Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) Chemical Biotechnology


Program Description

Learn from biology! Think like a chemist! Act as an engineer! The interdisciplinary bachelor's in Chemical Biotechnology at TUM Campus Straubing for Biotechnology and Sustainability. 

Industrial biotechnology, best described as chemical biotechnology, is one of the key technologies for making conventional industrial processes more cost-effective and ecologically friendly, as well as for tapping renewable resources for industrial purposes. The development of processes in biotechnology, therefore, demands interplay between biology, chemistry, and process engineering.

From this point of view, the aim of the bachelor's program in Chemical Biotechnology is to cultivate comprehensive knowledge of a combination of topics in chemistry, engineering, and biosciences that is tailored to the area of conversion processes, as these relate to biotechnology and chemical substances.

Test tubes in metal rack. Concept for science, medical, research.

Learning outcomes

The bachelor's program in Chemical Biotechnology conveys the scientific and technological fundamentals and general content of the core disciplines of chemistry, molecular biology, and process engineering, as well as cultivating the associated skills required for practical laboratory work and scientific experiments. These skills are acquired during the course of extensive practical lab modules.

As a graduate, you can draw upon your interdisciplinary knowledge of chemical biotechnology to independently plan projects. You are also able to pursue a professional career in industry and research that directly relates to your education and training.


In the first two semesters, mathematical, scientific, and economic basics are taught. Starting in the third semester, students will deepen their knowledge in engineering and natural science subjects (technical basics, chemical-chemical use, biological basics) as well as in economic topics (economics and economic policy, circular economy, management). In the fifth semester, a focus can be set on the basis of optional modules. The interdisciplinary elective module in the sixth semester combines two departments in order to work on concrete problems in a structured and interdisciplinary way. The course concludes with a Bachelor’s thesis.

Compulsory modules

1st semester 2nd semester 3rd semester
  • Mathematics
  • Microeconomics
  • General Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Cell, and Microbiology
  • Environmental Management

  • Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry
  • Statistics
  • Introduction to Computer Science
  • Macroeconomics
  • Advanced Microeconomics 
  • BWL 1 – Controlling and Supply Chain
  • Green Chemistry
  • Fundamentals of Thermodynamics 
  • Forestry, and Wood
  • Production of Biogenic Resources
  • BWL 2 – Accounting and Entrepreneurship
  • Material Flow Analysis and Life Cycle Assessment
4th semester 5th semester 6th semester
  • Methods of the Empirical Bioeconomy
  • Introduction to Environmental and Resource Economics
  • Policy and Innovation
  • Circular Economy
  • Resource and Energy Management
  • Bioprocess Engineering
  • Management Science for Bioeconomy
  • Elective Modules (total 20 ECTS)

  • Evidence-based Management and Policy
  • Governance of the Bioeconomy
  • General Elective Module (total 5 ECTS)
  • Bachelor’s Thesis

Career opportunities

Given the intensive cultivation of practical, methodological, and analytical skills, the bachelor's program in Chemical Biotechnology provides you first and foremost with a degree that qualifies you for a professional career. By way of example, you have the opportunity to work as an engineer in the chemical industry or as a scientist at a research institute, be it within a university or independent of such an institution, or at a state authority. After the successful completion of the bachelor's program in Chemical Biotechnology, you can pursue a master's program with a similarly interdisciplinary profile so as to accrue a further qualification required for a highly skilled scientific occupation.

Application and Admission

Admission requirements and the application procedure vary depending on the type of higher education entrance qualification you hold.

During the application period, you must apply through the TUMonline application portal and upload your application documents.

If you receive an offer of admission, you will additionally have to submit individual documents as notarized hard copies by post to be enrolled.

Generally, applicants with an international higher education entrance qualification must have their documents reviewed in advance through uni-assist.

Application documents

  • Application for Admission (upload - signed)
  • Higher Education Entrance Qualification
  • Complete and Current Résumé
  • Passport
  • Proof of German Language Proficiency
  • Preliminary Documentation (VPD) by uni-assist - for international applicants only

We may require additional documents depending on your educational background and your country of origin. Complete the online application to receive a comprehensive list of the required documents. 

Required language skills for admission

You need sufficient German language skills if you wish to apply for this program. Evidence of your language proficiency has to be submitted before the end of the application deadline. Learn more about recognized certificates and other ways to prove your German language skills.

This evidence of your language proficiency confirms that you comply with the minimum language requirements for admission to the program. Depending on the program and your individual background, it may be necessary for you to keep working on your language skills during your studies. Be sure to take a look at the services of our Language Center.   

Language of instruction

The language of instruction for this program is usually German. This means that most of the modules are offered in German. Some courses may, however, be taught in English. The language of instruction for each module is detailed in the module overview. To learn more about the language of instruction for each module, contact the departmental student academic advisor of this program. 

Last updated Jun 2020

About the School

The Campus Straubing for Biotechnology and Sustainability is a new Integrative Research Center at the Technical University of Munich. Its focus in research and teaching makes the new center unique: It ... Read More

The Campus Straubing for Biotechnology and Sustainability is a new Integrative Research Center at the Technical University of Munich. Its focus in research and teaching makes the new center unique: It will concentrate on renewable resources, biotechnology, and bioeconomy. For this, new interdisciplinary degree programs will be established, that nationwide are only offered by TUM in Straubing. Read less