Based on their expertise, staff members of IBED teach a multitude of BSc courses in the fields of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences and as such contribute to many of the natural sciences Bachelor programmes that the Universiteit van Amsterdam has to offer. We list the most important ones here. For information about the various programmes you are directed to their dedicated websites (available in Dutch only).
Biology is a broad subject where the functioning of biological systems at various levels is studied. Biologists for example study biodiversity and the ramifications of global climate change, but also address the functioning of living cells or study how organisms communicate. The scales of topics covered by the curriculum vary from gene to cell level, from populations to ecosystems. The interrelationships between these levels are the main focus in the programme, one of IBED’s specialties. We contribute to courses which include fieldwork that are often integrated with genetic laboratory analyses of sampled materials to show the interrelationships of various scales.
In the Bachelor programme Future Planet Studies (FPS) we address, as the name implies, the future of our Earth. What will our life look like on the short and long term? Can we continue our living patterns and shape our environment as we are currently doing? The programme of FPS therefore aims at providing solutions to future challenges. Interdisciplinary is an important tool as the majority of these challenges are found on the interface between science and society. Our IBED staff members are strongly involved in the vast majority courses. Every semester focusses on a theme, such as water and food, where we bring together the relevant knowledge from fields in natural and social sciences within each course in order to teach and study the full scope of the our planets future challenges.