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Course Duration / ECTS6 semesters / 180 ECTS
University degree Bachelor of Science (BSc)
Faculty Faculty of Natural Sciences
Department Biosciences
ModeFull time
Study ID
D 033 630
Admission Requirements Matura or school leaving certificate (e.g., Abitur (GER), GCE
levels (UK), Diplome du Baccalaureat de l’Enseignement du
Second Degre (F), Titulo de Bachiller (E), Attestat (RSF)),
which is comparable in length and quality to the Austrian Matura.
Language of instruction German  Proof of language proficiency

What will I learn?

Biology is regarded as the leading science of the 21st century, which considerably influences various areas of society. Biologists contribute to the sustainable management of a range of different global challenges, e.g., health and medicine, demographic change, the biodiversity crisis, climate change, as well as political discourse and legislation. The Bachelor’s course in Biology at the University of Salzburg provides students with a profound understanding of the organisation and processes of life, from the level of molecules to organs and organ systems up to the level of populations, ecosystems and the principles of evolution. The course offers a profound education in the central subjects of biology and its methods, as well as in mathematics/statistics, chemistry and physics. In their last course year students can choose to specialize in one of the focus areas: molecular and cellular biology or ecology and evolution. This serves as a preparation for the postgraduate MA courses in Medical Biology, Ecology and Evolution or Molecular Biology (all taught in English).

Which career opportunities do I have?

With a solid and broad fundamental education, biologists can choose from a wide range of careers in private and public enterprises and institutions in the areas of healthcare, medicine and environment. Graduates are further qualified for occupations in the fields of research, development and distribution in health and medicine branches as well as in agriculture and forestry; biotechnology and environmental analysis; environmental protection and nature conservation; landscape planning and conservation; resource management; etc.

Why Salzburg?

In addition to the high-quality education, one of the benefits of the BSc course in Biology at the PLUS is the small size of groups, which allows for a more intensive supervision during internships. We provide a sufficient number of internship positions for compulsory lecture courses, making sure there are no waiting periods and delays for students.

How is the course structured?

Biology BA
STEOP (Introductory and Orientation Phase) 9 ECTS from
the fundamental subjects
Basics of Biology48 ECTS
Basics of Chemistry and Physics for Biology38 ECTS
Biostatistics and Soft Skills12 ECTS
Methods of Cellular Biology, Molecular Biology und Ecology18 ECTS
Optional modules from the specialities Molecular/Medical Biology
and Cellular Biology or Ecology und Evolution
Bachelor’s thesis10 ECTS
Optional subjects12 ECTS
Total180 ECTS


Univ. Prof. Dr. Raimund Tenhaken

Univ. Prof. Dr. Raimund Tenhaken
Head of the curriculum committee Biology

Hellbrunner Straße 34, 5020 Salzburg
Tel.: +43 662 8044-5551
Fax: +43 662 8044-5996