Biology in Kaiserslautern
Biology, the "study of life" (ancient Greek βιος, life & -λογια, study of) is a very broad-based science. In the last few years, the rapid development of new methods has transformed research in Biology. A broad range of techniques is necessary to decode the secrets of life. At present, the Biology Faculty at the University of Kaiserslautern has 20 different groups active in teaching and research with topics ranging from modern molecular areas to classical organism-based studies.
There are over 700 Biology students, who are distributed between Bachelor and Master courses in Biology. The Master Study program Biology is classified in four specialisations: Microbial and Plant Biotechnology, Molecular Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Ecology. The department also offers a Bachelor/Master study program for teacher training students. Modern teaching concepts are used to give a sound basic grounding in Biology followed by the possibility of specialization in different areas. A strong emphasis is placed on practical training in modern laboratories with small groups. There are tutorial programmes and the relatively small size of the Faculty means that students are treated personally and not lost in an anonymous crowd.
The main research strengths of the Faculty lie in Membrane Biology, Biodiversity, Neurobiology and Biotechnology. Research groups play an active role in various research consortia (e.g. graduate colleges, federal initiatives: "DFG-Forschergruppen, DFG-Schwerpunktprogramme" and regional initiatives: "Landesschwerpunkte").
Further information about Biology courses in Kaiserslautern and research activities can be found at the central Faculty website and at the websites of the individual research groups.