Chemical products can be found everywhere in our everyday life: medicines, cosmetics, storage media, plastics – chemists are involved in everything. They investigate the structure and properties of substances, experiment with compounds, and explore innovative application areas.
The Bachelor’s program in Chemistry is composed of the following courses:
- chemistry (general, analytical, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry)
- methods of structure determination
- mathematics and physics
- toxicology and law
- technical chemistry
- bio-organic chemistry
- compulsory electives and internships.
Most of the compulsory courses are accompanied by laboratory internships. With the associated seminars, these comprise almost 50% of the attendance time during the Bachelor's program. More than 75% of the time at the university is allotted to teaching and internships in the field of chemistry.
A special feature of the Chemistry Bachelor's program at TU Dortmund University is the opportunity, particularly in technical chemistry, to gain insight into the processes used by the chemical industry and the large-scale implementation of reactions developed on a laboratory scale. Also, in bio-inorganic chemistry, students learn about the properties of biomolecules such as proteins, peptides, oligonucleotides, and nucleic acids and how they can be used to carry out reactions, for example, to create new products. The Bachelor's program concludes with a Bachelor's thesis, a first scientific paper.
There are no requirements for prior knowledge or internships in chemistry, since all the basics are covered in the program. However, the more chemical and biochemical knowledge a student comes with, the easier it will be to get started. In mathematics and English, on the other hand, basic knowledge is required. At the least, it is assumed that students will be able to read and understand scientific publications written in English no later than the end of the Bachelor's program.
In general, this course of study requires enthusiasm for chemistry as well as for experimentation. Besides that, students should bring to the program a capacity for teamwork, perseverance, motivation, joy in learning, and an independent way of working.
To help students prepare for the program, the Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Biology offers a preparatory course in the last two weeks before studies commence in the winter semester. Here the chemical and mathematical material taught in high school will be recapitulated.
Chemists have a wide range of career options, for example in the following areas:
- innovative materials (e.g., plastics with special properties)
- active substances to fight diseases
- additives (e.g., flame retardants, softening agents, light screening agents)
- development of novel renewable raw materials
- computer technology products and microelectronics products
- media for storage of energy, information, etc.
- development of sustainable products
- development of new tests, measurement methods, and measurement devices
Chemists can work not only in research and development, but also in areas such as application technology, process optimization, quality management, chemical analysis, product management, sales, marketing, intellectual property, documentation, organization, corporate communications, public relations, business consulting, insurance, and pharmaceutical consulting.
The Bachelor's degree qualifies graduates for professional life. Most, however, pursue a Master's degree and often a doctoral degree.
A semester or year abroad is quite possible, particularly in the Master's phase. Here no more mandatory courses need to be completed, only elective courses within certain basic guidelines. During the stay abroad, students can take courses, carry out a research internship, or complete the Master's thesis.
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Location & approach
The campus of TU Dortmund University is located close to interstate junction Dortmund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dortmund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dortmund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Campus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dortmund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Campus). Signs for the university are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dortmund.
To get from North Campus to South Campus by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Campus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.
TU Dortmund University has its own train station (“Dortmund Universität”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dortmund main station (“Dortmund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The university is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.
You can also take the bus or subway train from Dortmund city to the university: From Dortmund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dortmund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dortmund main station to the stop “Dortmund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dortmund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dortmund Universität S”.
The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.
The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dortmund University. There are two stations on North Campus. One (“Dortmund Universität S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the university directly with the city of Dortmund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Campus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Campus and offers a direct connection to South Campus every five minutes.
The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.