Bachelor's degree in Biotechnology

Bachelor's degree in Biotechnology

Academic year 2018-2019

Biotechnology is the group of disciplines or sciences that studies living beings or parts of living beings in order to obtain goods and services from them. Its area of study falls between biology, biochemistry and engineering, and it has a large impact in pharmacy, medicine, microbiology, food science and agriculture, among other fields.

General information

General data

Name of the course:
Bachelor's degree in Biotechnology
Branch of knowledge:
Sciences
Duration:
4 years
European credits:
240
Qualification(s) it leads to:
Holder of a bachelor's degree in Biotechnology from the University of Girona
Teaching institution:
Faculty of Sciences
Indicative number of places:
60
Last admission mark:
Admission marks of the first allocation round for 2018-2019
Approx. price for the first year:

2,287 euros. See Information on prices

Language requirements:
To obtain the certificate students must prove they have B2 level or equivalent in English, German, French or Italian (general requirement of bachelor's degree studies)
Other information:
Follow-up indicators / AQU Indicators

It's useful to know

Biotechnology is the group of disciplines or sciences that studies living beings or parts of living beings in order to obtain goods and services from them. Its area of study falls between biology, biochemistry and engineering, and it has a large impact in pharmacy, medicine, microbiology, food science and agriculture, among other fields. The knowledge possessed by biotechnologists, which connects biology and chemical engineering, allows them to optimize and carry the synthesis of products that impact all the areas mentioned out on a large scale.

One area of biotechnology is the direct use of organisms for the production of organic products for consumption, recycling, waste treatment or to clean areas polluted by industrial activities (biomediation). There are also applications of biotechnology that do not use live organisms; the DNA microchips used in genetic analysis is one example. Many products are produced simply using the enzyme reactions of microorganisms.

Modern biotechnology is frequently associated with the use of genetically modified microorganisms, such as Escherichia coli or the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae for the production of substances such as insulin or antibiotics. It can also refer to transgenic animals or transgenic plants or modified animal cells, such as Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) among many others, which are used for research by the pharmaceutical industries, through which biotechnology is also commonly associated with research into new therapies and new means of diagnosis.

Learning objectives

The Bachelor's Degree in Biotechnology aims to achieve the following objectives:

  • Instilling an interest in learning and applying the knowledge attained in different situations and contexts.
  • Establishing the bases to allow the development of biotechnological processes, based on knowledge and improvement of the transformations carried out by living beings.
  • Learning what the conceptual, manual and technical tools are for improving already existing industrial processes.
  • Providing students with the capacity for applying knowledge acquired in several problems and areas of knowledge (chemistry, agriculture, health, food, environment, etc.,) for the production of goods and services.

Perspectives

Biotechnology, despite being recent as a university qualification, has been a well-known used concept for some time now. This is because it comes from a combination of interests and knowledge of biology, biochemistry, chemistry and engineering, among other disciplines. Progress in biotechnology is the result of progress in all the areas of knowledge it feeds from, as it constitutes, in practice, a kind of applied synthesis to the solution of several specific problems. Words or expressions such as stem cells, therapeutic cloning, gene therapy, biosensors, DNA microchips or protein, molecular diagnosis and many others are closely connected to biotechnology.

These tools or techniques are intended to be used in the future for obtaining better methods for diagnosing and treating illnesses, for obtaining new and better vaccines, for increasing agricultural production while minimising the use of pesticides, and for collaborating to eradicate malnutrition, or for making cleaner and safer production processes for an extensive range of products.

The organisation of the Bachelor’s degree.

The Bachelor's Degree in Biotechnology is a four-year course, during which students will achieve the skills for learning experimental methodologies, skills for applying scientific reasoning to experimental design and to data gathering, processing, interpretation and analysis. In short, you will learn a new way of thinking and solving problems, by applying the scientific method.

The first year consists of the so-called basic subjects: Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Mathematics and Geology, as well as a practical subject called Integrated Scientific Techniques, which will help students to acquire and develop the competencies and skills for experimental work, both in the laboratory and in the field.

