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Bachelor of Science in Biology

A bachelor's degree in Molecular Biology or Computational Biology is an excellent starting point for a career in cutting-edge research and numerous other professions. Both the early involvement in current research and excellent supervision make studying at the Biozentrum particularly attractive.

Bachelor in Molecular Biology

The University of Basel offers a Bachelor of Science in Biology with the following three majors:

  • Molecular Biology: Molecular Biology studies the structures and functions vital to life at the molecular and cellular level (Studies at the Biozentrum)
  • Animal and Plant Sciences: Animal and Plant Sciences investigates organisms, populations and aspects of both cell and developmental biology. (Studies at the Department of Environmental Sciences)
  • Integrative Biology: Integrative Biology is a combination of these two directions. 

The Bachelor of Science in Biology takes three years. In the first-year basic studies course you will acquire the scientific fundamentals needed for your more specialized advanced studies in the following years. The basic studies course is the same for all biology students. In the second year of study, an initial differentiation into one of the three majors begins. The third bachelor year at the Biozentrum is  highly practice-oriented: You undertake research in four six-week block courses.

For any questions concerning your studies, please contact the Student Office Biology. In the first year, you will also be assisted by a "buddy", i.e. a student from an advanced semester. During your studies, you will also be personally mentored by a lecturer as part of a career tutorial.

Study program

1st Year Studies: 
The general basic studies course imparts you with fundamental knowledge in biology, mathematics, physics and general chemistry. The compulsory core subjects are the same for all biology students.

2nd Year Studies: If you choose to do a major study in Molecular Biology, you will attend courses in biochemistry, developmental biology, genetics, human physiology, immunology, molecular microbiology, neurobiology, structural biology and biophysical chemistry among others. We also offer you the opportunity to put your theoretical knowledge into practice already in the second year of study: By taking part in the Biozentrum Research Summer, a new internship program for undergraduate students, you can work in a research group at the Biozentrum for six to nine weeks, make great discoveries and experience what scientific research is all about.

3rd Year Studies: The third year of studies is aligned with the fields of specialization, presented in the form of four six-week, all-day block courses including both theoretical and practical aspects. Your choice of block courses is decisive for your specialization in one of the three majors. For a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a major in Molecular Biology you will attend the block courses “Structural Biology and Biophysics”, “Biochemistry”, “Microbiology and Immunology” and “Cell Biology and Neurobiology”. 


Bachelor of Science in Computational Sciences

The bachelor's degree program in Computational Sciences constitutes a separate study program and offers four majors: Computational Biology, Computational Chemistry, Computational Physics and Computational Mathematics.A Bachelor of Science in Computational Sciences with a major in Computational Biology allows direct access to the master's degree program in Molecular Biology.

This bachelor's degree course also takes three years and starts with a one-year basic studies course. The compulsory subjects are the same for all Computational Sciences students. In the second year of study, there is also a specialization in one of the four fields. The third year is highly practice-oriented with its two six-week block courses and two research projects.

For any questions concerning your studies, please contact the Student Office Computational Sciences.

Study program 

1st Year Studies:
The general basic studies course covers fundamental knowledge in mathematics, physics, chemistry and informatics. The core compulsory subjects are the same for all Computational Sciences students

2nd Year Studies
In the second year, specialization in one of the four majors is introduced. The major in Computational Biology combines mathematics and informatics with the fundamentals of molecular biology, paving the way for quantitative research in biology, in areas such as systems biology, biophysics, genomics and bioinformatics. We also offer you the opportunity to put your theoretical knowledge into practice already in the second year of study: By participating in the Biozentrum Research Summer, a new internship program for undergraduate students, you can work in a research group at the Biozentrum for six to nine weeks, discover new things and experience what scientific research is all about.

3rd Year Studies
The third year includes two six-week, all-day block courses in “Structural Biology and Biophysics” and “Biochemistry” with both theoretical and practical aspects, as well as two research projects in computational biology.

Worth knowing

Admission
Holders of a Swiss “Matura” or other school leaving diploma recognized by Switzerland are eligible to enroll for the course. Further information can be found here .

Course start
The bachelor's degree program starts each fall semester only. The application deadline for the autumn semester is April, 30. Further information can be found here

Credit points
Credit points (CP) are awarded for successfully completed course work, in accordance with the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS). The number of CP per learning unit corresponds to the working time the student needs to put in to achieve its objectives. One credit point corresponds to a work load of approx. 30 hours. Evidence of the achievement of 180 CP is required for the award of a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a Major in Molecular Biology, Major in Animal and Plant Sciences or Major in Integrative Biology.

Elective subjects
In the first two years of study, elective subjects supplement the compulsory science subjects. These may be chosen, according to individual interests, from most of the range of subjects offered at the university.

Preparatory course in mathematics
Prior to the start of the semester, an intensive, one-week preparatory course in mathematics is offered for all new science students. The aim of this course is to refresh previous knowledge and to help fill any gaps. Further details can be found here

Further information
 
- Information on studying Biology
- Information on studiying Computational Sciences

Related links
www.unibas.ch/admission
www.unibas.ch/en/Studies.html
Swiss Biomedical Foundation
Fachgruppe Biologie