Bachelor's Degree in Biology
General Objectives of the CourseThe 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.
National Call for Access and Entry to Higher Education (DGES):
One of the following sets:
02 Biology and Geology
02 Biology and Geology
07 Physics and Chemistry
02 Biology and Geology
Application score: 100 points (0-200 scale)
Entry exams: 95 points (0-200 scale)
Secondary school average: 50%
Entry exams: 50%
Other forms of access (UC-applicants):
- Change of Institution / Course Pair Schemes;
- Special Access Call for over 23-years-olds;
- Special Access Call for Holders of Other Higher Education Courses;
- Special Call for International Students.
This information does not exempt the consultation of the webpage of the Directorate General of Higher Education (DGES) and/or of the Applicants website. Please, visit the DGES and the Applicants websites
Professional GoalsCareers 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).
Mode of StudyFace-to-face
Teaching / Evaluation language(s)Português
Examination Regulations, Assessment and GradingThe Examination Regulations, Assessments and Grading are established in chapter IV of the “Regulamento Pedagógico da Universidade de Coimbra”, Regulamento nº 321/2013, published in Diário da República, 2nd series, nº 162, of August 23th (2013) .
Learning Objectives and Intended SkillsIn accordance with the Dublin descriptors, the Degree in Biology in the University of Coimbra clearly identifies several transversal and specific competences in the scientific area of Biology. Both kinds of competences are distributed among the disciplines according to the objectives of each one and the teaching methodologies adopted (e.g. theoretical, practical, tutorial training).
The Degree in Biology of the UC provides the students both with a sound and pluridisciplinar knowledge and training in several specialization areas. On the whole, training is based on theoretical principles as well as laboratory practice and field work. At the end of their training, students get the skills and expertise necessary to pursue their advanced training (2nd and 3th degrees) or to initiate a professional career in several areas, for example, Scientific research in the fields of Environment, Biotechnology, Health, and Biodiversity and Conservation; Scientific dissemination and Consulting, management and technical consulting in the field of environment.
Leonel Carlos dos Reis Tomás Pereira
ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)
António Xavier de Barros e Cunha Pereira Coutinho
Recognition of Prior LearningRecognition of prior learning is carried out in accordance with the Academic Regulation of the University of Coimbra.
Qualification Requirements and RegulationsThe legal framework for the qualification is established by the decrees: Decree-Law nº 74/2006, 24th March, the current wording.
Students can choose one of the following branches:
-Degree in Biology (without Minor).
-Degree in Biology with Minor. The Minor will be in another scientific area, according to the Minor’s list approved by the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of the University of Coimbra (30 ECTS in the Minor scientific area).
Access to Further StudiesThe BSc Biology degree provides direct access to the MSc in Biology. For MSc in specialised areas within Biology (e.g. Ecology, Plant Biodiversity and Biotechnology) applications are accepted.
- Common core
- Bachelor's Degree in Biology
- Areas of expertise
- Biology with Minor
1st Cycle Studies
DGES Code: 9011
Qualification Awarded: Bachelor's Degree
Duration: 6 Semester(s)
ECTS Credits: 180.0
Call for Applications
- Course/institution transfer
- Holders of Other Higher Education Degrees
- Over 23-year-olds
- Special Contest for International Students (Bachelor's Degree and Integrated Master's Degree Courses)
- 1st Semester
Start date: 11-09-2023
End date: 16-12-2023
- 2nd Semester
Start date: 05-02-2024
End date: 23-05-2024
- Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
- 2021-07-31 a 2027-07-30
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Nº Registo: R/A-Ef 1536/2011