The second year consists of the compulsory subjects that will enable students to learn what living organisms are like from cellular and molecular points of view, and what the thermodynamic principles are which govern them, as well as an introduction to the world of chemical engineering.

The third year consists of completing the learning in compulsory subjects relating to the processes that living organisms use for transforming materials, as well as the energy flows associated with such transformations. That same year will also see students learning how to use chemical engineering as a means to simulating or reproducing these processes for a specific purpose. To complete their education, students will work with data-bank bio-informatics management tools, which provide a great quantity of information on living organisms, including their structure and functions. Given that the profession of biotechnologist is geared towards several aspects of the industry, biotechnology graduates need to be capable of carrying out responsibility tasks in designing, production and management. That is why third-year students will come into contact with biotechnology-related social, legal, economic and management aspects.

Fourth-year students will take a step towards specialisation and professionalisation given that they have to choose two optional modules among the following: Industrial Application of Biotechnology; Cell and Molecular Biotechnology; Fundamental Biotechnology and Molecular Physiology. In addition, the optional subjects of Business Placements, Biomolecular Design, Bio-Analysis and Introduction to Professionalisation are also offered. To complete their Bachelor’s degree, students will have to do a bachelor's thesis where they will be able to apply all the skills they have learned to date.

Access

Access requirements

  • Upper secondary school education. Access: university entrance examinations (PAU), general phase. Admission: weighting of the subjects examined in PAU, linked to the branch of knowledge of Sciences.
  • Higher level vocational training cycles (CFGS). Access: all CFGS. Admission: weighting of the subjects examined in PAU, linked to the branch of knowledge of Sciences.
  • Over 25s. Preferential option in successful entrance exam: Science
  • Over 40s. Appraisal of any professional experience related to the bachelor's degree the applicant wishes to study for and suitability for the course, as demonstrated at interview.
  • Over 45s. Must pass entrance exam and demonstrate suitability at interview.
  • Other special types of access recognized under current regulations.

Other access information

Careers

Notable professional opportunities for a biotechnologist include:

  • Industry: pharmaceutics, veterinary medicine, fine chemicals, agro-food, microelectronics environment
  • R+D laboratories for developing new processes and products
  • Production pants
  • Analysis and quality control laboratories
  • Management, documentation, marketing and commercialisation, administrative procedures for patents and legal aspects
  • Research centres in human health
  • Molecular analysis and diagnosis laboratories
  • Public research in universities or public or private centres
  • Teaching in secondary education, technical schools, university schools and universities
  • Public administration and services, in tasks relating to water or waste treatment, as environmental experts, in process-design consulting firms or companies

Continue studying

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.

Subjects

Curriculum Subjects offered for 2018-2019

Basic chemistry9.00 credits

Name of subject Type Credits Duration Offer for 2018-2019

Chemistry (3103G02070)

BBasic 9.00 AAnnual YES

Basic biology12.00 credits

Name of subject Type Credits Duration Offer for 2018-2019

Fundamental biology (3103G00079)

BBasic 6.00 AAnnual YES

Biodiversity and physiology (3103G02071)

BBasic 6.00 AAnnual YES

Basic Mathematics9.00 credits

Name of subject Type Credits Duration Offer for 2018-2019

Mathematics (3103G00085)

BBasic 9.00 AAnnual YES

Basic physics6.00 credits

Name of subject Type Credits Duration Offer for 2018-2019

Physics (3103G00081)

BBasic 6.00 AAnnual YES

Basic instrumental materials24.00 credits

Name of subject Type Credits Duration Offer for 2018-2019

Integrated scientific techniques 1 (3103G00082)

BBasic 6.00 AAnnual YES

Integrated scientific techniques 2 (3103G00083)

BBasic 6.00 AAnnual YES

Applied statistics (3103G00084)

BBasic 6.00 AAnnual YES

Integrated scientific techniques 3 (3103G02072)

BBasic 6.00 AAnnual YES

Biochemistry9.00 credits

Name of subject Type Credits Duration Offer for 2018-2019

Biochemistry (3103G00086)

