Bachelor of Science

Chemistry and Biotechnology

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3 years
20,000 Euro


Chemistry is the scientific discipline involved with elements and compounds composed of atoms, molecules, and ions: their composition, structure, behavior and the changes they undergo during a reaction with other substances. Biotechnology is the application of biology to the solution of real-life challenges, where an element of profit is a prerequisite. The two disciplines are connected by their molecular approach and by their vast commercial importance.

The transdisciplinary CBT study program offers chemistry modules that include organic, inorganic, analytical, and physical chemistry; students are also taught the relevant aspects of mathematics, engineering, and industrial practice. The focus of biotechnology in this study program is to learn how the industry can take advantage of biocatalysts and biomolecules in order to contribute to a more sustainable future. Biorefining, i.e. the uses of renewable rather than fossil resources, is another major aspect of CBT; this will introduce students to the concept and practice of the “circular economy”.

The degree program Chemistry and Biotechnology equips students with the knowledge, research techniques, and the problem-solving skills necessary for a career in chemistry and/or biotechnology, and for further studies at the Master or PhD level.

Job description and job opportunities

Study with best employability and career perspectives in industry, research or to proceed further master and PhD studies:

Career opportunities for CBT students are diverse and abundant. In general, the combination of chemistry and biotechnology increases employability, since biotechnological applications in the chemical industry are increasingly important. Sustainability and environmental protection are topics of ever-increasing importance in society and industry. In research and development, career opportunities cover the areas of chemicals, pharmaceuticals, fuels, nanotechnology, materials, and energy to environmental monitoring and forensic science.

The educational concept of Jacobs University aims at fostering employability which refers to skills, capacities, and competencies that transcend disciplinary knowledge and allow graduates to quickly adapt to professional contexts. Jacobs University defines employability as encompassing; i.e. it focuses not only on technical skills and understanding but also on personal attributes, competencies, and qualities that enable students to become responsible members of their professional and academic fields as well as of the societies they live in.

Today’s business world requires disciplinary knowledge from graduates as well as the ability to apply this knowledge. Career-related services at Jacobs University provide information, counseling and training, networks, and events. Jacobs University’s students participate in trainings on project management, business communication, job interview skills, and more. Digital job and internship portfolios help students to prepare for their career.


The ?rst study year is characterized by a university-specific offering of disciplinary education that builds on and expands upon students’ entrance qualifications. Students select introductory modules for a total of 45 CP from the CHOICE area of a variety of study programs, of which 15-30 CP will be from their intended major. Students can still change to another major at the beginning of the second year of studies if they have taken the corresponding modules of the study program in the first year of studies.

CBT students take the following discipline-specific CHOICE Modules in their first year of study:CHOICE Module: General Biochemistry (7.5 CP)

Students gain solid first-year level understanding of biochemistry and learn how to apply and analyze basic concepts of biochemistry. In the laboratory course, students develop their practical skills and acquire basic proficiency in the use of laboratory equipment.
CHOICE Module: General and Inorganic Chemistry (7.5 CP)

The module gives an introduction to the general and inorganic chemistry covering the areas of chemical foundations, atoms, molecules, and ions, stoichiometry, types of chemical reactions and solution stoichiometry, gases, atomic structure and periodicity, bonding: general concepts, covalent bonding: orbitals, chemical equilibrium, acids and bases, and acid-base equilibria. Furthermore, students learn the practical foundation principles of chemistry, including e.g. basic laboratory techniques.
CHOICE Module: Introduction to Biotechnology (7.5 CP)

The goal of the module Introduction to Biotechnology is to provide the relevant fundamentals in microbiology (cell structure, nutrition and growth, diversity/evolution, genetics, molecular biology, and genetic engineering). The focus is on prokaryotic and eukaryotic model microorganisms. A brief introduction to metabolism, enzymes, and metabolic engineering is also included.
CHOICE Module: General Organic Chemistry (7.5 CP)

This module provides an introduction to Organic Chemistry and begins with general reactivity patterns and the supportive concepts of resonance, conjugation and aromaticity, which come from applying knowledge of orbitals. Carbanion, alcohol, and amine nucleophiles are introduced and this allows carbonyl additions resulting in: alcohol, acetal, imine, enamine, oxime, and hydrazone formation to be discussed. The student is then exposed to the relationships between equilibria and rates of reaction to better understand mechanistic investigations. This is followed by an introduction to conformational analysis and stereochemistry which allow the transition states within the subsequent chapters on substitution, elimination, and addition reactions to be understood.

