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On this page we collect the most frequently asked questions about studying in general, as well as possible deviating procedures and regulations and all relevant news.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic the University of Konstanz is still in conditional on-site operations with many regulations, measures and ordinances. Please visit the central information pages regularly to keep up to date.

The Department of Biology wants to offer you the practical parts of your semester as well as as many lectures, exercises and tutorials as on-site events. This also means that these courses will not have online alternative formats. All students must therefore be on-site in Konstanz. Some lectures will still have to be held online.

If you find yourself with unanswered questions do not hesitate to contact the responsible office of the department.

Please make sure to always use your university email account @uni-konstanz.de for email correspondences with the department or your teachers! This way you avoid ending up in the spam folder and make verification easier for us. ILIAS passwords or similar will not be sent to private email addresses. Also important: check your inbox regularly in order not to miss any important emails; these are sent by the department administration and the lecturers exclusively to your university email address. If necessary, set up a forwarding to your private account.

For all

When and how will the introductory sessions take place?

The next introductory events will be held as follows:

  • for first-year students of the Bachelor program "Biological Sciences": 18.10.22, 8.15 - 9.45 am in room R712
  • for first-year students in the Master programs "Biological Sciences" and "Life Science": 18.10.22 , 11.45 am - 1.15 pm in room R712
  • for first-year students in the teacher training programs: 19.10.22 , 10.00 - 11.30 am in room M628 (followed by a Q&A session for all student teachers, participation also possible online; link follows)
  • the election of the advanced courses for all new students of the Master of Science programs: 21.10.22 , 1.30 - 6.30 pm in room M629; a video introducing the advanced courses will be available from October

Do I have to register for my courses?

Yes! Please register for your courses via ZEuS.

Can I take courses in the preference module as optional module?

Courses / exams of the preference module are additionally assigned to the optional module.
ZEuS registration always takes place via one of the two modules - as a student, you must therefore make a decision for one of the two modules when registering. The course and the corresponding exam can be registered independently in different modules!

So if you register for the course within the optional module, for example, you can still register for the exam within the preference module later on. However, the module assignment for the exam is then binding. After expiry of the exam registration deadline, this assignment can no longer be changed.

How do I get an overview of my study performances?

The performance overviews, which you can create yourself via ZEuS, are from now on equipped with a verification code. A certification of performance overviews by the department is therefore no longer necessary!

Where can I find open positions for student assistant jobs?

All offers can be found here or as posting on M6.

Covid-19

How is access to the university regulated?

As of: 02.04.2022

In March 2022, the Bundestag passed a new Infection Protection Act, with significantly relaxed corona protection measures.

3G regulation discontinued: There is no longer a 3G check (vaccinated, recovered, tested) to access the campus.

My test is positive for SARS-CoV-2?!

Here you can find the valid regulations if a SARS-CoV2 infection is confirmed: Test positive for SARS-CoV-2? | Coronavirus | News and media | University | University of Konstanz (uni-konstanz.de)

For applicants & first-year students

When will I receive my admission and enrollment info?

If you are offered a place at the University of Konstanz, you will receive your offer of admission via the Hochschulstart.de portal by 13.08.2021 at the latest. If you accept your offer of admission to the Bachelor's program in Biological Sciences for the winter semester 2021/22 at the University of Konstanz, we will immediately send you all enrollment information.

Please note: When awarding admissions, Hochschulstart.de is primarily guided by the information you provide. It is therefore important that you prioritize your applications according to your personal preferences. If you receive two admission offers, the application with the lower priority will be immediately and irrevocably eliminated from the process. It is therefore strongly recommended that you prioritize your applications at Hochschulstart.de.

When and how will the introductory events take place?

The next introductory events will be held as follows:

  • for first-year students of the Bachelor program "Biological Sciences": 18.10.22, 8.15 - 9.45 am in room R712
  • for first-year students in the Master programs "Biological Sciences" and "Life Science": 18.10.22 , 11.45 am - 1.15 pm in room R712
  • for first-year students in the teacher training programs: 19.10.22 , 10.00 - 11.30 am in room M628 (followed by a Q&A session for all student teachers, participation also possible online; link follows)
  • the election of the advanced courses for all new students of the Master of Science programs: 21.10.22 , 1.30 - 6.30 pm in room M629; a video introducing the advanced courses will be available from October

For BSc and BEd students

What is the year average grade needed to apply to the master's program?

