BSc minor Biobased Transition (WUBTR)

In a biobased economy resources for non-food applications are produced from ‘green resources’ (biomass). Non-food applications are for example transport fuels, chemicals, materials and energy (both electricity and heat). It is important that a biobased economy is developed in a sustainable way. Our current economy is a fossil fuel based economy that has to be transformed to a biobased economy.

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This minor focusses on this transition from a fossile fuel based economy to a biobased economy. The minor provides a basis in the principles of a biobased economy. Sustainability is a key-issue in a biobased economy and the student will learn how to assess different concepts on their sustainability. Ultimately, it has to be profitable and the students will also learn how to realise a business in a biobased society.

Finally, resources are usually not available at the location where the products are needed. Logistics, carried out in a way that contributes to a sustainable system, is therefore important too. Important issues are scale of production and local versus global production.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • have basic knowledge of the developments in a biobased economy;
  • be able to analyse and quantify the sustainability of a production process;
  • understand the social science share of transforming business towards the biobased economy;
  • apply qualitative and quantitative methods to support complex decision processed in biobased economies.

Target group and Assumed Knowledge

This minor is interesting for students with a VWO-profile N&T and/or N&G (secondary school profile Science & Technology and/or Science & health).




Second semester (period 4, 5 and 6)

Programme or thematic

Thematic minor