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How do you get cows to produce more milk without negatively impacting their welfare? How do you tackle plant diseases in the cultivation of organic peppers? And how can you encourage purple herons to start breeding again in the Netherlands? With Applied Biology, you will be looking for answers to these and other questions. In this Bachelor’s programme, you will be studying plants, animals and ecology. Your research will contribute to a sustainable living environment, for instance through environmentally friendly cultivation methods or animal-friendly livestock farming.


About the programme

Theory, practice, cases and projects: they all come together in the Bachelor’s programme Applied Biology. From the very first year onwards, you will be working in groups on practical issues from the field, often in an assignment for a company. In the greenhouse, the animal building or outdoors, you will be collecting data for your research. Using statistical analysis, you will be turning the results into suitable advice to present to your client in a clear manner. So you’ll need to be good at collaborating, planning and organising for this study programme.  

Be prepared

Admission requirements

The admission requirement for this 4-year Bachelor programme is a secondary school diploma, with mathematics and chemistry as two of the final-year subjects.

Language requirements

  • NT2-certificate Dutch


  • Proof that you have followed education in Dutch until 3 HAVO / 3 VWO

Practical (work-) experience is beneficial but not obligatory.

You can register for Applied Biology via from 1 October 2019. If you want to register for a Dutch-taught study programme, you will find details of what you need to do if you on the Dutch version of the HAS University of Applied Sciences website.

For further questions, please contact the study advisor of the programme:

Mrs. Jeanie van Driel
Phone: +3188 - 890 3126

Ready for the future

Job prospects

As Applied Biology graduate you can directly apply for a job. These jobs can be found at research institutes, the government, research & development departments of a broad range of companies:

  • Environmental Consultant
  • Junior Researcher Plant
  • Fishery Researcher South Pacific
  • Product Developer Cucumber and Tomato
  • Phytopathology
  • Seed Product Developer
  • Study Director Clinical Studies 
  • Junior Breeder
  • Specialist Animal Feed/Nutritionist
  • Animal Welfare Researcher 

About 50% of our students choose to continue their education and proceed to a Master´s program e.g. Animal Sciences, Hydrology, Plant Sciences or Forest and Nature Conservation.

For all your questions


Carly Verhagen

Carly Verhagen

Student adviser 088 - 890 36 32
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