BIOLOGY

From bacteria to blue whales. The study of all living things with evolution as its common denominator.

Introduction

This programme is only offered in Danish.

If you wonder how a bear can survive the winter in hibernation, how birds navigate across continents, or how climate affects the nature around us, then Biology is the right place for you and your curiosity.

Studying on the biology programme

At Biology you study living nature on all levels. You will carry out field studies and laboratory work and you will cover everything from the smallest microorganisms to complex ecosystems and from genetics on a cellular level to evolution on a grand scale. The course programme at Biology combines lectures and teaching in smaller classes. This is where you make presentations, participate in discussions, complete assignments and prepare projects with your study group. Biology gives you time for in-depth study and you work closely with your teachers and fellow students.

A broad subject with a variety of specialisations

The first two years at Biology will give you a basic knowledge of organisms and their structure, biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, and physiology at the cellular and organism level. You gain basic knowledge of mathematics and chemistry, which are important building blocks for the programme. During the third year you can specialise in areas such as microbiology, genetics, physiology and ecology. You can also chose to incorporate completely different subject areas such as medicinal chemistry, agrobiology, biotechnology, law and communication.

Career opportunities

With a Bachelor’s degree in biology, you will be qualified for a variety of Master’s degree programmes such as agrobiology, molecular biology and, of course, biology. These can give you career opportunities in areas such as biotechnology, environmental management, consultancy, information and communication, or as an upper secondary school teacher. You can also choose to work in research.

Admission requirements

Admission area number: 22110

To be eligible for admission to this degree programme, you must fulfil the following requirements:

qualifying examination as well as the following specific admission requirements (A, B and C refers to the subject level in the Danish upper secondary school with A being the highest level possible): 

  • Danish A
  • English B
  • Mathematics A
  • And one of these combinations:
    • Physics B and Chemistry B
      or
    • Physics B and Biotechnology A
      or
    • Geoscience A and Chemistry B
      or
    • Chemistry A, Biology A and Physics C

If there are any subjects you have not completed at the required level, you can take them as supplementary courses or as a summer supplementary course (conditional Admission).

The admission requirements must be met and documented by 5 July in the year of application unless you apply for conditional admission.

Quota 2

Like quota 1 applicants, quota 2 applicants must have passed a qualifying examination, and they must also fulfil the specific admission requirements above.

Quota 2 applicants are individually evaluated on the basis of:

  1. a grade average calculated on the basis of the particularly relevant subjects (Quota 2 subjects), listed below
  2. other particularly relevant documented qualifications.

Quota 2 subjects:

  • Mathematics A
  • And one of these combinations:
    • Physics B and Chemistry B
      or
    • Physics B and Biotechnology A
      or
    • Geoscience A and Chemistry B
      or
    • Chemistry A, Biology A and Physics C

Read more about Aarhus University's quota 2 criteria.

Admission 2019

In 2019 a new entry requirement is introduced. To apply for admission in 2019 you must have a grade point average of 7.0 in your qualifying examination and at least 7.0 grade in average in Mathematics A.

Entrance examination

Applicants who do not meet or do not expect to meet the grade requirement of minimum 7.0 in Mathematics and an average of 7.0 in the qualifying examination, may apply for admission via an entrance examination. A passed entrance examination is equated with both grade requirements.

For applicants who wish to participate in an entrance examination, the application deadline is 15 March 12.00 (midday)

Quota 2 criteria

If there are more qualified applicants, that is more applicants who pass the entrance examination, than there are study places, the following criteria will be included in the assessment of applications:

  • Score from admission test
  • Average in Mathematics
  • Average in the qualifying examination.

Programme structure

Academic regulations

In the academic regulations for the Bachelor’s degree programme in biology, you can read more about the content of the individual subjects, the structure of the degree programme and the demands that will be made of you as a student. Here you can also read about the types of exam and the exam requirements:

In the study programme diagram for the Bachelor’s degree programme in biology you can click on the various subjects to read the individual course descriptions.


 

Student life

Both lectures and theoretical exercises

The lectures at Biology take place in a lecture theatre for large groups of students, while the theoretical and practical exercises take place in small classes. In the theoretical exercises we discuss topics and issues, solve assignments, do exercises and work with experiments related to the weekly lectures. 

During the first two years of the course programme, you will have 20-25 hours of scheduled lessons a week, and you should expect to spend about the same amount of time on preparation and independent study. Here you can see how a typical timetable for a week at Biology could look: 

Monday

09:00–10:00: Eukaryotes - Algae, Fungi and Terrestrial Plants (lecture)

10:00–12:00: Biology’s Research in Theory and Practice (lecture) 

Tuesday

11:00–14:00: Calculus 2 (laboratory work)

14:00–16:00: Eukaryotes - Algae, Fungi and Terrestrial Plants (laboratory work) 

Wednesday

10:00–12:00: Calculus 2 (theoretical exercises)

14:00–16:00: Calculus 2 (lecture) 

Thursday

09:00–10:00: Eukaryotes - Algae, Fungi and Terrestrial Plants (lecture)

10:00–12:00: Biology’s Research in Theory and Practice (lecture) 

Friday

10:00–12:00: Calculus 2 (lecture)

12:00–14:00: Eukaryotes - Algae, Fungi and Terrestrial Plants (laboratory work) 

During the course of the degree programme the number of lessons decreases, while the degree of independent studying increases. 

Practical exercises in laboratories and field trips.

To test the theories in practice, you will work with laboratory experiments. You will also participate in excursions and field trips. Field trips typically take 5-7 days, during which you live at a research station and work with plants and animals in their natural environment. By doing this you come to combine theoretical teaching with practical exercises.

Meet your fellow students at the Bio House

The study environment at biology focuses on what is popularly called the Biohuset (Bio House). It is a small building with a lobby, reading room and group rooms, where you can meet other students for both academic and social activities.  It also houses our ‘Bio-Geo’ magazine and the Committee for the Biological Degree Programme, which keeps students up-to-date about what is going on at Biology. On the whole there is plenty on offer at biology in addition to the scheduled lessons, including the GD Biobold sports club, the recreational fishing club Lommeulken, the social association BIOGAS, as well as Kulten, who arrange field trips. 

Student: My investigations can lead to new methods

"In my experiments I have used proteins from cows, while other researchers do experiments with snakes and their food intake. In some contexts you can transfer experiences from the experiments to humans. For example, my investigations may in the long term give rise to new methods for measuring whether patients with high blood pressure receive the correct medication."

Per Mose Nielsen, undergraduate student, Biology 

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Career

Job functions for MA/MSc grads

The diagram shows the kinds of jobs and job functions available to graduates of the corresponding MA/MSc programme, based on the 2013/14 AU employment survey.

Continue studying on the Master’s degree programme

The Bachelor's degree programme in biology opens the door to a number of the Master's degree programmes offered by Aarhus University. Most people choose to continue their studies on the Master's degree programme in biology, but depending on the specialisation you choose in the third year, a Bachelor’s degree in biology also qualifies you for the Master's degree programmes in molecular biology and agrobiology. Following the Master's degree programme you can choose to take a PhD if you wish to work as researcher. 

Many job opportunities for Master's degree graduates from biology

With a Master’s degree in biology you graduate with a very broad education and an in-depth knowledge of all the subject's main disciplines. For this reason, biology graduates from Aarhus University find work in many different fields. You can work in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry, in environmental administration and environmental technology, as an environmental officer or as a consultant in companies and organisations. You can also work as an upper secondary school teacher, though this usually requires combining biology with a supplementary subject that is relevant for upper secondary schools.