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Bachelor Programmes

The Groningen Institute for Evolutionary Life Sciences participates in two Bachelor programmes, Biology and Life Science and Technology. GELIFES coordinates two minors: the faculty-level minor Modelling in the Life Sciences, and the university-level minor Neurosciences.

A bachelor programme is a three-year programme. The first semester is a joint programme of the Bachelor Biology and the Bachelor Life Science and Technology where all students take the same two modules and the practicals Anatomy & Physiology and Minimal Cell. In the first module, the focal point is on the living cell, with courses in Cell Biology, Biochemistry and Genetics. The second module focuses on the complex organism, with courses in Physiology & Therapy, Ecology & Behaviour and Diversity.

In the second semester students choose a major. The Biology programme offers one general major and four specializations:

  1. General Biology: the general option for students with a broad interest in biology. The contents of this major can be largely defined by yourself.
  2. Ecology and Evolution: specialization focusing on the interactions within living nature and the way they came into existence. This major is mostly research-oriented but also provides a good starting point for working in government, consultancy and other organisations in the nature conservation sector.
  3. Behaviour and Neurosciences: specialization focusing on the workings of the brain and the behaviour of humans and animals, providing insight into all manners of factors to do with behaviour, such as nurture conditions, the environment and endogenous processes.
  4. Molecular Life Sciences: specialization focusing on molecular science, such as studying prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells in their environment, research of cellular functions, or the development of molecular technologies for medicine or biotechnology in cooperation with many other disciplines.
  5. Biomedical Sciences: the focus of this specialization is the human being as a biological creature. Medical biology aims to understand the biological basis and progression of diseases in humans and to develop better diagnostic and therapeutic programmes.

In the Life Science and Technology programme students choose one of four specializations: in addition to the majors 3 - 5, the programme offers the specialization Biomedical Technology for students interested in both healthcare and technology. Biomedical technologists design and develop new diagnostic and treatment techniques for the healthcare sector, in cooperation with physicians, biologists, biochemists and engineers.

Minor Modelling in the Life Sciences

Mathematical modelling and computational approaches have become indispensable for modern research in the life sciences and call for students with an interdisciplinary background. The minor Modelling in the Life Sciences provides a unique opportunity to explore the interface between biology, medicine, mathematics, physics and computer science, and prepares students for cutting-edge research in the theoretical life sciences.

Minor Neurosciences

The minor Neurosciences is an introduction to the neurosciences intended for students with no previous experience in the natural sciences.

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