1 Bachelor s degree programmes Biotechnology page 6 Chemistry page 8 Food Technology page 10 Natural Resource Sciences page 12 Facility Management page 14 Zurich Universities of Applied Sciences and Arts
2 Bachelor s degree Modern, exciting and practical: degree programmes that prepare graduates for leadership positions.
3 programmes at a glance Degree programmes Biotechnology, Chemistry, Food Technology, Natural Resource Sciences, Facility Management Title Bachelor of Science ZFH in (name of degree programme) Duration 6 semesters of full-time study; part-time study possible on consultation with the programme directors Start of studies The autumn semester starts mid-september (week 38); first-semester students take part in a Startwoche (project week), which starts a week earlier. Workload 180 credit points based on the ECTS (European Credit Transfer System). A credit point corresponds to working hours. Preparation The ZHAW offers preliminary courses in mathematics, chemistry, physics, biology and plant science, as well as a laboratory start-up programme and a laboratory introduction internship. For details see Campus Wädenswil, situated on the Lake of Zurich (25 km from Zurich) Costs Semester fees of CHF 720 (subject to change) plus learning material, membership of the sports association ASVZ, and living expenses. There is an additional study fee of CHF 500 per semester for all students who are in Switzerland for study purposes and would not otherwise be legally resident when their studies start. Conditions of acceptance Admission conditions depend on the individual degree programme. In general, candidates with a vocational apprenticeship (related to the intended degree programme) and a federally recognised vocational baccalaureate can start their studies directly. Candidates with an academic baccalaureate or a professional baccalaureate must have 12 months of work experience in a field related to their proposed degree programme before starting their studies. Information events 4 times a year, in February and October. For exact dates please see Bachelor s degree programmes ZHAW LSFM 3
4 Learn in a stimulating environment in an idyllic location above the Lake of Zurich.
5 About us The ZHAW The Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) is one of the leading universities of applied sciences in Switzerland. Teaching, research, continuing education, consulting and other services are scientifically based and practice-oriented. The ZHAW comprises eight specialist Schools on three campuses (Wädenswil, Winterthur and Zurich). Over 10,000 students are currently enrolled at the ZHAW. The School of LSFM The School of Life Sciences and Facility Management (LSFM) is located in Wädenswil on the left shore of the Lake of Zurich. Teaching and research take place here in the areas of the environment, food and nutrition, and health and society. Courses include five Bachelor s and two Master s degree programmes and a broad selection of continuing education options. About 1,500 students are currently enrolled in Wädenswil. BSc and MSc programmes and continuing education The Bachelor s programme provides practically oriented knowledge, general education and training in working methods, and leads to a professional qualification. Full-time study normally takes six semesters, and part-time study is possible by arrangement. During your studies you acquire professional, methodological, social and personal competences. The Master s degree programme enables you to specialise more intensively in your chosen direction of study and leads to an additional qualification. The three-semester Master s programme can be studied full- or part-time and leads to the protected and internationally recognised title Master of Science ZFH. At the ZHAW in Wädenswil two Master s programmes are currently offered: Life Sciences (with four specialisations) and Facility Management. Ongoing continuing education and a commitment to keeping one s knowledge up to date are now vital requirements for professional success. At the ZHAW there are customised, practically oriented courses, conferences and continuing education programmes (CAS, DAS, MAS*). These are taught at Wädenswil and at the Zurich Technopark campus (for FM continuing education). Research and development Our institutes carry out application-oriented research and provide services for third parties in partnership with business, authorities, professional associations and other research institutes. Close cooperation with external clients ensures that there is an exchange of knowledge and technology between the university and the world of work. Our equipment and facilities are state-of-the-art: our laboratories, experimental and production facilities enable us to carry out application-oriented research and development projects at a high level of expertise. As a student, you also benefit from these activities. * CAS = Certificate of Advanced Studies DAS = Diploma of Advanced Studies MAS = Master of Advanced Studies. The School is ISO 9001 certified and meets state and cantonal requirements for educational institutions. In addition, our continuing education courses are eduqua certified. Bachelor s degree programmes ZHAW LSFM 5
