Bachelor's Programme Biology

Curriculum (2008W)

Bachelor of Science

6 semesters/180 ECTS-Credits

Mode of Study


Secondary school completion certificate or equivalent and Language Certificates

Faculty of Biology

Qualification Level
Bachelor (First Cycle)
ISCED-11: Level 6, EQF/NQF: Level 6

0511 Biology

Study Code
UC 033 630

Supplemental Examination

As of winter semester 2019/2020 this programme is no longer open to new entrants.

Information on the Curriculum (2008W)

The complete version of the curriculum reflects the currently valid version of the curriculum. It is for informational purposes only and is not legally binding. The legally binding version of the curriculum, including any amendments, may be found in the University of Innsbruck Bulletins.

In order to determine which version of the curriculum is applicable in your case, see the Catalogue of Studies, 
available at:
Section: Current Curriculum version.

Studies Induction and Orientation Stage (STEOP)

General Information

(1)  Within the scope of the Studies and Orientation Period, which takes place in the first semester, the following course examinations must be passed:

  1. VO Basic Botany: Functional Anatomy of Plants (CM 2 lit. a/2 hrs./3 ECTS-Credits);
  2. VO Basic Microbiology: Significance of Microorganisms (CM 2 lit. b/2 hrs./3 ECTS-Credits);
  3. VO Basic Zoology: Organisation and Diversity of Animals I (CM 2 lit. c/2 hrs. /3 ECTS-Credits).

(2)  Successful passing of all exams of the Studies Induction and Orientation Period entitles to passing all further courses and examinations and for writing the Bachelor’s Thesis.

(3)  Before successful completion of the Studies Induction and Orientation Period courses amounting to 21 ECTS-Credits may be passed. The registration requirements listed in the curriculum must be adhered to.

The Studies Induction and Orientation Stage (STEOP) requirements cease to be effective as of academic year 2014/2015 and no longer apply for students of this study programme.

Students who enrolled for this programme before 1 October 2014 (academic year 2014/2015) can repeat not successful completed courses which were designated in the curriculum as “STEOP courses” four times (= five examination attempts). As per Universities Act § 77 (2), previous attempts are to be counted among the number of total examination attempts permitted.

(1) The Studies Induction and Orientation Stage (STEOP), with a duration of one ts), provides an overview of the study programme and its structure in order to give students an objective basis to assess their decision to pursue their chosen subject(s).

(2) During the Studies Induction and Orientation Stage, the following course examinations, which may be repeated twice, must be completed satisfactorily:

1. VO Basic Botany: Functional Anatomy of Plants(CM 2 lit. a/2 h/3 ECTS-Credits);
2. VO Basic Microbiology: Significance of Microorganisms (CM 2 lit. b/2 h/3 ECTS-Credits);
3. VO Basic Zoology: Organisation and diversity of animals I (CM 2 lit. c/2 h/3 ECTS-Credits).

(3) A positive result (passing grade) on the examinations specified in Paragraph 2 permits students to attend all courses and take all examinations following the Studies Induction and Orientation Stage (STEOP) and to write a bachelor's thesis as described in the curriculum. The registration requirements specified by the curriculum must be met.

Recommended Course Sequence

The exemplary course sequence given below is recommended for full-time students beginning their study programme in the winter semester. The table shows one possible course sequence for the bachelor's programme and is not compulsory. Delays resulting from repeated examinations are not taken into account.

The standard duration of the study programme is 6 semesters or 180 ECTS-Credits, whereby according to the Universities Act of 2002, a workload of 1,500 (real) hours per academic year must be fulfilled, corresponding to 60 ECTS-Credits (one ECTS-Credit is equivalent to a workload of 25 hours).

10.0 ECTS-Credits: Basics 1
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Basics 2
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Basics 3

7.5 ECTS-Credits: Botany 1
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Zoology 1
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Microbiology 1
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Molecular Biology 1

7.5 ECTS-Credits: General Education 1
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Zoology 2
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Ecology 1
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Molecular Biology 2

7.5 ECTS-Credits: General Education 2
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Botany 2
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Microbiology 2
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Ecology 2

7.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module

7.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module
15.0 ECTS-Credits: Bachelor’s Thesis

Recommended course sequence for Bachelor Programme Biology

Supplementary Programme

Within the scope of the Study Programme, a Supplementary Programme corresponding to 60 ECTS-Credits may be passed. Admission to the Supplementary Programme requires the admission to or the having passed of one of the selected Study Programmes. Detailed information:

Information about examination regulations, assessment and grading

Examination regulations

The examination regulation is an integral part of the curriculum, detailed information can be found under the paragraph examination regulations.

Equivalence Lists (in German only)

The grade distribution table is a statistical representation of the distribution of all successfully completed examinations in a given programme of study or subject (based on all registered students for the programme or subject). The grade distribution table is updated in regular intervals.

 Austrian grading  scheme Definition  %-age
 1 EXCELLENT:  Outstanding performance 21.4= 100%
 2  GOOD:  Generally good, but with some errors 28.5
 3 SATISFACTORY:  Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors 28.8
 4 SUFFICIENT:  Performance meets the minimum criteria 21.3
 5 INSUFFICIENT:  Substantial improvement necessary; requirement of further work

December 2021

Overall classification of the qualification

Not applicable
Explanation: An overall classification (mit Auszeichnung bestanden/pass with distinction, bestanden/pass, nicht bestanden/fail) – is awarded only for examinations that conclude a programme of study and consist of more than one subject (an examination of this type is not specified in the curriculum of this programme of study).

Contact and Information

Examination Office
Standort Technikerstraße 17

Dean of Studies
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Birgit Weinberger

Information portal for Biology Students of the University of Innsbruck

Information about the Programme (in German only)

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