Microbiology Degree

Degree Microbiologist
Level Under Graduate
Duration Eight (8) semesters
Number of credits 138
Class Schedule Day
Modality On-Campus Learning
SNIES Code 1548
National Accreditation 2005: Renewal. CNA (Consejo Nacional de Acreditación - National Accreditation Council) for 9 years

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Objectives

The Microbiology Program is primarily aimed at training professionals through a general scientific education, and able to perform in different areas, such as: development and implementation of quality control programs in food and pharmaceutical industries, research and development of projects concerning biomedical, ecological, agricultural and environmental microbiology; technical consultancy for the production and trade of microbiological products and involvement in developing biotechnological processes, among others. Understanding these issues is key to ensure the alumnae's continuity in the Microbiology Graduate programs.

Study Plan

The syllabus consists of various courses within the following cycles:

  • Basic and general sciences: Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry courses.
  • Uniandes Basic Cycle Courses (CBU), with a wide range of courses that introduce the student to different disciplines.
  • Structural courses, courses related to the fundamentals of knowledge in biological sciences (cellular biology, molecular biology, organismic biology, genetics, ecology, biostatistics, biochemistry and evolution).
  • Specific courses offering training in microorganisms (virology, bacteriology, fungus, parasites, etc.)
  • Concentration courses: these courses are intended to analyze the role of microorganisms in the industrial, environmental, biomedical, molecular and cellular fields.
  • Elective courses: these courses emphasize on specific areas according to the student's career interests and Free Elective Courses are also offered in other areas. The students may choose from any of the following courses to obtain the degree: an internship in related industries or companies, a monograph or a graduation project.

The flexibility of the syllabus allows for pursuing courses in other careers, concentrations or links to graduate courses (co-terminal program), with a personalized formation adapted to the student's interests and abilities.

The above described Objectives, Alumni Profile and syllabus are sahred by the two Microbiology programs (that with a 9-semester duration and the 8-semester program offered as of 2006-2 ). In addition, in the program offered as of 2006-2, the students are given the opportunity to finish theirr career with a graduation work or a monograph.

Research or Concentration Areas

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

The new 4-year program still offers the same areas of concentration that were described above. Likewise, two compulsory courses must be pursued for each line, but only one elective.

Model Program

First Semester

MBIO-1100Biologia Celular-Teoría

3

MBIO-1101Biologia Celular-Laboratorio

0

BIOL-1300Biologia de Organismos-Teoria

3

BIOL-1301Biologia de Organismos-Laboratorio

1

QUIM-1103Química

3

QUIM-1104Laboratorio de Química

0

MATE-1212Matemáticas I (Biología - Medicina)

3

0

Total Credit Hours:17

Second Semester

MBIO-2300Bacteriología - Teoría

3

MBIO-2301Bacteriología - Laboratorio

1

MBIO-2302Biología de Hongos - Teoría

3

MBIO-2303Biología de Hongos - Laboratorio

1

FISI-1012Basics of Physics I

3

FISI-1013Basics of Physics I - Laboratory

1

MATE-1507Matemáticas II (Biología - Medicina)

3

CBU-Uniandino Basic Cycle Course

3

Total Credit Hours:18

Third Semester

MBIO-2102Biología Molecular - Teoría

3

MBIO-2103Biología Molecular - Laboratorio

1

QUIM-1303Fundamentos de Química Orgánica

3

QUIM-1304Laboratorio de Fundamentos de Quimica Orgánica

0

MBIO-2304Parasitología - Teoría

3

MBIO-2305Parasitología - Laboratorio

1

FISI-1022Basic Physics II

3

FISI-1023Basic Physics II - Laboratory

1

MATE-1213Matemáticas III (Biología - Medicina)

3

Total Credit Hours:18

Fourth Semester

CBU-Uniandino Basic Cycle Course

3

BIOL-2201Genetica-Laboratorio

1

LENG-2999Requisito de Lectura en Ingles

0

MBIO-2101Bioquímica - Laboratorio

1

BIOL-2200Genetica-Teoria

3

QUIM-1618Fundamentos de Análisis Químico

3

QUIM-1619Laboratorio de Fundamentos de Análisis Químico

0

MBIO-2100Bioquímica - Teoría

3

MBIO-2400Bioestadística - Teoría

3

MBIO-2401Bioestadística - Laboratorio

1

Total Credit Hours:18

Fifth Semester

MBIO-2306Virología - Teoría

3

MBIO-2307Virología - Laboratorio

1

BIOL-2202Evolucion-Teoria

3

BIOL-2203Evolucion-Laboratorio

1

BIOL-2308Ecologia-Teoria

3

BIOL-2309Ecologia-Laboratorio

1

QUIM-2518Fundamentos de Fisicoquímica

3

QUIM-2519Laboratorio de Fundamentos de Fisicoquímica

0

CBU-Uniandino Basic Cycle Course

3

Total Credit Hours:18

Sixth Semester

XXXX-Profundizacion I (Obligatoria)

4

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MBIO-2500Inmunología - Teoría

3

MBIO-3513Genómica y Bioinformática

3

MBIO-2501Inmunología - Laboratorio

1

MBIO-3602Microbiología de Alimentos - Teoría

3

MBIO-3603Sustainable Business Models –

1

Total Credit Hours:18

Seventh Semester

XXXX-Profundizacion II (Obligatoria)

4

MBIO-3600Fitopatología - Teoría

3

MBIO-3601Fitopatología - Laboratorio

1

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DERE-1300Constitucion y Democracia

3

MBIO-3912Inscripción Proyecto de Grado (IPG)

1

LENG-3999Requisito Dominio de Lenguaje Extranjero

0

CBU-Uniandino Basic Cycle Course

3

Total Credit Hours:18

Eighth Semester

CBU-Uniandino Basic Cycle Course

3

XXXX-Electiva de Profundizacion

4

MBIO-3913Trabajo de Grado/ Monografía/ Pasantía (TG/M/P)

3

MBIO-3914Seminario de Microbiología

1

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Total Credit Hours:14

Alumni Profile

The Uniandes Microbiologist is a professional possessing the tools to perform in various working activities focused on detecting problems, proposing solutions, and carrying out associated activities, as well as determining possible alternatives to enhance Microbiology processes. Similarly, the alumnae acquire the necessary elements and the spirit to pursue graduate studies.

The alumane are able to work on environmental impacts, by contributing to detecting problems derived from environmentally unfriendly constructions. in areas such as biotechnology, genetic engineering, molecular genetics, etc.

As regards plants, specifically, in phylopatology and floriculture, and generally, in agriculture, the alumnae may work with plague control, management of new export products, farming improvement, etc, .With respect to microbiological quality control, they may also work in industries such as food processign, pharmaceutical, cosmetics, etc. Other areas of expertise could be biodeterioration of works of art, historical documents, securities, as well as a broad range of works in the bioremediation of soils and waters contaminated with pesticides or oil.

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