Undergraduate School of Science

The Utrecht Undergraduate School of Science challenges its students to bring out their best and develop into knowledgeable and committed academics. The Undergraduate School of Science offers 8 bachelor programmes that are each closely linked to topical issues in society.

Each bachelor track encompasses a 3-year curriculum consisting of a total of 180 credits divided into a major of 135 credits and a personal development programme of 45 credits. An overview of the bachelor programmes at Utrecht University is available at: www.uu.nl/bachelors


A maximum of 75 credits of a major is dedicated towards to compulsory courses; the remaining credits are used for optional courses that are within the area of the chosen major.

Personal development programme

Students are free to use the credits in their personal development programme for more in depth courses linked to their major track or for courses that explore topics in other academic areas. The personal development credits can also be dedicated towards a minor - a comprehensive set of courses in a different field of study. Finally, for students who are interested in performing part of their curriculum abroad, the personal development credits can be used to attend courses at selected academic partners of the Undergraduate School of Science.

Language of instruction

The language of instruction of the bachelor programmes is Dutch, however a number of optional courses is instructed in English. Each year, a group of international students attends the Undergraduate School of Science for a 6-months programme in English. This programme is also open for Utrecht-based students.

Honours tracks and programmes.

In addition to the regular curriculum, each bachelor programme offers an exclusive honours track for excellent and highly motivated students. The College of Pharmaceutical Sciences is one of three honours tracks at Utrecht University in which the entire curriculum is offers on an honours level. Honours tracks start in the first year and run throughout the 3-year bachelor programme, consisting of a total of 45 credits of which 15 are additional to the regular curriculum.

To qualify for an honours certificate, you have to pass at least 25% of the bachelor curriculum at an honours level, partly within the chosen major and partly within the personal development programme. The honours track challenges you to take a broader view beyond the borders of your scientific discipline and you are stimulated to build international experience. Each honours track is completed through an honours thesis.

Being an honours student, you become part of a close-knit community of students and professors: the Science Honours Academy. Within this interdisciplinary programme you further develop your research skills, make the most of your specific talents and participate in as well as organise projects, study tours, site visits, publications and seminars.