Biology is a three-year, English-taught Bachelor's programme at the Faculty of Science of the Radboud University. In the first part of the programme, you get a general introduction to the field of biology and medical biology. In the second part, you choose your own learning trajectory to deepen your knowledge.
During your Bachelor's programme, you will have the opportunity to go abroad for your studies, internship and/or thesis. You will learn to look at things from the perspective of a different culture and you will meet new people; it is an experience that will enrich your life. What’s more, it will look great on your CV. Please see the Radboud International web page for information about meetings, scholarships, internships and other practical information.
Do you want an extra challenge during your studies? Do you find it interesting to think about current, social themes from different academic perspectives? Discover what the Radboud Honours Academy has to offer to achieve your maximum potential during your time as a student. You can also become a member of the study association Beevee, take part in committees, or become a student assistant.
During the general phase, you will take courses from all learning trajectories. This will help you to get an idea which trajectory will be most interesting for you. In the second part of the Bachelor's programme Biology you design your own study profile. You can choose courses from seven learning trajectories within biology and medical biology.
Each learning trajectory consists of a set of courses that enables you to specialise in a specific topic. Learning trajectories contain two to three compulsory core courses and several (preferred) electives. A learning trajectory consists of 30 EC or study points, and leaves room for you to add-on courses from other trajectories. You may choose from the following learning trajectories:
Plant and animal ecology, get insight in the key biotic and abiotic drivers of populations.
- Ecophysiology of Plants
- Animal Ecology
- Applied Ecology
Environment and Sustainability
Assess environmental problems and evaluate sustainable solutions.
Choose three of the core courses
- Man and Nature: Present, Past and Future
- Biological Invasions
- Geographic Information Systems
- Environmental Toxicology
- Human and Ecology Risk Assessment
Study microorganisms and viruses from genes to ecosystems.
- Physiology of Microorganisms
- Applied & Environmental Microbiology
Physiology and Adaptation
Plant and animal physiological functions in relation to organism and environment.
Choose at least two of the core courses:
- Plant Genome Analysis
- Ecophysiology of Plants
- Animal Adaptation Physiology
Using knowledge gained through genomics to improve health and environment.
- Advanced Molecular Biology
- Functional Genomics
Molecular and cellular bases of biological processes underlying health and disease.
Choose two of the core courses
- Medical Embryology
- Human Pathology
Brain and behaviour, cognitive systems, neurons & synapses, neurodevelopment, and medical neurobiology.
- Neural Basis of Cognition and Perception
- Neurons & Synapses
In the third year of the Bachelor's, you have the opportunity to do a minor, a coherent package of electives worth 15-30 EC that allows you to broaden your knowledge or prepare for a particular Master’s programme. By doing a minor, you fill in the elective space in your programme in a structured way. This can be within the field of your Bachelor's, but also outside it. Such as physics, computing science or philosophy, or the educational minor with which you can obtain a (limited) second-degree teaching certificate for secondary education.
You can choose from predefined minor, or you can compose your own minor by choosing electives. See the minor guide for which predefined minors you can take as a student of Biology.