Science major

The requirements for a bachelor of science in Science appear in section 3 of the Academic Rules and Regulations for your cohort. 

Methodology Requirements

All science majors must take at least one math course as well as three lab modules in summer/winter sessions to meet methodology requirements. It is recommended that students take these in their first year at UCU.

Math courses that serve to fulfill the science methodology requirements are UCACCMAT01, UCSCIMAT11, UCSCIMAT13 and UCSCIMAT14. 

Lab modules on offer in the current academic year are listed with other science courses.

Major Courses

Science majors must take 12 courses in the SCI department towards major requirements. They may currently complete requirements with tracks in the following areas:

  • Biology (BIO)
  • Chemistry (CHE)
  • Cognitive Neuroscience (COG)
  • Earth & Environment (EAR)
  • Medical Science (MED)
  • Mathematics (MAT)
  • Physics (PHY)
Science student assistants

The Science Department employs three Science Student Assistants (SSA's) who are there to help students with questions regarding their course material, curriculum planning and research projects. Students can also share any remarks about their courses or teachers.

Office: Leibniz Room – Newton Kk, first floor, South (side of the building closest to Locke).

Tal Shasha
Biology, Medical Science, Cognitive Neuroscience
Tuesday: 19:00–21:00, Wednesday: 18:45–20:45

Jo Liu
Physics, Mathematics
Wednesday: 18:45–20:45, Thursday: 19:00–21:00

Daan Reijnders
Mathematics, Physics, Earth & Environment (Atmosphere & Climate)
Monday: 19:00–21:00, Tuesday: 19:00–21:00

For any questions email us at

Office hours may be subject to change. Please keep an eye on the Science Student Assistants Facebook page for announcements.

Head of Department
Léon Witteman (Fellow ad interim)


Gabriël Beckers

Cognitive Neuroscience

Maarten Eppinga

Earth and Environment

Maarten van Emst (Physiology) & Bas Defize (Molecular Biology)

Life Science

Viktor Blasjo


Koos Sanders

Medical Science

Alfons van Blaaderen