Overview

Bachelor's degree programs in Biology

The Bachelor's degree program in Biology teaches the newest in the biology of living organisms and basic principles of life processes together with a sound basic knowledge of mathematics, physics and chemistry. It can be taken with one of three majors. The Bachelor's course in Computational Sciences with a major in Computational Biology combines in-depth teaching of mathematical and informatics methods with a solid education in biology.

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In the context of Life Sciences, the Faculty of Science at the University of Basel offers a three-year Bachelor's degree program 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
  • Animal and Plant Sciences: Animal and Plant Sciences investigate organisms, populations and aspects of both cell and developmental biology.
  • Integrative Biology: Integrative Biology deals with a combination of these two directions.

The Bachelor's degree program in Computational Sciences constitutes a separate study program and offers four majors:

  • Computational Biology
  • Computational Chemistry
  • Computational Physics
  • 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. The combination of numerical methods (mathematics and informatics) and basic life sciences is designed to pave the way for quantitative research in biology, in areas such as systems biology, biophysics, genome biology and bioinformatics.

 

Study program - Bachelor of Science in Biology

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

2. Second Year Studies
In the first year of the advanced studies course, some differentiation in subjects is introduced. In addition to the compulsory subjects of biology, organic chemistry and ethics, students choose a module in physical and biophysical chemistry or another course module from the fields of animal and plant sciences, ecology or a module offered by the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute.

3. Third Year Studies
The second year of the advanced studies course is aligned with the fields of specialization, presented in the form of six-week, all-day block courses including both theoretical and practical aspects. At this stage, the students decide on one of the three major studies: Major in Molecular Biology, Major in Animal and Plant Sciences or Major in Integrative Biology.

 

Study program - Bachelor of Science in Computational Sciences

1. First 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 students.

2. Second 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.

3. Third Year Studies
The third year includes two six-week, all-day block courses 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 matriculation 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 autumn 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 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: www.bio.unibas.ch/Studium/bachelorstudium-biologie/
- Information about the degree program Computational Sciences: www.computational.unibas.ch