Sciences curriculum

Sciences in eight tracks

The Sciences curriculum includes approximately 80 courses, of which around 15 are cross-listed with the Social Sciences. They are sub-divided into eight tracks: Information, Mathematics, Physics, Earth & Environmental Sciences, Chemistry, Biology, Biomedical Sciences and Health Sciences. You may choose to take all courses within one or two tracks (e.g. Biomedical and Health Sciences), or you can combine courses from more tracks within the Sciences or with cross-listed Social Sciences courses (e.g. Earth & Environmental Sciences combined with Environmental Economics & Policy from the Social Sciences curriculum).

Course levels

The 100-level courses typically provide a broad introduction to the field. The 200-level courses build further on the 100-level courses and explore important sub-disciplines such as Quantum Physics, Organic Chemistry or Epidemiology. In the intensive periods (January and June), second year Sciences students usually follow lab courses. The 300-level courses often explore more specialised fields, such as Nanoscience, Text Mining & Collective Intelligence and Cardiovascular Diseases. They are taught by researchers in those specific fields to make sure that students get in touch with state-of-the-art theories and insights.

Capstone project

AUC students finalise their programme with a specialised theme course and their Capstone project. This project can be literature based, but a significant share of the Sciences majors also spend some time in a lab of one of our partner institutes at the Science Park or at the (medical faculties of) VU Amsterdam or the University of Amsterdam.

Below, you can find a schematic overview of all science courses. The table is arranged with the more fundamental 100-level courses along the bottom, and higher 200- and 300-level courses above. From left to right, you can see the eight tracks ("Information" through "Health").

Published by  Amsterdam University College

20 October 2017