Regular duration of studies
Is a combination subject required?
This degree program is free of admission as long as you meet the admission requirements, i.e. no application is necessary. You can enroll directly for this degree program. The study program can be started in the winter as well as in the summer semester.
The prerequisite for studying at the University of Tübingen is the general university entrance qualification, usually the Abitur, or another university entrance qualification, e.g. the Delta examination for prospective students with a Fachhochschulreife or a Fachgebundener Hochschulreife, or a university entrance qualification for those with vocational qualifications. Applicants with foreign school-leaving qualifications should contact the Department of Counseling and Admission for International Students.
In Baden-Württemberg, there is an obligation to provide proof of participation in a study orientation procedure with matriculation (enrollment) in an undergraduate degree program.
The language of study and examination is German. Individual courses may be held in English. A good knowledge of English is expected for the study of literature. Therefore, knowledge of English is required. However, formal proof of English proficiency is not required. German language skills to the extent of DSH-2 (Testdaf4) are required for foreign students.
International applicants *without* a German-language university entrance qualification must provide evidence of German language proficiency in accordance with the university's matriculation regulations (see also information on proof of linguistic study ability / DSH language test).
It is a so-called "mono-bachelor", i.e. the study is in one scientific subject. In addition to the specialized training in chemistry, the program also offers non-scientific modules in which, for example, foreign language and IT skills as well as presentation experience can be acquired.
The bachelor's degree program in chemistry covers the teaching of the structure, behavior and transformation of substances. It provides you with basic knowledge in the chemical sub-disciplines of inorganic, organic, physical and theoretical chemistry as well as basic knowledge in analytical chemistry, biochemistry, mathematics and physics. In lectures and seminars with colleagues from industry, you will gain an insight into later professional fields.
Why Tübingen in particular? Because ...
the chemistry building is one of the most modern university chemistry buildings in Germany and, with its seminar and practical course rooms, guarantees the best conditions for successful studies.
there are specialization subjects, elective subjects and focus subjects.
there is a successfully tested study plan that enables career paths in a wide variety of directions after the basic studies.
the course of study follows individual preferences and inclinations and it is also possible to change to other subjects.
the study times are short.
Lectures can be followed on the Internet and scripts with animations are available on the Internet.
Master's and doctoral theses are offered in the most current fields.
project work is learned and contacts can be established.
many cooperations with universities, research institutes and industry exist.
attendance of conferences is encouraged.
The bachelor's program in chemistry at the University of Tübingen comprises six semesters. It imparts basic knowledge in the chemical sub-disciplines of inorganic, organic, physical and theoretical chemistry as well as basic knowledge in analytical chemistry, biochemistry, mathematics and physics. Lectures and seminars are also offered together with colleagues from industry.
In addition, you can take non-scientific modules to acquire so-called "interdisciplinary qualifications" as part of the "Studium Professionale".
As a rule, you will complete the Bachelor's program in the sixth semester with the Bachelor's thesis (B.Sc. Thesis). You can write your Bachelor's thesis in one of the three basic subjects Inorganic, Organic or Physical and Theoretical Chemistry.
Information of the department about studying abroad / ERASMUS
Optional time abroad
You may choose to spend some time abroad as part of any study program. You should start planning it 12 to 18 months before your departure.
Here you will find general information and advice on studying abroad. In addition, some departments have their own subject-specific services providing information on studying abroad.
In the winter term 2020/21 about 900 students study at the Department of Chemistry:
- Bachelor of Science: 261
- Master of Science: 157
- Bachelor of Education: 215
- Bachelor of Education Vorleistungen Erweiterungsfach: 1
- Bachelor of Education für berufliche Schulen: 1
- Master of Education: 41
- Master of Education Erweiterungsfach: 4
- Lehramt an Gymnasien: 31
- Promotion: 133
The module handbook of the B.Sc. Chemistry describes the goals and structure of a degree program. In the module handbook you will find details of the type of modules offered and their respective workloads as well as the classes, requirements and assessment. An ideal course plan is set out in the module handbook to help you plan your studies. The module handbook and the exam regulations help you to understand the framework and conditions of your program, and enable you to choose the right modules/ classes.
The exam regulations of the B.Sc. Chemistry contain the legally binding regulations for a degree program. They set out, for instance, which modules must be taken and which assessment must be completed in order to successfully complete the degree program. The exam regulations also regulate how often exams may be repeated, which deadlines apply to assessment, and how the final grade is calculated. The exam regulations and the module handbook help you to understand the framework and conditions of your program, and enable you to choose the right modules/ classes.
Help with choosing a study program
Help with your decision to study in Tübingen:
To help you decide whether Tübingen is right for you, here are some contact points and information on studying in Germany:
University of Tübingen
- University of Tübingen’s international profile
- Contact: University office for the Advising and Admission of International Students
- Information on application for international students
- FAQs for international students
- Addresses and contact points for international students at the University of Tübingen
Graduates of chemistry programs have good career prospects, e.g. in industry, research institutes, government agencies and investigation offices.
Chemists have usually chosen a degree with a doctorate. In the meantime, not only the master's degree is a possible qualification, but also the bachelor's degree is considered to be professionally qualifying. In particular, the possibilities of continuing the studies in other subjects are considered.
In the Tübingen chemistry program, all these challenges of modern natural sciences are taught and the best prerequisites for later qualified positions are created. Therefore, even in times of crisis, well-educated chemists from Tübingen have always found good jobs in all possible areas of (large, medium and even small) industry, research institutes, public institutions or as freelancers, not only in the chemical industry, but also as management personnel
in the automotive industry
in medium-sized companies
in the pharmaceutical industry
with equipment manufacturers
for tasks in a hospital
in software development
with patent attorneys
in many other areas
Advice and internships
The University’s Career Service assists with careers orientation and getting started in your profession. Jobs and internships can be found in the Praxisportal.
As a rule, the bachelor's degree program is followed by the Chemistry Master of Science program. The admission requirements can be found on the corresponding websites.
Admission to doctoral studies with a bachelor's degree is not possible. Admission to doctoral studies requires completion of a master's degree program.