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Graduation in Biology

Presentation


Biology integrates several levels of knowledge, from the functioning of the cell to the organism, to genetic diversity and forms, to its evolution, and to the integration and interaction of organisms in the construction of ecosystems. In this sense, the degree in Biology has three fundamental pillars of knowledge: biodiversity and evolution, metabolism, physiology and ecology. Like any science, it needs a basic training in Mathematics (the language of science), Physics (to understand the mechanics of processes) and Chemistry (the organic basis of life), before entering the more specific areas of Biology. The training of biologists, with solid knowledge, is fundamental in a world in permanent change, especially in a time already recognized by many scientists as the Anthropocene Era.

As Charles Darwin said, "It is not the strongest that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one that best adapts to change." The contribution of the various areas of Biology is imperative to understand the reaction of organisms to environmental changes, the role of biodiversity and the interactions of organisms in the functioning of ecosystems. Biology encompasses an enormous diversity of knowledge and, as philosopher Bertrand Russell would say, "teaches us to live without certainty and without being paralyzed by hesitation".

Study programme

1st YEAR - 1st Semester

COURSE UNIT TITLE TYPE SUBJECT AREA ECTS
Cellular Biology Compulsory Biology 4.5
Animal Diversity Compulsory Biology 4.5
Mathematics Compulsory Maths 6.0
Methods and Techniques in Cytology and Physiology Compulsory Biology 4.5
Chemistry Compulsory Chemistry 6.0
Zoology Compulsory Biology 4.5

1st YEAR - 2nd Semester

COURSE UNIT TITLE TYPE SUBJECT AREA ECTS
Molecular Biology Compulsory Biology 3
Biochemistry Compulsory Biochemistry 6
Plant Diversity Compulsory Biology 6
Evolution Compulsory Biology 3
Physics Compulsory Physics 6
Methods and Techniques in Molecular Biology Compulsory Biology 6

2nd YEAR - 1st Semester

COURSE UNIT TITLE TYPE SUBJECT AREA ECTS
Algae and Fungi Compulsory Biology 6
Biostatistics Compulsory Biology 6
Population and Community Ecology Compulsory Biology 6
Cellular Phisiology Compulsory Biology 6
Genetics Compulsory Biology 6

2nd YEAR - 2º Semester

COURSE UNIT TITLE TYPE SUBJECT AREA ECTS
Diffentiation & Development Compulsory Biology 6
Functional Ecology Compulsory Biology 6
Animal Physiology Compulsory Biology 6
Plant Physiology Compulsory Biology 6
Option 1 Elective 

The student should register, in the 2nd semester, in a curricular unit of 6 ECTS from the list below. If the student chooses any other optional subject outside the Plan of this Degree (taught at the UC through the free list rule), the registration is subject to approval by the course coordinator.

COURSE UNIT TITLE TYPE SUBJECT AREA ECTS
Translational Biology and Biomedicine Elective Biology 6
Societal Challenges - Environment Elective Biology 6
Ecophysiology Elective Biology 6
Estuarine Benthic Ecology Elective Biology 6
Chemical Ecology in Aquatic Systems Elective Biology 6
Project in Applied Biology II Elective Biology 6

3rd YEAR - 1st Semester

COURSE UNIT TITLE TYPE SUBJECT AREA ECTS
Bioinformatics Compulsory Biology 6
Biology of Conservation Compulsory Biology 6
Microbiology Compulsory Biology 6
Option 2 Elective  6
Option 3 Elective  6

The student should register in two curricular unit of 12 ECTS from the following list:

COURSE UNIT TITLE TYPE SUBJECT AREA ECTS
Aquaculture and Fisheries Elective Biology 6
Behavioural Biology Elective Anthropology 6
Marine Biology and Ecology Elective Biology 6
Plant Biotecnology Elective Biology 6
Societal Challenges - Health Elective Biology 6
Human Phisiology Elective Biology 6
Indicadores Ecológicos Elective Biology 6
Primatology Elective Anthropology 6
Project in Applied Biology 1 Elective Biology 6

3rd YEAR - 2nd Semester

COURSE UNIT TITLE TYPE SUBJECT AREA ECTS
Plant Development Compulsory Biology 6
Metabolism Compulsory Biology 6
Option 4 Elective  6
Option 5 Elective  6
Option 6 Elective  6

The student should register in three curricular unit of 18 ECTS from the following list:

COURSE UNIT TITLE TYPE SUBJECT AREA ECTS
Translational Biology and Biomedicine Elective Biology 6
Societal Challenges - Environment Elective Biology 6
Ecophysiology Elective Biology 6
Estuarine Benthic Ecology Elective Biology 6
Chemical Ecology in Aquatic Systems Elective Biology 6
Project in Applied Biology II Elective Biology 6

The student must complete 36 ECTS in optional curricular units in the scientific areas of Biology, Anthropology, Biochemistry or Geology, with 6 ECTS corresponding to the Free Option (any curricular unit of the University of Coimbra). All choices subject to approval by the course coordinator.

Study programme with Minor

Consult the STUDY PROGRAMME in order to know the distribution of subjects over the 6 semesters, as well as the list of Minors you can choose from.

General information

  • Course name: Bachelor´s degree in Biology
  • Course type: 1st Cycle Studies
  • Qualification awarded: Licenciado
  • Course coordinator:Prof. Leonel Pereira (leonel.pereira@uc.pt)
  • Mobility coordinator:Prof. António Pereira Coutinho (cafe@bot.uc.pt)
  • Objectives of the course: The aim of this program is to promote training in Biology, including a broad range of areas, such as: Cellular and Molecular Biology, Physiology, Developmental Biology, Biodiversity and Systematics, Genetics, Ecology, Environment, Conservation and Bioinformatics.
    The following are also objectives of this program:
    - To provide essential knowledge of Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biochemistry.
    - To provide a solid scientific, theoretical and laboratory training allowing the student to pursue a career in several fields: Research, Industry (Food, Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology) and Science Promotion, both nationally and internationally.
    - To provide an initial training in a wide range of subjects within Biology being the basis for an advanced training in several areas of specialization, within the European education context.
  • Duration: 6 semesters
  • ECTS credits: 180
  • Professional goals: Careers in scientific research (Universities and research institutes), careers in productive activities, such as Clinical Laboratories and Diagnostics, Pharmaceutical and Food Industry, Biotechnology, Toxicology and also public administration (museums, protected areas management, municipalities, among others).
  • Numerus clausus: 95
  • Admission requirements: National Call for Access and Entry to Higher Education (DGES):
    One of the following sets: 02 Biology and Geology / 02 Biology and Geology and 07 Physics and Chemistry / 02 Biology and Geology and 16 Mathematics
  • More information: UC website
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