Institute of Chemistry

Chemistry, Bachelor of Science

In all of our degree programs, students receive a broad foundation of general principles before acquiring advanced know-how and skills in all sub-areas of their specific disciplines. Students also have the opportunity to tailor their studies and create their own profile through compulsory elective and elective modules.

General information

Faculty II – Mathematics and Natural Sciences has offered its Chemistry bachelor’s program since winter semester 2008/09.

The standard period of study, including writing the bachelor’s thesis, is six semesters. Upon successful completion of all exams, which you take over the course of your studies, you will receive the academic degree Bachelor of Science or B.Sc.

The Chemistry bachelor’s program provides students with a broad basic education in experimental and theoretical chemistry, mathematics, physics as well as other chemical and non-chemical fields. You will acquire a firm fundamental understanding of chemistry as well as initial specialized know-how along with practical skills in all disciplines of chemistry.  

We place particular focus on teaching and demonstrating how the various sub-disciplines of chemistry are connected. Each looks at chemical issues from a different perspective but generally draws on methods and findings from other areas of chemistry as well. For this reason, the courses in the module “General Chemistry,” held in the first semester, are taught together by instructors from all sub-disciplines to clearly demonstrate how they are interlinked within chemistry. Chemistry requires thinking outside the box and considering other sciences as well.

During your bachelor’s studies, you will have the opportunity to choose courses based on your interests. We have a comprehensive compulsory elective component with offers from all chemistry sub-disciplines as well as an elective component without any subject requirements Further information can be found in the study and examination regulations (see below) as well as in the course catalogue, which provides an overview of courses offered.

Further information is available on the Academic Advising Service’s pages about the Chemistry bachelor’s program.

Further information

The curriculum is organized into learning/qualification units called modules. Each module is completed with either an oral or written module exam or exam-equivalent coursework. Some exams are not graded but instead are taken on a pass/fail basis. The bachelor's examination consists of all module examinations and the bachelor’s thesis in the last semester.

Students receive credit for completing coursework and exams. The European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) is the basis for calculating how many credit points are awarded. The number of credit points indicates the average quantitative workload required to meet the study and exam requirements. This includes attending class, preparing for class and studying on your own time, completing coursework, preparing for exams as well as taking exams. One credit point is equivalent to 30 hours. You generally need to acquire 30 credit points each semester. A total of 180 credit points (=5,400 hours) are required for the bachelor’s program in Chemistry, including 168 credit points (=5,040 hours) for modules and 12 credits (=360 hours) for your bachelor’s thesis.


After graduating from our bachelor’s program in Chemistry, you can continue your studies in the following master’s programs at our institute:

  • Chemistry, M.Sc.
  • Biological Chemistry, M.Sc. (You must choose the biological chemistry specialization in your bachelor’s and complete 18 ECTS.)
  • Polymer Science

To continue your studies in the 

  • Chemical Engineering, M.Sc. program

you must complete additional coursework and exams. If you are interested in changing degree programs, we recommend contacting Dr. Frank Beuster, the program representative, as early as possible. 

Further information is available on the Academic Advising Service’s pages about the Chemistry bachelor’s program.

Information about the current study and examination regulations

In winter semester 2019/20, new study and examination regulations took effect. Both the current and previous version can be found in the general degree program profile.

TU Berlin’s General Study and Examination Regulations (AllgStuPO) also apply in addition to the subject-specific regulations. The Academic Advising Service has published the AllgStuPO and all currently valid study and examination regulations.

Examination board and contact

Applying and enrolling

The bachelor’s program in Chemistry is open admission. You only need a university entrance qualification certificate to apply.

Regardless of whether you are starting your studies or transferring degree programs, you can find full details about applying and enrolling on the Academic Advising Service website.