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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 chemistry.

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. After the first semester, you will choose a specialization: Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Ecology and Evolution, Behavioural and Neuroscience, or Molecular Life Sciences. You will specialize in one area and carry out your own research.

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.

You find the degree programme brochure below. There will be some changes in the curriculum; new information will be published at this page (at least 1 February 2018).

Wat zijn de effecten van klimaatveranderingen op het zeeleven? Hoe ontstaat en bestrijd je een ziekte als kanker? Wat gebeurt er in je hersenen als je slaapt?

Biologie is een vak dat zich bezighoudt met de vraag hoe planten, dieren en mensen in elkaar zitten en functioneren. Verschil met het vak op school is dat deze studie exacter is: je krijgt meer wiskunde, natuurkunde en scheikunde.
Wetenschappers kijken meer en meer over hun grenzen heen. Als bioloog werk je steeds vaker samen met andere wetenschappen. Dat levert interessante kennis op.

Kies de specialisatie die bij jou past

Biologie kun je op veel plekken studeren. Het grote voordeel van Groningen is dat je bij ons precies de richting op kunt die jij wilt. Na een breed eerste semester met vakken die vrijwel de hele biologie bestrijken, kies je een specialisatie: Ecologie & Evolutie, Gedrag en Neurowetenschappen, Biomedische Wetenschappen en Moleculaire levenswetenschappen.

Verreweg de meeste van je docenten zijn betrokken bij onderzoek. Je maakt daardoor kennis met de vele actuele ontwikkelingen in de levenswetenschappen.

Let op: de bacheloropleiding Biologie wordt vanaf september 2018 in het Engels aangeboden! Het curriculum zal op vakniveau ook enigszins wijzigen; informatie daarover wordt op deze pagina gepubliceerd, uiterlijk 1 februari 2018.

More about this programme
  • Programme movie

    Students design a smart bandage

    – Programme movie
  • Testimonial of Marlies van Dam

    Work at National Institute for Public Health and the Environment

    'I graduated in Medical Biology, specializing in policy and business and then went to work at National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). I'm a policy officer with the response team. That means advising and developing policy with regard to contagious diseases such as Q fever or swine flu. In addition, I coordinate the vaccination programme for hepatitis B risk groups. This means I have to deal with various parties who are all expert in their field.'

    – Marlies van Dam
  • Testimonial of Jorn Claassen

    Jorn Claassen, student Biology

    – Jorn Claassen
  • Testimonial of Romy Spronk

    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.'

    – Romy Spronk
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BSc in Biology
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Language of instruction
English (100%)
36 months (180 ECTS)
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