Biology is an experimental science and, therefore, it is good to have basic knowledge of physics and chemistry; the support of mathematics and geology is also necessary and, as in any scientific discipline, languages and computer science are important. As in all university studies, it is indispensable to acquire skills in oral and written expression in order to be able to carry out presentations or present projects, results and reports.
Biology students should enjoy laboratory work, feel motivated to learn the cellular and molecular bases of illnesses such as cancer or AIDS, but also to learn how we can protect species and the environment... Student should have great capacity of observation, be hard-working, tenacious and also be prepared to update their learning, since biology is a science in continuous development.
The general aim of the bachelor's degree in Biology is to train professionals in the area of biology with a broad and general foundation of knowledge and with solid experimental training. This degree is intended to stimulate interest in learning and applying knowledge attained in different environments and problems. The bachelor's degree in Biology guarantees the acquisition of knowledge in morphology, systematics, structure, function and interaction of living beings, as well as of analyses related to these aspects from an educational and investigatory point of view as well as applied use of this knowledge. The training obtained through this bachelor's degree allows you to:
- Conduct studies of identification, analysis and classification of living organisms and of biological agents and materials, as well as their remains and signals of activity.
- Investigate, develop and establish systems of control of biological processes.
- Produce, transform, manipulate, preserve, identify and carry out quality assurance of samples of biological origin.
- Studying the biological effects of products of any nature and monitor their action.
- Carrying out genetic studies and determining their applicability.
- Carrying out ecological studies, evaluating the environmental impact and planning, managing, exploring and conserving sea and land populations, ecosystems and natural resources.
- Providing scientific and expert advice on biological issues and their teaching in educational levels where a minimum graduate-level qualification is required.
The organisation of the Bachelor’s degree.
The Bachelor's degree in Biology is a 4-year course, during which students will acquire the skills for learning the experimental methodologies that apply scientific reasoning to experimental design and data gathering, interpretation, processing and analysis. In short, they will learning a new way of thinking and solving problems, by applying the scientific method.
The first year consists of basic subjects (Foundations of Chemistry, Physics, Fundamental Biology, Biology of Organisms and Systems, Mathematics, Applied Statistics and Geology, as well as a practical subject known as Integrated Scientific Techniques, which enables students to acquire and develop competencies and skills for experimental work, both laboratory and field.
The year includes exclusively compulsory subjects: Biochemistry, Genetics, Zoology, Advanced Data Analysis, Microbiology, Cytology and Histology and Botany. Each of the compulsory subjects constitutes a module with a theoretical part and a practical part.
The third year sees students learning compulsory subjects such as Plant Physiology, Animal Physiology, Ecology, Evolution and Molecular Biology. They will now have a general vision of biology. If you are interested in acquiring a full understanding of the structure and functioning of living organisms, what the molecular bases of illnesses are, how living organisms can be used for improving our quality of life and how such knowledge can be applied for generating goods and services, you can already focus your learning in your third year by choosing the Fundamental Biology module. If you choose the Organisms and Systems module, you will be able to study the great diversity of organisms that exist, the relationships they establish between themselves and with their environment, the dynamics of populations, communities and ecosystems, how these ecosystems break down and strategies that can be applied to preserve and manage the flora, fauna and the environment they live in.
Fourth-year students will take a step towards specialisation and professionalisation. You will be able to choose two optional modules from among the following: Fundamental Biology II, Health Biology, Fundamental Biotechnology, Aquatic Ecosystems, Natural Resources Conservation and Biodiversity Management. In addition, students will have to do a Bachelor's thesis where they will be able to apply all the skills they will have acquired to date and carry out a period of work placements in a company or take subjects with a vocational approach.
There is also the option to study for the double degrees in Biology/Environmental Sciences and Biology/Biotechnology.
Master's degree The UdG offers an extensive range of masters degrees. Master's degree courses offer advanced, specialised or multidisciplinary training, aimed at providing students with an academic or professional specialism or an introduction to research. These are official courses that enable students to move on to study for a doctoral degree.
Doctorate degree The aim of Dral studies is to provide students with advanced training in research techniques and the programmes include the production and presentation of a doctoral thesis, consisting of an original research project. To join a doctoral programme you need to have a minimum of between 60 and 120 ECTS credits at official university master's degree level or equivalent.
Postgraduate courses and specialization. University of Girona foundation: Innovation and Training is a centre that hosts and organises ongoing training activities with the aim of meeting ongoing higher level training needs. If offers own masters, postgraduate courses, specialization courses and other postgraduate activities covering all areas of knowledge.