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Understanding and importance of biodiversity
Biodiversity is one of the most complex and fascinating attributes of our planet. At the same time, this diversity is threatened by human activities. The Biodiversity program uses current concepts in ecology, evolutionary biology, behavioural biology and environmental sciences to provide a comprehensive scientific understanding of the patterns, processes and functions of biodiversity.
With a solid knowledge in the fundamentals of mathematics, physics and chemistry, you will be able to place the meaning and concepts of biodiversity in the context of scientific knowledge and societal debates. In addition, you will learn inter- and transdisciplinary approaches and techniques throughout your studies.
The Bachelor's and Master's degree programs «Biodiversity» are aimed at students with a strong interest in the natural sciences, with a focus on ecological, evolutionary and behavioural processes, and on socio-economic and transdisciplinary topics.
The main language in the program is German. Foreign-language applicants for the Bachelor program must prove that they have a sufficient command of German (proof of proficiency at the C1 or a higher level). For more information go to the official website UZH Language Requirements.
Structure of the Bachelor's program
You can study «Biodiversity» at UZH as a mono subject (180 ECTS), as a major (150 or 120 ECTS) combined with any minor at UZH, or as a minor (60 or 30 ECTS). The completed Bachelor's degree with mono or major «Biodiversity» entitles you to apply for the consecutive Master's program «Biodiversity».
The Bachelor's programme «Biodiversity» (6 semesters) focuses on biodiversity sciences (ecology, evolutionary biology, behavioural biology), biological systems and the process-oriented understanding of organisms (microbes, plants, animals) and their habitats. In addition, there is a strong emphasis on topics related to sustainability as well as ecological and evolutionary principles.
During the basic studies (1st-4th semester), basic scientific and mathematical knowledge is acquired and students receive an overview of organismic biodiversity.
The advanced studies (5th and 6th semester) consist of a wide range of block courses, field courses and special lectures, as well as a bachelor thesis and a professional internship.
Study and learning objectives
Graduates of the Bachelor's program «Biodiversity» receive a broad science-based education in the subject areas of biodiversity sciences, ecology, evolutionary biology and environmental sciences. The emphasis is on a process-oriented understanding of organisms and their habitats. The education in this subject area is inter- and trans-disciplinary (e.g., on topics from environmental chemistry, environmental ethics, environmental economics). In doing so, students can create an individual profile of basic and in-depth competences in diverse scientific fields that are of particular value for the field of environmental sciences/sustainability, for example, in combination with economics, law or communication sciences.
The degree program prepares you for professional work in both scientific and a social environments. Interacting with politics, society and business, you will think analytically, know the key points and argue scientifically, mediate and accompany processes and actions. Possible fields of activity include