Chemistry major


Changes of the Chemistry studies, effective in the Autumn Semester 2012

This notice provides preliminary information; the revised detailed Study Plans will be available shortly.

Two options will be offered in the Bachelor program:


"Bachelor Option recherche" (BSc-R)

This is the primary study plan, intended for students wishing to become professional chemists. It consists of 150 ECTS chemistry studies plus 30 ECTS of study of a Complementary Subject of your choice, such as Physics, Biology or Industrial Chemistry (offered by the “Ecole d’ingenieurs de Fribourg”).


"Bachelor Option enseignement" (BSc-E)

This study plan is intended for students wishing to become teachers at a gymnasium, i.e., to follow the DAES II program. It consists of only 120 ECTS of chemistry, allowing to obtain the entire Bachelor, with the 60 ECTS Complementary Subject which is required for DAES II studies, within 3 years of study.


The preliminary lists of lectures are available here. Candidates for the full BSc-R program should attend all lectures, candidates for the DAES II-oriented BSc-E program will skip the lectures printed in red.


Transition modalities

  • The transition modalities are very simple - everyone will continue under the new system.
  • Newly entering students and students who finished their first or second year must decide whether they want to pursue the BSc-R or the BSc-E Option. Please pass at the secretariat of the Decanat and fill out the corresponding form there.
  • Students who just finished their 1st year of study will continue their 2nd and 3rd years of studies according to the new BSc-R or BSc-E Options, depending on their choice.
  • Students who just finished their 2nd year of study will continue their 3rd year of studies according to the new BSc-R or BSc-E Options. Students who chose BSc-E will thus have more time to pursue their 60 ECTS complementary branch required for DAES II.
  • Students in exceptional situations, who began but did not quite finish their 2nd or 3rd year, please contact the student advisor.
  • Students entering the Master studies should chose from the new Master modules. Please contact the student advisor if you wish to take a Module in Bern or elsewhere.


Bachelor (BSc) 

The program of study of the BSc in Chemistry represents a university course of studies, comprising a basic scientific education in chemistry by its method- and problem-oriented nature. It enables one to enter a wide professional area. At the same time it provides the basis for lifelong learning, an indispensable requirement for professional success. In addition, the BSc in Chemistry forms the basis for advanced studies leading to the MSc in Chemistry. Every person who is in possession of a federal general qualification for university entrance (maturité fédérale /eidgenössisches Maturitätszeugnis) or any equivalent document will be admitted to the BSc degree program.

Each course of the BSc is taught in either German or French. Students can decide, in which of the two languages they want to express themselves. Occasionally, courses may be taught in English.

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Master (MSc)

The program of study of the MSc in Chemistry represents a scientific course of studies, allowing one to specialize in a specific subject. The MSc in Chemistry gives access to various professional activities in research, education, industry, commerce, and administration. The MSc is furthermore the entry requirement for the scientific work and deepened scientific education leading to a doctorate. When accompanied by a subsidiary subject (biology, geography, informatics, mathematics, or physics), the MSc allows one to enter a complementary didactics program leading to a qualification as a high-school teacher (Diplôme d’aptitude à l’enseignement du secondaire II / Fähigkeitszeugnis für das Höhere Lehramt II). Persons in possession of a BSc in Chemistry of the University of Fribourg or any other Swiss university are admitted to the MSc course of studies. Persons in possession of a BSc degree in a different subject or equivalent degrees (e.g. after graduating from an engineering school) can also be admitted to the MSc study program by analogy.

MSc courses are taught in English, German or French. For exams and written work (project reports, MSc thesis, etc.) students can choose between English, German or French.

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Departement of Chemistry   -   Chemin du Musée 9    -   CH-1700 Fribourg   -  Phone +41 26 / 300 87 00 or +41 26 / 300 87 30   -   Fax +41 26 / 300 97 38    -