6 Biotechnology Interdisciplinary science Theory and practice Career Biotechnology is the interdisciplinary combination of biological, medical and technical sciences. The aim is to produce or analyse useful compounds derived from beneficial microorganisms, animal and plant cells, or their components. Biotechnological methods allow the production of substances that are difficult or impossible to produce by purely chemical methods. In bioanalytics, biological principles are studied with a view to analytical applications. Are you interested in natural sciences such as biology, biochemistry and molecular biology? Do you enjoy performing experiments and would you like to develop new products? Then the Bachelor s degree programme in Biotechnology is just the thing for you whether you choose to study full-time or part-time! In the basic studies (1 st + 2 nd semesters) you gain theoretical foundations, e.g. in biology, chemistry, microbiology and industrial engineering. In the subject-specific studies (3 rd + 4 th semesters) you expand your knowledge and skills, e.g. in cell biology, pharmacology, bioengineering technology and environmental technology. In the specialisation studies (5 th + 6 th semesters) you gain detailed knowledge of your chosen specialisation Biotechnology or Pharmaceutical Technology. Practical work and project weeks enable you to improve your skills and gain experience of future areas of work. The three Culture Days in the second semester, during which you spend time in a European city with students from other degree programmes, are a further highlight of the programme. As a graduate you are in demand as a specialist in biotechnology companies, the pharma sector, the food industry, biomedicine, chemical, cosmetic and environmental enterprises. In addition to large international companies, many small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and start-ups are making their mark in the market. Motivated and suitably qualified Bachelor s graduates can enhance their profile by studying for the Master of Science in Life Sciences with a specialisation in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology. This creates especially attractive career chances in international companies. Student guidance Susanne Dombrowski 6 Bachelor s degree programmes ZHAW LSFM
7 Tanja Biotechnology student Little things that make a big difference make my life more interesting! As a biotech student, I am a huge fan of microbes. I love to create new products with these small organisms, which you can combine in so many ways. My private life also has many sides to it.
8 Chemistry Creative processes Theory and practice Career Chemistry is concerned with the conversion of all kinds of basic materials into substances with new chemical, physical and biological properties for many exciting new applications. With a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, you are at the centre of this creative process and can contribute to designing the future. You develop new products and production processes, exploit new raw materials, and secure our energy supply. In addition, you find out how to protect people and the environment from the potentially harmful effects of new products. Are you interested in scientific relationships? Do you enjoy performing experiments? Do you want to get to grips with new problems and challenges in chemistry and biological chemistry? Then the degree programme in Chemistry is just right for you! In the basic studies (1 st + 2 nd semesters) scientific and chemical foundations are highlighted, e.g. general, analytic and organic chemistry, physics and biology. In the subject-specific studies (3 rd + 4 th semesters) you choose between two specialisations Chemistry or Biological Chemistry and acquire more detailed knowledge. In the specialisation studies (5 th + 6 th semesters) you deepen your knowledge and skills in the area you have chosen and take additional courses such as bioanalytics, ecology and quality management. Practical work and project weeks enable you to improve your skills and give you insight into possible future areas of work. The three Culture Days in the second semester, during which you spend time in a European city with students from other degree programmes, are a further highlight of the programme. As a chemist with a university of applied sciences degree, you are a specialist with excellent career prospects in private and public enterprises and public authorities, especially due to your practical orientation. In large companies your tasks will be more specialised, whereas in SMEs you will take on responsibility in a variety of areas technical, management and leadership. Motivated and suitably qualified graduates can enhance their profile by studying for the Master of Science in Life Sciences with a specialisation in Chemistry for the Life Sciences. This makes you particularly attractive for international companies. Student guidance Achim Ecker 8 Bachelor s degree programmes ZHAW LSFM
9 Chemistry student I work hard every day to achieve my goals. Getting a degree in chemistry and taking part in the 2016 Olympic Summer Games are both exciting challenges that inspire me to give everything I ve got. David
