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.
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 can't 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 although there are a few choices. See the the appropriate section of this prospectus for more details on this.
From the start of the third year is the moment where you will differentiate from other students and make your own choices for the remainder of the curriculum, apart from a few obligatory courses. It's even possible to do courses from other disciplines. For more details you are referred to the appropriate section.