MINOR COMPLEX SYSTEMS

The Complex Systems minor is open to all Science students, but also to students from Economics and Sociology. The entry requirement is Mathematics A or B at vwo-level.

Complex Systems is a new field that is developing rapidly. It studies systems consisting many interconnected components and studies the collective behavior of the components. Examples of Complex Systems are the brain, a big city, the climate, an ecosystem, the economy and traffic. Although it seems that these topics have little to do with each other, they appear to have common features. One of them is emergence, the phenomenon that the system as a whole has properties that do not follow directly from the characteristics of the parts. You also often see self-organization in Complex Systems: structures that arise spontaneously without influence from outside. These, and several properties, form the common thread of the minor Complex Systems. 

The Complex Systems minor is taught by lecturers from various fields. Because you choose an optional subject and a subject for the final project, you can partly fill in the minor as you wish. Some students may choose more theoretical emphasis, others more application-oriented. Of course you can also follow separate courses from the minor in your profiling space.

The minor consists of four subjects, a total of 30 ects: 

1. Introduction to Complex Systems (BETA-B1CS). Period: 3
2. Methods and Models in Complex Systems (BETA-B2-CS). Period: 1
3. Elective course (level 2 or 3). Period 1-4
4. Project complex systems (BETA-B3-CS). Period 4

In the introductory course 'Introduction to Complex Systems' you will become acquainted with the typical characteristics of Complex Systems such as emergence, self-organization, transition, resilience and adaptation. In the course Methods and models in CS the modeling techniques are discussed. These considerations range from Adaptive Multi Agent Systems (especially computer models) to mathematical models using differential equations and stochastic processes. In the final project you will work with several students on a paper that leads to a presentation and a report. The project groups preferably consist of students from different disciplines.

List of Electives:

Mathematics
•       Differential equations (WISB231)
•       Nonlinear dynamical systems (WISB333)
•       Mathematical modelling (WISB357)
•       Stochastic processes (WISB362)
Physics
•       Statistical physics (NS-204B)
•       Advanced statistical physics (NS-370B)
•       Turbulence in fluids (NS-376B)
Chemistry
•       Protein folding (SK-B3PFA)
•       Toy models (SK-BTOYM)
Computer science
•       Intelligent systems (INFOB3IS)
Biology
•       Biological modelling (B-B2THEC05)
•       Computational biology (B-B3COMB10)
•       Socio-ecology (B-B3SOEC16)
Cognitive Artificial Intelligence
•       Introduction to adaptive systems (INFOB2IAS)
Sociology
•       Advanced sociological modelling (200300009)

You may also propose an elective. First submit this to the coordinator of the minor. Many master's programs at Utrecht University offer the option of choosing a Complex Systems profile, see https://www.uu.nl/en/research/complex-systems-studies/education. The minor Complex Systems is an excellent preparation for this.

If you have any questions about the minor, please contact Thijs Ruijgrok.