7 Programme components Earth Sciences, Hydrology, and Geo-environmental Sciences 85
8 Programme components Environment and Resource Management 149
9 Subjects listed by course code 159
10 Appendices 164
1Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences
1.1.1Objectives of the faculty
The Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences (FALW) was established in the end of 2001 by the fusion of the faculty of Biology, the faculty of Earth Sciences and the Institute for Environmental Studies.
The mission of the faculty is to provide education of high scientific quality in Earth Sciences, Environmental Sciences and Life Sciences and to execute scientific research at a high international standard in these fields. Our degree programmes are organised within a setting of two 'Schools'.
The task of the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences and of the School of Life Sciences is to educate students to an academic level in these disciplines. The objectives of the bachelor programme are to give the students the basic theoretical and practical knowledge that enables them to undertake a master programme in Earth, Environmental, or Life Sciences, or a related speciality or – if they choose to do so – to enter the labour market at the academic bachelor level.
The objectives of the master programme are to impart to the students the knowledge, attitudes, skills, and insights which render the graduated master (1) capable of practising his/her profession independently, or (2) qualified for continuing training in scientific research, or (3) eligible to function as a teacher or science communication expert in his or her speciality. The graduated master should be competitive in his/her field on the international labour market, both for employment in trade and industry or government and within PhD-research programmes at international scientific institutions.
As a consequence of the rapid and continuous changes in present-day science and society the teaching programmes are designed to promote ‘life-time learning’. The programmes pay attention to individual and social development of the student by stimulating independent, communicative and co-operative behaviour. The objectives of the educational programme also include gaining an insight into the broad historical, philosophical and social context of the discipline. The programmes stimulate consciousness concerning the intellectual integrity and moral and ethical dimensions of scientific research and its applications.
The objectives of the educational programmes are specified in final attainment levels for knowledge, skills and insights. Specific aims at the course level can be found in detailed course descriptions.
1.1.2The Faculty Board
The faculty is run by a faculty board and has several participatory bodies, which have a say in certain matters of faculty management. This structure has been laid down in the Statute of the Vrije Universiteit in conformity with the Act on Higher Education and Scientific Research (WHW).
Conduct and organisation of the faculty with respect to educational matters and cultivation of science;
Drawing up Education and Examination Regulations as well as their frequent assessment;
Drawing up general guidelines for the cultivation of the Sciences;
Drawing up the yearly research programme of the faculty;
Monitoring of the implementation of the Education and Examination Regulations and of the yearly research programme.
Composition of the faculty board:
Dean: prof.dr.ir. P. Vellinga
Portfolio Research: prof.dr. B. Oudega
Portfolio Education: prof.dr. J.F. Vandenberghe
The following persons have an advisory role during meetings of the faculty board;
Dr. J.M.R.M. Neutelings (Operations director)
Ms. W. Koot (member administrative employees)
Mr. M. de Kuster (student)
In matters relevant to the bodies concerned: head of the School of Life Sciences, head of the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, and managing directors of the faculty’s research institutes.
For more information and the original regulations (in Dutch)
WHW, artikelen 9.23 tot en met 9.28;
Statuut VU, artikelen 6.2 tot en met 6.7;
MUB: de Modernisering Universitaire Bestuursorganisatie (wijziging WHW), artikelen 9.11 tot en met 9.49;
URVU (het Universiteitsreglement van de Vrije Universiteit);
RMS (de Regeling Medezeggenschap Studenten);
WOR (de Wet op de Ondernemingsraden).
Faculty Student's Council
The Student's council (FSR) consists of nine elected student members who are in place for one year, starting as of September 1st. The RMS (Regulations for participation and role of students) defines the tasks and remit of the student council. These include, amongst other things: policy related to student affairs, service to and facilities for students, and working conditions. For questions or remarks contact the fsr at: firstname.lastname@example.org or at Monday, Wednesday and Thursday between 12.30 and 13.30 hrs at room M-112.
The faculty subcommittee is put forward by the works council and consists of nine elected employees of the faculty. The WOR (Employees Council Act) defines the tasks and remit of the works council and the subcommittee. These include, amongst other things: regulations with respect to social policy and conduct and certain employment conditions subjects (working conditions, work meetings and other employment policies).
