YBI-85812 BSc Thesis Biology


Credits 12.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Course coordinator(s)M van de Peppel
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. ME Huigens
ir. MV Coppens
ir. AJ Hoetmer
ing. A Teunissen MSc
ir. ECM Hagenaars
Examiner(s)ir. MV Coppens
ir. AJ Hoetmer
ing. A Teunissen MSc
ir. ECM Hagenaars
and Scientific staff biological chair groups

Language of instruction:


Mandatory knowledge:

Students should have passed (depending on their major) at least: MOB-20306 Gene Technology and GEN-30306 Genetic Analysis, Tools and Concepts (GATC) or EZO-22306 Concepts and Approaches in Developmental Biology and PPH-30806 Plant Plasticity and Adaptation or CBI-20306 Cell Biology and Health and HAP-21806 Behavioural Endocrinology or GEN-20306 Molecular and Evolutionary Ecology or BIS-21306 Webs of Terrestrial Diversity.

Assumed knowledge on:

This course is subject to a formal intake procedure by the examiners. Registration for the course before the registration deadlines is required. The student is not allowed to start the BSc thesis when registration was not done on time. For more information about the intake procedure see www.studenteninformatiebiologie.wur.nl & the BSc thesis manual.
A lot of BSc thesis subjects need some preparation of the chair group e.g. grow plants, order chemicals. Please, start at least two months in advance with discussing possible BSc thesis subjects with your potential supervisor. Assumed knowledge is all the course of the common part and one of the majors.


Students investigate a biological question making use of knowledge and skills learned during their BSc Biology.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- use advanced knowledge and understanding of the fundamental concepts and mechanisms in biology to answer a biological research question;
- analyse concepts, approaches and methods and reflect upon scientific biological literature;
- write a research plan (including theoretical background and problem definition, design of research plan, back-up strategies, project planning) in the field of his/her major with the BSc Biology;
- carry out the research plan within the available time;
- do experiments, collect data/literature and/or simulate data in the field of his/her major within the BSc Biology (under supervision);
- analyse and interpret relevant data in the field of his/her major in the BSc Biology using common research techniques;
- draw conclusions based on the analysed data answering the research questions, critically reflect on own research and put own research in an existing research context using literature.


Students choose a subject for their BSc thesis and write a research plan, which they present to their fellow students. Next, they carry out their research plan. A scientific article is written to present the results of their research. Finally, students present the results of their work to fellow students.


Students are evaluated based on their:
- research competencies (30-40%);
- laboratory skills (0-10%);
- article (50%);
- oral presentation of the results (10%).


A course manual can be found at www.StudentenInformatieBiologie.wur.nl.

Compulsory for: BBIBiologyBSc1WD, 2WD, 3WD+4WD, 5WD, 6WD