Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Biochemistry

The concept of this unique study program provides a common "basic education" in chemistry and biochemistry in a "Y-model" in the first four semesters. The fifth and sixth semesters are followed by the so-called "orientation studies", in which the students can choose subject specializations and prepare the bachelor's thesis.

Strengths of this Bachelor's Degree Program According to the "Y-Model

The LMU Bachelor's program "Chemistry and Biochemistry" is completed in the four sub-subjects Inorganic Chemistry, Biochemistry, Organic Chemistry and Physical Chemistry in a regular course of study of six semesters. The study of chemistry and biochemistry is designed to familiarize students with experimental methods in a close combination of theory and practice, to impart thorough knowledge, and to train the powers of observation and manual skills that are prerequisites for independent scientific work.

  • Interdisciplinary structure
    Students receive, from the beginning of the program, a broad education in three faculties which later will facilitate their modern, interdisciplinary research activities.
  • Flexibility
    The decision about which major to follow is deferred until it can be made on the basis of experience and skill. On the other hand, specialization can begin early in the orientation program because of the great range of choice in courses.

The bachelor's degree enables an early transition into professional life and at the same time prepares students for the two specialization courses leading to master's degrees in chemistry or in biochemistry.

This degree program is admission-free. The course can only be started in the winter semester. The language of instruction is German. The standard period of study is 6 semesters (180 ECTS credits).

General description of the study program on the central LMU websites

The program’s design and its components

The bachelor program "Chemistry and Biochemistry"at the LMU is divided into four components: inorganic chemistry, biochemistry, organic chemistry and physical chemistry, and should be completed in six semesters. The program should acquaint the student with the theory and practice of experimental methods, impart a thorough knowledge of the subject and train the student's power of observation and develop his or her technical skills, all of which are requirements for independent scientific work.

The bachelor program in chemistry and biochemistry always begins in the winter semester and consists of two parts:

  • During the first four semesters of the Basic Study program, the fundamentals of inorganic chemistry, biochemistry, organic chemistry and physical chemistry as well as mathematics, physics and biology are covered. Lectures and lab courses, which familiarize students with basic experimental techniques and methods and the most important substances, are coordinated as far as possible.
  • The Orientation Program, in the following two semesters, gives students the opportunity to concentrate in the field of chemistry or biochemistry by allowing them to choose from a large number of required and elective courses. In addition to inorganic chemistry, biochemistry, organic chemistry and physical/theoretical chemistry, students are required to choose from among the following courses: genetics, microbiology, physiology, structure biology and cell biology. The following courses are elective: bioinformatics, solid-state physics, immunology, informatics, crystallography, macromolecular chemistry, materials sciences, neurobiology, patent law, pharmaceutical chemistry, pharmaceutical biology, pharmacology and toxicology, phytochemistry and theoretical physics. Other elective courses which are deemed suitable by the Examinations Committee may also be chosen. Modern experimental techniques and analytical methods are covered in labs and courses for advanced students.
  • The bachelor program is completed with the submission of a bachelor's thesis in one of the four main subjects. A diploma with the title Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) is issued after successful completion of the program.

Please read the following information carefully. If you have any questions, please contact

Admission and enrollment

  • There are no admission restrictions for this degree course. A study place is available to all prospective students who have the university entrance qualification; therefore, no application is necessary before enrolment. Likewise, no aptitude assessment procedure, pre-registration or study orientation procedure is required.

Matriculation (enrolment) in the degree program takes place at the Student Office. You must submit the required documents there. The deadlines and requirements will be announced by the Studentenkanzlei (see links below).
Depending on your nationality, you can find further information on the enrollment procedure on the central LMU website.

  • For "Bildungsinländer" (persons with a German Abitur), the enrollment deadlines set by the LMU Student Office then apply.
  • International applicants (EU/EEA nationals and non-EU/EEA nationals) must usually apply to the International Office by July 15, but in some cases also to the Student Office or the Central Foundation for University Admissions. Please contact the International Office for more information.

Flyer of the Central Student Advisory Service on the topic of enrollment (PDF, 516 KB) (PDF, 516 KB)

Placement in a higher semester

You can use the time between graduating from high school (Abitur) and starting at the LMU by preparing yourself for the program.
Although courses and lab work are organized so that students can be successful without large amounts of prior knowledge, the time-consuming work load at the beginning of the first semester can be handled more easily if you prepare yourself optimally.

In addition to the following preparation suggestions, you can test your prior knowledge of stoichiometry, for example, by using interactive learning programs (below).


Here you can find info about the study program in (short german) videos.

Preparing for chemistry

In the first semester, teaching will concentrate on chemical equilibrium and the chemistry of the elements. Concepts such as acids and bases, redox reactions, solubility and crystallization will be focussed upon. These are concepts which are also treated in non-natural-sciences-based schools. Good textbooks, such as Mortimer, Chemie - Basiswissen der Chemie, Thieme Verlag, can be of great use.

