Science

The bachelor courses offered by the Faculty of Science.

The undergraduate courses (bachelor's degree programmes) of the Science Faculty are organized in Dutch. You will find these programmes listed below.
More information can be found on 'Studeren in leiden' (in Dutch)

BSc in Astronomy

Language of instruction: Dutch

Why is the universe the way it is and how does it work? Astronomy focuses on understanding the origins, its comprises and future evolution of the universe.. Planets of other solar systems, the birth and death of stars, massive black holes, colliding galaxies, the concept of the accelerating universe: these exotic phenomena are everyday subjects for astronomers. Massive distances and longtime durations will gain a new and familiar meaning for you as a student of astronomy.
 
Your first year
As a full-time student you will be expected to study  for about 40 hours per week. Lectures, practical work and tutorials form an integral part of this programme. The remaining time is available for self-directed study, and will be spend on preparing lectures, practical work and exams. 
 
Subjects
During the first two academic years astronomy students will be working on a firm foundation in astronomy. This covers studying fundamental aspects of mathematics, information science and physics.
Most subjects are taught by lectures, alternating with tutorials or group projects that offer the opportunity to put the theories introduced in the lectures into practice.

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BSc in Biology

Language of instruction: Dutch

The field of biology, the study of living things, is both broad and dynamic. As a biology student, you can be examining DNA, considering full-scale forests, or carrying out pioneering work for your bachelor thesis. Biological sciences is a diverse field in which you can be discovering many different research fields such as biotechnology, molecular genetics or the sustainable management of the earth.

Your first year
In the first year of the undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences, you will be studying the diversity of this field: cell biology , evolutionary biology and ecology. As a biology student you will gain an overview of all of these different fields that make up biology. As well as biology subjects, you will also study additional topics from different fields, such as mathematics, statistics, physics and modelling. These subjects make up approximately one-tenth of the overall first-year programme.

In the first year of the Biology programme all students will attend and participate in the same classes. Therefore, the Biology programme has a very engaged student population. ., In the second year there are two study tracks: 1) Moleculair and Cellular Biology, and 2) Evolution, Biodiversity and Conservation. Both tracks of Leiden’s Biology programme are highly specialized. You can choose one of these tracks, or put together a programme with subjects and classes from both tracks.

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BSc in Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences

Language of instruction: Dutch

The Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences programme has been designed to provide students with a strong foundation in fundamental drug research. This interdisciplinary course combines chemistry, medicine and biology with pharmaceutical training which will give students a deeper understanding in drug research. This is highly relevant to the understanding and development of treatments for human diseases. . . . By doing this degree you will be unraveling  the secrets of genetics and cell-biological processes and will be provided new targets for drug development.

Your first year
As a student of Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences you will be expected to study for about 40 hours per week. Lectures, practical courses undertaken in laboratories and tutorials form an integral part of this programme. The remaining time is available for self-directed study, and will be spend preparing lectures, practical work and exams. The main subjects in the first year are chemistry and molecular biology. You will attend lectures and tutorials, and will conduct practical experiments yourself. These experiments can be conducted using modern molecular-biological techniques. For each experiment you will write a practical report about your work. In addition, you also have to prepare tutorials during which you will discuss bio-pharmaceutical and/or physiological subjects with fellow students and lecturers. This way, you will be trained to think logically, laterally and independently.

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BSc in Computer Science

Language of instruction: Dutch

Computers and the programs they run  play an important role in our daily life. Insights from this field are used to design new computers, programs, networks and systems, which can have an enormous impact on science, business, manufacturing, entertainment. The bachelor’s degree in Computer Science therefore offers three majors: 1) Computer Science, 2) Computer Science and Economy, 3) Computer Science and Biology.
The bachelor’s degree Computer Science in Leiden is concerned with computation and automatic processing of information in general, and covers a wide variety of software and hardware technologies and their applications. Data and algorithms, software and hardware all feature in a program that ranges from fundamental and abstract to the very concrete and applied.

Your first year
Students from all three majors will follow a range of basic subjects in their first year. In tutorial groups students are guided both through exercises and in practical assignments, to practice and apply the material taught in the lectures. In the second and third year students will specialize in their chosen major (computer science, computer science and economy or computer science and biology).
 
