Chemistry (Bachelor of Science)
|Degree: Bachelor of Science|
|Duration: 6 semesters|
|Internship: internships within the study programme (see semester course schedule)|
|Requirements for Admission: Entrance qualification for higher education, entrance qualification for universities of applied sciences, similar foreign diplomas; further information|
|Admission Procedure: The study places for the Chemistry programme with a Bachelor of Science degree are distributed on the basis of an Eignungsfeststellungsverfahren (aptitude assessment procedure). Initially, all prospective students must submit a motivational essay with their application, in which they explain their personal interest in the study programme. Depending on the preceding performance in school, they are either admitted to the programme directly or invited to an aptitude interview with a professor.|
|Part-time Studies: possible under specific conditions|
|Programme Start: winter semester|
|Application Deadline: July 15|
|Application: Online application|
|Special Features: For this degree programme, the Technische Universität Darmstadt offers Online Self-Assessment for selecting a course of study.|
The Bachelor of Science programme Chemistry at TU Darmstadt is designed as a broad fundamental course of study. Here, the primary objective is to acquire fundamental theoretical and experimental knowledge and the corresponding skills. Apart from the subjects of General and Analytical Chemistry, the curriculum comprises modules from the six chemical areas of specialisation offered at the TU Darmstadt: Inorganic, Organic, Physical, and Technical Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Macromolecular Chemistry. This is supplemented by mandatory courses in the fields of Mathematics, Physics, Toxicology, and Chemicals Legislation.
As Chemistry is a predominantly practice-oriented science, a large part of the studies takes place directly in a lab where the students learn how to handle chemicals and equipment, or techniques in the area of chemical synthesis and analytics.
Apart from acquiring field-specific knowledge, the key objective at the Department of Chemistry is to enable students to think independently and act responsibly.
Information: The Department of Chemistry provides first-year students with three proposals for their personal degree course plan. They contain the selection of a major in as early as the first semester – either in Inorganic, Organic, or Physical Chemistry. It is strongly recommended to adhere to one of the proposals at least during the first three semesters. If you have any questions, please contact the department.
Please find detailed information on the programme in the module handbook.
Further information on the department may be found at www.chemie.tu-darmstadt.de
How to Prepare for the Programme
For a beginning, start with TU Darmstadt's own specific Online Self-Assessment tool.
As mathematical knowledge is very important for the study programme, the Fachbereich (Department) organises a Mathematik-Vorkurs (supporting mathematics course for beginners).
Alternatively/additionally it is recommended that beginners participate in the online mathematics pre-course offered by the Department of Mathematics.
Please do also check the general information on pre-courses.
The study programme starts with the Orientierungswoche (OWO) (orientation event) at the beginning of the first semester.
Advice for Prospective B.Sc. Students
Chemistry plays a rather important role in modern industrial societies – for instance regarding the development of new materials and colouring agents, or even new procedures for the utilisation of fossil and renewable energy sources. In this context, modern chemistry is characterised by its proximity to other sciences such as biology, physics, material sciences, or informatics. But also within the discipline itself, the boundaries between the classical fields are disintegrating constantly.
Those who decide to pursue the studies of Chemistry should not only be interested in science, but should already possess solid fundamental scientific as well as mathematical skills at the start of the programme.
Mathematics – Why? What? What for? Who? How? Where? Further information? You will find answers to these questions here.
For an essential course of study, the students further need certain individual talents – for instance for spatial perception. The study of chemistry does not only convey the theoretical fundamentals to comprehend reactions and draft new chemical compounds, but also the practical skills necessary for creating these compounds. First-semester students should thus also be interested in experimental activities in a lab. Chemistry contains numerous areas of specialisation, some of which address highly application-oriented technical processes and procedures.
As the programme consists of broad scientific fundamentals and methods, graduates of the Bachelor of Science of Chemistry will be able to apply their skills to related fields quickly.
The Technical University offers Online Self-Assessment for selecting a course of study for your support.
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|Biology (B.Sc.) (Biologie, B.Sc.)|
|Physics (B.Sc.) (Physik, B.Sc.)|
|Applied Geosciences (B.Sc.) (Angewandte Geowissenschaften, B.Sc.)|
|Materials Science (B.Sc.) (Materialwissenschaft, B.Sc,)|
|Chemical Engineering (B.Ed.) (Chemietechnik, B.Ed.)|
General Information: With the Bachelor of Science, the students will acquire a first professional qualification. However, the Master of Science is considered the standard qualification at TU Darmstadt. For these reasons it is recommended that students complete a Master’s degree. As regards the special case of the subject Chemistry, more than 90 percent of graduates top off their Master’s degree with doctoral studies.|
Please note that admission to the Master’s Degree programme may also depend on additional requirements. This particularly applies to non-consecutive courses of study (meaning with a Bachelor’s degree in a different area of focus or field of study than the desired Master’s degree programme) and to applicants of other universities. If you have any questions, please contact the respective departmental advisor’s office.
|Chemistry (M.Sc.) (Chemie, M.Sc.)|
The education of chemists usually leads to an occupation in research for the chemical industry or at a university. It is therefore advisable to complement the Bachelor’s degree with a consecutive Master’s degree. Graduates of the Bachelor of Science programme Chemistry also have the option of joining the workforce directly. Although there is no distinct job description so far, there is a tendency towards employment in rather application-oriented areas such as chemical production, product development, or technical field service. During their first semesters, Chemistry students acquire broad fundamental scientific knowledge and are confronted with interdisciplinary problems. Therefore, it may be appropriate to get a Master’s degree in a related subject.
For this reason, it is important to start gaining practical work experience in relevant organisations early in the degree programme. This way, students can promote themselves as competent professionals in practice and make important professional contacts. The likelihood of finding a good position is definitely heightened if the student is flexible when it comes to commuting or even moving abroad. Good English language skills are particularly important when it comes to the international job market.
TU Darmstadt's offer of Job Shadowing is a quick and simple method of career orientation by accompanying professionally experienced TU Darmstadt alumni for one day.
Further information about career opportunities on the German job market may be found on the following websites:
Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (German Chemical Society)