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Bachelor of Science - Undergraduate Program

Chemistry and Biotechnology (CBT) - The Program

Handbook valid starting from Batch 2020/Class of 2023!

Chemistry is the scientific discipline involved with elements and compounds composed of atoms, molecules, and ions: their composition, structure, behavior and the changes they undergo during a reaction with other substances. Biotechnology is the application of biology to the solution of real-life challenges, where an element of profit is a prerequisite. The two disciplines are connected by their molecular approach and by their vast commercial importance.

The transdisciplinary CBT study program offers chemistry modules that include organic, inorganic, analytical, and physical chemistry; students are also taught the relevant aspects of mathematics, engineering, and industrial practice. The focus of biotechnology in this study program is to learn how the industry can take advantage of biocatalysts and biomolecules in order to contribute to a more sustainable future. Biorefining, i.e. the uses of renewable rather than fossil resources, is another major aspect of CBT; this will introduce students to the concept and practice of the “circular economy”.

The degree program Chemistry and Biotechnology equips students with the knowledge, research techniques, and the problem-solving skills necessary for a career in chemistry and/or biotechnology, and for further studies at the Master or PhD level.

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Career Perspectives

Career opportunities of CBT students are diverse and abundant. In general, the combination of chemistry and biotechnology increases employability, since biotechnological applications in chemical industry are increasingly important.

Key Facts

Program Start Date 2020:

last week of August (orientation week), first week of September (classes)


€ 20,000 per academic year
+ € 8,000 living expenses


All applicants are considered for merit-based scholarships of up to € 15,000 per year.

Application Deadlines 2020:

June 1 (global) and July 15 (for applicants who do not need a visa)


3 years full-time


Financing Options:

Each admitted candidate will receive an individual financial package.

5 Reasons

5 reasons why you should study Chemistry and Biotechnology (CBT) at Jacobs University

  1. Study a truly transdisciplinary program to learn all relevant aspects of your field
  2. Benefit from a focus on biotechnology for a solid industry career perspective and employability
  3. Benefit from academic excellence for further studies at Master or PhD levels or a career in research
  4. Benefit from small classes, a favorable student-to-teacher ratio, approachable professors and excellent labs and facilities
  5. Live and learn within an international community with talents from more than 100 nations


The three-year undergraduate program involves six semesters of study with a total of 180 ECTS credit points (CP). The curricular structure follows an innovative and student-centered modularization scheme - the 3C-Model - that groups the disciplinary content of the three study years according to overarching themes:


Study program structure


THE Young University Ranking 2019 Jacobs University has been top-ranked # 26 of 351 universities worldwide younger than 50 years, #11 in “Teaching” among the young universities worldwide as well as #1 in “International Outlook” and “Teaching” in Germany

CHE Ranking 2019 Jacobs University achieved top results in numerous other areas of the CHE ranking 2019. The most detailed university ranking in the German-speaking region not only takes into account facts on the range of courses but also questions students themselves.

Chemistry Student Society

The Jacobs Chemistry Student Society is an organization founded by current and former Chemistry undergraduate students at Jacobs University in order to create a common platform for all those who have a love of Chemistry.

As a society, they aim:

  • to promote the communication between students and faculty.
  • to form a bond between all Chemistry majors studying at Jacobs, from Bachelors to PhD.
  • to improve the undergraduate Chemistry program in general for future students.
  • to be a support group for students of Chemistry and similar majors.
  • to bring the Jacobs Community together as a whole by organizing collective events, mostly in collaboration with other societies present on campus.

Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh)
As students of a German university, here at Jacobs, you have the opportunity to be a member of Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh), which is the German Society of Chemists. It can provide opportunities for internships, scholarships, events, etc.
Every member of GDCh is encouraged attend a monthly meeting of the society at University of Bremen.

Students & Alumni

The professors are knowledgeable and eager to help, and the practical work made all the science tangible.

Megi Mustafai

"The scholarship shows me that I made the right decision."
As an exceptionally gifted student, Lisa has been awarded the August Wilhelm von Hofmann scholarship of the German Chemical Society (GDCh)

Lisa Tichagwa

Designing solutions for a healthier world has always been one of the great challenges of science. Food, plants and marine algae can have a positive effect on health similar to that of conventional medicine. However, scientists first have to identify and isolate bioactive substances and explore their safe application.
Life on campus
Jacobs Students come from all over the world to live and learn at Jacobs University. Our student body represents 120 nations. They form an ambitious campus community whose internationality is unprecedented in Europe. Jacobs University’s green and tree-shaded 80-acre campus provides much more than buildings for teaching and research.
THE 2019 Young University Ranking: Jacobs University Bremen is one of the best young universities in the world
Once again, Jacobs University performed excellently in a university ranking. In the 2019 Times Higher Education (THE) Young University Ranking for universities which are younger than 50 years, the international, English-language campus university ranks 26th...
Lisa Tichagwa: An exceptional chemistry student
Medicine? Yes! Engineering? Yes! But chemistry? Better not. "When people in Zimbabwe say that they want to study chemistry, most people ask: ‘What will you do with it?’ ", tells Lisa Tichagwa. "They normally suggest...
Ulrich Kortz, Professor für Chemie an der Bremer Jacobs University, und sein Mitarbeiter Dr. Saurav Bhattacharya mit einem POM-Modell. (Quelle: privat)
Researchers at Jacobs University Bremen discover a new class of heterogeneous catalysts based on precious metals
It is stable and recyclable: a team of scientists from Jacobs University led by Ulrich Kortz, Professor of Chemistry, has developed a new class of materials in close cooperation with researchers from the Carl von...

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