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Biology as subject in the Interdisciplinary Bachelor’s Degree Programme

Biology as subject in the Interdisciplinary Bachelor’s Degree Programme
(Bachelor of Science)

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Course type
Undergraduate studies (2 Subjects bachelor)
Standard Course Duration
6 semesters
Course Start
Winter semester
Language of Instruction
Language Requirements

German HZB: none
International application: German C1
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Special Requirements


Restricted admission

Stay abroad possible, but not obligatory.

Short Description

The subject biology is offered as one of two subjects within the Interdisciplinary Bachelor’s Degree Programme. Please note the subject combination options.

As an empirical science, biology is concerned with the characteristics of organisms, their structure, functions and dynamic interactions with the living and non-living environment.

In the Interdisciplinary Bachelor’s Degree Programme and the Master’s Teacher Training Course for Grammar Schools, the subject of Biology is offered jointly by three universities: Leibniz Universität Hannover (LUH), the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover Foundation (TiHo) and Hannover Medical School (MHH). Preparatory courses in chemistry, mathematics and physics are offered by the relevant departments, forming the basis for other subdisciplines: cell biology, genetics, microbiology, botany, zoology, physiology, molecular biology, evolution and ecology. Students on the Interdisciplinary Bachelor’s Degree Programme who have chosen Biology as their first or second subject primarily learn the foundations of biology. Biology teaching modules and modules on learning and teaching complement students’ profound knowledge of the subject discipline. In the Master’s degree programme with Biology as the first subject, students explore the current state of research of possible teaching processes using seminal, cutting-edge publications. Since Biology as a second subject in the Interdisciplinary Bachelor’s Degree Programme only covers 50 CP as opposed to 90 CP when Biology is taken as the first subject, a shift in specialisation takes place in the Master’s degree programme. The part of the course meets the requirements defined in the “Qualifications Framework for German Higher Education Qualifications”, the university-wide teacher training model and the provisions of Lower Saxony Master’s Degree Regulations.

Course Content

  • Biology teaching
  • Learning and teaching biology
  • Specialisation in biochemistry, depending on the second subject
  • Specialisations in general biology and human biology
Course Structure

Courses in Biology are offered by three universities: Leibniz Universität Hannover (LUH), the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover Foundation (TiHo) and Hannover Medical School (MHH). In the first part of the Interdisciplinary Bachelor’s Degree Programme in Biology, students focus mainly on general biology modules on cell and developmental biology, genetics and botany. These are followed by modules on issues relating to zoology, human biology, physiology and biochemistry. Elements of teacher professionalisation are taken in parallel from the second semester. Modules involving teaching methodology and specialist content are intertwined more closely.

As part of the interdisciplinary bachelor's degree programme, students with a focus on teaching have to complete a non-school-based internship as well as a school internship, both lasting four weeks. The non-school-based internship helps students to get first work insights in the area of teaching, to check on their career aspiration. For students with an non-school-based focus, an eight-week non-school-based internship must be completed.

Semester 1 2 3 4 5 6

Compulsory modules

  • Cell and Developmental Biology
  • Genetics
  • General Botany
  • General Chemistry
  • Introduction to Biology Teaching
  • Foundations of Ecology
  • Special Botany
  • Physics
  • Zoological Systematics and Knowledge of Animal Species
  • General Biochemistry
  • Biomathematics, Biometrics, Epidemiology
  • Zoology for Teacher Training (General Zoology)
  • Learning and Teaching Biology
  • Zoology for Teacher Training (Functional Morphology)
  • Evolution
  • Animal and Human Physiology: Vegetative Physiology
  • Microbiology
  • Bachelor’s thesis

Optional and compulsory elective modules


  • Acquisition of Key Transferable Skills
  • Acquisition of Key Transferable Skills



  • Animal and Human Physiology: Sensory Physiology
  • Modern Methods of Biology for Teacher Training Students
Recommended Abilities
  • Good self-organisation
  • Initiative
  • Text comprehension
  • An enquiring mind for science
Career Opportunities
  • Adult education
  • Language schools
  • Proof-reading
  • Media: press, publishing, radio, TV
  • Marketing within industry (life sciences)
Possible Further Degree Programmes

Under certain conditions, admission to the following Master''s programme is also possible. More detailed information can be found in the respective admission regulations. If you have any questions, please contact the course advice of the desired Master''s programme:

Admission requirements and application

Admission Requirements

Some subjects in the interdisciplinary Bachelor are restricted (Biology, Computer Science, Performing Arts, German Studies (school subject: German), English Studies (school subject: English), Geography, History, Music, Political Science, Study of Religion (school subject: Values and Norms), Spanish Studies (school subject: Spanish) and Sports (school subject: Physical Education).

Other subjects are admission-free (Chemistry, Protestant Theology (school subject: Protestant Religious Education), Catholic Theology (school subject: Catholic Religious Education), Mathematics, Philosophy and Physics).

The exact admission requirements can be found in the admission regulation.

Note: The admission regulations reflect the legally prescribed subject combinations in the Master regulation of Lower Saxony.
All currently possible subject combinations can be found under "Combinations".

Application Deadlines

01.06.-15.07. of the year for the winter semester

  • First-year students (application for the 1st semester) can only apply for the winter semester.
  • Those continuing their studies (application for higher semesters) can also apply for the summer semester (December 1st - January 15th.

The following applies to applications from non-EU countries:

  • VPD from uni-assist OR a passed assessment test (Feststellungsprüfung) of a preparatory foundation course (Studienkolleg) is required.
  • Applications for the Studienkolleg must be submitted by July 15th.

Interdisciplinary Bachelor’s Degree Programme (B.A./B.Sc.)

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30167 Hannover
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30167 Hannover