In their second year, students take 45 CP in-depth, discipline-speci?c CORE modules. These modules aim to extend the students’ critical understanding of the key theories, principles, and methods in their major at the current state of knowledge and best practice.

To pursue CBT as a major, the following 45 CP of CORE modules need to be taken:CORE Module: Physical Chemistry (5 CP)
CORE Module: Industrial Biotechnology (5 CP)
CORE Module: Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (5 CP)
CORE Module: Scientific Software and Databanks (5 CP)
CORE Module: Advanced Organic/Analytical Chemistry Lab (5 CP)
CORE Module: Advanced Organic Chemistry (5 CP)
CORE Module: Bioprocess Engineering (5 CP)
CORE Module: Advanced Biotechnology Lab (5 CP)
CORE Module: Inorganic/Physical Chemistry Lab (5 CP)

Minor Option

CBT students can take CORE modules (or more advanced Specialization modules) from a second discipline, which allows them to incorporate a minor study track into their undergraduate education, within the 180 CP required for a Bachelor degree. The educational aims of a minor are to broaden the students’ knowledge and skills, support the critical reflection of statements in complex contexts, foster an interdisciplinary approach to problem-solving, and to develop an individual academic and professional profile in line with students’ strengths and interests. This extra quali?cation will be highlighted in the transcript.

As a rule, a minor in another field of study requires a CBT student to:take mandatory CHOICE modules (15 CP) from the desired minor program in the first year
substitute the mandatory elective CBT CORE modules "Scientific Software and Databases" and “Advanced Biotechnology Lab” and the mandatory elective METHODS module “Plant Metabolism and Natural Products” in the second year (15 CP in total) with the minor CORE or Specialization modules of the minor study program.
The module “Advanced Biotechnology Lab” must be taken in the third year, when selecting the minor option.

During their third year, students prepare and make decisions about their career path after graduation. To explore available choices and to gain professional experience, students undertake a mandatory summer internship. The third year of studies allows CBT students to take Specialization modules within their discipline, but also focuses on the responsibility of students beyond their discipline.

The fifth semester also opens a mobility window for a diverse range of study abroad options. Finally, the sixth semester is dedicated to fostering the students’ research experience by involving them in an extended Bachelor thesis project.

CBT students take major-specific or major-related, advanced Specialization modules to consolidate their knowledge at the current state of research in areas of their choice.

CBT students can choose four of the following Specialization Modules:Specialization: Advanced Organic Synthesis (from MCCB) (5 CP)
Specialization: Organometallic Chemistry (5 CP)
Specialization: Microbial Engineering (5 CP)
Specialization: Chemical and Pharmaceutical Technology (5 CP)
CORE MCCB: Medicinal Chemistry (5 CP)
CORE EES: Environmental Geochemistry (5 CP)

Admission/Entrance requirements

Admission to Jacobs University is selective and is based on a candidate’s school and/or university achievements, recommendations, self-presentation, and performance on required standardized tests. Students admitted to Jacobs University demonstrate exceptional academic achievements, intellectual creativity, and the desire and motivation to make a difference in the world. Please note that there is no application fee.

Fees & Finances

We believe that everyone has the right to a good education – and this is the principle we live by here at Jacobs University. This is why we offer students a personalized financial aid package to finance their studies, consisting of scholarships and deferral options, for example. You only start repaying the deferred tuition fees once you successfully entered the job market. That way you can focus completely on your studies. We are convinced that a Jacobs’ education will form the perfect foundation for your future career – that is why we are happy to invest in you. Our financing options are automatically available to you upon admission to a study program.

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