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BSC in Life Science & Technology

Language of instruction: Dutch

The bachelor’s degree Life Science & Technology (LST)  is a joint-degree programme from Leiden University and Delft University of Technology (TU Delft).

The field Life Science and Technology focuses on the living cell, the smallest unit of life: how is it built, how does it function and how may it be used? An interdisciplinary approach based on the knowledge natural laws apply to living cells, is required in order to understand, to interpret and to make use of processes operating in living cells. The following subjects are therefore addressed in this course: (bio)chemistry, cellular biology, molecular genetics, physics, mathematics, (bio)informatics and pharmacology.


Your first year
As a student of LST, you will be expected to study for about 40 hours per week. You will spend about 30 hours a week attending lectures, tutorials and practical sessions. The remaining time is available for self-directed study, and will be spend preparing lectures, practical work and exams.
 
Subjects
The LST course teaches a deepening of knowledge and understanding in the areas of molecular cellular biology, specialized chemistry and biotechnology. In the first year LST students will spend time in class and  in the laboratory. This way, research skills and techniques are trained that are a key component of studying and working in this field.In addition, development of academic skills with a major emphasis on critical reading and scientific writing will also be addressed.  

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BSc in Mathematics

Language of instruction: Dutch

The bachelor’s degree programme Mathematics in Leiden focuses on both the fundamental and the applied maths. This offers a solid and broad education in mathematics. In the first year the programme is carried out jointly with the Delft University of Technology.. Mathematics students have the opportunity to structure their own programme that suits their interests, and that enables them to find out which perspective (fundamental of applied maths) and which university has their preference.  

Your first year

If you study mathematics you will be attending lectures and tutorials for about 20 hours per week. The remaining time (about 20 hours) is available for self-directed study, and will be spend preparing lectures, practical work and exams. If students decide on a dual first year, combining the first year with the first year of a different bachelor’s degree for example Physics, (dubbele propedeuse), you should expect that the study load increases with 30%.
 
First-year subjects
In the first year you will be studying nine compulsory subjects. In the second semester of the first year, Leiden students spend one day in Delft for the course ‘Modelling’, and Delft students spend one day in Leiden for the course ‘Algebra 1’. The remaining subjects in the first-year will be taught in Leiden. If you take a dual first-year, your programme will be supplemented with more subjects from your ‘other’ degree. 
 
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Bsc in Molecular Science & Technology

Language of instruction: Dutch

The bachelor’s degree Molecular Science & Technology is a joint degree programme offered by Leiden University and Delft University of Technology. This allows students to study in two cities within the same programme. MST is a multidisciplinary course that focuses on the structure and characteristics of molecules. These insights are used to create innovative methods such as technical and industrial applications to improve environmental health for example. Research in this field plays an increasingly important role in the development of novel medicines, personal care products, foods, materials and industrial processes.

Your first year
As a student of MST, you will be expected to study for about 40 hours per week. A third of your time  you will be attending lectures, tutorials and practical sessions. The remainder of the study week you will spend on individual preparation.
 
First-year subjects

Almost half the first year consists of molecular subjects: from anorganic chemistry,  thermodynamics, quantum chemistry to molecular biology. A quarter of the time will be spent on technology and ancillary subjects such as maths and physics. The final quarter will be spend on practical work and research sustainability and analytical methods.  
 
Undergraduate research
MST is known for the fact that all students participate in real-life research projects from the Leiden and Delft research departments. This is an excellent way to be learning research and academic skills.
 
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BSc in Physics

Language of instruction: Dutch

Studying physics involves an exciting search for the discovery of information about fundamental issues. Physics is about unraveling the complexity of the universe to discover how and why it works. This can be about the smallest particles (nanophysics), massive galaxies (astrophysics), or the processes of life (biophysics). During this programme you will spend time carrying out practical research in the laboratory, and you will be studying fundamental issues. Discoveries from this field can have an enormous impact on our society.
 
Your first year
You will be studying for about 40 hours a week and will spend 25 hours attending lectures, tutorials and practical sessions. The remaining time you will spend on individual preparation.
 
First-year subjects
In the first year you will follow the basic subjects of theoretical and experimental physics, this involves mathematics and programming. You will also be studying modern developments in the field, and other related subjects such as astrophysics. This will give you a deeper understanding of physics.

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Last Modified: 24-09-2016