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General guide to the Bachelor's degree

The Bachelor's programme is comprised of three years of 60 European Credits (EC). Each year is divided into four periods (quarters) of 15 EC of courses.

First year

The first year is called 'Propedeuse' (sometimes spelled propaedeuse, from the greek προ andπαιδευω) which actually means preparatory education. Nowadays the first year is more than preparatory, but we keep the name and the tradition to celebrate the successful completion of the first-year programme with a ceremony and an informal get together.

First-year courses lay the foundation in knowledge and skills for all areas of the Bachelor's programme. The first year, however, also serves as a filter: if you are able to pass all first-year courses, you should be able to handle the rest of the programme as well. If you fail to pass at least 39 EC in the first year, you cannot continue the programme (See the appropriate section on Binding Study Advice in this prospectus).

Second and third year

During the second year you will finish the core curriculum of the Bachelor's programme in Chemistry. This means that the programme is mostly fixed, with  a few electives. See the the appropriate section of this prospectus for more details. 
The third year is largely made up of electives. You select certain courses so you can specialize in a particular field of chemistry. You finish the Bachelor's programme with a research internship. For more details, see appropriate section.

Within the second and third year you also take some general skills courses that are available several times a year:

  • Writing Skills
  • Philosophy

Throughout the entire bachelors programme you follow elements of the course on academic skills. The programme is concluded with a 12 EC research internship.

Electives: There is a list of priority electives. You must take at least 21 ec from this list. If you include a minor in your programme, at least half of your other electives must be a priority elective.