Majors in Life Sciences

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Majors in Life Sciences

Life Science Majors

The Life Sciences majors of EUC cover a broad area of biology, ranging from molecular biology to physiology, evolution, health sciences, and medicine. These majors not only allow you to learn how to do both theoretical and practical research, but also stimulate you to apply the obtained knowledge in a multidisciplinary fashion.

The overarching multidisciplinary character of the Life Sciences curriculum is exemplified by the advanced courses in the Life Sciences majors, where there is an integrative context, in which the Department of Life Sciences collaborates closely with the other EUC Departments (Economics & Business, Humanities, and Social & Behavioural Sciences).

  • The major Life Sciences is a cross-disciplinary programme that features core courses in the fundamental biological sciences (such as molecular and cellular biology, plant biology, microbiology and human physiology) and specializations that range from genetics to multidisciplinary and applied life sciences, such as ecology and evolutionary biology. One of the most appealing aspects of the major in Life Sciences is its comprehensive nature. The major is highly suited for students interested in a career in the biological sciences in its broadest sense from research to policy-making.

    Entry requirements

    Students are allowed to enter the Majors of Life Sciences when they:

    • had Biology on their diploma for their prior education before entering EUC; or
    • have taken and passed the course General Biology in the first year at EUC.

    Mandatory courses at 200 level (in total 35 EC)

    • Biochemistry
    • Principles of Ecology
    • Plant Biology & Diversity
    • Molecular & Cellular Biology
    • Molecular & Cellular Biology Lab
    • Human Physiology
    • Micro- & Immunobiology

    Mandatory courses at 300 level (at least 25 EC):

    • Molecular & Clinical Genetics
    • Genes, Brain & Society
    • Additionally choose at least 15 EC at 300 level from:
      • EUC minor Think Green: Ecological & Economic Perspectives for a Sustainable Environment (15 EC)
      • Evolutionary Biology
      • Plants for People, Plants for Life (formerly named Plant Physiology)
      • Off-campus courses at 300 level recognised by the Life Sciences department and approved by the Examination Board.

    The Major Life Sciences needs to be concluded with a Capstone of 15 EC.

  • The Pre-Med major is a programme that will prepare you for admission to either (i) the Premaster programme (in Dutch) at the Erasmus Medical Center (MC), (ii) the School of Medicine (in English) of St. George’s University (SGU), Grenada, or (iii) another Biomedical Master. The Premaster programme is open for up to 24 Pre-Med graduates per year (see below), whereas the School of Medicine of SGU is open for up to 10 Pre-Med graduates per year.

    EUC and Erasmus MC have agreed that BSc students from EUC should be able to enter the Erasmus MC Medical Master (MMSc). In order to do so, students are required to follow the Pre-Med major at EUC, and they will have to participate in a 1-year Premaster programme at Erasmus MC after graduating from EUC and before entering the MMSc. The Pre-Med major does not guarantee access to the Premaster Programme as there are entry requirements regarding:

    • the number of students; a maximum of 24 Pre-Med graduates/year will be allowed to enter the Premaster Programme);
    • mastering the Dutch language (at least B2 level, certified with the NT-2 exam or a pass for Dutch on a ‘VWO’ diploma), because the Premaster Programme as well as the MMSc will be taught in Dutch;
    • the GPA obtained for the Pre-Med courses;
    • the extra-curricular activities performed besides the EUC Bachelor;
    • the results from a limited number of Premaster entry tests, which will have to be performed during the final semester at EUC.

    In the Pre-Med major the students will obtain a basic knowledge of the Life Sciences as well as the Medical Sciences. Fields of study include:

    • fundamental biology, including human anatomy and physiology
    • selected issues of health and disease
    • the medical process and the scientific basis of medicine
    • epidemiology and research methodology
    • medical statistics
    • general clinical skills, including anamnesis, physical examination, clinical reasoning and therapeutic skills
    • (medical) professional behaviour

    Entry requirements

    Students are allowed to enter the Pre-Med major when they

    • Either
      • had Biology on their diploma for their prior education before entering EUC; or
      • have taken and passed the course General Biology in the first year at EUC
    • or
      • have taken and passed the course Life Support; and
      • have taken and passed the course Medical Ethics. This course may also be taken during the second year, i.e. during the Pre-Med major.

    Mandatory courses at 200 level (in total 35 EC):

    • Biochemistry
    • Molecular & Cellular Biology
    • Clinical Psychology
    • Human Physiology
    • Embryology & Developmental Biology
    • Human Anatomy
    • Micro- & Immunobiology
    • Follow the Doctor (pass/fail, 0 EC)

    Mandatory courses at 300 level (in total 35 EC)

    • Pathology & Pathogenesis I - Cardiology (5 EC)*
    • Pathology & Pathogenesis II - Pulmonology (5 EC)*
    • Pathology & Pathogenesis III - Nephrology (5 EC)*
    • Pathology & Pathogenesis IV - Nutritional and gastrointestinal diseases (5 EC)*
    • Pathology & Pathogenesis V - Metabolism and hormonal regulation  (5 EC)*
    • Epidemiology & Global Health (5 EC)
    • Clinical Reasoning & Consultation (Quad 1-4, in Dutch); this course is mandatory for students who wish to enter the Premaster Programme (see above); students who are not proficient in the Dutch language and/or do not wish to enrol in the Premaster Programme do not need to follow this course (5 EC)

    *The courses Pathology and Pathogenesis I-III replace the 15 EC minor course Pathology & Pathogenesis I from 2017-2018. The courses Pathology & Pathogenesis IV and V replace the courses Pathology & Pathogenesis II and III, respectively, from 2017-2018.

