Biology B.Sc., Gymnasium and Gesamtschule Teacher
- Bachelor of Science
- Start of Studies:
- Winter Semester
- Standard Period of Studies:
- 6 semesters
- ECTS Credits:
- 180Mehr Informationen
What does that mean?
ECTS are credit points that measure the workload of one's studies. A Bachelor in Teacher Training encompasses 180 ECTS, which are distributed over both subjects, pedagogical studies, and the Bachelor thesis.
Abitur or equivalent HZB
What does that mean?
General higher education entrance qualification (Abitur), subject specific university entrance qualification, or an equally recognized university entrance qualification (HZB)
Proficiency in German
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What does that mean?
You must provide documentation of your language skills for the language of instruction at the time of enrollment. Exam regulations.
Admission to First Semester
NC for WS 2013
Admission to Higher Semesters
No NC for WS 2013
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RWTH Aachen self assessments are online advising processes for deciding what to study. Participation in one (rarely two) of these self assessments is mandatory. You can find which self assessment you need to take for this subject in the course of study description under "Prerequisites". You will need to show proof of participation in a subject specific self assessment in order to enroll (not to apply). You can print out the participation certificate yourself.
Dates and Deadlines
Biology is the science of living nature. It investigates how living things are built and how they function at different levels (cells, organism, ecosystems) in their specific physical and chemical surroundings. Biology has gained importance as an applied science in the past years based on classic disciplines of special and general biology such as botany, zoology, microbiology, morphology, systematics, celluar biology, developmental biology, physiology, and ecology. Examples of areas where it has gained importance include bionics, biotechnology, bioresources, biomedicine, and bio-information systems. Biology determines our society like never before, because new possibilities are always being discovered, to not only analyze life processes with modern methods, but to interrupt and influence them.
Topics and methods dealt with in school will also be discussed at the university. However biology here extends far beyond what biology in school covered. Additionally, the teaching and learning methods at the university differ from lessons in school: lecturers present a large amount of disciplinary and methodological aspects in lectures. Subject-specific methods are gathered in tutorials and internships by implementing experiments, working with equipment, specimens, and (living) organisms, and written reports are established in the form of test protocols. In seminars, complex problems and current research findings are worked out and presented using (English language) original literature and independent contributions on previously determined topics.
The disciplinary modules deal with basic content and methods of general and organic chemistry, plant and animal morphology, genetics, cellular biology, plant, animal, and human physiology, microbiology, bionics, biotechnology, and ecology, from which selected focuses are expanded in another module - including through a multi-day trip. The pedagogical module facilitates the foundation of teaching and learning biology and focuses on the subject-specific work techniques in biology class, particularly experiments.
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Two of the following instructional subjects are combined in studies for teachers at Gymnasien and Gesamtschulen: biology, chemistry, German, English, French, history, computer science, Catholic religious education, math, physics, and Spanish. Every subject can be equally combined with another. Course of Study Model Lehramt at Gymnasien and Gesamtschulen (de)
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In the future, teaching training in NRW will include a so called “Suitability Experience,” which is recommended to be completed before the beginning of a student’s studies. This is not a requirement for studies. That means: it does not have to have been completed at the time of enrollment. It can be completed during the course of study, and must be completed before the start of the teaching practice or internship (after studies). More information is available on the Lehrerbildungszentrum page about the suitability experience and in the Ministry of Schools brochure.
In addition to great interest in biological problems, and how scientific research works, students must bring basic skills in mathematics, physics, and chemistry, or at least the preparedness to quickly acquire these skills. Students must also have confident mastery of the German language both in writing and reading. Furthermore, sufficient English skills as the language of science are also required. The desire, to extend one's own enthusiasm, knowledge, and abilities to children, youth, and young adults, must also be strong. Overall, a high level of preparedness and ability to learn, for critical self-reflection, and for independent work is extremely important, as in all studies.
The RWTH Aachen "Lehramt" Self Assessment is an enrollment prerequisite for this course of study. You will need to submit your participation certificate when you enroll, but not in order to apply.
You can find information from the NRW Ministry of Schools about the career prospects for various fields of teaching through 2030 in the brochure Prognoses on the Job Market for Teachers in North Rhine-Westphalia.
Master's Degree Prospects
After successfully completing the Bachelor degree, you can continue with the Master of Education (4 semesters). With this degree, you can start your teaching practice (This phase used to be called "Refendariat" instead of "Vorbereitungsdienst".)
Since your Bachelor degree opens up various futher education possibilities, you can - depending on your subject combination - persue other Master's programs. The respective exam board will decide whether or not you are qualified for a Master's that is not in the field of education.
Exam regulations regulate academic goals and prerequisites, the course of study layout, and exam procedures. The appendix to the regulations contains the description of the modules, from which the course of study is composed.
Special Regulations: Subject Specific Exam Regulations (de) (The current version applies to all first year students.)
The Biology course of study is offered by the Department of Biology in the Faculty of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Natural Sciences.