OBCompulsory 6.00 SSemester long YES

Biochemistry practicals (3103G00087)

OBCompulsory 3.00 SSemester long YES

Molecular Biology and DNA Recombination Techniques9.00 credits

Name of subject Type Credits Duration Offer for 2018-2019

Molecular biology and recombinant DNA techniques (3103G00097)

OBCompulsory 6.00 SSemester long YES

Practicals in DNA Recombination (3103G02073)

OBCompulsory 3.00 SSemester long YES

Biochemical Engineering9.00 credits

Name of subject Type Credits Duration Offer for 2018-2019

Biochemical engineering (3103G02074)

OBCompulsory 6.00 SSemester long YES

Practicals in biochemical engineering (3103G02075)

OBCompulsory 3.00 SSemester long YES

Foundations of Biology for Biotechnology 24.00 credits

Name of subject Type Credits Duration Offer for 2018-2019

Cytology and histology (3103G00088)

OBCompulsory 6.00 SSemester long YES

Microbiology (3103G00091)

OBCompulsory 6.00 SSemester long YES

Genetics (3103G00092)

OBCompulsory 6.00 SSemester long YES

Integrated practicals of cytology and histology, microbiology and genetics (3103G02076)

OBCompulsory 6.00 AAnnual YES

Foundations of Chemistry for Biotechnology9.00 credits

Name of subject Type Credits Duration Offer for 2018-2019

Chemistry of organic compounds (3103G00094)

OBCompulsory 6.00 SSemester long YES

Basic thermodynamics (3103G02077)

OBCompulsory 3.00 SSemester long YES

Genetic Modification of Organisms6.00 credits

Name of subject Type Credits Duration Offer for 2018-2019

Genetic modification of organisms (3103G02078)

OBCompulsory 3.00 SSemester long YES

Practicals on genetic modification of organisms (3103G02079)

OBCompulsory 3.00 SSemester long YES

Biotechnological Processes, Products and Projects9.00 credits

Name of subject Type Credits Duration Offer for 2018-2019

Biotechnological processes, products and projects (3103G02080)

OBCompulsory 6.00 SSemester long YES

Practicals on biotechnological processes, products and projects (3103G02081)

OBCompulsory 3.00 SSemester long YES

Quantitative Instrumental Methods9.00 credits

Name of subject Type Credits Duration Offer for 2018-2019

Quantitative instrumental methods (3103G02082)

OBCompulsory 3.00 SSemester long YES

Practicals on quantitative instrumental methods (3103G02083)

OBCompulsory 6.00 SSemester long YES

Bioenergetics and Metabolism9.00 credits

Name of subject Type Credits Duration Offer for 2018-2019

Bioenergetics and metabolism (3103G02084)

OBCompulsory 6.00 SSemester long YES

Practicals on bioenergetics and metabolism (3103G02085)

OBCompulsory 3.00 SSemester long YES

Engineering of Bioreactors9.00 credits

Name of subject Type Credits Duration Offer for 2018-2019

Engineering of bioreactors (3103G02086)

OBCompulsory 6.00 SSemester long YES

Chemical kinetics (3103G02087)

OBCompulsory 3.00 SSemester long YES

Bio computer science6.00 credits

Name of subject Type Credits Duration Offer for 2018-2019

Applied bioinformatics (3103G00098)

OBCompulsory 3.00 SSemester long YES

Foundations of bioinformatics (3103G00099)

OBCompulsory 3.00 SSemester long YES

Social and Economic Aspects of Biotechnology6.00 credits

Name of subject Type Credits Duration Offer for 2018-2019

Economics and business management (3103G00125)

OBCompulsory 3.00 SSemester long YES

Social and legal aspects of biotechnology (3103G02088)

OBCompulsory 3.00 SSemester long YES

Integrated Practicals6.00 credits

Name of subject Type Credits Duration Offer for 2018-2019

Integrated practicals (3103G02089)

OBCompulsory 6.00 SSemester long YES

Projects6.00 credits

Name of subject Type Credits Duration Offer for 2018-2019

Projects (3103G02090)