    The Pre-Med major needs to be concluded with a Capstone of 15 EC.

    Partnership EUC and SGU

    Graduates from EUC's Pre-Med Major who do not wish to follow the Dutch-spoken programmes offered in the Erasmus MC Premaster and Erasmus MC Medicine Master are eligible to apply to the English-spoken programme of the Medical School of St. George's University (SGU) in Grenada, West Indies (http://www.sgu.edu/). SGU’s Medical School has contributed more than 14,000 physicians to the global physician workforce through their renowned and accredited Doctor of Medicine (MD) program. A maximum of 10 EUC Pre-Med Major graduates per year are selected for entry to SGU's Medical School.

    To be qualified for admission to SGU's Medical School, EUC students must meet the following admission criteria:

    • They must have obtained the BSc degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences of EUC with the Pre-Med Major;
    • They must have achieved a grade point average (GPA) of C for the courses that form part of the Pre-Med Major;
    • Their application needs to be accompanied by a letter from the Dean of EUC.

    An offer of admission to SGU's Medical School will only be made to qualified students, who satisfy all respective admissions requirements, after an admission interview is conducted by SGU.

  • The major in Neuroscience offers the student a multidisciplinary study of biological subjects with a focus on the human central nervous system. The major is designed for students with a strong interest in the biology of the nervous system and the way in which the brain governs behaviour.

    Entry requirements

    Students are allowed to enter the major Neurosciences when they

    • had Biology on their diploma for their prior education before entering EUC; or
    • have taken and passed the course General Biology in the first year at EUC.

    Mandatory courses at 200 level (40 EC)

    • Computer Science M (previously Computer Science I) or Computer Science P (previously Computer Science II)
    • Biochemistry
    • Molecular & Cellular Biology
    • Molecular & Cellular Biology Lab
    • Human Physiology
    • Intermediate Statistics I
    • Micro- & Immunobiology
    • Embryology & Developmental Biology

    Mandatory courses at 300 level (at least 20 EC)

    • Cognitive Neuroscience
    • Genes, Brain & Society
    • An EUR minor in the field of neurosciences recognised by the Head of the Life Sciences department; or
    • off-campus courses 300 level in the field of neurosciences recognised by the Life Sciences department and approved by the Examination Board (at least 10 EC)

    The major Neuroscience needs to be concluded with a Capstone of 15 EC.

  • The major in Molecular & Cellular Biology focuses on the study of molecular structures and processes within the cells and their roles in the function, reproduction and development of organisms. This covers a broad range of specialised disciplines such as biochemistry, microbiology, molecular biology, genetics, cell physiology, cell anatomy and immunology.

    Entry requirements

    Students are allowed to enter the major Molecular & Cellular Biology when they

    • had Biology on their diploma for their prior education before entering EUC; or
    • have taken and passed the course General Biology in the first year at EUC.

    Mandatory courses at 200 level (35 EC)

    • Biochemistry
    • Molecular & Cellular Biology
    • Molecular & Cellular Biology Lab
    • Embryology & Developmental Biology
    • Human Physiology
    • Intermediate Statistics I
    • Micro- & Immunobiology

    Mandatory courses at 300 level (30 EC)

    • Molecular & Clinical Genetics
    • Genes, Brain & Society
    • Evolutionary Biology
    • Any of the following minors recognised by the Head of the Life Sciences department:
      • EUR / EMC minor Biomedical research in practise (15 EC); or
      • EUR / EMC minor Genetica in de Maatschappij, (Dutch with English literature, 15 EC); or
      • Molecular Biotechnology, University Leiden (15 EC)

    Or:

    Mandatory courses at 300 level (at least 30 EC)

    • Molecular & Clinical Genetics
    • Genes, Brain & Society
    • Off-campus courses in the field of Molecular & Cellular Biology at 300 level recognised by the Life Sciences department and approved by the Examination Board (at least 20 EC); or
    • Any of the following 30 EC minors recognised by the Head of the Life Sciences department:
      • Advanced Life Science & Technology, University Leiden (30 EC); or
      • Disease, Signalling & Drug Targets, University Leiden (30 EC).

    The major Molecular & Cellular Biology needs to be concluded with a Capstone of 15 EC.

