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Chemical and Biological Engineering (BSc)

What is the degree programme about?

Chemical and biological engineering deals with transforming materials through chemical, physical and biological processes. Acting as a link between chemistry, biotechnology, mechanical engineering and construction, chemical and biological engineers are responsible for implementing processes used to change materials (e.g. synthesis) that are developed by chemists and biologists on the large scale that is required for production. To do this they require knowledge of both sciences (chemistry, biology, physics and mathematics) and engineering.

The basics of engineering and the sciences are taught in the first and second semesters. During the degree programme, students deepen their knowledge of these subjects by studying additional areas, such as chemical reaction engineering, separations processes, energy process engineering, technical thermodynamics, bioprocess engineering, mechanical process engineering, process machines and process technology, multi-scale simulation, and fluid mechanics. After completing the degree programme graduates are able to apply the skills they have acquired to solve problems related to process engineering.

What can I do with this degree?

More than half of industrial production in Germany requires processes designed through process engineering. This applies in many different areas, from the oil industry or chemical and pharmaceutical industry to the food industry or the engineering industry. Furthermore, process engineering is becoming more and more important in automotive engineering, energy technology and conservation.

The responsibilities of chemical and biological engineers may include:

  • designing processes on a small, large and industrial scale
  • researching methods of developing new processes
  • systems engineering, construction, planning
  • ensuring raw materials and energy are used efficiently
What qualities and skills do I need?
  • an interest in applying the connections between mathematics and physics to solve problems related to engineering
  • an interest in learning about the world and the connections between mathematics and physics
  • both team skills and the ability to work independently using good organisation skills
  • a willingness to collaborate on tasks with specialists from other disciplines
  • an interest in scientific experiments
Good reasons for choosing to study at FAU
  • Theory and practice are equally important in this degree programme
  • Laboratory work where theory is put into practice, excursions organised by the department and opportunities to work as a student assistant help students gain a more in-depth understanding of process engineering
  • The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering has state-of-the-art technology as it collaborates on many research projects with partners from industry. Students can contribute to this research in their theses and discover where their own strengths lie.
Potential challenges
  • This degree programme is not the same as purely science-based degree programmes in chemistry or biology. In addition to acquiring basic knowledge of mathematics, chemistry and biology, you will learn about key topics in engineering, in particular process engineering.
  • Examinations periods are at the beginning and end of the semester breaks, meaning that you will need to use the breaks to study and prepare for examinations.
  • You will need to have well-structured independent working methods and carry out careful preparation and follow-up work in order to complete the degree programme within the set period.
  • There are no admission restrictions for this degree programme but you must pass the preliminary examination (GOP) within the set period in the first few semesters to confirm that you are suitable for the degree programme at an early stage.
Degree programme start date and application deadlines

The FAU website provides an overview of the current application deadlines as well as information on the selection process and how to apply.

Start date of degree programme: Winter Term

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Degree type: Bachelor of Science (BSc)
Type of study: One subject Bachelor's degree programme
Location: Erlangen
Standard duration of study: 6 Semester
Start date of degree programme: Winter Term
Language: German
Admission: No Admissions Restrictions
Size: (50-99 Students)
Early entrance programme: no
Part-time study: no
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering