What are the effects of climate change on sea life? How does a disease like cancer arise? What happens in the brain when you are asleep?
The field of Biology is concerned with how plants, animals and
humans are made up and how they function. The difference with
biology at secondary school is that this degree programme
involves more science: you will study more mathematics, physics and
Scientists are expanding their horizons more and more. As a biologist, you will increasingly work together with scientists of other disciplines. This interaction will provide you with useful knowledge.
Choose the specialization that suits you best
Many universities offer Biology degree programmes. The big advantage of studying in Groningen is that you can choose exactly the specialization that suits you best. The first semester covers basic topics that are essential for all fields of biology. After the first semester you can choose to follow the Major in Ecology and Evolution or the joint programme for the Majors in Molecular Life Sciences, Behaviour and Neurosciences and Biomedical Sciences. During the second year, these Majors will gradually start to differentiate. In the third year, you start with a Minor of one semester, in which you can either broaden or deepen your knowledge. In the last semester, you will complete your Bachelor’s programme with a Bachelor’s project in the specialism of your choice.
All your lecturers are involved in research in some way. Their research will help you become acquainted with the many new developments in the field of life sciences.
Make a contribution of my own
'I decided to specialize in Biomedical Sciences and haven't regretted it. I initially wanted to study Medicine, because I'm interested in how the human body and disease processes work, but after I failed to gain a place in the Medicine programme I decided that Biomedical Sciences was a good alternative.
The great thing about this degree programme is that everything you learn is really important in daily life. I recently watched a talk show where they were talking about how new research into Alzheimer’s provides a new perspective on the treatment of this disease. We had talked about this subject a week earlier during lectures, so I found it really interesting. I’m here to gain knowledge, and I hope that later I will be able make a contribution of my own!'
In addition to my studies, sports are important to me. I am a member of the student field hockey association (GCHC) and I go running three times a week. I've been living in student housing since I started my studies, and I enjoy that independence.'