Bachelor's minor Complex Systems

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The minor Complex Systems is aimed at a broad audience of undergraduate students. It gives bachelor’s students the opportunity to gain knowledge about concepts such as emergence, self-organization and adaptation. Interdisciplinarity plays an important role in this minor. The students see the application of complex systems models in different disciplines and corporate with students that are enrolled in a different major.

The minor consist of four courses: an introductory course, a more advanced course, an elective course, and a final project.

  • Level 1: Introduction Complex Systems (course code: BETA-B1CS). Period 3 of Utrecht University's academic year (usually from February to April)
  • Level 2: Methods and Models in Complex Systems (course code: BETA-B2-CS). Period 1 of Utrecht University's academic year (usually from September to November)
  • Level 2/3: Elective course. Period 1-4 of Utrecht University's academic year (depend on the schedule of the elective course)
  • Level 4: Complex Systems Project (course code: BETA-B3-CS). Period 4 of Utrecht University's academic year (usually from April to July)

For the enrollment of the minor or the course(s), please contact the Student Affairs Faculty of Science - Bachelor.


(choices might vary, please contact the coordinator of the minor Dr. Deb Panja for the latest list)


  • Differential equations (WISB231)
  • Nonlinear dynamical systems (WISB333)
  • Mathematical modelling (WISB357)
  • Stochastic processes (WISB362)


  • Statistical physics (NS-204B)
  • Advanced statistical physics (NS-370B)
  • Turbulence in fluids (NS-376B)


  • Protein folding (SK-B3PFA)
  • Toy models (SK-BTOYM)

Computer Science:

  • Intelligent systems (INFOB3IS)


  • Biological modelling (B-B2THEC05)
  • Computational biology (B-B3COMB10)
  • Socio-ecology (B-B3SOEC16)

Cognitive Artificial Intelligence:

  • Introduction to adaptive systems (INFOB2IAS)


  • Advanced sociological modelling (200300009)