Bachelor in Biotechnology

Course Objectives

The Bachelor’s Degree in Biotechnology aims to train higher level technicians providing them with extensive technical and technological knowledge, enabling them to assess and analyse the processes and biotechnological products, giving them the ability to intervene and take decisions in this area of continuous development. The future graduate in Biotechnology will have the capabilities to intervene in areas linked to industry and the capacity to monitor the evolution of scientific opinion in its the area of operation by establishing relationships between science, technology and society, participating in multidisciplinary teams within the production, development and project management.
The Bachelor’s Degree in Biotechnology, is organized with a curriculum structured in six semesters respectively and ends with an internship.

Access Conditions

Entry Requirements: Entry examinations – one of the following national tests: 02 Biology and Geology 07 Physics and Chemistry 17 Mathematics
Minimum ratings: Application Grade: 95 points and entry examinations: 95 points

Professional Outlets

In view of the diverse applications of Biotechnology, the professional outlets for the graduates in this area are very diverse: service companies, technical and scientific support, state entities, educational, scientific and research development institutions, fermentation, agrifood, pharmaceutical industries , chemical and biotechnology fields in agricultural, forestry, animal and environmental areas.

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Learning Objectives

The BSc course of Biotechnology is a cross-disciplinary course designed to enable students to develop a range of key skills preparing them for subsequente employment or for further studies in Biotechnology by providing a progressive, coherent and challenging programme emphasizing on advanced training of research skills. The course offers the students an opportunity to study recent biotechnological advances that offer great hope in the world of plant and animal sciences, environmental and human diet, providing them with necessary skills to complement scientific research and strengthen their academic qualities. The BSc course encourages and enables students to make original and substantial contributions to knowledge and laboratory practices through critical understanding of current advances in biotechnology and development of appropriate laboratory techniques.
The course curricular plan ensures the students’ approach to the scientific investigation (SI) in three ways: i) fulfilling the objectives of the CUs. Most CUs aim to develop the capacity for initiative and proposals for small projects, providing conditions for the skills acquisition to SI. These projects require the integration of technical and scientific knowledge gained and the learning of SI methodologies, such as data collection and analysis, papers discussion to strengthen the critical evaluation spirit. The work presentation on the form of reports, papers and posters allows the submission of some to meetings and journals. ii) conducting study visits to Research Centres where students can observe or participate in the research procedures; iii) offering students the opportunity to integrate a SI project as the subject and site to the Professional Training Placement. Moreover, almost all the staff develops SI providing them with valuable resources for the teaching activities.

Access to Superior Studies

The bachelor’s degree allows the access to graduate degrees, namely to the 2nd cycle of studies leading to the Master’s degree.

Course Coordinators

Main Branch

Curricular Year: 1
Curricular Unit Code ECTS Period
Biology I 10016955 6 1st S
Chemistry and Biochemistry I 10016977 6 1st S
Introduction to Biotechnology 10004186 3 1st S
Numerical Methods and Programming 10017045 6 1st S
Physics I 10016988 6 1st S
Technical-Scientific English and Communication 10004197 3 1st S
Biology II 10016999 6 2nd S
Chemistry and Biochemistry II 10017006 6 2nd S
Fundamentals of Bioprocesses 10004224 3 2nd S
Mathematical Analysis 10016966 6 2nd S
Physics II 10017028 6 2nd S
Physiology and Plant Production 10004213 3 2nd S

Curricular Year: 2
Curricular Unit Code ECTS Period
Anatomy, Physiology and Animal Histology 10004323 5 1st S
Genetics 10004276 5 1st S
Instrumental Analysis 10004230 5 1st S
Molecular Biology 10004287 5 1st S
Statistics 10017039 5 1st S
Technological Laboratory 10004334 5 1st S
Applied Microbiology 10004377 5 2nd S
Culture of Animal Cells 10004422 3 2nd S
Culture of Plant Cells 10004433 3 2nd S
Enzyme Technology 10004411 4 2nd S
Genetic Engineering 10004355 5 2nd S
Immunology 10004388 5 2nd S
Opção I - LBIO4ºS
Curricular Unit Code ECTS Period
Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecology 10001012 5 2nd S
Bioengineering Materials Sience 10004456 5 2nd S
Cell Physiology 10004444 5 2nd S
Embryology and Histology 10004489 5 2nd S
Laboratory Methods and Techniques 10004495 5 2nd S
Physical and Chemical Food Analyses 10000324 5 2nd S
Sensory Analysis 10000341 5 2nd S

Curricular Year: 3
Curricular Unit Code ECTS Period
Animal Biotechnology 10004525 5 1st S
Biochemical Engineering 10004340 5 1st S
Enterprise Management and Entrepreneurship 10004519 5 1st S
Plant Biotechnology 10004536 5 1st S
Unit Operations in Biotechnology 10004508 5 1st S
Environmental Biotechnology 10004637 3 2nd S
Fermentation Technology 10004674 3 2nd S
Food Biotechnology 10004648 3 2nd S
Organization and Analysis of Projects 10004615 3 2nd S
Training Placement 10004663 15 2nd S
Opção II - LBIO5ºS
Opção III - LBIO6ºS
Curricular Unit Code ECTS Period
Cell Metabolism and Bioenergetics 10004762 3 2nd S
Energy and the Environment 10016867 3 2nd S
English for Academic Writing 10004751 3 2nd S
Innovation Management 10004691 3 2nd S
Nutrition and Dietetics 10000507 3 2nd S
Project 10000535 3 2nd S
Sociology of Organizations 10004716 3 2nd S