BSc minor Bio-based Sciences (WUBBS)

The transition from fossil to sustainable energy and biobased materials requires technical innovation and different approaches in chain management. The BSc minor Bio-based Sciences focuses on technical strategies to replace fossils by bio-mass.

Continue to an overview of the courses in this minor in 2018-2019

Programme in 2019-2020

Name Course Course Code Period CS/RO
Principles of Biobased Economy BCT23806 1MO CS
Bioresources PBR31306 2MO CS
Microeconomics and Behaviour UEC10406 2AF CS
Biorefinery BCT23306 3WD CS


Strategies to produce suitable biomass and principles of biorefinery will be introduced. Attention is drawn to a number of renewable resource applications, to renewable energy production as well as production of biobased materials and basic micro-economy.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this minor students are expected to be able to:

  • describe how a biobased economy can be developed and the technical, social and political barriers that should be overcome;
  • describe technologies required for different applications of renewable resources;
  • explain strategies to provide the biobased economy with suitable biomass;
  • explain basic principles biorefinery;
  • illustrate the term 'sustainability' and determine a personal opinion on sustainability;
  • judge if a described petrochemical application can be replaced by biobased technology.

Target group

This minor is interesting for all students of life science, natural sciences or engineering .

Assumed knowledge

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First semester (period 1, 2 and 3)

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