Degree in biology


Program Description



The Degree in Biology Has as main objective that the students acquire the knowledge that a biologist must have to reach a professional competences that allows graduates to develop the professional activity of the biologist described in the Statute of the Official Associations of Biologists, Royal Decree 693/1996 (BOE, 23 May 1996) and Royal Decree 1754/1998 (BOE, 7 August 1998).

Why study the degree

Biology is a science that, from different perspectives and levels of complexity, seeks to understand life in all its facets. From the molecular study to the analysis of ecosystems, all approaches to the study of the vital phenomenon are equally important and necessary for the formation of the biologist.

The title of Graduate in Biology must provide adequate knowledge of morphology, systematics, structure, function and interaction of living beings, as well as the methods of analysis related to them, both from a teaching and research point of view, as well as from the use Knowledge.

Graduates in Biology respond to a wide range of socio-economic and cultural needs of today's society, biology is a key element for the development of society and for a sustainable economy and knowledge. The dissemination of scientific knowledge is linked to teaching activity.

What is learned

  • In this grade students will acquire knowledge about the diversity of living organisms, learning to identify them and understand their organization and functioning.
  • They will understand the modes and mechanisms of interaction of the same with the environment that surrounds them and will analyze the biological structures from the macromolecules to the more complex organisms.
  • They will learn how to solve biological problems effectively by developing constructive thinking and working collaboratively.
  • They will acquire the necessary skills to exercise a critical scientific opinion both in the official languages ​​of our community and in English.
  • Finally, they will appreciate the importance of research, innovation and technological development in the socio-economic and cultural advancement of society.

Structure of the Study

1st Course

  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • geology
  • Cytology
  • Introduction to Botany: General Botany
  • Physical
  • Statistics
  • Physical geography
  • Histology
  • Biochemistry I

2nd Course

  • Biochemistry II
  • Microbiology
  • Systematic Botany: Cryptogamy
  • Plant Physiology I
  • Zoology I
  • Microscopic Organography
  • Applied Microbiology and Microbiological Control
  • Genetics
  • Plant Physiology II
  • Zoology II

3rd Course

  • Microbiology Techniques
  • Molecular Genetic
  • Applied Plant Physiology
  • Animal Physiology I
  • Ecology I: Individuals and Ecosystems
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Genetics of Populations and Evolution
  • Systematic Botany: Fanerogamy
  • Animal Physiology II
  • Ecology II: Populations and Communities

4th Course

  • Biochemical Fundamentals of Biotechnology
  • Cytogenetics
  • Animal Biodiversity and the Environment
  • Ethology
  • Human Ecology
  • Ecotoxicology
  • Paleobiology
  • Data Analysis in Biology
  • External Practices I
  • Developmental biology
  • Microbiology and Environmental Biotechnology
  • Geography Botany: Geobotany
  • Response of Plants in Adverse Conditions
  • Sustainability and Conservation of Fauna
  • Functional Adaptations of Fauna al Medio
  • Edaphology
  • Final Project
  • External Practices II

Professional and academic outputs

These graduates can be found in different sectors and in many positions. Some of the possible jobs where biologists typically find are:

  • Pharmaceutical and food industries.
  • Perfumery industry, cosmetics and personal hygiene products.
  • Agrochemical industry (fertilizers, pesticides, etc.)
  • Biotechnology.
  • Aquaculture.
  • Slaughterhouses.
  • Zoos.
  • Botanical Gardens.
  • Environment.
  • Clinics, hospitals and laboratories.
  • Scientific police.
  • Treatment, storage and / or disposal of waste.
  • Investigation.
  • Teaching of Biology and the sciences in general.
  • Administration, in positions of professional competence and academic level.
  • Scientific and technical advice.

Recommended profile

For informational purposes for students who wish to start their undergraduate studies in Biology, the following entry profile is recommended: Scientific-technical orientation, with knowledge of Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics or Physics at Bachillerato level, as well as predisposition to Science Experimental. Additional knowledge of Geology as well as written English and computer science (at the user level) would also be desirable.

Common access requirements

In order to request a place, one of the following access requirements established in art. 2 of RD 1892/2008:

  • To be in possession of the title of Bachillerato, or equivalent, and to pass the Test of Access to the University (PAU)
  • Comply with the requirements for access to the university in the educational systems of member states of the European Union or other states with which Spain has signed international agreements in this area.
  • Have passed the University Access Test for over 25 years, or have it passed, in the University System of Galicia, according to previous regulations.
  • Have passed the university entrance test for those over 45 years.
  • Possess a title of superior technician of professional formation, teachings of plastic arts and design or superior technical technician, or equivalent titles.
  • Possess an official university degree, a degree from correspondents to the previous order of university education (graduate, graduate, engineer, etc.) or equivalent degrees.
  • To be able to access the university according to educational orders prior to that established by Royal Decree 1892/2008, of November 14, not contemplated in the previous sections.
Last updated Mar 2020

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