2nd year of study the essential scientific and biological basic knowledge is imparted. In the field of biology, a basic introduction to the subject of biology and scientific work is given. Cell biology treats the cell as the basic building block of life right at the beginning of the course. The range extends from molecular biology (biochemistry, physiology, genetics, microbiology) to the organismic biosciences in botany and zoology to the complex mechanisms of action in ecology and evolution. Furthermore, the basic contents of statistics, physics and general chemistry are taught. The theoretical knowledge transfer is deepened and supplemented in many practical exercises to the lectures.
In the 3rd academic year, the emphasis is on a practical deepening of the basics acquired so far. Students have the opportunity to choose three of 16 specialized modules. These modules consist of a short theoretical part and a large practical part. The practical work is carried out in small groups under very good supervision by the students in the laboratories of the university or in the field. The focus of the training is on the acquisition of methodological competences in the offered molecular biological, organismic and ecosystem subjects.
In addition to scientific content, students have the opportunity to acquire key qualifications and/or language skills and to participate in liberal studies within the framework of the supplementary areas.
In the second half of the third academic year, a laboratory practice phase in a research laboratory (six-week orientation internship and an eight-week in-depth internship), which serves to deepen the knowledge, takes place, during which the students are prepared for independent work in the laboratory.