OBCompulsory 6.00 SSemester long YES

Bachelor's thesis12.00 credits

Name of subject Type Credits Duration Offer for 2018-2019

Bachelor's thesis (3103G02098)

OBCompulsory 12.00 AAnnual YES

Two of the following requirements must be met

Name of subject Type Credits Duration Offer for 2018-2019

Protein engineering (3103G02091)

OPOptional 3.00 SSemester long YES

Biotechnological drugs (3103G02092)

OPOptional 3.00 SSemester long YES

Cellular crops (3103G02093)

OPOptional 3.00 SSemester long YES

Gene and cell therapy (3103G02094)

OPOptional 3.00 SSemester long YES

Bioremediation (3103G02095)

OPOptional 3.00 SSemester long YES

Name of subject Type Credits Duration Offer for 2018-2019

Applied genetics (3103G00105)

OPOptional 3.00 SSemester long YES

Animal biotechnology (3103G00106)

OPOptional 3.00 SSemester long YES

Plant biotechnology (3103G00107)

OPOptional 3.00 SSemester long YES

Food biotechnology (3103G00108)

OPOptional 3.00 SSemester long YES

Biotechnology of reproduction (3103G00109)

OPOptional 3.00 SSemester long YES

Name of subject Type Credits Duration Offer for 2018-2019

Bacterial physiology (3103G00100)

OPOptional 3.00 SSemester long YES

Genomics (3103G00101)

OPOptional 3.00 SSemester long YES

Immunology (3103G00102)

OPOptional 3.00 SSemester long YES

Virology (3103G00103)

OPOptional 3.00 SSemester long YES

Neurobiology (3103G00104)

OPOptional 3.00 SSemester long YES

Name of subject Type Credits Duration Offer for 2018-2019

Bio-inorganic chemistry (3103G00127)

OPOptional 3.00 SSemester long No

Bio-organic chemistry (3103G00128)

OPOptional 3.00 SSemester long No

Natural products (3103G00129)

OPOptional 3.00 SSemester long No

Biomolecular design (3103G00130)

OPOptional 3.00 SSemester long YES

Bio-analysis (3103G00131)

OPOptional 3.00 SSemester long YES

Name of subject Type Credits Duration Offer for 2018-2019

Product recovery (3103G00132)

OPOptional 3.00 SSemester long YES

Nanotechnology (3103G00133)

OPOptional 3.00 SSemester long YES

Quality management and control (3103G00134)

OPOptional 3.00 SSemester long YES

Green chemistry (3103G00135)

OPOptional 3.00 SSemester long YES

Process simulation and control (3103G02096)

OPOptional 3.00 SSemester long YES

One of the following requirements must be met

Name of subject Type Credits Duration Offer for 2018-2019

Internships (3103G02097)

OPOptional 6.00 AAnnual YES

Name of subject Type Credits Duration Offer for 2018-2019

Bacterial physiology (3103G00100)

OPOptional 3.00 SSemester long YES

Genomics (3103G00101)

OPOptional 3.00 SSemester long YES

Immunology (3103G00102)

OPOptional 3.00 SSemester long YES

Virology (3103G00103)

OPOptional 3.00 SSemester long YES

Neurobiology (3103G00104)

OPOptional 3.00 SSemester long YES

Applied genetics (3103G00105)

OPOptional 3.00 SSemester long YES

Animal biotechnology (3103G00106)

OPOptional 3.00 SSemester long YES

Plant biotechnology (3103G00107)

OPOptional 3.00 SSemester long YES

Food biotechnology (3103G00108)

OPOptional 3.00 SSemester long YES

Biotechnology of reproduction (3103G00109)

OPOptional 3.00 SSemester long YES

Introduction to professionalisation (3103G00126)

OPOptional 3.00 SSemester long YES

Bio-inorganic chemistry (3103G00127)

OPOptional 3.00 SSemester long No

Bio-organic chemistry (3103G00128)

OPOptional 3.00 SSemester long No

Natural products (3103G00129)

OPOptional 3.00 SSemester long No

Biomolecular design (3103G00130)

