Majors in Life Sciences

The Life Sciences Department contains various majors:

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.


Life Sciences - General

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.

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)

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

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

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Pre-Med

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 (SGU), Grenada, USA, 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 PreMed
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 per 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 Programe 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-Medical 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 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

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
  • And:
    • 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):

Mandatory courses at 300-level (in total 35 EC):

The Pre-Medical Major needs to be concluded with a Capstone of 15 EC.

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Neuroscience

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.

Students are allowed to enter the Major Neuroscience 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 40 EC):

Mandatory courses at 300-level (in total 25 EC):

  • Cognitive Neuroscience (5 EC)
  • Genes, Brain & Society (5 EC)
  • An EUR Minor in the field of neurosciences that is recognised by the Head of the Life Sciences department (15 EC), 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.

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Molecular & Cellular Biology

The Major in Molecular and 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.

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 (in total 35 EC):

Mandatory courses at 300-level (at least 30 EC):

  • Molecular & Clinical Genetics (5 EC)
  • Genes, Brain & Society (5 EC)
  • Evolutionary Biology (5 EC)
  • Any of the following Minors recognised by the Head of the Life Sciences department: 
    • EUR / EMC Minor Biomedical research in practise (15 EC)
    • EUR / EMC Minor Genetica in de Maatschappij (Dutch with English literature, 15 EC)
    • Molecular Biotechnology, University Leiden (15 EC)

OR

Mandatory courses at 300-level (at least 30 EC):

  • Molecular & Clinical Genetics (5 EC)
  • Genes, Brain & Society (5 EC)
  • 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 (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)
      • Disease, Signalling & Drug Targets, University Leiden (30 EC)

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

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Global Health

See Section on Interdisciplinary Majors for more information



Biological Aspects of Public Health

See Section on Interdisciplinary Majors for more information

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