PCC-14303 General Chemistry for Biosystems Engineering


Credits 3.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Independent study0
Course coordinator(s)dr. LH Beun
Lecturer(s)dr. LH Beun
Examiner(s)dr. LH Beun

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

Chemistry at Dutch VWO level


Note: This course can not be combined in an individual programme with PCC-12803 General Chemistry for the Life Sciences or with PCC-12303 General Chemistry 1.

Many  disciplines in the fields of life sciences, environmental sciences and technology build on concepts from physics and chemistry. The course General Chemistry for Agrotechnology intends to make you familiar with these general concepts. Among the concepts are energy exchange, Gibbs free energy as driving force, molecular interactions, various types of equilibrium, buffer systems, ATP-coupling and reaction kinetics. A special focus will be on these concepts in biological (living) systems.
Concepts are worked out both theoretically and experimentally in tutorials and practical classes within themes relevant for agrotechnology.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- explain and identify various types of (chemical) bonds in (bio)chemical molecules;
- identify and examine driving forces (total entropy change, reaction Gibbs energy) behind (bio)chemical reactions and apply these to topics like the direction of spontaneity and equilibrium constants of chemical reactions;
- apply principles of reaction kinetics (reaction order, reaction rate, Arrhenius equation) to (bio)chemical reactions;
- identify properties of aqueous solutions of acids and bases and mixtures of these and apply these to topics like the pH of acid, basic or buffer solutions;
- execute experiments in the domain of general and physical chemistry following a given protocol and analyze the outcomes.


- participation in lectures;
- participation in tutorials;
- participation in practicals;
- independent study.


Written exam with some multiple choice questions . All practical exercises need to be completed successfully (go/no go). Partial results are valid  for six years


Crowe, J.; Bradshaw, T. (2014). Chemistry for the biosciences: the essential concepts. Third edition. Oxford University Press. 740p. ISBN:978-0-19-966288-3.
Practical manual and workbook. All are available at the WUR-shop.

Compulsory for: BATBiosystems EngineeringBSc3MO