This year's preliminary average grade for 6th semester students in the Bachelor's program in Biological Sciences is 2.6.

For internal Master applications, please enter this grade in the application form. A certification from the departmental secretariat is not required!
Regarding your own preliminary average grade, no certification is required either. Please take the grade from ZEuS and transfer it to the application form.
Internal applicants do not need a certified ZEuS printout. A ZEuS printout generated by yourself is sufficient!

How does the assignment of places for the bachelor thesis work?

Requirements for the admission to the bachelor thesis are

  • Examinations 1st to 4th semester according to the study plan
  • Examinations for the three compact courses

There are two ways to get a place for the bachelor thesis

  1. direct application to the working group or supervisor (starting in November)
  2. election in January

Details about the process/application period can be found here, the form for the direct assignment of places here, an overview of the available places per working group or person here. Please note that the documents are updated annually; please always use the latest version; links will be active when new versions are available.

These regulations do not apply to Lehramt students! They apply directly to a working group. The requirement for writing a bachelor thesis in biology is to have completed at least one Flexibilisierungsmodul in biology.

For MSc and MEd students

When is the advanced course (VTK) election?

The next enrolment/election of the advanced courses for first-year students in the master's programs Biological Sciences and Life Science will take place on Thursday, 14.04.2022 starting at 15.15 in M 629. Please contact the student council if you have any questions about this.

How can I find out about the advanced courses?

Detailed information on all advanced courses offered can be found in the department's VTK booklet

In this video, the working groups also introduce themselves and their VTKs.

Examinations & theses

When do the exams take place in winter semester 21/22?

The expected dates for the exams of the winter semester can be found on the respective curriculum page as soon as scheduled. 

Do I have to register for the exams? How can I de-register?

In the current winter semester 21/22, the deadlines of semester and subject-specific examinations are to be suspended. For examinations in the biology department this means:

  1. Mandatory registration will be suspended for all oral and written exams in the winter semester 2021/21. This affects all exams of the 1st + 3rd + 5th semester of the Bachelor's programs, including exams that count towards the orientation exam. You can decide whether you want to write the exams on the 1st or 2nd exam date or not until a year from now. Currently, 1st +3rd +5th semester students are still registered for the mandatory exams. A deregistration via ZEUS is still possible up to 1 week before the exam date without attestation. If exams are written for the first time on the 2nd exam date, students must register themselves via ZEUS. If exams are even postponed to the next year, the study program may be extended by one year. In general, students can only write exams if they are registered via ZEUS.
  2. Students of higher semesters who have been registered for examinations of the winter semester due to missing examinations from previous semesters can still deregister without an attestation up to 1 week before the examination date. If examinations are then written on the 2nd examination date, students must register themselves via ZEUS. The possibility to register will only be activated in Zeus after the 1st exam period. If the retake exam is even scheduled for the next academic year, the students concerned will then be automatically registered again for the 1st examination date in the coming year. This decision can have consequences for the duration of the studies or for the start of the Bachelor thesis, which could then be delayed up to one year. As before, the 13 compulsory modules must be fulfilled in order to register for theBachelor thesis.
  3. For participants of the "Compact Course Animal Physiology" (5th or higher semester) the following applies: If you want to participate in the main exam on February 12, a timely exam registration in Zeus is required (at least 1 week before the exam date). Please only register for the exam in Zeus if you meet all participation requirements (regular attendance, necessary prerequisites such as Chemical Operations from the 3rd semester and Biochemical/Molecular Biology Practical I+II from the 4th semester). Registration for the retake exam is not possible at this time and will not be enabled in Zeus until the results of the main exam are available. The Freischuss rule applies if you participate in both the main and the retake exam. Only the better attempt counts. However, for the Freischuss, both attempts must be completed in the same semester. Only those who have already taken the main exam can claim the Freischuss.
  4. Deadlines for oral retakes, including those relevant to the orientation exam, are also suspended. The extension of the deadline for taking the orientation exam is only allowed for a maximum of 3 semesters: this applies to students who are now in their 3rd semester; for students who are in their 1st semester, an extension of the deadline is only possible for 1 semester.

I have been postponing exams during Corona semesters - when do I need to write the open exams?

