Bachelor in Bioengenharia

Course Objectives

The Degree in Bioengineering aims to provide an integrated and comprehensive training in the field of life sciences, combining engineering techniques with biology, allowing a specialization in fields such as Biological Engineering and Environmental Technology. The global financial crisis and the recent environmental challenges have driven the shift to an economic recovery coupled with environmentally and socially sustainable growth. This “green growth” will endure supported by specialized and sensitized professionals. It is in this context that the proposal of the Degree in Bioengineering arises. The Degree in Bioengineering has a professional profile, balancing a robust component in basic sciences and engineering with specializations in fields such as Biological Engineering and Environmental Technology. It also allows for a solid training in laboratory techniques, giving the ability to solve problems in multidisciplinary areas. The Bioengineering graduates will be professionals capable of performing engineering excellence in industries where biological, chemical or physico-chemical processes are predominant, and motivated towards sustainable processes integration. The Bachelor in Bioengineering has a total of 180 credits, distributed over 6 semesters (3 years) with two possible branches: Biological Engineering and Environmental Technology. The last (6th) semester of this degree is fully dedicated to a traineeship / project with the elaboration of na original report / thesis and a public defense.

Access Conditions

Candidates can apply to the Bioengineering degree through the National Access Contest, Special Contests and by Institution/Course Change regime.
Entrance examinations up to, and including, the 2020/2021 academic year are as follows: One of the following sets: (07) Physics and Chemistry and (16) Mathematics OR (02) Biology and Geology and (16) Mathematics.
The required minimum grades are: Application: 95 points; Entrance examinations: 95 points.
The calculation formula is given by: Average of the secondary: 65%; Entrance Examinations: 35%.
Regional preference: Vacancies percentage: 25%; Aveiro, Coimbra, Leiria, Viseu
The degree in Bioengineering has no prerequisites

Professional Outlets

The Bioengineering Degree main CNAEF area is 524 – Technology of the Chemical Processes. This degree has also two secondary CNAEF areas: 851 – Environmental Protection Technology and 421 – Biology and Biochemistry.
Bioengineering graduates fall into the following industrial sectors:
– Agri-food, environmental, pharmaceutical and chemical industry;
– Production control in Industrial bioprocesses;
– Laboratories, developing activities of quality control in bioprocesses and effluents treatment;
– Services and consulting companies;
– Public bodies, educational institutions and scientific research.

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Learning Objectives

The Degree in Bioengineering aims to prepare professionals in the development of methodologies based on biological agents, in materials processing and environmental technologies. In this sense, a training is offered based on the knowledge of basic sciences, in-depth understanding of applied biological sciences and integrated with engineering sciences practice leading to the development of engineering solutions in processes involving biological systems. This degree, with a strong laboratory component and a curricular internship, forms graduates with practical skills and competencies allowing to:
– Apply the acquired knowledge to solve problems, and to be able to provide proper argumentation
– Plan and safely implement laboratory tests, design engineering equipment, and prepare reports
– Enclose environmental and economic aspects at the project level
– Work integrated in teams, developing interpersonal relationships and working methods sustained on quality.

Access to Superior Studies

Graduates in Bioengineering may apply for master’s degrees (2nd cycle studies) in the Biological and Chemical Engineering area or related scientific areas

Course Coordinators

Main Branch

Curricular Unit Code ECTS Period
Physics 60026577 6 1
Introduction to Bioengineering 60026602 4 1
Mathematics I 60026566 5 1
Cellular Biology 60026599 4 1
Chemistry 60026588 5 1
Integrated Laboratory I 60026613 6 1
Materials Science in Bioengineering 60026659 5 2
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 60026630 6 2
Thermodynamics 60026641 6 2
Integrated Laboratory II 60026665 8 2
Mathematics II 60026624 5 2

Biological Engineering

Environmental Technology