Biological Chemistry

Guarantors: prof. RNDr. František Vácha, Ph.D. (PřF JU); prof. Mag. Dr. Norbert Müller (JKU) Cross-borded program - Unviersity of South Bohemia in České Budějovice and Johannes Kepler Unviersity in Linz. Study in English only.

The joint Bachelor's degree program in Biological Chemistry is organized and supported by the Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences at the JKU Linz and the Faculty of Sciences at the University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice, Czech Republic.

The program not only focuses on competency skills and knowledge transfer in biological sciences, but also international experience and training as a chemist to pursue professional, scientific and application-oriented careers. The program not only incorporates essential areas of chemistry curcial for overall knowledge in the field, but also addresses an analysis of biological systems as well as areas of biology in which chemical procedures are crucial.
General education covers base knowledge in areas of inorganic chemistry, analytical chemistry, organic chemistry, and physical chemistry. Compared to studies in “Technical Chemistry”, this program provides concentrated, in-depth instruction in areas of biological chemistry and biology.

The Bachelor Curriculum of Biological Chemistry consists of Biochemistry, Mathematics and Physics, Biology, Analytical Chemistry, General and Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Informatics, Communications and Ethics, Physical Chemistry, Elective subjects, Molecular Biology.

The program is conducted entirely in English - B2 level is required for the admission. Non-natively English speaking participants must attend the courses titled “English for Chemists". Participants with proof of proficient knowledge of English need not take these courses (recognition process required). For them we recommend alternative language course e.g. in Czech. The curriculum has been designed so that students spend ca. 50% of the program studying at each university.

Potential Career Opportunities
The academic degree qualifies graduates to pursue careers as project and research assistants or laboratory managers in the field of Life Sciences. The international nature of the program, combined with English as the main language of instruction, particularly qualifies graduates for professions in multinational environments (such as EU institutions and internationally active business and corporations).

Program of Study: Bachelor's Degree in Biological Chemistry
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science (BSc) of the JKU Linz and a Bachelor's degree (Bc) awarded by the University of Southern Bohmemia
Program Length: 6 Semesters

a helpful booklet on how to wurvive the first year in Linz, wrote by the first studednts of the study program.

Students are supported by various stipends from USB and JKU during their studies - the Dept. of Study Affairs will provide more information. Further possibilities fo stipends for students outside Austria.

First graduates of the Biological Chemistry program.

Bachelor and Master theses

The requirements for theses is very different at JKU and USB, especially for bachelor thesis. please, read the information on theses writing and number of submitted copies!


Facebook group of Biological Chemistry students

University of South Bohemia
Faculty of Science

Branišovská 31
CZ - 370 05 České Budějovice
Czech republic

Johannes Kepler University Linz
Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences

Altenbergerstr. 69
A - 4040 Linz

Student Services Departments:


Tel.: +420 387 772 268
e-mail: studijni (at)

Tel.: +43 732 2468 1312
e-mail: lss (at)



Prof. RNDr. František Vácha, Ph.D.
e-mail: vacha (at)
Tel.: +420 387 776 201

Prof. RNDr. Libor Grubhoffer, CSc.
e-mail: liborex (at)
Tel.: +420 387 775 456

Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Norbert Müller
e-mail: biologicalchemistry (at)
Tel.: +43 732 2468 8746