If you are in the 4th semester in the summer semester 2022 and still have open examinations from the 2nd semester, you will be compulsorily registered for these in the summer semester 2022. In this case you cannot withdraw from the exam!

You will also be compulsorily registered for the examinations of the 4th semester. Here, withdrawal from the first examination date is possible up to one week before the examination date. You will then be automatically registered for the retake examination date.

You will receive a detailed letter by e-mail regarding the regulations concerning the open exams from the Corona semesters in the near future.

How and when can/must I hand in a doctor's certificate?

If you cannot take an exam for health reasons, you must provide a certificate. The form can be found here. It must be signed by the doctor and submitted to the department.

You have to do so within two days after the exam. Provisionally you can send the certificate by email to the secretary's office (not to the examination office or the lecturers). Regardless of this, you must send us the original by post:

Universität Konstanz
Fachbereich Biologie
Fachbereichssekretariat
Universitätsstr. 10
Fach M 633
D-78457 Konstanz

An additional call or email in advance is not necessary. If you are on site, you can also drop the certificate in the department mailbox. If you submit the certificate by post only, the postmark will be taken as the date for the deadline.

When do I have to decide whether to credit an exam in the preference or optional module?

Courses / exams of the preference module are additionally also assigned to the optional module. The course and the associated exam can be registered independently in different modules!

The module assignment for the exam is binding. After expiry of the exam registration deadline, this assignment (preference or optional module) can no longer be changed!

Wann kann ich mit der Masterarbeit beginnen? Was sind die Voraussetzungen?

Die 13 Pflichtmodule müssen komplett sein, um die Bachelorarbeit beginnen zu können. Die Studienleistungen aus dem Wahlpflichtbereich und Schlüsselqualifikationen können Sie bis zum Ende des Studiums erbringen.

Was ist der spezifische Aufbaukurs?

Der spezifische Aufbaukurs ist der praktische Teil der Bachelorarbeit. Die Bachelorarbeit ist dann das Zusammenschreiben.

Wie lange dauert die Bachelorarbeit?

Im Studiengang Biological Sciences dauert die Bachlorarbeit drei Monate und kann auf Antrag bis zu einem Monat verlängert werden. Wieviel Zeit dabei der Laborarbeit und dem Schreiben eingeräumt wird, bestimmen Sie zusammen mit der betreuenden Person. In der Regel entfallen ca. vier Wochen auf das Verfassen der Bachelorarbeit, oft laufen dies und das praktische Arbeiten aber auch parallel. 

How do I apply for a place for the bachelor thesis?

Please apply / choose a place for the bachelor thesis only if you will have fulfilled all open compulsory modules by January 2023 (exams 1st to 4th semester according to the study plan and exams for the three compact courses).

There are two ways to get a place for the bachelor thesis:

1. direct application to the working group or supervisor.

You can use this form to apply directly to a maximum of two working groups for a place during the period from 15.11.-26.11.2021. The completed application should be submitted by the supervisor to the departmental office by 10.12.2021 at the latest.

2. election in January 2022 (organized by the students' council).

An overview of the available places per working group or person can be found here. A detailed explanation of the procedure for allocating bachelor theses here.

These regulations apply to students in Bachelor of Science programs. Students in the teaching degree: You apply directly to a working group. A prerequisite for writing a Bachelor's thesis in Biology is to have completed at least one flexibilization module in Biology.

The application for admission to the bachelor thesis is made separately and should usually be applied for by the student at the beginning of the sixth semester of the bachelor program (Biological Sciences) or at the end of the fifth semester of the bachelor program (Life Science).

Where can I find the forms "Application for the issue of the topic of the Bachelor's/Master's thesis"?

Since we hand you over administratively to the Central Examination Office with the Bachelor's or Master's thesis, the corresponding forms "Application for the issue of the topic of the Bachelor's/Master's thesis" (German: "Antrag auf Ausgabe des Themas für die Bachelor-/Masterarbeit") can be obtained there. Your contact person there is Manuela Hafner.

How can I apply for an extension for my thesis?

Please apply for an extension of the deadline for the submission of the Bachelor's or Master's thesis informally to the Standing Examination Committee (addressed to the departmental administrator Roland Kissmehl). Your first supervisor must also sign this application.

Miscellaneous

Where can I find open positions for student assistant jobs?

All offers can be found here or as posting on M6.