Natural Sciences

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Natural Sciences

Want to improve plant species, discover the origin of diseases or find ways to clean up contaminated soil? Study natural sciences and get the know-how to approach these challenges.

What are natural sciences?

Natural sciences are those forms of science that investigate the physical and natural world. Examples are physics, chemistry, geology and biology.

FAQs about Natural Sciences

Sound like you?


• curious • go-getter • eager to learn • social • accurate • patient • hard worker • deliberate • disciplined

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• analyzing, making connections • understanding and solving problems • doing research • chemistry • biology

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• researching, experimenting • biology and microbiology • chemistry and biochemistry • nature, animals and plants • dna, genetics • analyzing and devising • delving into things

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• helping people through research • contributing to a more sustainable and healthy society • helping to track hereditary diseases and develop medicines • clear expectations and goals • precision • reliability

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• chemistry • biology • microbiology • helping people • research

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  • Technical support engineer
  • Microbiological analyst
  • Polymer chemist
  • Laboratory analyst
  • And more...
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Bachelor programs

Life Sciences

A life sciences degree puts you on track for a meaningful career. Ever thought about working on projects to cure diseases? Or doing research to solve environmental problems? Or to solve world food shortages? Study Life Sciences at HAN and get a head start on one of these rewarding paths.

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Explore the fascinating world of analytical chemistry. You could be testing for pollutants in the environment. Analyzing what’s in the food we eat. Monitoring the quality of everyday products. Sound like you? Sign up for a rewarding science career and study Chemistry at HAN.

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Master in Molecular Life SciencesFurther studies?

With a bachelor degree in natural sciences you can start working right away. Want to continue your studies? So you can get your skills to a higher level? Then a master degree is a great option. HAN offers the Master in Molecular Life Sciences in both full-time and part-time.

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Natural SciencesExchange programs

Are you a student of one of our partner universities? Then you can study abroad with us for 1 semester. HAN offers a range of exchange programs in the field of Natural Sciences. Check out the programs on offer!

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News and articles

Life (sciences) in Melbourne: “So many opportunities”

Russian student Arina Kochetkova (22) is following an internship at the Baker Institute in Melbourne. She’s enjoying everything Australia has to offer and is happy to share tips and experiences with her fellow HAN-students. “It can be difficult to reach institutes here, so start early!”

Pim Muller
13 January 2023
485090 Life Sciencesstudent Arina Kochetkova loopt stage in Melbourne.
"Perfect for your career"

Chemistry student Kyndra recommends ASTP-program

Aruban Chemistry student Kyndra Farro (24) got a lot of inspiration from the extracurricular Analytical Sciences Talent Program (ASTP). “There are all these areas where you don’t expect analytical chemistry to be involved, but then you find out it is.”

HAN Newsroom
18 November 2022
469382 Chemiestudent Kyndra Farro neemt deel aan het Analytical Science Talent Program 2022
School Council

Vice-president of the School Council: 'More psychological help for international students'

Sofia Aparicio González (22) is a third year Life Sciences student at HAN University of applied sciences. She’s from Panama, but decided to study abroad. “At first I wanted to go to Australia. But the year that I applied not only the forest fires happened, but also covid-19 struck. So I had to rethink where to go.”

Julian Droog
31 October 2022
453749 Life Sciences-student Sofia Gonzalez is studentlid van de Academieraad van de Academie Toegepaste Biowetenschappen en Chemie
Yavor is in Milan with a goal

From ice hockey to life sciences

Yavor Yordanov’s (23) story is both unusual and inspiring. At 18, he arrived in Nijmegen from Bulgaria to pursue a career as an ice hockey goalie. The covid pandemic ended this dream. But he'd also been studying Life Sciences at HAN. Yavor is now more motivated than ever to succeed: not as an ice hockey player, but as an academic. And for a very special reason.

HAN Newsroom
10 October 2022
453142 Bulgaarse Life Sciences-student Yavor Yordanov loopt stage in Milaan2
Exchange student

“Dutch people are super nice, and direct”

Yunim Kim is an exchange student from South Korea who came to HAN for her Life Sciences studies. Having no trouble finding a room in Nijmegen, and after a highly enjoyable summer trip through Europe and of course HAN’s introduction week, her exchange is off to the perfect start.

HAN Newsroom
28 September 2022
437784 Exchange student Yunim Kim voor interview september 2022