Applied Natural Sciences
What conclusions can be drawn from mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology or computer science, which allow medicine or the industry to advance? This question is the focus of applied natural sciences.
The study field at a glance
Thanks to mathematical models or simulations of technical processes and scientific findings, problems from the field of application can be systematically recorded and resolved. Interdisciplinary thinking is of great importance here, as graduates of applied sciences use methods from various disciplines to solve tasks. Equally important for this is working in teams and communicating.
Graduates are particularly involved in the development and research and work closely with engineers.
In the degree program "Applied Natural Sciences" or "MINT", students receive a basic education in all natural sciences. If you already wish to focus on one, you will find study programs such as "Applied Chemistry", "Technical Physics" or "Natural Science Informatics".
A specialist in-depth subject-specific training is provided in the Master's program. Due to the high degree of practical relevance, many of these degree programs are also offered in the dual study model in cooperation with companies from various sectors.
Contents of the course
The highly research-oriented studies initially convey basic knowledge in the STEM subjects, which is later consolidated with a high degree of practical relevance. Compulsory elective areas make it possible to set own priorities. In the lab, the students gain their first practical experience. Added to this is the learning of methods such as data collection and analysis, media and social skills and English.
Admission criteria & study application
Bachelor's degree programs in applied natural sciences are usually admission-free, but may be subject to local admission restrictions. For dual courses, it is a prerequisite that prospective students first conclude a training or cooperation agreement with a company. Afterwards, an place at the cooperative university is usually secured.
Possible careers after graduation
Scientists with reference to practical application work at interfaces between research and technical application. They conduct applied research in relevant departments of the private sector, for public authorities such as environmental agencies, for clinics, institutes or laboratories and at universities. For an employment in basic research, doctoral studies are a prerequisite.
Graduates also serve as reviewers for research assignments, as data analysts in the banking and insurance industries, in education or as science journalists.