Preparatory science curriculum: studium naturale

A key aspect of TUM's measures for advan­cing excellence in teaching and lear­ning involves tailoring stan­dard degree programs to students' indivi­dual require­ments. Among the projects currently being imple­mented as part of the Bologna – Zukunft der Lehre initiative is studium naturale, a program sponsored by two private endow­ments, the Stiftung Mercator and the Volks­wagen­stiftung, with funding on the order of €500,000 over a period of three years.

The studium naturale program, which was launched during the winter semester of 2009/2010, is an elective, one-year course of study designed to precede enroll­ment in a bachelor's program. Aimed at pros­pective students who are undecided regarding their choice of science major, this program offers a broad-based, prepara­tory uni­ver­sity-level curricu­lum with an emphasis on mathe­matics and the natural sciences.

  

Poster advertisement for studium naturale (Graphic: TUM)
Poster advertisement for studium naturaleGraphic: TUM

Geared towards a wide spectrum of appli­cants - and by no means limited to students with a strong affinity for science and high-tech subjects - the studium naturale curriculum also addresses secondary school gradu­ates who have previously specia­lized in areas such as music, modern languages, or classical studies. A further target group includes experien­ced profession­als who are interested in enrolling in a science degree program.

Based at the Center of Life and Food Sciences Weihen­stephan (WZW), studium naturale takes an inter­disciplin­ary approach featuring inno­vative, project-oriented teaching methods. In addition to convey­ing the basics of physics, mathe­matics, biology, and chemistry and describing their inter­relation­ships, this program offers training in key extra­disciplinary compe­tencies. More­over, with the “Sigma" module, students have the option of atten­ding additio­nal courses of their choice at TUM. 

Upon success­ful completion of the studium naturale program, partici­pants can apply their certifi­cate of attendance, in addition to any examina­tions passed, towards enroll­ment in a bachelor's program at TUM.

Homepage of the studium naturale program

  

Contact

Studienkoordination
studium naturale

Dr. Miriam Mann
Wissenschaftszentrum Weihenstephan der TUM
Alte Akademie 8, 85354 Freising - Weihenstephan
Tel.: +49(0)8161 71 3392
studiumnaturale@wzw.tum.de

Contact

Studienkoordination
studium naturale

Dr. Miriam Mann
Wissenschaftszentrum Weihenstephan der TUM
Alte Akademie 8, 85354 Freising - Weihenstephan
Tel.: +49(0)8161 71 3392
studiumnaturale@wzw.tum.de