  • The achievement of sustainability, or ‘the requirement of our generation to manage resources such that the average quality of life that we ensure ourselves can potentially be shared by all future generations” (Asheim and Brekke, 1993) can be considered one of the main challenges of our times. For sustainability to be achieved both environmental, social and economic aspects need to be in balance. However, the application of such an interdisciplinary approach to sustainability can be hindered by the mono-disciplinary approach of today’s highly specialized world. In this major, you will acquire the tools to think critically about the most pressing challenges of our time and the skills to find creative solutions for such challenges. Each course is embedded in an interdisciplinary frame that will guide you through different perspectives, from Life Sciences and Social Sciences to Economics and Humanities. In this major, you will develop research-oriented skills with a strong focus on solving complex multi-perspective and multi-disciplinary current issues.  In particular, thanks to a particular emphasis given to the intrinsic relationships between human and environment, you will learn how natural and ecological systems work, how cities can be smart and sustainable, how policies and organizations contribute to sustainability, how the current ethical and historical perspectives influence the climate crisis, how plants are a foundation for people and life on our planet, how to generate prevention plans for health problems, how to include multiple perspectives into play and finally how laws and policies to protect the common environmental are generated.

    Entry requirements

    Students are allowed to enter the major Sustainability when they:

    • had Biology on their diploma for their prior education before entering EUC,
    • or have taken and passed the course General Biology in the first year at EUC.

    Mandatory courses at 200 level (35 EC)

    • Principles of Ecology (LSC)   
    • Applied Game Theory (INT)
    • Food & Nutrition (LSC)
    • The Climate Crisis (ECB/HUM)
    • Plant Biology & Diversity (LSC)
    • Political Institutions & Public Governance (SBS)
    • Intermediate Statistics I (INT)

    Mandatory courses at 300 level (25 EC)

    • Epidemiology & Global Health (LSC)
    • Additionally choose at least 20 EC at 300 level from:
      • EUC Minor Think Green: Ecological & Economic Perspectives for a Sustainable Environment (15 EC; Q1) or a similar minor in the field of Sustainability offered by other universities (e.g. Sustainable Development at Leiden University)
      • Plants for People, Plants for Life (LSC) Q2
      • Off-campus courses on 'sustainability' at 300 level recognised by the Life Sciences department and approved by the Examination Board.

    The major Sustainability needs to be concluded with a Capstone of 15 EC.

  • This major is intended for students who are interested in the health problems of communities and the actions that will protect or improve the lives of large numbers of individuals within communities. The work of public health professionals is distinct from the work of clinical professionals, who typically treat individuals with health problems. Public health actions often involve research and educational and/or governmental approaches that influence communities, for example, in order to address issues such as obesity, smoking cessation, and access to health care. The major is especially appropriate for students who wish to pursue advanced studies that would lead to leadership positions in governmental or non-governmental organisations that deal with current and emerging health concerns in the world.

    Entry requirements
    Students are allowed to enter the major Public Global Health when they:

    • had Biology on their diploma for their prior education before entering EUC; or
    • have taken and passed the course General Biology in the first year at EUC.

    Mandatory courses at 200 level (25 EC)

    • Intermediate Statistics I
    • Food & Nutrition
    • Qualitative research
    • Micro- and Immunobiology
    • Intermediate Statistics II

    Mandatory courses at 300 level (15 EC)

    • Epidemiology & Global Health
    • Governing Healthy Cities
    • Health Psychology
    • Impact evaluation
    • An EUR minor in the field of Public & Global Health recognised by the Head of the Life Sciences department; or
    • Off-campus courses at 300 level in the field of Public & Global Health recognised by the Life Sciences department and approved by the Examination Board (at least 15 EC)

    The major Public & Global Health needs to be concluded with a Capstone of 15 EC.

  • The major in Public Health prepares students in the fields of biological and public health research with a focus on prevention and better treatment of diseases affecting large populations. Students will be prepared to be future health care professionals who are involved in (epidemiological) research or in management of health care organisations. The students will be able to design and conduct studies, manage data (health and epidemiology related), and become decision-makers using their interdisciplinary background in the context of public health.

    Entry requirements

    • Either had biology on their diploma for their prior education before entering EUC; or
    • have taken and passed the academic core course General Biology in the first year at EUC

    Mandatory courses at 200 level (30 EC)

    • Biochemistry
    • Molecular & Cellular Biology
    • Intermediate Statistics I
    • Human Physiology
    • Food & Nutrition
    • Micro- & Immunobiology

    Mandatory courses at 300 level (30 EC)

    • Epidemiology & Global Health
    • Health Psychology
    • Health Care Governance
    • Additionally choose 15 EC at 300 level from:
      • Minor: Global Health (Erasmus MC; 15 EC), Health Care Management: In Search of Excellent Care (iBMB; 15 EC), or: an EUR Minor in the field of biological aspects of Public Health that is recognised by the Head of Department Life Sciences (15 EC),
      • or off-campus courses that are recognised by the Life Sciences department and approved by the Examination Board (15 EC)

    The major Biological Aspects of Public Health needs to be concluded with a Capstone of 15 EC.

Please note that some of the courses on 200 /300 Level have entry requirements. If you have a specific query regarding such a matter please contact the Office of Student and Educational Affairs.

Furthermore, students may request approval from both the Head of the Life Sciences Department, as well as the Examination Board to take suitable 300 level courses off-campus as part of the requirements for their Major.

Note: These majors, courses, and requirements may be subject to change.