Dr. Kees Vink, Head of the Life Sciences Department at EUC, describes his Department:
Within the Life Sciences Majors offered at EUC, we aim to share our fascination for 'life' with the students, teach them the fundamental aspects of biology (both theoretical and practical), train them to develop an academic, critical way of thinking, and guide them in building a solid foundation for their future careers.
The strong international reputation of the Erasmus Medical Center (Erasmus MC) in biomedical research has played a crucial role in designing the Life Sciences Major. Consequently, there is a strong focus on medical biology in some of the offered Majors. Most Majors however, cover the basic concepts of all of the important disciplines within modern biology, including evolutionary biology, plant biology and environmental biology.
Apart from the pre-defined Majors, which guarantee an optimal preparation for entry to various Master programmes, there is ample opportunity for Life Sciences students to choose their own set of courses.
Among the pre-defined Majors, a special position is occupied by the so-called Medical Track. This Major prepares students for a 1-year Connection Programme after graduation that will subsequently prime students to enter the Erasmus MC Medical Master. Note, that a total of 24 EUC Medical Track graduates per year will be selected to enter the Connection Programme, which will be organised by the Erasmus MC.The study of 'life' is a wonderful, challenging and rewarding experience. I hope you'll choose Life Sciences and share this experience with us!If you pick one of the Majors from the Life Science Department you will tackle some of the following courses:
A small-scale, intensive and residential approach to Liberal Arts & Sciences.
Erasmus University College (EUC) empowers students to face the challenges arising from an increasingly globalizing and interconnecting world, technological advances and environmental change.
For this we offer a Liberal Arts & Sciences programme, including multidisciplinary courses in four distinct Departments which are problem-based throughout. At the centre of this approach is our hallmark: tutored groups of 10 students.
To create a 24/7 academic environment we require EUC students to work and live at tailor-made facilities in the centre of Rotterdam. Extra-curricular activities are as much part of the programme as attending lectures and tutorials.
This new Bachelor programme started in September 2013.
Why Erasmus University College?
Our Bachelors degree connects to a wide variety of Masters degree programmes, which are the main gateway to your future career. This allows you to maximize your career opportunities.
Erasmus University College graduates:
Erasmus University College is the International Honors college of Erasmus University Rotterdam
Accreditation by NVAO granted on October 15, 2012
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Students at Erasmus University College (EUC) study three years in order to graduate for their Bachelor Degree in Liberal Arts & Sciences.
During those three years you will take both mandatory Academic Core (ACC) courses to give you a solid foundation in knowledge and skills as well as declare a Major, while having the possibility to study for a semester abroad and choose a Minor. Finally, you will have to prove your mastery in an internship, a research project and/or a thesis. As such the path that each of our students follows in our curriculum will most likely be different to some extent.
Throughout their academic career, students will learn in an active environment. Most of the first year courses and a few year two and three follow a method a learning called Problem Based Learning. It is a problem-centered approach to active learning, which increases the motivation of the students and ignites a thorough interest in the subject matter.
You will learn in groups of 10, engaging in vivid discussions guided by a tutor and supported by a self-study. When this is not possible, case studies or other form of active and small-scaled learning will be used.
In your second and third year at EUC you deepen your knowledge in your preferred Department: Humanities, Social & Behavioural Sciences, Economics & Business or Life Sciences. Each of those Departments offer a wide range of Majors for you to pick from but also collaborate to offer unique interdepartmental Majors.
Within each Department, you combine specific interdisciplinary courses to make up a Major that really allows you to go in-depth. For example, in the Social & Behavioural Sciences you can choose from Sociology, International Law, Clinical Psychology, International Relations and much more.
In skills, you will have courses on Qualitative Research, Intermediate Statistics I and Intermediate Statistics II.
You will also choose a Minor which allow you to satisfy your additional interests. Besides the courses offered at EUC, you could attend courses offered at Erasmus University or even other universities through an exchange program.
Finally, you'll conclude your third year with the Capstone: a research project, an internship and/or a thesis.
You are admissible to our programme if you have obtained or will obtain a VWO diploma or a foreign equivalent to the VWO diploma (for example, International Baccalaureate, European Baccalaureate, German Abitur, or British A Levels) with an average of 70% of the total grade . Additionally, since a number of our courses cover mathematics and statistics, mathematics proficiency is vital for success in our programme. Further, since our programme is completely taught in English, English language proficiency is a strict requirement.
As a whole, we are looking for future Erasmus University College students, who:
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