Biotechnology (BA)

Department Applied Biosciences and Process Engineering


  • Microbiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Genetic engineering
  • Bioprocess engineering
  • Special processing

Course content and objectives

The program includes all stages of development of biotechnological processes such as microbiological strain selection, genetic engineering changes in cells, optimization of milieu conditions at the lab level, and designing and measuring bioreactors.
Students apply new findings from molecular biology and genetic engineering using bioprocess engineering: They carry out microbiological and genetic engineering work, research biotechnological processes, and develop corresponding procedures. The necessary equipment is designed, measured, and operated by the students.

As they analyze microorganisms and animal and plant cells, students gain expertise about the building blocks for products that are in demand globally: From highly effective medications to safe mass products for feeding people and animals. In the cooperative bachelor’s degree program in Biotechnology, molecular-biological, genetic engineering, and process engineering methods are taught ranging from lab experiments to biotechnological processes. With its outstanding technical equipment, Köthen’s campus guarantees a practical education highly relevant to production.

The cooperative bachelor’s program in Biotechnology combines knowledge gained at the university with direct application in the practice. This combination of key technologies and special applications ensures a diverse educational profile. The continual shifts between theory and praxis phases enable students to directly apply theoretical knowledge in their daily work.

Graduates from the cooperative program in Biotechnology have excellent chances on the job market. In research institutions, biotechnological production areas, or the environmental industry, their expertise is in demand. They either start work immediately or they deepen their knowledge in the master’s program.


  • Abitur
  • Qualification for universities of applied science (Fachhochschulreife)
  • Master craftsman
  • or previous education or vocational training considered equivalent, and an internship contract for the entire duration of the program