Bachelor education

The Freudenthal Institute offers a number of bachelor courses targeting science education and communication for a wide audience. The Freudenthal Institute's lecturers also contribute to various bachelor programs within the Faculty of Science. For more information:

Initial courses (level 2)

  • Oriëntatie op de Onderwijspraktijk (BETA-B2OOP)
    [Orientation on Education in Practice] Introduction to the secondary teacher's professional practice. Follow-up: second level teacher certificate through an educational minor.
  • Wetenschaps- en techniekcommunicatie (BETA-B2WTC)
    [Science and technology communication] In this course you are introduced to scientific journalism, risk communication, health communication and informal education. You will meet professionals from different backgrounds within the field of science communication, and you will discover what to take into account when communicating about science to a wide audience, whether your own research or that of others.
  • Bèta in Bedrijf en Beleid (BETA-B2BBB)
    [Science in business and policy] This course offers you an overview of your possible role in a commercial or policy-making environment, and the skills you will need; identifying opportunities; strategic research policy; creating a business plan; working in a project-oriented way; negotiating; consulting and convincing.
  • Normen en Waarden in het Wetenschappelijk Bedrijf (BETA-B2WB)
    [Values within the business of science] In this course you will study how the academic ideals of 'openness, universality, independence, originality, scepsis and honesty' are given meaning within the modern scientific world . You will be introduced to the practical dilemmas within science and develop strategies on how to handle them.
  • FINAL: Oriëntatie op de Communicatieve en Educatieve Praktijk (AS-305B)
    [Orientation on Communication and Education in Practice] Introduction to the professional practice in education and science communication. Please note: this course is offered for the last time in the second semester of the 2014-2015 academic year.

Further courses

  • Educational Minor (AS-202B + AS-304B)
    The educational minor consists of two courses of each 15 ec. A successful completion of the two courses will lead, together with your science study bachelor diploma, to a second level teacher certificate for the school subject involved (vmbo-T (vocational education) and the lower grades of the general and academic tracks (havo and vwo)). The course Oriëntatie op de Onderwijspraktijk serves as an introduction to this minor.
    The minor itself is a good introduction to the master Science Education and Communication and to the one-year teacher training programme (post master). Both programmes grant a number of exemptions on the basis of this minor.
    If you are considering a first level teacher training programme, our advice is to start by paying attention to the subject-specific requirements for a first level teacher (pdf in Dutch) in selecting courses for your bachelor.
  • Stage Wetenschaps- en Techniekcommunicatie (BETA-B3WTS)
    [Traineeship science and technology communication]
    Information to follow

Bachelor research and thesis

At the Freudenthal Institute you can do research and write your bachelor thesis. There are different options and requirements for the different study topics. For more information, contact Dirk-Jan Boerwinkel for biology, Elwin Savelsbergh for physics, Astrid Bulte voor for chemistry and Michiel Doorman for mathematics.

For biology students: Course profile Education Communication and Management

Within the biology bachelor programme you can follow the course profile ECM (pdf in Dutch); the Freudenthal Institute offers a number of courses within this profile. The profile is a good preparation for Master's programmes at Utrecht University, such as Science Education and Communication; Environmental Biology; Sustainable Development; Science and Business Management. But you can also follow ECM courses out of interest even if you do not opt for further specialisation in this area.

For non-science students: Wiskunde voor dichters, denkers, doeners (WISB-105)

[Mathematics for Poets, Thinkers and Doers]. Wiskunde voor Dichters, Denkers en Doeners is especially meant for students from other faculties than the Science faculty. Within the framework of Poets (mathematics in language and art), Thinkers (the philosophical side of mathematics) and Doers (mathematics in practice), the course shows some of the broad applicability of mathematics and the centuries-long amazement it has engendered in practitioners and others.