College of Biological and Environmental Sciences

College of Biological and Environmental Sciences

The College of Biological and Environmental Sciences includes various fields of knowledge, such as Biology, Biotechnology, Zoology, Botany, Microbiology, Terrestrial Ecology, Freshwater Ecology, Marine Ecology, and Natural Resource Management.  We are proud to offer our students an enjoyable and innovative setting that is conducive to their studies and investigations, where highly trained professors cooperate in the development of all our students’ capabilities.  With over 25 full-time professors and researchers and 300 undergraduate students, we are a College that is constantly growing.

The undergraduate and postgraduate programs offered by COCIBA are based on strong scientific and technical foundations, complemented with integrative and interdisciplinary perspectives, as well as an international projection.  All these factors allow us to create a teaching and research environment that attains the highest levels of excellence, and where our members can reach and surpass their maximum potential.

COCIBA includes, or contributes to, several research institutes, interdisciplinary development institutes, and field research stations:

  • Galapagos Academic Institute for the Arts and Sciences GAIAS
  • Galapagos Science Center
  • Tiputini Biodiversity Station (Yasuní tropical forest, Amazon Basin)
  • Mindo Research Station (cloud forest, western Andes)
  • Applied Ecology Institute ECOLAP
  • Microbiology Institute
  • GEOCenter UNIGIS
  • Research laboratories focused on: botanical biotechnology, economic botany (herbarium), aquatic ecology, ecology and behavior, medical entomology, microbiology, parasitology, and terrestrial zoology.
  • Teaching laboratories focused on: biology, molecular biology, botany, genetic engineering, microbiology, and zoology.

Our graduates are the new leaders in the field of biological sciences.  Their professional and human quality is widely recognized.  Our graduates are routinely accepted by postgraduate programs in globally recognized universities, and have joined important international institutions, such as the World Bank, the Wildlife Center, the Natural History Museum in Paris, among others.


In the Biology program students learn theories, techniques, and processes related to our knowledge about living beings, while acquiring abilities and competencies that focus on… + Read on

Biotechnological Engineering

In the Biotechnology program students learn the concepts and processes that give basis to the functioning of living beings, and build on that knowledge by developing tools… + Read on

Environmental Management

The Environmental Management program focuses on the main areas of administration and the environmental sciences. Also covered are the administration of… + Read on