Degree in Biology

2023/2024 · 240 credits

What you learn

In this degree, the students will acquire knowledge about the diversity of living organisms, learning to identify them and understand their organisation and functioning. They will understand the means and mechanisms of interaction of the latter with their environment and will analyse the biological structures from macromolecules to the most complex organisms. They will learn to solve biological problems effectively by developing constructive thought and working in in a collaborative way. They will acquire the necessary skills to present a critical scientific opinion both in the official languages of our community and in English. Finally, they will know how to assess the importance of research, innovation and technological development in the socioeconomic and cultural advancement of society.

Professional and academic career

Professional and academic career

These qualifications can be found in different sectors and in a multitude of positions. Some of the possible work positions where biologists are typically found are:

  • Pharmaceutical and food and agriculture industries.
  • Perfume, cosmetics and personal hygiene products industry.
  • Agrochemical industry (fertilisers, pesticides, etc.)
  • Biotechnology.
  • Aquaculture.
  • Slaughterhouses.
  • Zoos.
  • Botanical gardens.
  • Environment.
  • Clinics, hospitals and laboratories.
  • Scientific policy.
  • Treatment, storage and/or elimination of waste.
  • Research.
  • Teaching Biology and science in general.
  • Administration, in positions of professional competence and academic level.
  • Scientific-technical consultancy.

Planning for teaching

Study structure

The degrees are organized by courses. Click on a academic year for more information.

  Guide Type QTR. credits
Chemistry Core 1st 6 ECTS
Mathematics Core 1st 6 ECTS
Geology Core 1st 6 ECTS
Biology: Basic Levels of Organisation of Life I (Cells) Core 1st 6 ECTS
Introduction to Botany: General Botany Compulsory 1st 6 ECTS
Physics Core 2nd 6 ECTS
Statistics Core 2nd 6 ECTS
Physical Geography Core 2nd 6 ECTS
Biology: Basic Levels of Organisation of Life II (Tissues) Core 2nd 6 ECTS
Biochemistry I Core 2nd 6 ECTS
  Guide Type QTR. credits
Biochemistry II Core 1st 6 ECTS
Microbiology Compulsory 1st 6 ECTS
Plant Systematics: Cryptogamia Compulsory 1st 6 ECTS
Plant Physiology I Compulsory 1st 6 ECTS
Zoology I Compulsory 1st 6 ECTS
Microscopic Organography Compulsory 2nd 6 ECTS
Applied Microbiology and Microbiological Control Compulsory 2nd 6 ECTS
Genetics Compulsory 2nd 6 ECTS
Plant Physiology II Compulsory 2nd 6 ECTS
Zoology II Compulsory 2nd 6 ECTS
  Guide Type QTR. credits
Microbiology Techniques Compulsory 1st 6 ECTS
Molecular Genetics Compulsory 1st 6 ECTS
Applied Plant Physiology Compulsory 1st 6 ECTS
Animal Physiology I Compulsory 1st 6 ECTS
Ecology I: Individuals and Ecosystems Compulsory 1st 6 ECTS
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Compulsory 2nd 6 ECTS
Population Genetics and Evolution Compulsory 2nd 6 ECTS
Plant Systematics: Phanerogamia Compulsory 2nd 6 ECTS
Animal Physiology II Compulsory 2nd 6 ECTS
Ecology II: Populations and Communities Compulsory 2nd 6 ECTS
  Guide Type QTR. credits
Biochemical Foundations of Biotechnology Optional 1st 6 ECTS
Cytogenetics Optional 1st 6 ECTS
Animal Biodiversity and the Environment Compulsory 1st 6 ECTS
Ethology Optional 1st 6 ECTS
Human Ecology Compulsory 1st 6 ECTS
Ecotoxicology Optional 1st 6 ECTS
Paleobiology Optional 1st 6 ECTS
Data Analysis in Biology Optional 1st 6 ECTS
Work Placement I Optional 1st 6 ECTS
Developmental Biology Optional 2nd 6 ECTS
Microbiology and Environmental Biotechnology Optional 2nd 6 ECTS
Botanical Geography: Geobotany Optional 2nd 6 ECTS
Plant Response to Adverse Conditions Optional 2nd 6 ECTS
Sustainability and Conservation of Faunal Optional 2nd 6 ECTS
Functional Adaptations of Animals in the Environment Compulsory 2nd 6 ECTS
Edaphfology Optional 2nd 6 ECTS
Final Year Dissertation Compulsory 2nd 6 ECTS
Work Placement II Optional 2nd 6 ECTS

 BOE with syllabus (PDF)


The study is taught by teachers from the departments of: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science and Information Technologies, Health Sciences, Mathematics, Physical and Sports Education, Physics and Earth Sciences, Physiotherapy, Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and Sociology and Communication Sciences

The degrees are organized by courses. Click on a academic year for more information.

Student mobility

UDC holds student mobility agreements with universities and other third-level institutions across four continents. Students are offered several opportunities each year to apply to study abroad in one of these centres (for a single term or for a whole year), with the guarantee that all credits obtained will be duly recognised in their academic record upon their return.

For each round of applications, the University publishes the list of exchange options available to students and, where relevant, the specific conditions associated with each. Students may also apply to the University for funding for international work experience placements and internships.

Work experience placements are accredited in the student's academic record and the European diploma supplement. Students are free to decide in which host company or academic institution within the EHEA they wish to carry out their placement. To assist them in their search, the University has created an online noticeboard with jobs postings and other news.

Work-study placements in A Coruña are arranged by the International Relations Office (ORI) of the UDC in collaboration with the international relations coordinators in the student’s home university. The general entry criteria, rights and obligations of students, and admission and acceptance procedures for the programme, are regulated by the UDC Mobility Policy.