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.

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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

For beta BSc programmes.




First semester (period 1, 2 and 3)

Programme or thematic

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