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 Language

Portuguese

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