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Minor Microbiology, Semester 2

This minor in ‘(Micro)biology’ gives you an introduction in all kinds of topics in microbiology as well as in some general biology. More information on a specific course described below, can be found in the online prospectus.

With this minor of 30 ECTS, you can be admitted (after a (skype) meeting) to the Master’s in Biology with specialisation Microbiology at Radboud University in case you come from a relevant Bachelor's programme (see ingangseisen) and want to study further in our Master's in Biology. This minor will count as Pre-Master's programme in this case.

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 4.




• Applied Environmental Microbiology (NWI-BB027C)



• Statistics II (NWI-BB093)

• Water Health and Development (NWI-BB079C)

• History of Biology (NWI-BB028B)



• Physiology of Microorganisms  (NWI-BB024B)




• Advanced Molecular Biology (NWI-BB017C)



• Philosophy & Ethics of Science (NWI-FFIL100)



• Population and Evolutionary Biology (NWI-BB087)

• Geographic Information Systems (NWI-MB021B)


Applied Environmental Microbiology: This course is a must for all students interested in biogeochemical cycles and the role of microorganisms in natural and man-made ecosystems. The lectures and practicals show the importance of unicellular organisms for the biogeosphere and how humans are dependent on their activities: the air we breathe, the water we drink, the temperature of the earth and the occurrence of epidemics.


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.


Physiology of Microorganisms: This course covers two central themes in Microbial Physiology: (1) the way energy is conserved and (2) regulation of metabolic processes in relation to changes in the environment and changes in the supply of energy substrates in particular. The main focus of the course is on chemolithoautotrophic microorganisms and their role in element cycling.


Advanced Molecular Biology: In this course, the focus lies on molecular mechanisms and the molecular means of information flow in eukaryotes, from and to the cell's nucleus.


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 of 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.


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.