The subcommittee consists of:
Dr. K. Beets, mr. L. Bouwer, mr. C. Dubbeldeman, drs. M. Groen, dr. N. Harms, ms. drs. E. Salomé, mr. F. Wolff, prof.dr. J. Smit, dr. H. Stel, ms. M. Wagner, dr. R. van Walraven, dr. P. van der Werff
Joint Faculty Assembly
The Joint Faculty Assembly consists of all members of the faculty’s subcommittee and the Student's council. Tasks and remit of the joint meeting are laid down in the Statuut VU and include: right of approval of the faculty regulations and of certain parts of the Education and Examination Regulations. Right of approval of systems of quality control and advisory rights to the budget/annual account.
The faculty office supports the faculty board in the execution of its tasks. The faculty bureau is managed by the operations director.
Head: mr. C.L.M. van Veenendaal, tel. (020) 444 7244, room A-054
Head: mr. J. Roos, tel. (020) 444 7234, room A-013
Information, internationalisation and student recruitment:
Head: dr. B. Andeweg, tel (020) 444 7339, room C-154
Bureau of education
The members of the Bureau of Education deal with education- and teaching-associated topics. These include matters such as: co-ordination and organisation of classes belonging to the various degree programmes, study administration, support of educational committees and examination boards, programme development and educational policy, information and communication technology, student counselling, and quality control.
The bureau consists of the following employees:
Head of the bureau: ms. dr. A.M. Wagner, tel. (020) 444 7167, room E-119;
Educational co-ordination: ms.dr. P.A.C.M. de Boer, tel. (020) 444 7011 and ms. drs. A.L. Tasseron (020) 444 7257, room C-124 (degree programmes Life Sciences); dr.ir. M. Bergwerff, tel. (020) 444 7401, room C-124 (degree programmes Earth and Environmental Sciences);
student counselling (Life Sciences): dr. H. Hillebrand, tel. (020) 444 7012, room C-148a; dr. N.D. de With, tel. (020) 444 7013, room C-148a;
Study secretariat: ms. A. Kist, and ms. S. El Hamdi, tel. (020) 444 7010, room C-118b (Life Sciences), ms. M. Zadel-Vrind and ms. M. Duifs-Eshuis, tel. (020) 444 7350/7302, room C-118a (Earth and Environmental Sciences);
Theory of education: ms. drs. G.J.M. Dirksen- de Tombe, tel. (020) 444 6987, room C-124a;
Information and communication technologies in education: ms. drs. E.J.M. van de Grint, tel. (020) 444 6987 and ms. K. van der Wilt, tel. (020) 444 6937, room F-114.
Information, international affairs and student recruitment
Head of the bureau: dr. B. Andeweg, tel. (020) 444 7339, room C-154;
International affairs: ms. drs. E. Salomé, tel. (020) 444 7301, room F-122;
Information and student recruitment: dr. B. Andeweg, tel. (020) 444 7339, room C-154 (Earth Sciences); vacancy (Life Sciences), tel. (020) 444 7190, room C-154;
Website: mr. P. Strik, tel. (020) 444 9944, room C-154;
Bachelor programme "Gezondheid en Leven" (Windesheim, Zwolle): ms. A. Blanksma, tel. (020) 444 5579, room F-122.
Technical and supporting services
The departments of the technical and supporting services, which include technical and administrative employees, consist of:
Mass spectrometry, head: dr. G.R. Davies, tel. (020) 444 7329, room F-030.
1.1.5Convent of heads of department
The convent of heads of department forms an advisory body to the faculty board. It consists of all heads of the scientific departments.
All departments of the faculty of Earth and Life Sciences are involved in organising courses within the BSc and MSc degree programmes. Each department consists of scientific staff members, and supporting and administrative employees, that are involved in either research or education-related programmes. Each department, led by a head of department, manages research and classes in a certain speciality and/or scientific field. Members of the scientific staff both teach and carry out research. Some of the lecturers are involved in curricular or educational committees to develop and maintain high standard degree programmes in consultation with student representatives. In addition, some staff members are also members of an examining board.
The departments and heads of department of the faculty of Earth and Life Sciences are: