Biology Degree

Degree Biologist
Level Under Graduate
Duration Eight (8) semesters
Number of credits 137
Class Schedule Day
Modality On-Campus Learning
SNIES Code 1545
National Accreditation 2005: Renewal CNA (Consejo Nacional de Acreditación - National Accreditation Council) for 9 years.

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Objectives

The main purpose of the Biology Program is to train competitive professionals at national and international levels, with solid knowledge of basic sciences, focused on contemporary research issues in biological sciences and with a remarkable academic level.

The general program structure allows students to design their program according to their preferences, thus, creating diverse Alumni Profiles. For instance, an alumni may be inclined for basic or applied research, pursue one or more concentrations or a dual program simultaneously. Similarly, the alumnae may continue their academic education in graduate programs in national and international renowned and academically excellent institutions.

Study Plan

The Study Plan of the Biology Program encompasses courses in the following cycles:

  • Basic and general sciences consisting of Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry courses.
  • The Uniandes Basic Cycle Courses (UBC) allows the student to become acquainted with various disciplines in a comprehensive manner.
  • Structural courses provide a solid platform of general and fundamental knowledge on biological sciences (Cellular Biology, Molecular Biology, Organismic Biology, Genetics, Ecology, Biostatistics, Biochemistry and Evolution).
  • Subject matter courses offer a specialized training about the different groups of organisms target of study (Botany, Zoology, Microbiology, Animal and Plant Physiology, Biology of Development).
  • Concentration courses look in-depth into specific areas of knowledge according to the student's particular intrest, and in keeping with the Department's research lines (Cellular and Molecular Biology, Genetics and Evolution, Ecology, Organisms and Bioinformatics).
  • Elective courses emphasize on specific areas according to the student's career concerns.
  • Free Elective Courses (FEC) in other complementary areas, according to the student's particular concerns.

Students conclude their career with a Graduation Project that trasnlates into development of their scientific research abilities.

The syllabus is flexible thus allowing to take courses in other disciplines, concentrations or links with graduate courses (co-terminal program), with a personalized formation adapted to the student's interests and skills.

The 9-semester Biology program offered until 2006-1 and the 8-semester Biology program offered as of 2006-2 share the same Objectives, Alumni Profile and syllabus. Furthermore, in the program offered as of 2006-2, students are given the opportunity to finish their career with a graduation work or a Monograph.

Areas of Research or Concentration

The 8-semester Biology Program offers students the opportunity to choose among three areas of concentration: 1. Genetics and Evolution 2. Ecology and Organisms and 3. Cellular and Molecular. The third area is shared with the Microbiology Program. Once studentd have decided what their interest is, they must pursue five courses of concentration, two compulsory and three elective courses. The compulsory courses of the first area are Evolutionary Genetics and Phylogenetics Systematics; in the second area, Advanced Ecology and Phylogenetics Systematics; and in the third area, Cellular and Molecular Biology of Procariots and Molecular Genetics of Eucariots. The elective courses may be chosen either within the same line of concentration or from a different area.

Model Program

First Semester

QUIM-1103Química

3

QUIM-1104Laboratorio de Química

0

MATE-1212Matemáticas I (Biología - Medicina)

3

BIOL-0000Induccion

1

BIOL-1300Biologia de Organismos-Teoria

3

BIOL-1301Biologia de Organismos-Laboratorio

1

MBIO-1100Biologia Celular-Teoría

3

MBIO-1101Biologia Celular-Laboratorio

0

0

Total Credit Hours:17

Second Semester

FISI-1012Basics of Physics I

3

FISI-1013Basics of Physics I - Laboratory

1

MATE-1507Matemáticas II (Biología - Medicina)

3

BIOL-2302Invertebrados-Teoria

3

BIOL-2303Invertebrados-Laboratorio

1

BIOL-2304Botanica-Teoria

3

BIOL-2305Botanica-Laboratorio

1

CBU-Uniandino Basic Cycle Course

3

Total Credit Hours:18

Third Semester

FISI-1022Basic Physics II

3

FISI-1023Basic Physics II - Laboratory

1

MATE-1213Matemáticas III (Biología - Medicina)

3

QUIM-1303Fundamentos de Química Orgánica

3

QUIM-1304Laboratorio de Fundamentos de Quimica Orgánica

0

MBIO-2102Biología Molecular - Teoría

3

MBIO-2103Biología Molecular - Laboratorio

1

BIOL-2310Vertebrados Teoria

3

BIOL-2311Vertebrados Laboratorio

1

Total Credit Hours:18

Fourth Semester

CBU-Uniandino Basic Cycle Course

3

BIOL-2201Genetica-Laboratorio

1

LENG-2999Requisito de Lectura en Ingles

0

MBIO-2100Bioquímica - Teoría

3

MBIO-2101Bioquímica - Laboratorio

1

QUIM-1618Fundamentos de Análisis Químico

3

QUIM-1619Laboratorio de Fundamentos de Análisis Químico

0

BIOL-2200Genetica-Teoria

3

MBIO-2400Bioestadística - Teoría

3

MBIO-2401Bioestadística - Laboratorio

1

Total Credit Hours:18

Fifth Semester

QUIM-2518Fundamentos de Fisicoquímica

3

QUIM-2519Laboratorio de Fundamentos de Fisicoquímica

0

BIOL-2202Evolucion-Teoria

3

BIOL-2203Evolucion-Laboratorio

1

BIOL-2308Ecologia-Teoria

3

BIOL-2309Ecologia-Laboratorio

1

BIOL-3300Fisiologia Animal-Teoria

3

BIOL-3301Fisiologia Animal-Laboratorio

1

CBU-Uniandino Basic Cycle Course

3

Total Credit Hours:18

Sixth Semester

XXXX-Profundizacion I (Obligatoria)

4

XXXX-Curso de Libre Elección I

3

CBU-Uniandino Basic Cycle Course

3

BIOL-3302Fisiologia Vegetal - Teoria

3

BIOL-3303Fisiologia Vegetal-Laboratorio

1

BIOL-2300Microbiology - Theory

3

BIOL-2301Microbiology - Laboratory

1

Total Credit Hours:18

Seventh Semester

DERE-1300Constitucion y Democracia

3

BIOL-3304Biologia del Desarrollo-Teoria

3

BIOL-3305Biologia del Desarrollo-Laboratorio

1

BIOL-3324Biologia de la Conservacion

3

BIOL-3325Biologia de la Conservacion-Laboratorio

1

XXXX-Profundizacion II (Obligatoria)

4

BIOL-3906Inscripcion a Proyecto de Grado

1

LENG-3999Requisito Dominio de Lenguaje Extranjero

0

Total Credit Hours:16

Eighth Semester

XXXX-Electiva de Profundizacion

4

XXXX-Curso de Libre Elección II

3

CBU-Uniandino Basic Cycle Course

3

CBU-Uniandino Basic Cycle Course

3

BIOL-3907Trabajo de Grado, Monografia o Practica de Grado

3

BIOL-3990Graduation registration

3

Total Credit Hours:16

Alumni Profile

The alumni from this program is trained to conduct fundamental or applied research in various areas of biology, such as molecular and cellular biology, genetics, biology of development, systematics, physiology, ethology, ecology and evolution. Likewise, our graduate student may work with animal and plant organisms and their derivatives and serve in public or private institutions devoted to biotechnology, genetic engineering, agricultural sciences (improved farming, floriculture, plague control, animal breeding farms) and biomedical sciences, among others. Environmental sciences are another important working field for Biologists, where they may focus their studies on biodiversity, management of natural parks, species and ecosystems preservation, sustainable use of natural resources and environmental impact.

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