Chemistry (B.Sc.)

Chemistry is concerned with the fundamental laws and principles required to understand the properties of materials and the transformations they undergo in chemical reactions. The analytical, synthetic and theoretical methods used in chemical science continue to develop at an extremely rapid pace.

 

The Bachelor’s degree programme in chemistry, which concludes with the award of a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree, aims to acquaint students with the foundations and scientific principles of the subject. Building on this base, students will then be taught the current techniques and methodologies needed for them to solve technical and scientific problems of a chemical nature, thus equipping them with the skills and vocational expertise required for them to work as a chemist in industry.

 

Undergraduates start their degree programme by acquiring a solid grounding in the core areas of inorganic, physical, analytical and organic chemistry. Students also take courses in physics and mathematics. Later on in the programme, students receive training in the fields of chemical engineering, macromolecular chemistry, biochemistry, toxicology and hazardous materials.
In addition to being taught subject-specific theoretical and practical knowledge, emphasis is also placed on students acquiring vocationally relevant skills such as the ability to communicate effectively and to work in a team.

 

The curriculum of the Bachelor’s programme has been designed so that early on in their studies students begin to gain the essential skills and methods required for a career in chemistry. Undergraduates also have the chance to undertake a work placement (internship) in an industrial environment or to spend time studying abroad where they can gain experience of real value for their subsequent careers.

 

The breadth of the B.Sc. degree in chemistry means that graduates from the programme have numerous options open to them. Some may chose to start work immediately (in chemical production, technical sales, consulting, regulatory authorities and supervisory bodies), while others may decide to pursue a higher degree either in Germany or abroad. The broad education and training that distinguishes chemistry graduates makes them particularly well-qualified for neighbouring disciplines such as materials science, nanotechnology, biotechnology, bioinformatics and other multidisciplinary fields.