Do you like math better than science?

Don't be afraid of science!

Math: Failure rate: 47% *

What is different from school?

The level of abstraction is significantly higher. Instead of using known calculation methods, one has to use the Education Prove statements about abstract objects. The placement speed is so fast that it is sometimes a real subject. There is a lot more to it in 45 minutes at the university than in a school lesson.

Where do most of them fail?

For many, statistics is the horror discipline, but only elective in the pure maths course. The large number of possible combinations of the proof steps generally causes problems. And since the topics build on one another, gaps in knowledge will later revenge with a high degree of certainty.

Physics: 41% *, chemistry: 40% * and bio: 30% *

What is different from school?

The topics are dealt with in more depth, but still change more quickly. You have to get used to the large lectures in which the professor only speaks and almost no questions are asked. In seminars, exercises and internships, however do you work a lot alone. You will document and evaluate tests that have been carried out independently. In biology you may come to dissecting courses and Animal testing not around.

Where do most of them fail?

The first exams are particularly tough because they are sort of sifted out. Only those who are really suitable for the subject should remain. In chemistry For example, the module "Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry" is the most difficult hurdle. And physics consists not only of exciting experimental physics, but a lot of theoretical mathematics. You also need the basics of the other natural sciences.

Do you love chemistry but hate physics? Sorry, but that won't work. The following applies to all three subjects: Die Workload is very high and you will spend countless hours in the lab.

This is how you get through a degree in science!

Before the study

Many colleges offer Preliminary courses in the critical subjects, mostly as block seminars in the summer after the Abitur exams. Lessons are then, for example, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sometimes there is too Evening courses during school hours - at the college of BTU Cottbus Senftenberg for example. Participation is usually free of charge and possible without admission.

In the first semesters

It helps a lot, especially with the basics, in Study groups to work. If possible, you should initially concentrate fully on your studies and not take on time-consuming part-time jobs. Once a residue has arisen, it can hardly be made up.


With a Job as a student assistant If you dive deeper into the subject of your subject, get to know the people at the university and the scientific community better and earn money on the side.

Expert advice

Dr. Norbert Röhrl (math) and Birgit Vennemann (NaWi) from the MINT-Kolleg Baden-Württemberg, a joint project of University of Stuttgart and des Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

* Current calculation by the German Center for University and Science Research (DZHW)