Biology – long live biodiversity!

Biology concentrates on the many living beings that populate our planet– ranging from the smallest bacterium up to the gigantic redwood tree. Biologists try to understand every single organisation level of their object of research – spanning across the analysis of the molecular bases to the research of their role within complex environmental systems. On all of these levels, evolutionary research tries to explain the genesis of processes and to understand the enormous biological complexity.

At Kiel University, internationally recognized scientists are interested in finding out more about the interaction between organisms and their biotic and abiotic environment. The adaptation process to various stressors is part of this research, as well as the coexistence of organisms with their bacterial flora. A lot of working groups put their research focus on understanding how evolution contributed to the formation of the characteristics of systems, and on understanding molecular regulatory mechanisms.

The central role that biology plays within modern research is clearly shown by its participation in four Clusters of Excellence at Kiel University. International connections

and interdisciplinary collaboration of research groups induce a beneficial relationship between fundamental and application-oriented research. This qualifies graduates of Biology to work in a broad field. They are recruited by industry, test laboratories, research facilities, governmental agencies or the medical sector.

Courses at the Department of Biology

  • Biology B.Sc.
  • Biology M.Sc.
  • Biochemistry / Molecular Biology B.Sc.
  • Biochemistry / Molecular Biology M.Sc.
  • Biology B.Sc. / B.A., becoming a teacher
  • Biology M.Ed., becoming a teacher


More information on individual courses can be found  here.