10 Food Technology Delicious, healthy, safe and sustainable Nearly 90 percent of the food consumed today is completely or partially industrially produced. The challenge is therefore to manufacture tasty, nutritious, safe and sustainable food with both conventional and innovative processing of vegetable and animal raw materials. In the degree programme, you learn how to deal responsibly with existing resources, how to optimise manufacturing technology in environmentally-friendly ways, and how to exercise ethical responsibility towards society. Theory and practice Are you interested in food, beverage and nutrition? Do you enjoy performing experiments and would you like to develop new products or processes? Then studying food technology is just right for you whether full-time or parttime! In the basic studies (1 st and 2 nd semesters) you lay the theoretical foundations you need in areas such as microbiology, industrial engineering and food sciences. In the subject-based studies (3 rd and 4 th semesters) you expand your knowledge and skills, for example, in toxicology and food process engineering, and also in management disciplines and languages. At the beginning of the 5 th semester, you choose from three possible areas of specialisation: Food Technology, Beverage Technology or Nutrition. Practical work and project weeks, for example in the areas of meat, dairy, bakery products and chocolate, provide insight into future areas of work. The three Culture Days in the second semester, during which you spend time in a European city with students from other degree programmes, are a further highlight of the programme. Career Your Bachelor of Science degree in Food Technology qualifies you to assume professional and leadership roles in the food and beverage industry, commerce or government bodies. Possible areas of activity are development, production, quality management, marketing, purchasing, distribution, etc. Motivated and suitably qualified graduates can enhance their profile by studying for the Master of Science in Life Sciences with a specialisation in Food and Beverage Innovation. This opens up attractive career opportunities, particularly in international companies. Student guidance Andreas Kilchör 10 Bachelor s degree programmes ZHAW LSFM
11 Food Technology student Mountain biking and studying food technology certainly have something in common they both demand high levels of performance. That s what makes the course fun! Michael
12 Natural Resource Sciences Where nature and society meet The challenge of sustainable development is generating new and exciting career fields. The Natural Resource Sciences degree programme prepares students for these areas by combining natural sciences with engineering, social and economic disciplines. In addition to a passionate interest in plants, nature and the environment, communication, organisation and a scientific approach are required, together with creativity and lateral thinking. Theory and practice Are you interested in nature and the environment? Are renewable energies a concern for you? Do you want to take on responsibility for people and the environment? Then the Natural Resource Sciences degree programme is just the thing for you whether full-time or parttime! The modular design allows you to customise your study programme from a broad variety of options. Five specialisations (majors) are available: Biological Agriculture and Horticulture, Landscape Education Tourism, Renewable Resources and Energies, Nature Management, and Urban Greening. During your studies, you can also choose additional qualifications (minors) in practically relevant subjects: Species knowledge, Consulting and training, Field diagnostics and analytics, as well as Life Cycle Assessment and labelling. Project weeks and excursions enable you to improve your skills and gain insight into future areas of work. The three Culture Days in the second semester, during which you spend time in a European city with students from other degree programmes, are a further highlight of the programme. Career With a Bachelor s degree in Natural Resource Sciences you have many career opportunities, whether in private companies, public administration, non-profit organisations or as a self-employed entrepreneur. Motivated and suitably qualified graduates can enhance their profile by studying for the Master of Science in Life Sciences with a specialisation in Natural Resource Sciences. This opens up attractive career opportunities, particularly in international companies. Student guidance Danièle Lagnaz 12 Bachelor s degree programmes ZHAW LSFM
13 Natural Resource Sciences student I really love horse riding and enjoy being outdoors whatever the weather. The study programme shows me ways in which we can preserve and develop landscapes, so that the countryside will remain available for future generations to experience. Stephanie