Preparing for mathematics and physics

New entrants to our program have shown major differences in the levels of basic knowledge in mathematics and physics. That is why the courses "Mathematics for Chemists" and "Mathematics for Physicists" in the first two semesters of the program often cause problems and are also very time-consuming. We strongly recommend a review of the material from the basic math courses of the 10th through 13th grades of Gymnasium.

Please register here for the Lab Courses

If no times are specified for the internships, they take place during the lecture period.

1. Semester (WiSe=winter term)

  • T1AD: Chemisches Grundpraktikum
    Admission requirement: none

2. Semester (SoSe=summer term)

Following 2 lab courses are consecutive during the lecture period, 6 weeks each.

  • T1BB: AC I Praktikum für Chemiker
    Admission requirement: T1AD Grundpraktikum including exam and passed exam of "Anorganische Experimentalchemie".
  • Grundpraktikum in Experimentalphysik
    Admission requirement: none

3. Semester (WiSe)

  • T1CC: OC I Praktikum (Gattermann-Praktikum)
    Admission requirement: passed OC1 exams

4. Semester (SoSe)

Following 3 Lab Courses are consecutive during the lecture period, 4 weeks each.

  • T1DD: AC II Praktikum
    Admission requirement: T1BB AC1-Praktikum
  • T1DF: PC I Praktikum
    Admission requirement: 3 of 4 exams of the lectures Physikalische Chemie I und II, and Einführung in die mathematische Behandlung der Naturwissenschaften I und II must be passed.
  • T1DH: BC I Praktikum
    Admission requirement: none
    All information concerning the lab courses in Biochemistry may be found at the Gencenter webpages.

5. Semester (WiSe)

  • T1EF: AC III Praktikum (Sep./Oct.)
    Admission requirement:T1DD AC2-Praktikum
  • T1ER: BC II Praktikum (Feb./March)
    Admission requirement: T1DH BC I Praktikum
    All information concerning the lab courses in Biochemistry may be found at the Gencenter or Moodle webpages.
  • T1EL: PC II Praktikum
    Admission requirement: T1DF PC 1-Praktikum
  • T1FE: OC II Praktikum (Literatur-Praktikum)
    Admission requirement: passed OC1- lab course and T1CC exams
  • T1FK: TC-Praktikum (Computational Chemistry)
    Admission requirement: passed exam of Physikalischer Chemie 2 (Theoretische Chemie 1 and 2)

6. Semester (SoSe)

  • T1EF: AC III Praktikum (im March/April)
    Admission requirement: T1DD AC2-Praktikum
  • T1FE: OC II Praktikum (Literatur-Praktikum)
    Admission requirement: passed OC1- lab course and T1CC exams
  • T1FK: TC-Praktikum (Computational Chemistry)
    Admission requirement: passed exams in Physikalischer Chemie 2 (Theoretische Chemie 1 and 2)

General information about the Bachelor thesis

The Bachelor's thesis should be written in one of the two subjects from which the elective modules have been chosen in accordance with Appendix 2 of the examination regulations.

Admission requirements: all achievements of the basic studies (semester 1-4 : 120 ECTS).

The duration of the work is fixed in the examination regulations in §14 at 10 weeks, which corresponds to a total of approx. 400 working hours. For the experimental work, approx. 6 weeks (full time) are planned in the lecture-free period and approx. 8 weeks (slightly more than half time) in the semester, i.e. approx. 240 working hours.
The extent of the written work depends on the topic and the subject, but should be less than the master's thesis, which is equivalent to a diploma thesis.
The student clarifies the topic and the working hours with the working group leader (first examiner). The first examiner must then sign the registration form. This is available in the examination office as soon as the admission requirements are fulfilled.

The registration form for the Bachelor thesis must be submitted to the examination office at the latest when the work begins!

A single copy of the written version of the thesis must be submitted to the Examination Office no later than 4 months after registration.
Two further copies are to be prepared for the first and second examiners respectively.
The paper should be reviewed and graded by the first and second examiners no later than 1 month after submission.
First and second examiners must be members of the examination board.

Informationen zur Bachelor-Arbeit als Download (PDF, 25 KB) (PDF, 25 KB)

Additional regulations for the preparation of external bachelor theses

The Bachelor thesis may be produced at institutions external of the LMU departments of Chemistry or Biochemistry (national as well as abroad).

Therefore you have to submit an informal proposal to the examination office, which will be evaluated by the chair of the examination committee.
The proposal should express the following points:

  • Topic of the thesis
  • Name of the external supervisor (including information to the institution)
  • Signature of the external and official supervisor (=Prüfungsberechtiger) of the departments, who works in this scientific field (requires prior consultation with the official supervisor)

If you plan a thesis in industry, you also have to submit a transcript. Additionally, you have to mention that the external supervisor has to furnish an opinion (including marks), that he/she transfers to the official supervisor of the departments.