Biology (Human and Molecular Biology) (B.Sc.)

The Bachelor degree programme ‘Biology (Human and Molecular Biology)’ is an innovative study programme at the interface of molecular biology and medicine. The programme adopts both a natural science and biomedical perspective and teaches undergraduates the theoretical and experimental foundations of the subject as well as the scientific principles underlying modern life sciences.


The six-semester Bachelor’s degree programme in Biology, which concludes with the award of a Bachelor of Science degree (B.Sc.), aims to enable students to solve problems at the boundary of biology and medicine by applying the principles of natural science. By making use of leading-edge experimental and computer-aided methods, students will in a short space of time acquire the professional skills demanded of today’s biologists in both research and industrial environments. The main focus of the teaching curriculum is to provide students with a broad theoretical understanding of the subject and to acquaint them with the numerous experimental methods and techniques used today – making the programme highly relevant to the present-day graduate job market. In addition to subject-specific qualifications, vocationally relevant skills such as the ability to communicate effectively, to work in a team, and organizational skills also play an important role. Students will have the opportunity to undertake work placements (internships) that offer them early insight into areas of interest and potential future employment. The B.Sc. programme is also a prerequisite for the more strongly research-oriented Master’s programme (currently being planned) that follows-on from and builds on the knowledge gained in the Bachelor’s programme.


In the first phase of the modular B.Sc. programme (semesters 1–3) students will acquire a solid grounding in the core areas of modern biology and the underlying scientific principles. Students will be taught early on in their degree the methods and skills that are indispensible in modern-day life sciences.  The second phase (semester 4–6) concentrates on the main focus of the programme, namely human and molecular biology, with undergraduates able to select subjects and areas of particular interest from a broad array of compulsory elective modules. The key topics covered in the fields of human and molecular biology allow students to gain a broad scientific education that is well-suited to careers in the areas of biomedicine, biopharmaceutics, molecular biology and biotechnology.


An inter-faculty  Human and Molecular Biology Centre (ZHMB) is responsible for the design and realization of the Bachelor’s degree programme. Teaching and research are managed jointly by the Faculty of Natural Science and Technology III and the Faculty of Medicine, with the work carried out at the campus sites in Saarbrücken and Homburg.

 

Programme schedule

The six-semester Bachelor’s degree programme is a modular curriculum that offers established and proven modules in the areas of microbiology, molecular biology, cell biology, biochemistry, botany, genetics/epigenetics, human genetics, physiology, neurobiology, virology, pharmacology/toxicology, developmental biology and structural biology, as well as newly conceived modules in the areas medical biology, immunology, anatomy, pathobiochemistry and bioinformatics.


An important feature of the B.Sc. curriculum is it interdisciplinary combination of subjects. Fundamental biological and scientific ideas are dealt with in the compulsory modules in the first three semesters.


In the 4th and 5th semesters, students take a total of six taught courses drawn from a wide range of compulsory elective modules that comprises six molecular biology modules and eight human biology modules. The more flexible and student-centred approach taken in semesters 4 and 5 makes this period in the degree programme the ideal time for students to integrate a study abroad period. Students can apply for financial assistance to help fund their study abroad initiatives.


In the 6th semester, students must complete an eight-week advanced module and must then select a specialist area from the wide range of disciplines in the life sciences and medicine in which they will carry out experimental studies that will form the basis of their final-year Bachelor’s project. It is also possible for students to choose an area of specialization in the neighbouring fields of chemistry, biophysics and bioinformatics.


The compulsory and compulsory elective courses are supplemented by language courses, such as ‘English for natural scientists’, and by a wide array of elective subjects. In addition to biological subjects, students can select essentially any other elective module offered by the university.  Biological elective modules can include, for instance, participation in excursions to study the developmental biology of marine organisms, compiling and drafting a short scientific publication, courses dealing with ethical issues in medicine and biology, the organization of a student conference, or working as a course tutor or student assistant.

Relevant documentation

 


Regulations:

Examination regulations

Study regulations


Programme structure:

Study plan

Module catalogue

 

Amending regulation (expected to take effect from WS 2009/10)

Amending regulation

How to apply

Admission information:
The B.Sc. programme ‘Biology (Human and Molecular Biology)’ begins in the winter semester of each academic year. Entry to the programme is subject to (local) restrictions.


Applications for admission must be submitted by no later than


15 July


to the following address:

Saarland University
Studierendensekretariat / Admissions Office
Postfach 11 15 50
66041 Saarbrücken

Germany


Please note: Slightly different admission rules apply to German and foreign nationals with a non-German higher-education entrance qualification (for more information: see here or see "University Entrance Requirements – At a Glance").

International programmes

In order to link the teaching and research activities in molecular biology at Saarland University with those at the Université Louis Pasteur de Strasbourg, the two universities have established an integrated Franco-German Bachelor’s degree in molecular biology in which participating students spend three semesters at the partner university in the other country. After completing an experimental study for their final-year Bachelor’s project at the partner university, students will be awarded a French-German double degree. In addition to this binational Bachelor’s degree programme, the universities are also planning a Franco-German Master’s degree and a German-French graduate school.

Related higher degrees

A Master’s degree in biology offering graduates an opportunity to undertake advanced studies in the fields of human and molecular biology will be introduced at Saarland University in winter semester 2011/2012 to coincide with the first graduates from the B.Sc. programme.


Saarland University also offers an interfaculty Master’s degree programme  biotechnology that has been designed as a post-graduate programme open to graduates from the disciplines biology, bioinformatics, chemistry or pharmacy.

Contacts

Course advisor
Prof. Dr. Manfred Schmitt
Campus Saarbrücken, Bldg. A1 5
66123 Saarbrücken

Germany
Tel.: + 49 (0) 6 81 / 302-47 30
E-Mail: mjs@microbiol.uni-sb.de

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Study coordinator for Biology and ZHMB
Dr. Björn Diehl
Campus Saarbrücken, Building A1 5, Level 1
Tel.: + 49 (0) 681 / 3 02-39 26/ - 35 43
E-Mail: b.diehl(at)mx.uni-saarland.de

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