Can humans being be cloned? What does having a metabolic disorder mean? Biochemistry allows you to explore the building blocks of life. You learn the terminiology used in two major disciplines and work as a solution-oriented facilitator at the interface of biology and chemistry.
Biological Chemistry is a stand-out, multidisciplinary, and transnational academic degree program offered jointly by the Johannes Kepler University Linz (AT) and the University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice (CZ).
Students here focus on a base-knowledge understanding of various types of chemistry in an effort to better understand biological processes. An inherent part of the program includes hands-on laboratory courses as well as a strong focus on chemistry and life sciences. All of the courses in the program are offered in English, giving you an opportunity to hone your language skills and actively take part in a stimulating international environment.
Graduates of the Bachelor's degree program are highly sought-after and in high demand in the job market. Graduates can also opt to pursue a Master's degree in a STEM field.
Dual Bachelor's degrees:
Bachelor of Science (BSc)
Linz and Budweis (CZ)
English (Level B2)
This program requires studying at two universities and splitting your time between each university. The structure is as follows:
As part of the Bachelor’s degree program, students are required to complete courses totaling 180 ECTS credits in the following areas:
Newly enrolled students are required to complete the StEOP (= Studieneingangs- und Orientierungsphase) requirements at the start of the Bachelor's degree program. The StEOP courses are outlined in the curriculum. You will be limited in the number of classes you can sign up for until you have successfully passed all of the required StEOP courses. The curriculum is available below under Downloads & Services. Additional information about the Bachelor's degree program in Biological Chemistry is available on the Institute of Organic Chemistry's homepage.
The undergraduate degree program in Biological Chemistry focuses on the following:
You will learn to work across disciplines and in a solution-oriented capacity, acquiring these key skills and expertise:
Did you know that ...?
...the small fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster) has been the source of 5 Nobel Prizes? This particular fruit fly's genome is actually quite similar to our genome so over the past 100 years, this fruit fly has been used as a model organism.
A video recording presenting the program during the 2021 JKU Open Days *Online
Duration: 28 minutes
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Graduates of the Bachelor's degree program in Biological Chemistry are qualified to pursue an internationally-oriented, professional career in the following areas:
Many graduates also opt to continue on in their studies and pursue a graduate degree!
In order to be admitted to the Bachelor's degree program, you must fulfill the following requirements.
No, you don't have to commute between both universities; you will spend an academic year at each respective university. The first year of the program is at the JKU in Linz, Austria, and the second academic year is at USB in České Budějovice, Czechia. The fifth semester is at the JKU again, and your time during the sixth semester is spent divided between both universities (writing the Bachelor's thesis, studying for the final exam).
There are two options:
You can choose between student housing (directly on campus), private housing (also on campus), or private shared housing (students usually have several options near the university).
Once you successfully finish the program, you will be awarded two Bachelor degrees: a Bakalar (Bc.) and a Bachelor of Science (BSc.).
The program requires completing two hands-on theses: a more "biologically oriented" thesis at USB (which is to be written during the second year. It can take up to a year to write the thesis depending on the topic but it is not too difficult to combine it with presentations). The final Bachelor's thesis at the JKU focuses more on chemistry and can be completed in approximately 3-4 weeks.
See the curriculum, opens an external URL in a new window for detailed information about the required courses, subject areas, and when you should take these courses. Additional information about the subject areas (prerequisites, ECTS credits, etc.) is available in the online course catalog, opens an external URL in a new window.
After completing your undergraduate degree, you can continue your education by pursuing an advanced degree:
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