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Integrated Life Sciences: Biology, Biomathematics and Biophysics (BSc)

What is the degree programme about?

Do you have an interest in biology as well as a flair for mathematics and/or physics? Then the Integrated Life Sciences degree programme – the only one of its kind in Germany – may be the right choice for you. It allows you to study biology, mathematics and biophysics, with a particular focus on the areas where these subjects overlap.

How is the function of cells related to their composition, structure and dynamics? What are the functions of cellular proteins and their sequence or biological membranes in this context? How can proteins be designed in a laboratory or using a computer? These questions and many more can only be investigated with the help of the revolutionary developments in biological research that have taken place in recent years. However, an understanding of other scientific disciplines is also required in order to make new discoveries in biology. For example, the huge amounts of data in DNA sequencing projects aiming to investigate the evolution of cells or organisms can only be evaluated using sophisticated mathematical algorithms. In cell biology, new optical processes in physics allow biological macromolecules to be tracked on their way through cells, all the way from the places where they are created to their final destinations. In addition, the structure and function of individual macromolecules can be studied using computer simulations.

These are just a few examples that demonstrate that modern biology requires more than traditional biological knowledge. Today life sciences cover all areas of mathematics and the natural sciences, allowing biological processes to be quantitatively evaluated and processed. The Integrated Life Sciences degree programme is designed in such a way that you will gain the required understanding of biology, mathematics and physics, and also learn about interdisciplinary areas involving biology – such as microscopy and optics, bioinformatics and systems biology, biophysics and structural biology – in special modules. This will allow you to understand the language of other sciences and contribute your knowledge to interdisciplinary work.

What can I do with this degree?

Graduates of Integrated Life Sciences have a wide range of career opportunities in areas such as:

  • interdisciplinary research and development in industry and at research institutions (e.g. using microscopy or modern techniques in high-throughput biology, such as genome analysis or biophysical analysis of macromolecules such as proteins)
  • the pharmaceutical industry
  • biotechnology
  • university teaching
  • business consultancy
What qualities and skills do I need?
  • an interest in sciences in general, as Integrated Life Sciences is an interdisciplinary degree programme
  • a flair for mathematics and physics – if you struggled with these subjects in school you will have difficulties in this degree programme
  • a passion for issues related to biology
Good reasons for choosing to study at FAU
  • This degree programme is only available in Erlangen as it is the only one of its kind in Germany.
  • You will study the areas where biology, mathematics and physics meet.
  • The degree programme is highly interdisciplinary in nature.
Potential challenges
  • There is a qualification assessment process for this degree programme. Information about this process is available on the degree programme website.
  • The wide range of subjects covered make this degree programme very demanding; the expectations are relatively high.
  • Biology, mathematics and physics are focused on in equal depth – this means you must study all three subjects and give them equal attention.
Degree programme start date and application deadlines

ILS ca be started only in winter semester. There are on admissions but applicants need to follow a registration procedure. Registrations have to be submitted before August 15 online via campo

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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: English, German
Admission: No Admissions Restrictions, Registration
Size: (25-49 Students)
Early entrance programme: no
Part-time study: no
Faculty: Faculty of Natural Sciences