Bachelor's minor Complex Systems

The minor Complex Systems is aimed at a broad audience of undergraduate students. It gives bachelor’s students the opportunity to gain knowledge about concepts such as emergence, self-organization and adaptation. Interdisciplinarity plays an important role in this minor. The students see the application of complex systems models in different disciplines and corporate with students that are enrolled in a different major.

The minor consists of four courses: an introductory course, two advanced courses, or an elective course (valid till academic year 2021-2022), and a final project.

  • Level 1: Introduction Complex Systems (course code: BETA-B1CS). Period 3 of Utrecht University's academic year (usually from February to April)
  • Level 2: Methods and Models in Complex Systems (course code: BETA-B2CS-A). Period 1 of Utrecht University's academic year (usually from September to November)
  • Level 2: Complexity in the Sciences (course code: BETA-B2CS-B). Period 2 of Utrecht University's academic year (usually from November to January)
  • Level 3: Complex Systems Project (course code: BETA-B3CS). Timing is negotiable with the supervisor(s).

For the enrollment of the minor or the course(s), please contact the Student Affairs Faculty of Science - Bachelors. For other questions, please contact the coordinator of the minor Dr. Deb Panja (


(Choose one of the following electives instead of the level 2 course "Complexity in the Sciences" BETA-B2CS-B, however, this option is available only till the end of the academic year 2020-2021)


  • Differential equations (WISB231)
  • Nonlinear dynamical systems (WISB333)
  • Mathematical modelling (WISB357)
  • Stochastic processes (WISB362)


  • Statistical physics (NS-204B)
  • Advanced statistical physics (NS-370B)
  • Turbulence in fluids (NS-376B)


  • Protein folding (SK-B3PFA)
  • Toy models (SK-BTOYM)

Computer Science:

  • Intelligent systems (INFOB3IS)


  • Biological modelling (B-B2THEC05)
  • Computational biology (B-B3COMB10)
  • Socio-ecology (B-B3SOEC16)

Cognitive Artificial Intelligence:

  • Introduction to adaptive systems (INFOB2IAS)


  • Advanced sociological modelling (200300009)