Bachelor's Programme Biology

Curriculum (2019W)

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

The curriculum is the basis of a degree programme. A look at the curriculum for the Bachelor's Programme Biology gives you a detailed overview of the structure, content, examination regulations and qualification profile of this Bachelor's degree.

The curriculum can clarify several important questions before you start your studies. For example, which criteria must be fulfilled for enrolment in the Bachelor's Programme Biology, how long the programme lasts, which modules must be completed and much more.

The 2019W curriculum currently applies to the Bachelor's Programme Biology.

Information on the Curriculum (2019W)

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

Supplemental Examination

The supplemental examination in Biology and Environmental Protection is dropped

  • if a minimum of four hours in natural sciences, biology or biology in conjunction with other teaching areas per week were successfully attended at a secondary school after the 8th school grade.
  • if the knowledge from the fields of natural sciences, biology or biology in conjunction with other teaching areas  are already part of the admission procedure prior admission (concerns all admission processes acc. to §65a and §§71b, c, d UA 2002).

Studies Induction and Orientation Stage (STEOP)

General Information

  1. SL The Bachelor’s Programme Biology at the University of Innsbruck (Compulsory Module 1 lit. a/1h/0.5 ECTS-Credits)
  2. VO Botany (Compulsory Module 1 lit. b/2 hrs/3 ECTS-Credits)
  3. VO Zoology (Compulsory Module 1 lit. c/2 hrs./3 ECTS-Credits)
  4. VO Microbiology (Compulsory Module 1 lit. e/2 hrs./3 ECTS-Credits).

(2) Successful passing of the examinations listed in paragraph 1 entitles to passing all further lectures and examinations beyond the studies induction and orientation stage as well as to writing the Bachelor’s Thesis as prescribed by the curriculum. The registration requirements specified in the curriculum must be met.

(3) Before the completion of the studies induction and orientation stage, courses corresponding to 20.5 ECTS-Credits may be passed. The registration requirements specified in 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).

12.5 ECTS-Credits: Introduction to the Biological Disciplines
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Fundamentals of Biology
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Fundamentals of Chemistry and Physics

2.5 ECTS-Credits: Biochemistry
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Fundamentals of Human Biology
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Microbiology I
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Botany I
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Zoology I

7.5 ECTS-Credits: Fundamentals of Scientific Working
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Ecology I
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Microbiology II
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Zoology II

7.5 ECTS-AP: Botany II
7.5 ECTS-AP: Ecology II
7.5 ECTS-AP: Microbiology II
2.5 ECTS-AP: Presentation
5.0 ECTS-AP: Practical Skills: Fieldwork or Practical Skills: Lab Work

7.5 ECTS-AP: Elective Module
7.5 ECTS-AP: Elective Module
7.5 ECTS-AP: Elective Module
7.5 ECTS-AP: Elective Module

7.5 ECTS-AP: Elective Module
7.5 ECTS-AP: Elective Module
15.0 ECTS-AP: Bachelor's Thesis

ECTS-Anrechnungspunkte (Arbeitsbelastung)
Course Sequence

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.

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, in accordance with § 73 Üara 3 UA, 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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