Goals and competences
During the course of the Biology Bachelor's programme, you will work on a myriad of study goals. Listed below are the competences that a Biology Bachelor's graduate is expected to have.
A Bachelor in Biology:
- is able to critically analyse timely and topical biological concepts, based on a broad knowledge and understanding of the functioning and the behaviour of (living) organisms (plants, animals including humans, microorganisms and viruses) with reference to the relationships between organisms, the levels of organisation within nature (molecule, cell, organ, organism, population and ecosystem), biological processes (evolution, development, adaptation, disease) and the biotic and abiotic environment.
- understands the complexity and interdisciplinarity of (medical) biology: connects the different subdisciplines in (medical) biology and applies knowledge about data analysis, mathematics, physics, chemistry and computer science to (medical) biological research correctly. The Bachelor’s student is knowledgeable about quantitative and big data approaches and applies this knowledge in a multidisciplinary research environment to process diverse data sets in order to achieve a better understanding of (medical) biological systems.
- understands the scientific method: i.e. correctly interprets how (medical) biological knowledge and understanding is established and understands how theories can be tested experimentally and how knowledge obtained from experiments can lead to new insights that contribute to the (medical) biological knowledge base.
- can apply the scientific method: i.e. uses both theoretical and practical knowledge in order to formulate hypotheses about (medical) biological problems, develops experiments and executes experiments as a means of testing these hypotheses, oversees and interprets the results and, on the basis of these, draws conclusions and reports on the results of the research.
- applies basic techniques that are relevant to (medical) biological research and successfully adopts new experimental techniques.
- gathers and understands scientific literature, distinguishes between major and minor issues in an article and interprets the knowledge from the literature in the context of the knowledge that has already been acquired.
- reports on and discusses their own research and literature studies in a clear manner, both verbally and in writing in accordance with the general format of a scientific journal or in another appropriate format to a broad scientific or non-scientific audience.
- collaborates as a member of a (scientific) team and executes individual tasks within this team and competently shares the results that have been obtained.
- reflects on and forms an opinion about the ethical and societal implications of (medical) biological research and argues this opinion in both its societal and scientific contexts.
- reflects on their own actions, ambitions, skills and perspectives, thus shaping their own career based on informed choices that were made in the Bachelor’s minor programme and/or on subsequent choices for a Master’s programme, including its specialisations, or in continuation of work in the professional field.
- behaves in accordance with Scientific Integrity Regulations, as specified in the relevant University regulations.