OPOptional 3.00 SSemester long YES

Bio-analysis (3103G00131)

OPOptional 3.00 SSemester long YES

Product recovery (3103G00132)

OPOptional 3.00 SSemester long YES

Nanotechnology (3103G00133)

OPOptional 3.00 SSemester long YES

Quality management and control (3103G00134)

OPOptional 3.00 SSemester long YES

Green chemistry (3103G00135)

OPOptional 3.00 SSemester long YES

Protein engineering (3103G02091)

OPOptional 3.00 SSemester long YES

Biotechnological drugs (3103G02092)

OPOptional 3.00 SSemester long YES

Cellular crops (3103G02093)

OPOptional 3.00 SSemester long YES

Gene and cell therapy (3103G02094)

OPOptional 3.00 SSemester long YES

Bioremediation (3103G02095)

OPOptional 3.00 SSemester long YES

Process simulation and control (3103G02096)

OPOptional 3.00 SSemester long YES

Optional modules + Academic Recognition42.00 credits

Name of subject Type Credits Duration Offer for 2018-2019

Protein engineering (3103G02091)

OPOptional 3.00 SSemester long YES

Biotechnological drugs (3103G02092)

OPOptional 3.00 SSemester long YES

Cellular crops (3103G02093)

OPOptional 3.00 SSemester long YES

Gene and cell therapy (3103G02094)

OPOptional 3.00 SSemester long YES

Bioremediation (3103G02095)

OPOptional 3.00 SSemester long YES

Applied genetics (3103G00105)

OPOptional 3.00 SSemester long YES

Animal biotechnology (3103G00106)

OPOptional 3.00 SSemester long YES

Plant biotechnology (3103G00107)

OPOptional 3.00 SSemester long YES

Food biotechnology (3103G00108)

OPOptional 3.00 SSemester long YES

Biotechnology of reproduction (3103G00109)

OPOptional 3.00 SSemester long YES

Bacterial physiology (3103G00100)

OPOptional 3.00 SSemester long YES

Genomics (3103G00101)

OPOptional 3.00 SSemester long YES

Immunology (3103G00102)

OPOptional 3.00 SSemester long YES

Virology (3103G00103)

OPOptional 3.00 SSemester long YES

Neurobiology (3103G00104)

OPOptional 3.00 SSemester long YES

Bio-inorganic chemistry (3103G00127)

OPOptional 3.00 SSemester long No

Bio-organic chemistry (3103G00128)

OPOptional 3.00 SSemester long No

Natural products (3103G00129)

OPOptional 3.00 SSemester long No

Biomolecular design (3103G00130)

OPOptional 3.00 SSemester long YES

Bio-analysis (3103G00131)

OPOptional 3.00 SSemester long YES

Product recovery (3103G00132)

OPOptional 3.00 SSemester long YES

Nanotechnology (3103G00133)

OPOptional 3.00 SSemester long YES

Quality management and control (3103G00134)

OPOptional 3.00 SSemester long YES

Green chemistry (3103G00135)

OPOptional 3.00 SSemester long YES

Process simulation and control (3103G02096)

OPOptional 3.00 SSemester long YES

Internships (3103G02097)

OPOptional 6.00 AAnnual YES

Introduction to professionalisation (3103G00126)

OPOptional 3.00 SSemester long YES

Language requirement

* Level B2 - German
* Level B2 - English
* Level B2 - French
* Level B2 - Italian
* Level C1 - German
* Level C1 - English
* Level C1 - French
* Level C1 - Italian
* Level C2 - German
* Level C2 - English
* Level C2 - French
* Level C2 - Italian
* Level C1.1 - English
* Level C1.1 - French
* Level C1.1 - German

Practical work experience

Within the framework of their studies, students have to acquire a series of credits that correspond to practical work experience placements , in companies or institutions related with the degree that they are studying. The teaching load is determined in accordance with the curriculum.

Bachelor's thesis

To obtain the degree, students have to complete a bachelor's thesis (TFG) which serves to assess the general skills they have acquired over the course of the degree programme and offers a summary of the skills and knowledge they have acquired. The teaching load of the thesis depends on the curriculum of the degree.

