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Bachelor's Programme Biology

Faculty Faculty of Biology
Duration / ECTS-Credits 6 semesters / 180 ECTS-Credits
Academic Degree
Bachelor of Science (BSc)
Qualification Level Bachelor (First Cycle)
ISCED-11: Level 6, EQF/NQF: Level 6
ISCED-F 0511 Biology
Mode of Study Full-Time
Study Code
UC 033 630
Curriculum Information on the Curriculum (2019)*
Language of Instruction German
Admission Requirements
Secondary school completion certificate or equivalent and Language Certificates
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).

* 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

University of Innsbruck Bulletins » (Click to open all University of Innsbruck Bulletins)

Studies Induction and Orientation Stage (STEOP)

(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. 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.

General Information

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).

First Semester »

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

Second Semester »

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

Third Semester »

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

Fourth Semester »

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

Fifth Semester »

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

Sixth Semester »

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

Graphic chart »

Studienverlauf_BA Biologie 19w_en

Qualification Profile and Skills

The Bachelor's Programme Biology, incorporating the fundamentals of the natural sciences (chemistry, biochemistry, physics) and general abilities (multidisciplinary skills, laboratory methods, field methods, experimental design, statistics), offers wide-ranging instruction in the individual branches of biology (botany, zoology, microbiology, ecology and molecular biology). The modules convey both theoretical knowledge, based on extensive laboratory and field experience, and necessary practical skills. Students are made familiar with scientific writing and research and are able to develop problem-solving skills. Individual specialization may be pursued through the selection of specific elective modules from the branches of biology, allowing students to adapt their programme to meet individual occupational goals.

Expected Learning Outcomes

Graduates are able to elaborate, evaluate, assess and implement scientific developments in the fields of biology and to apply them in interdisciplinary contexts. They possess theoretical and methodological problem-solving skills as well as multidisciplinary skills, such as learning strategies, literature research and information retrieval, and scientific communication. 

Future Prospects: Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities

The Bachelor's Programme Biology specifically prepares students for activities in private and public institutions in the fields of agriculture and forestry, environment and nature conservation, landscape planning and management, pharmaceutics, medicine, public administration, museums and libraries, botanical and zoological gardens, and nature reserves.

Postgraduate and further Studies at the University of Innsbruck

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.

Description of the applied grading system (including the grade distribution table) »

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
 Outstanding performance

= 100%


 Generally good, but with some errors
 Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors
 Performance meets the minimum criteria
 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). 

Information about the Programme (in German only)

Forms (in German only)

Contact and Information

Examination Office
Standort Technikerstraße 17 Piktogramm barrierefreier Zugang

Dean of Studies 
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Birgit Weinberger Information portal for Biology Students of the University of Innsbruck 

Information for students with disabilities

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