Chemistry - Bachelor of Science (BSc)
Chemistry is without a doubt a fascinating science – a progressive future would be unthinkable without it. It is used in research laboratories to develop new materials and substances which accompany us in daily life as seemingly invisible helpers. Chemical reactions are found both in the biotic (living) and abiotic (non-living) world. The art of transferring knowledge derived from nature into research and development never ceases to inspire researchers the world over. Chemistry provides a richness of perspectives, professional variety and is an important component of the sustainable development of our social prosperity. Especially the production, conversion and storage of energy are fundamentally important chemical issues for current and future generations.
Bachelor of Science (BSc)Type of study
- next winter semester: 01.10.2020
More about the course
Much of what seems self-evident to us today has only become possible because of long-standing chemical research and development over the past decades. The modern achievements in the areas of raw materials, computer engineering and microelectronics, but definitively also everything related to new materials, e.g. improved heat insulation, hydrogen and fuel cell technology, energy-saving LED lighting systems and the progress in medicine are certainly among the highlights. So, is this as good as it gets? On the contrary! The coming generations of chemists still have many tasks to face and the professional perspectives are as varied as attractive and also very well paid. Challenges of our current times are, for example, the protection and preservation of the environment, the fight against diseases, the concerns about sufficient nutrition for the growing world population, securing energy supplies, the development of new materials and alternative raw material sources. Chemistry will shape the future actively in all these areas and in many other ways.
The degree programs of the Department of Chemistry have been accredited since 2012. Program accreditation by the ASIIN agency was valid in the period from 2012 to 2018, and since 2019 the courses have been accredited as part of university-internal system accreditation. This accreditation is valid until 2027.
The Faculty of Natural Sciences unites competences in the MINT areas under one roof and maintains excellent contacts to affiliated institutes as well as external research facilities. Particularly involved in study and teaching are the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research and the Helmholtz Institute with its outstanding research in the areas of electrochemistry and energy technology. We also collaborate closely with other faculties and departments, the Engineering Sciences and Economics in particular.
Excellent in teaching
We pride ourselves in providing the best possible education and care for our students and complement certain lectures in the Bachelor's programme with additional support offers like classes and tutorials. Regular evaluations by the students provide valuable feedback on how well we are doing.
Quality, not quantity
Manageable student numbers and a favourable student to teacher ratio ensure that you don’t have to complete your degree in a setting of educational mass production. We guarantee a laboratory place for every student in every laboratory course to avoid unnecessary elongation of your overall study time. A personal atmosphere and direct contact with your teachers complete our ideal learning conditions.
Networks and business contacts
We offer you a practice-relevant education with numerous well established contacts to local businesses as well as many application-oriented research projects, some of which are conducted directly on the University’s doorstep in the renowned companies and research facilities of the Science City Ulm.
Training camp for new students
Before the beginning of every winter semester we offer the tutorial ’Fit for Chemistry’ to our new students in courses of Life Sciences as part of the University Training Camp.
Attractive career prospects
Our graduates have excellent chances on the job market. This is partly owed to the fact that Chemistry is most important to our daily lives in many aspects and is therefore a driving force in the big challenges of our time. Another factor is the accredited high-quality education with all its possibilities to establish a specialised profile in areas of expertise with great importance to the future.
Study objectives and contents
The Bachelor’s programme teaches the scientific and methodological fundamentals of Chemistry. It combines theory with hands-on experimental experiences in the core disciplines of Chemistry (Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry) as well as other disciplines, from which you can choose freely. Interdisciplinary basics in areas like Experimental Physics and Mathematics as well as Law and Toxicology complement the fundamental education in Chemistry. The Bachelor’s examination assesses the students’ acquired technical knowledge required for an early transition into a professional career and also their understanding of the fundamental correlations in their subject.
Study contents / specialisations
The core of the Bachelor’s programme is an in-depth theoretical education in various sub-disciplines of Chemistry with a strong focus on the areas of Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry. In application-oriented and practical seminars and classes you will further explore the theoretical knowledge that you obtained in lectures. A multitude of chemical laboratory courses in the University's modern laboratories complements the theoretical education with essential experimental context – an indispensable part of a young scientist’s training. Theory and practice are equally intertwined throughout all elective courses. You can choose from the following subjects: Analytics, Power Engineering, Macromolecular Chemistry, Theoretical Chemistry. Chemical research methods, academic work as well as occupation-qualifying competences and soft skills complete the study contents.
In the age of economic globalisation most German enterprises maintain international business contacts. International competence is therefore one of the most important key qualifications. Developing this competence during your studies certainly increases your chances on the job market. One option to do so is to spend a semester abroad, either studying at a partner university or as an internship. This not only improves your language proficiency, but also benefits your personal development. You will collect important experiences in interacting with people from other cultures and foreign work and communication styles. The Chemistry department supports you with the planning of your semester abroad.
Information for students
Current relevant information on exams, timetables and other subjects can be found on the websites of the Department of Chemistry.
Jobs and career opportunities
Career opportunities are vast with this degree. Industry, research institutes, universities, schools and civil service offer interesting perspectives. Chemical expertise is sought after in many other areas as well – the following list comprises only a small fraction thereof: all economic activities around the topics of energy, food, environment and water, automotive and aircraft engineering, the insurance and consulting sector and many more.
Chemists / business chemists interested in working in the industry will find employment possibilities in:
- application-oriented industrial research
- roles responsible for manufacturing operations
- product development and application engineering, as interface between research and production
- process engineering, transferring new findings from lab scale to industrial scale
- chemical analytics: there is an almost limitless variety of matter waiting to be analysed
- environment protection, to secure a liveable future of our planet
- marketing and sales, to serve customer demands and market opportunities
- patent law, for the legal protection of research findings
- documentation, with the purpose of developing and optimising functional and efficient structures in electronic data management
- corporate communication and public relations, in order to convey complex matters of science and research to the public in an easy-to-digest format
Chemists/business chemists interested in working in teaching and research can find employment:
- at schools, to spark pupils’ interest in Chemistry and scientific questions
- at universities and other higher education institutions, as part of an exciting environment of teaching and research
- in ‘pure’ fundamental research at research institutes, with the purpose of generating new chemistry knowledge and providing scientific proof
Chemists/business chemists interested in working in civil service can find employment:
- with federal and state authorities as well as municipal offices, in the areas of environment protection, supervision, licensing and analytics
- with the trade supervisory authority (Gewerbeaufsichtsamt), in the area of technical protection of the public
- in medical centres and various service sectors
Chemists/business chemists interested in alternative areas can find employment opportunities:
- in business consultancy
- as journalists and editors
- in freelance activity
According to the data gained from graduate surveys our graduates transition into employment very fast. A large number of them find well-paid permanent employment within one year after graduation. Business chemists in particular are highly sought after specialists in all management-related areas of chemical research and development. There are entire career days especially for Chemistry and Management graduates.
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Prof. Dr. Thorsten M. Bernhardt