The chemistry branch of the institute of chemistry and biochemistry is responsible for the following study programs with several hundreds of students. Bachelor programs are three-year programs and finish with a bachelor’s thesis, master programs run for two years with a three- (chemistry teachers) or six-month (chemistry) master’s thesis usually done in the last term.
The bachelor program in chemistry is based on the three main branches of chemistry, namely inorganic, organic and physical chemistry which are taught theoretically and practically. Furthermore, students can choose from a variety of elective modules, take courses on presentation techniques to enhance their soft skills and have the possibility to take courses from other study programs. A unique feature of the study program is the transdisciplinary inorganic-organic advanced lab course. Furthermore, the students make the first steps in their professional career in a multi-week vocational training.
The master program gives a large variety of courses to choose from both within the main branches and beyond them. In addition to the basic courses in the main branches, lectures and research internships can be chosen in the different branches to guarantee an individual specialization of every student of the study program. Students can make their first teaching experience through giving tutorials or supervising experiments in the lab courses. The master program in chemistry is bilingual (German / English), giving non-speaking students the possibility to take part in the study program, but also helping German natives to enhance their knowledge of the scientific language English.
The bachelor program for chemistry teachers provides basic knowledge on the three main branches of chemistry, namely inorganic, organic and physical chemistry, but students also take courses on didactics in order to enhance their teaching skills. Apart from the basic chemistry lectures, students can choose from a variety of advanced courses from the bachelor program in chemistry. In the study program, students get the opportunity to concept their first own lectures and test them with school classes. Another important feature of the study program is the variety of 14 different subjects that students can combine with chemistry in their combination of teaching subjects.
The master program for chemistry teachers (master of education) gives a large variety of elective courses from both bachelor and master program in chemistry as well as courses that are specifically designed for teachers. A unique feature is a combined module of didactics and chemistry courses, where current chemical topics are incorporated in the design of chemistry classes. Students will spend one semester at a school, to get the opportunity to put their chemistry and didactics related skills to the test. In the study program, students can write their master’s thesis in a didactics-oriented field, in educational science or in a scientific research project like the bachelor’s thesis.
The polymer science master program is situated at the interface of polymer chemistry and polymer physics and is jointly operated by Humboldt University Berlin, Technical University Berlin, Free University Berlin and the University of Potsdam.