Biology

Degree: Biologist

Duration: 5 years

Mode: On-site

Coordinator: Diego F. Cisneros-Heredia

Description:

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 the advancement of biodiversity research and conservation, the responsible use and management of natural resources, and, in general, a broader understanding of the complex factors that shape the environment-society relationship. To this end, studies encompass different research perspectives related to biological diversity, as well as regarding solutions to promote the sustainable use of natural resources, all with the aim of strengthening the conservation of biodiversity while promoting the equitable development of humanity. The program addresses analysis, implementation, and evaluation of proposals, strategies, and projects, thus enabling future professionals to obtain the basic skills needed to responsibly and successfully perform their professional tasks as biologists and as citizens. We also hope to encourage and contribute to entrepreneurial advancement so that research can lead towards social, scientific, and economic development in the country.

The courses in this program are based on both theory and practice, keeping in mind that scientific research is one of the main tools available to academic development. Students undertake various field studies, laboratory work, and environmental management projects. Students must take 9 optional courses as part of the Biology program curriculum, which depend of the concentration each student chooses from among the following options:

Molecular Biology: Provides students with complementary knowledge in the main fields of research, development, and application of molecular biology and genetics (includes training in laboratory techniques)

Botany: Allows students to gain knowledge concerning the biology, evolution, systematics, ecology, and biotechnology of plants, especially the Neotropical flora (includes laboratory practice and field expeditions to different regions of Ecuador).

Environmental Management: Allows students to gain knowledge concerning the integral management of natural resources, both terrestrial and aquatic, as well as on the environment-society relationship, from a multidisciplinary perspective.

Marine Ecology: Offers students the opportunity to gain knowledge on the ecology and management of marine ecosystems and resources. It includes laboratory practice and field expeditions to the Coast and the Galapagos Islands, at our USFQ Galapagos campus and the Galapagos Science Center (these activities are conducted over one semester and require that the student cover additional costs for specific activities; further information: Margarita Brandt, coordinator of Marine Ecology: mbrandt@usfq.edu.ec).

Microbiology: Affords students the opportunity to undertake scientific research on bacteria, viruses, and other micro-organisms, with training in laboratory techniques, as well as the field’s application towards different areas related to health, industry, and the environment.

Zoología: Allows students to gain knowledge concerning the biology, evolution, systematics, ecology, and biotechnology of animals, specially the Neotropical fauna (includes laboratory practice and field expeditions to different regions of Ecuador).

* Each of these concentrations will be offered only if there are at least 8 students enrolled in it.