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. You can find them on the Course Planner.

Major Courses and Tracks

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

The Science department offers the following two dedicated programs:

The DDLP program allows students to pursue a degree in Liberal Arts & Sciences and physics in a combined program of four years. The Pre-med track is interesting for students who would like to continue with a medical master, such as SUMMA at UU, after UCU. 


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).

In Spring 2019, the Science Student Assistants are Nina Dael (Chemistry and Biology), Paul Moses (Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry) and August Roëll (Mathematics and Physics). Office hours are as follows:

Monday (7pm-9pm): Paul & Nina
Tuesday (7pm-9pm): Paul
Wednesday (7pm-9pm): August

Please keep an eye on the Science Student Assistants Facebook page for announcements.

The Science department has created guidelines to help you with searching for scientific information or to help you with writing a scientific paper. You can find these guidelines below.

Students can access scientific software such as Matlab and Mathematica for free. Find more information on which software is available and on how to get access.

Head of Department
Gert Jan Vroege


Gabriël Beckers

Cognitive Neuroscience

Hugo de Boer

Earth and Environment

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

Life Science

Viktor Blasjo


Koos Sanders

Medical Science

Alfons van Blaaderen (Fellow), Filipe Freire (Coordinator)