Mobility

Students can complete part of their degree programme abroad through the Erasmus programme, which enables them to carry on their studies whilst undertaking an international exchange with academic value in a European university.

They also have access to grants for placements at Spanish universities and those on other continents, thanks to bilateral agreements, the SICUE programme and the expansion of the Erasmus+ Programme.

Enrolment

Enrolment in the first year

1

View the place allocation results on the University Access Portal

Find out about your options based on the allocation round your place was assigned in (June or September).

2

View the Enrolment fees, and see the Guide to online enrolment to learn about the electronic enrolment system at the UdG.

Check the enrolment dates and times and prepare the documentation you will need to submit, depending on each case.

3

Go to your teaching centre on the day and at the time assigned to you, complete the enrolment form and complete the assisted online enrolment.

The teaching centre will give you instructions on how to get your student identification card.

Dates of the information sessions
First option students
16 July, at 10 am, in the Main lecture hall
Students who have passed their place to first option
18 July, at 10 am, in the Main lecture hall
Second and subsequent option students
27 July, at 10 am, in the Main lecture hall
Enrolment dates
First preference
16 July, from 10.30 am to 1pm, in the IT classrooms
On appeal in the first round of allocation and by definitive allocation
18 July, from 10.30 am to 1 pm, in the IT classrooms
Of second round of allocation (in any preference)
27 July, from 10.30 am to 1pm, in the IT classrooms
For appeals in the second round of allocation and of first reallocation
6 and 7 September, from12 pm to 1 pm, in the Academic Secretary's Office
Second reallocation in June
14 September, from 12 pm to 1 pm, in the Academic Secretary's Office
Third reallocation in June
20 September, from 12 pm to 1 pm, in the Academic Secretary's Office
In September call
27 September, from 12 pm to 1 pm, in the Academic Secretary's Office
Start of classes
Start date
12 September 2018

Personal documents
  • Original and photocopy of your valid ID document :

    • Students from EU countriesUnited Kingdom, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland and Andorra: National ID document, document showing country of origin or passport.
    • Non-EU foreign national students: TIE (Foreign national ID card). If you do not have a TIE yet, you should take your passport and a copy of the TIE application (containing the NIE). There is a three month period in which to present the foreign national ID card, starting from the enrolment date.
  • Receipts of allowances or exemptions, in accordance with section 1.1.3 of the Enrolment regulations.
Documents accrediting access to the university
  • Students who have sat the university entrance exam (PAU) and similar tests: documentation is not required. (*)
  • Students from CFGS or FP-2 or MP-3 and similar: documentation is not required. (*)
  • Students who have passed the entrance exam for over 25s, 40s or 45s: documentation is not required. (*)
  • Students with a university degree (except UdG graduates): original and photocopy of the certificate or of the provisional degree certificate.
  • Students who have been enrolled at other university centres (academic record transfer): check that they have paid the academic record transfer fees to the university of origin. (**)

(*) The University does not require any documentation to be presented as this information is confirmed by the University Access Office. It is recommended that students who have sat the university entrance examinations, download the supporting documents in the year in which they pass the exam, as this stops being accessible on 31 December. In the event that students do not download it by the deadline, they will have to request a certificate from the UdG Access Section and pay the corresponding fee.

(**) Students that request academic recognition must also present the following documentation: academic certificate issued by the university of origin showing the subjects studied and the qualifications obtained; programmes of the subjects passed (with the official stamp of the university of origin) and curriculum for recognition purposes (stamped by the university of origin).

Enrolment documents
  • Enrolment application form where required, (provided by the teaching centre).
  • If you are not the holder of the bank account that the enrolment fee will be debited from, communication/modification of bank details form (available on the Forms page) and photocopy of the identity document of the account holder.

All the documentation will have to be presented at the academic secretary's office of the teaching institution before 19 November 2018.

Online enrolment

Online enrolment is the University of Girona's electronic enrolment system where enrolment is carried out via the internet, and is available for most study programmes.