Science Major

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


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

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.

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 Fall 2019, the Science Student Assistants are Paul Moses, Esmee ten Berk de Boer and August Roëll.

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

Student representatives assume the role of the “antennas” of their respective track between the students and the department AAO. They are usually students taking courses and majoring in a certain track who will gain as much direct student input on the track and delegate the information to the departmental AAO, fellow or head of department. Due to this role of facilitating communications within the track, student representatives are legitimized and entitled to bringing forth ideas, initiatives and concerns about their track to the fellow and head of department. In the past, these included ideas of a thesis symposium event, track promotion events, new course collaborations with the fellow, and such. 

For the academic year 2019–2020, the Science Student Representatives are as follows:


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
Arjen Vredenberg (Fellow ad-interim)


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)