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Biological Chemistry.

Biological Chemistry is an academic degree program in natural and life sciences providing students with an understanding of chemistry as well as the underlying principles at the interface of chemical and biological processes in living systems. During the program, students focus on the pathways in chemistry that are vital for the function and analysis of living systems, such as fields in biology dominated by chemical interactions. The double Bachelor’s degree program is offered by the JKU Linz together with the University of South Bohemia (USB) in Budweis (České Budějovice). Spanning two countries, this English-language program combines the academics of both universities, offering students two distinctive learning environments and English proficiency.

Your Benefits

  • Comprehensive education in base-knowledge chemistry
  • Education in microbiology and molecular biology based on an understanding of biochemistry
  • Well-rounded, international academic experience abroad
  • Improve your proficiency in English
  •  Dual Bachelor's degree program

Bachelor's Degree in
Biological Chemistry

Degree

Double Bachelor's Degrees:
Bachelor of Science (BSc)
Bachelor (Bc)

Duration

6 Semesters

Locations

Linz and Budweis

ECTS

180 Credit

Language

English

Program Objectives, Job Opportunities, Career Prospects

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES

Students who successfully complete the academic degree program in Biological Chemistry qualify for careers requiring solid expertise and international experience in the field of chemistry and biology. After completing the Bachelor's degree program, students will have solid base knowledge of chemistry, including general, organic, inorganic, analytical and physical chemistry as well as molecular biology and bioanalytics. The two distinct learning environments at each university mean that students not only develop critical thinking and problem-based learning skills, they also cultivate cross-cultural communication skills in order to work effectively across borders as part of an interdisciplinary team. The international, double-degree program provides graduates with a broad foundation in modern sciences and graduates have outstanding career prospects.

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Students who successfully complete the Bachelor’s degree program in Biological Chemistry are qualified to pursue professions in Austria or abroad at

  • at research facilities, medical laboratories
  • in production and quality control at biotechnology and chemical companies, such as for medical products, pharmaceuticals, biopolymers, cosmetics, natural products, fibers, etc.
  • at offices, agencies, and authorities (such as environmental, employee, and consumer protection as well as licensing offices for chemical and biological products and/or processes)

Following the successful completion of the Bachelor’s degree program, a large number of students opt to continue their studies by enrolling in the Master’s degree program.

ADVANCED DEGREES AT THE JKU

Recommended Study Plan

As part of the Bachelor’s degree program, students are required to complete courses totaling 180 ECTS credits in the following areas:

SEMESTER S1* S2* S3** S4** S5* S6***
General and Inorganic Chemistry x x        
Analytical Chemistry x x     x  
Mathematics and Physics x x     x x
General Skills x   x      
Molecular Biology   x x x    
Organic Chemistry x x   x x  

Biochemistry

    x x    
Biology     x x    
Informatics       x x  
Physical Chemistry   x     x x
Free Electives           x
Bachelor's Thesis           x
Bachelor's Examination (State Exam)           x

*JKU Linz **USB ***JKU/USB

The curriculum is available in the download center below or contact the Office of Studies Information and Academic Advising Services (SiBS).

Additional Information

The degree program includes attending two universities: 1st, 2nd and 5th semester: JKU Linz (A); 3rd and 4th semester: USB Budweis (CZ); 6th semester: JKU Linz (A) / USB Budweis (CZ).

See the Institute for Organic Chemistry for additional information.

Admission Requirements

  • General higher education entrance qualifications (such as an Austrian "Matura" diploma)
  • English Language skills on Level B2 (Matura level) recommended.
  • Contact the Zulassungsservice for additional information about the admission requirements.

Still Have Questions?

Do you need help registering or do you have questions about the program? Contact the JKU's Office of Student Information and Academic Advising (SIBS)!