Sciences Major

Science at UCU
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Science aims to understand the underlying principles and laws which govern all aspects of nature; from the origins of the universe and the evolution of life to the workings of the brain and the constituents of space, time and matter. In Science knowledge is derived by the use of formal reasoning, modeling and simulation, but always in close connection to observation and experimentation.

The Science Department covers the following disciplines: mathematics, physics, chemistry, earth and environmental sciences, life science, cognitive neuroscience, and medical science.

Studying science at UCU carries a number of advantages. Students benefit from the excellent Utrecht University researchers who teach at UCU. The Liberal Arts & Sciences approach guarantees, at the same time, combinations of disciplines that are unique, such as mathematics & philosophy, biology & law, evolution & religion, biotechnology & developmental studies and modern & traditional medicine.

UCU graduates have entered high-profile Master’s and PhD science programs, in the Netherlands and abroad. Aspiring doctors will find that a Bachelor of Science from UCU is an excellent asset for a career in medicine.

Fields of study: 

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth & Environment
  • Mathematics
  • Medical Science
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Physics (double degree possible)

To obtain a degree in Science (Bachelor of Science) your curriculum must satisfy a number of criteria.

You must take at least twelve courses in the Science department. Four of these courses must be at the advanced 3-level (one of which is the research thesis). You must complete tracks in at least two different fields of study within the Science department. A track is a 3-level course and the prerequisite 1- and 2-level courses that lead up to it.

One of these 12 courses is Science Laboratory, consisting of 3 smaller laboratory modules. These modules aim to introduce students to the practical aspects and experimental possibilities of research in the various science disciplines. The goal is to recognize the characteristics of the experimental research process and to develop research capacities by doing experiments. Science laboratory modules are taught at the laboratory facilities of the Utrecht University science faculty.

All Science majors take an introductory mathematics course to satisfy the Mathematics requirement.

The Science major is concluded with a research thesis, to be written in the third year. Such a research project will include designing a research plan based on literature study of the theoretical background of both the subject and the research methods, conducting the proposed research involved, evaluating the results obtained and reporting on them according to the standard scientific practice in the field involved in a presentation and in writing.

The thesis not only serves as a final test of your academic and disciplinary capabilities, but will also allow you to showcase these capabilities when applying for a job or Master’s program.