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Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)

Industrial biotechnology

Are you fascinated by the possibilities for making use of biological processes in technology? You will learn about this type of technology in our bachelor's degree program. Working with us, for example, you will manufacture pharmaceutical products and a wide range of substances used in everyday life. We will teach you all you need to know about biotechnology for your future career in business, development, and research.

Your heart beats for...

... Scientific contexts, Biology, ecology, and organisms, Technical interest in manufacturing processes, Sustainability, resource management Environmental protection, Partical part, Foreign language English

A Degree Program with a Future


You will bring one of the following educational backgrounds:

  • General university entrance qualification (Abitur)
  • Specialized university entrance qualification
  • Advanced technical college certificate (Fachhochschulreife)
  • Professional qualification (Case-by-case examination)
Structure and Contents of the Degree Program

1. Semester

  • Food biotechnology
    Introduction to business administration
    English for technologists
    Differential and integral calculation
    General chemistry
    Experimental physics – mechanics

2. Semester

  • Biotechnology raw materials
  • Probability calculation and statistics
  • Experimental physics - electrodynamics
  • Organic chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Physical chemistry

3. Semester

  • Chemical-analytical internship
  • Fundamentals of microbiology
  • Fundamentals of operating technology
  • Fundamentals of process engineering
  • Biochemistry and law for biotechnologists

4. Semester

  • Applied microbiology and industrial hygiene
  • Process engineering
  • Basic biotechnology operations
  • Bioprocess engineering
  • Biochemical internship for biotechnologists

5. Semester

  • Biotechnological processes
  • Cell culture and system technology
  • Quality management for biotechnologists

6. Semester

  • Applied project
  • Bachelor thesis
Acquired Knowledge and Skills

As a graduate of our bachelor’s degree program, you will have a wide range of specialized technical expertise. You will 

  • understand biological and biochemical processes in microorganisms, as well as in plant and animal cell cultures, and be able to use these to produce different substances
  • be able to create favorable growth conditions for cells and plan, monitor, and manage the technical processes required for this purpose
  • handle different bioreactors confidently, and be familiar with all laboratory techniques, analyses, and product preparations
  • gain insight into process optimization via computer simulations 

After completing your degree, you will be a biotechnology engineer.

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Job Profiles

Your bachelor's degree in Industrial Biotechnology provides you with career prospects in many areas, such as: 

  • Research and development
  • Biotechnological production
  • Process management and optimization
  • Quality management and product controlling
  • System construction and laboratory device development
  • Purchasing, marketing, sales, product management
  • Environmental technology
  • Patents, official agencies, science journalism and adjacent areas in the food, pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries

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Cooperation With Companies

We cooperate with a wide range of companies and institutions across Germany and internationally: 

  • Novartis
  • Bayer
  • Klärgastechnik Lemgo
  • Symrise
  • GEA Westfalia Separator
  • ExcellGene, Switzerland
  • VITO research center, Belgium
  • SeAMK University, Finland
Research in the Department

During your degree program, you will gain exciting insight into current research and development work. Our application-oriented topics include, for example:

  • Optimizing the production of cancer medications with cell cultures
  • Using wood waste materials for biotechnological culture media
  • Selecting the optimal cultivation conditions for algae via model-supported test planning
  • Manufacturing biodegradable composite materials out of wood chips and mushroom spawn

Our fields of research

As Graduate You Contribute to...

... the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations

  • directly to zero hunger
  • directly to good health and well-being
  • directly to clean water and sanitation
  • directly to affordable and clean energy
  • directly to industry, innovation and infrastructure
  • directly to sustainable cities and communities
  • directly to responsible consumption and production
  • directly to climate action

Studying at Innovation Campus Lemgo

Our Innovation Campus in Lemgo

At the Innovation Campus in Lemgo, you will study at one of the most exciting technology locations in NRW. Here you will find state-of-the-art laboratories and teaching rooms as well as science-to-business factories. For example, the Centrum Industrial IT, in which companies from all over East Westphalia-Lippe (OWL) have their branches. Or the Smart Factory OWL, which showcases data and AI management. In the Future Food Factory OWL, which is unique in Europe, something similar is happening in relation to food production. New work and transfer meet at InnovationSPIN. Here, TH OWL, the district administration and the skilled trades demonstrate transparent cooperation and a spirit that allows new things to emerge. In addition to Fraunhofer IOSB-INA, the campus is also home to two vocational schools and the national handball league team TBV Lemgo-Lippe. And best of all, the campus also has student residence halls with short distances to the university and the city.

Campus Life


Degree Course:
Industrial biotechnology
Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
Study model:
Standard period of study:
6 semester
Winter semester
Course language:
Innovation Campus Lemgo
Tuition Fees:
Preparatory courses:
Chemistry, English, Mathematics, Physics
Application periods:

Germany and EU Countries
Winter Semester: 02.05. – 15.10.
Non-EU Countries
Winter Semester: 15.04. – 15.07.