Biological Chemistry is an academic degree program in natural sciences providing students with an understanding of chemistry as well as the underlying principles at the interface of chemical and biological processes in living systems. During the program, students focus on the pathways in chemistry that are vital for the function and analysis of living systems, such as fields in biology dominated by chemical interactions. The double degree Bachelor’s program is offered by the JKU Linz together with the University of South Bohemia (USB) in Budweis (České Budějovice). Spanning two countries, this English-language program combines the academics of both universities, offering students two distinctive learning environments and proficiency in English.
- Comprehensive education in fundamentals of chemistry
- Education in microbiology and molecular biology based on an understanding of biochemistry
- Well-rounded, international academic experience abroad
- Develop English proficiency
- "Double Degree" Bachelor's program
Students who successfully complete the academic degree program in Biological Chemistry qualify for careers requiring solid expertise and international experience in the field of chemistry and biology. After completing the Bachelor's degree program, students will have solid base knowledge of chemistry, including general, organic, inorganic, analytical and physical chemistry as well as molecular biology and bioanalytics. The two distinct learning environments at each university mean that students not only develop critical thinking and problem-based learning skills, they also cultivate cross-cultural communication skills in order to work effectively across borders as part of an interdisciplinary team. The international, double-degree program provides graduates with a broad foundation in modern sciences and graduates have outstanding career prospects.
Students who successfully complete the Bachelor’s degree program in Biological Chemistry are internationally qualified to pursue professions
- at research facilities, medical laboratories
- in production and quality control at biotechnology and chemical companies, such as for medical products, pharmaceuticals, biopolymers, cosmetics, natural products, fibers, etc.
- at offices, agencies, and authorities (such as environmental, employee, and consumer protection as well as licensing offices for chemical and biological products and/or processes)
Following the successful completion of the Bachelor’s degree program, a large number of students opt to continue their studies by enrolling in the Master’s degree program.
Advanced Degrees at the JKU
After completing your undergraduate degree, you can continue your education by pursuing an advanced degree:
- Master's Degree in Biological Chemistry
- Master's Degree in Technical Chemistry
- Master's Degree in Bioinformatics
- Master's Degree in Polymer Chemistry
- Master's Degree in Management in Polymer Technologies (MPT)
Recommended Study Plan
As part of the Bachelor’s degree program, students are required to complete courses totaling 180 ECTS credits in the following areas:
The degree program includes attending two universities: 1st, 2nd and 5th semester: JKU Linz (A); 3rd and 4th semester: USB Budweis (CZ); 6th semester: JKU Linz (A) / USB Budweis (CZ).
- Admission to the Bachelor's degree program: General higher education entrance qualifications (such as an Austrian "Matura" diploma)
- Contact the Admissions Office for additional information about the admission requirements.