The course offer of the JGU Faculty of Biology for teaching degree students of the Bachelor's and Master's programs is based on the guiding principle of core curriculum standards. Since the students taking this course will later be teachers in high-schools, they shall be enabled to teach the subject of biology in an expert and lively manner appropriate to the relevant students’ age group. To achieve this aim, the fundamental branches of biology are taught primarily in practice-oriented courses focusing on subject-specific scientific and didactic aspects.
The Bachelor of Education in Biology is divided into three years of study. The first year focuses on basic knowledge in the areas of chemistry, cell biology, botany, and zoology. In the second year, the schedule contains modules on human biology/anthropology and ecology/biodiversity/evolution. In the third year, the emphasis is on plant and animal physiology as well as on writing the Bachelor's thesis. Throughout the three years of study, the specialized modules are accompanied by courses in technical didactics within and outside of specialized internships.
Following the Bachelor's degree, the Master of Education program is divided into two years of study. The first year includes the branches of genetics and microbiology and is to provide an intensification of the knowledge of didactics in the field. The students will then use the second year for majoring in whatever module they chose to concentrate on and prepare and write their Master's theses.
General information on teacher training is offered by the JGU Teacher Training Center (Zentrum für Lehrerbildung ZfL, only in German).