Kies op maat

Inloggen Menu

Minor Biology, Semester 2

This minor in ‘Biology’ gives you an introduction in all kinds of topics in general biology. You can get acquainted with plants, animals, nature management and ecology in general. More information on a specific course described below can be found in the online prospectus.

If you come from a relevant Bachelor's programme (see ingangseisen) this minor can replace the mandatory Premaster's. That means that with this minor of 30 ECTS, you will be directly admitted to the Master’s in Biology at Radboud University after having finished your Applied Sciences diploma.

You will follow three courses per quarter: one course on Monday/Tuesday, one course on Wednesday and one course on Thursday/Friday. In the schedule below, you can choose a course of your own preference on the Wednesday in quarter 3 and on the Thursday/Friday in quarter 3 and 4.




• Man and Nature - Present, Past and Future (NWI-MB023C)



• Statistics II (NWI-BB093)

• Water Health and Development (NWI-BB079C)

• History of Biology (NWI-BB028B)



• Ecophysiology of Plants (NWI-BB018C)

• Applied Ecology (NWI-BB036B)




• Animal Ecology (NWI-BB060B)



• Philosophy & Ethics of Science (NWI-FFIL100)



• Population and Evolutionary Biology (NWI-BB087)

• Geographic Information Systems (NWI-MB021B)


Man and Nature - Present, Past and Future: In this course you'll learn to critically reflect on nature conservation issues and to contribute to the development of conservation plans from the viewpoint of different visions on nature and nature management, while taking into account societal interests, and from a firm basis of relevant knowledge and concepts from biology, geography, archaeology and history.


Statistics II: In this course you will be introduced to the statistical software JASP.


Water Health and Development: The strong links between human health and the health of the broader environment are an emerging topic in science. This course provides insight in the causal relations between the Water, Health and Development knowledge domains.


History of Biology:  It may sound like a dreadful cliché, but the aim of this course is to learn from the past. The course will not present you with an endless stream of historic facts or isolated funny anecdotes (although some of the history of biology can be quite entertaining). The stress will be on the interpretation of history: we will try to understand patterns and relations in the development of biology, rather than list who discovered what, where, and when.


Ecophysiology of Plants: In this course, you will learn how plants interact with their abiotic and biotic environment. Key are the traits that determine the survival and reproduction of plants.


Applied Ecology: The course deals with anthropogenic effects on ecosystems as well as measures to improve environmental and ecological quality. After this course you will oversee the gamut of measures available to enhance or conserve biological quality in terrestrial and aquatic systems.


Animal Ecology: The course is about half on animal ecological concepts, in the other half you may train yourself in practice (experiment, field excursion) and you will be trained in setting up animal ecological experiments in laboratory and field situations and to communicate about the results.


Philosophy & Ethics of Science: This course addresses in an integrated manner philosophical and bioethical aspects of bioscience. It provides a window for exploring the philosophical, ethical and societal dimensions of scientific research in biology and the life sciences.


Population and Evolutionary Biology: This course, which is positioned on the interface of different scientific disciplines, will give an integrated picture of mechanisms and processes contributing to population viability by dealing with the different aspects, both in theory and in hands-on greenhouse, lab and computer projects.


Geographic Information Systems: GIS is an instrument (often a software package) that is used to study and analyse spatial data. The course focuses on GIS applications in biology and environmental studies. You will learn to think "geographically" and apply GIS software.


See the learning goals of each individual course in the online prospectus for more detailed information.


Third or fourth year's students from the Bachelor's of Applied Sciences Universities. In general all natural sciences course programmes, such as Applied Biology (Toegepaste Biologie), Land and Water Management, Aquatic Ecotechnology, Second degree teacher in Biology, Microbiology, Environmental Sciences.
If you are not sure about your eligibility for this minor please contact us.


For every course there is a first exam and a resit opportunity in the same semester. The first exam is (mostly) scheduled in the last week of the quarter.

See the information in the online prospectus for more details about exams / products of each individual course.


See the literature (mandatory or optional) of each individual course in the online prospectus.


The courses of quarter three are scheduled from February 3rd – April 10th. Courses of the fourth quarter are scheduled from April 13th – July 10th 2020.

See the schedule of each individual course in the online prospectus for further details.