14 Facility Management Planning, execution, management Facility Managers and their teams deal with the planning, implementation and management of measures designed to support the core business of an organisation. Facility Management (FM) is concerned with the provision of premises and infrastructure as well as services for organisations and people. The FM Bachelor s degree programme consists of elements of economic and social sciences, architecture, engineering, household and nutritional sciences. Theory and practice Are you interested in real estate and its sustainable use? Do you want to create the workplaces of the future? Do you care about personal services? Then the Bachelor s degree programme in Facility Management is just right for you whether full-time or part-time! The basic studies (in the 1 st semester) cover FM fundamentals such as safety, materials, business, human resources and general principles. In the subject-specific studies (in the 2 nd and 3 rd semesters), you extend your knowledge of building-related and personal services, such as accounting, real estate operations and personnel management. In the 5 th and 6 th semesters you have the choice between two specialisations: Hospitality Management or Real Estate Management. Project weeks and excursions enable you to improve your skills and gain insight into future areas of work. The three Culture Days in the second semester, during which you spend time in a European city with students from other degree programmes, are a further highlight of the programme. Career With a Bachelor s degree in Facility Management, you have the broad knowledge and skills required to manage and develop facilities and services holistically and sustainably. This makes you a sought-after expert for all the functions involved in the Facility Management sector, with exciting tasks awaiting you in middle management positions. Motivated and suitably qualified graduates can enhance their profile by studying for a Master of Science in Facility Management. This opens up attractive career opportunities, particularly in international companies. Student guidance Irene Arnold 14 Bachelor s degree programmes ZHAW LSFM
15 Facility Management student As a defender, my job is to support our attackers as well as deal with the critical situations which occur in front of our own goal. In this interesting all-rounder position, you need to keep an overview and take quick decisions, abilities that are also needed in all the jobs that Facility Managers do. Mario
16 International Widen your personal horizons and increase your international career chances.
17 exchange and mobility Studying abroad Would you like to do part of your studies abroad? The ZHAW provides this valuable opportunity. An exchange semester, a foreign internship, attendance at a summer school, a field trip or a language course all bring many advantages: you get to know a different culture and language as well as another educational and research system, and gain experience for your professional life. Programme Exchanges via the EU lifelong learning programme Erasmus+ are available in all EU and EFTA countries. Erasmus stands for European Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students, and is a widely used exchange programme offering framework conditions for participating institutions, thanks to bilateral agreements. Stays at a host university may last one or two semesters. A Learning Agreement (LA) for student exchanges, or a Training Agreement (TA) for placements, govern the recognition of academic achievements. In addition, more than 80 countries from all continents participate in the IAESTE exchange programme (International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience). Students can gather valuable experience in the short breaks between the semester and the module exams through an IAESTE internship. / In Europe or overseas The ZHAW School of Life Sciences and Facility Management is currently networked with over 70 partner universities in 15 European countries within the framework of the Erasmus programme. The cooperation agreements are constantly being extended: you will find the current list on our website under International. In addition, there are agreements with partner universities overseas. If your university of choice is not among our exchange partners, you can apply to any university in the world as a free mover student, but in this case, you will be required to pay the tuition fees abroad yourself. To compensate for this expense, your tuition fees at the ZHAW are suspended during your time abroad. Dates and recognition Studies at a partner university are possible from the 3 rd semester and last for one or two semesters (3 to 12 months). Please contact your student advisor or the mobility advisor at the International Relations Office (IRO) for information regarding the date and duration of your proposed stay. The European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) allows transparent and verifiable recognition of studies abroad. The ECTS points you acquire abroad are credited to your studies at the ZHAW. Preparation and support Networking is an important aspect of preparing for situations involving different cultures. It is important to talk to people who are familiar with the destination you are interested in to ensure that you are well prepared for your stay and to obtain useful information. In tandem meetings at the ZHAW LSFM, two people with different native languages work together to improve their foreign language skills. As part of the Erasmus program, you may be eligible for a grant to cover additional expenses in your destination country. We will be pleased to provide further details. And for more information about international student mobility and helpful tips, see International on Bachelor s degree programmes ZHAW LSFM 17
