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Bachelor (1 Subject)

Chem­is­try

Overview

Degree Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
Field Natural Sciences and Technology
Language German
Standard program duration 6 semesters
Admission restrictions None
Further in­for­mation Homepage (German only)
Module Handbook (German only)
Syllabus (German only)

Short profile

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.

Knowledge and skills

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.

Professional fields

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.

Further in­for­mation

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”.

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