18 General Enrich your studies and relax by making use of the many cultural and sporting leisure opportunities.
19 information Conditions for acceptance As the study programme is multidisciplinary, students come from a broad variety of educational backgrounds. Candidates with a vocational baccalaureate (Berufsmaturität) and related vocational training can begin their studies directly. Candidates with a vocational baccalaureate (Berufsmaturität) and an apprenticeship in an unrelated profession are required to have 12 months work experience in a related profession. Candidates with an academic baccalaureate (Matura) or professional baccalaureate (Fachmaturität) must have 12 months work experience in a related profession before starting their studies. Candidates with a professional baccalaureate (Fachmaturität) who have completed their professional training and a baccalaureate thesis in a related profession may enter the study programme without taking an examination. For information on additional admission options (e.g. foreign qualifications), please contact the degree programme directors. Campus Thanks to its unique location in the countryside the ZHAW in Wädenswil provides a stimulating learning environment. The Grüental and Reidbach campuses have modern laboratories and technology facilities, canteens and areas for relaxation. The town of Wädenswil has good transport links and is just 20 km from the well-known economic and cultural centre of Zurich. Wädenswil s location on the lake and its closeness to recreational areas ensure a high quality of life for students at the ZHAW. / VSZHAW The Association of Students of the ZHAW (VSZ- HAW) gives students a voice with public authorities, school management and other students associations. It also offers plenty of activities, publishes a magazine, and operates a job market and book exchange on its website. On starting your studies, you automatically become a member of the VSZHAW and pay a fixed contribution to it as part of your tuition fees. ww.vszhaw.ch Accommodation The student housing association (SWOWI) is responsible for helping students find accommodation: The ZHAW students association (VSZHAW) manages an accommodation list: For more information and links, please visit our website and go to Studium, Wohnungsmarkt. Alumni The two alumni organisations ZHAW Life Sciences (for Bachelor s and Master s graduates in Biotechnology, Chemistry, Food Technology and Natural Resource Sciences) and ZHAW Facility Management also offer networking opportunities to ZHAW graduates.they organize events, specialist lectures and visits, and maintain contact with professional associations and other alumni organisations. Culture and sport Our wide range of leisure opportunities help students to find a healthy study-life balance. Most of the activities can be done free of charge. The ZHAW Wädenswil s Feierabend programme offers, inter alia, language, theatre and painting courses, a literature club, a reading group, the ethics lounge etc. As a student at the ZHAW you are entitled to use the sports facilities of the Academic Sports Association Zurich (ASVZ). Various training sessions and courses are also available in Wädenswil. Membership of the ASVZ is included in the tuition fees. Start-ups Take the plunge into self-employment after your studies! The Wädenswil founder organisation, grow, is located in the immediate vicinity of the ZHAW in Wädenswil and, in addition to its infrastructure, offers specialist know-how exchange and assistance in the initial phase of a start-up. Bachelor s degree programmes ZHAW LSFM 19
20 Studying in Wädenswil ZHAW Campus Reidbach / Einsiedlerstrasse ZHAW Campus Reidbach / Seestrasse ZHAW Campus Grüental The ZHAW is one of the leading Swiss universities of applied sciences, with around 10,000 students currently enrolled. The School of Life Sciences and Facility Management is located in Wädenswil on the left bank of the Lake of Zurich. Here, teaching and research are carried out in areas relating to the environment, food and nutrition, and health and society. The study and continuing education programmes include five undergraduate degree programmes (Biotechnology, Chemistry and Biological Chemistry, Food Technology, Natural Resource Sciences, Facility Management), two Master s programmes (Life Sciences, Facility Management) and a broad selection of continuing education courses. Around 1,500 students are currently enrolled in Wädenswil. Contact Zurich University of Applied Sciences Life Sciences and Facility Management Grüental PO Box CH-8820 Wädenswil Registrar s office: Student guidance: Visit us Updated March 2014 All rights reserved Design: idfx AG Werbeagentur ASW