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| Masters in Behavior, Evolution and Conservation (BEC) | DEE participation in the Bachelors (BSc) in Biology


With over 17 different research groups the Department of Ecology and Evolution (DEE) is the largest and most diverse of its kind in Switzerland and is devoted to both teaching and research excellence. Due to the diversity of interests and expertise in ecology and evolution from the gene to the landscape levels the Department is able to offer a very wide variety of courses. The Department actively participates in both the Bachelors (BSc) and Masters (MSc) programs that conform to the new European Union directives.

Masters in Behavior, Evolution and Conservation (BEC)

The Master of Science (MSc) in Behavior, Evolution and Conservation is organized by the Department of Ecology and Evolution (DEE). The masters is a full program offering courses in organismal biology, ecology, evolutionary biology and conservation biology that integrates studies from genes to communities. The courses are both theoretical and practical and are aimed at providing students with the necessary tools and knowledge to undertake laboratory- or field-based research. The majority of the courses are given by members of the DEE, with additional contributions from members of the Center for Integrative Genomics (CIG, University of Lausanne) and the University of Geneva. See website of the school (www.unil.ch/bec) for further details.

DEE participation in the Bachelors (BSc) in Biology

The Bachelors (BSc) in Biology is a comprehensive teaching program that provides students with basic essential knowledge of biology during the first two years. The third year allows students to follow more advanced courses that prepare them for a Masters in Biology. This is composed of a combination of common courses in structural and functional aspects of cell biology, molecular biology, ecology and population biology, molecular evolution, bioinformatics and genomics and behaviour. The final part of the third year allows students to specialize in particular areas of their choice. The courses can be in either French or English.

The DEE has a strong input in all 3 years of the BSc in Biology from basic ecology, population biology, botany and zoology through to specialized courses in both theoretical, lab-based and field-based ecology and evolutionary biology. At the specialization stage of the BSc we offer a wide range of optional courses that allow students to learn about Population Biology, Biogeography and Evolution, Animal Ecology and Behaviour, Plant Ecology and Plant Evolution. Our aim is to integrate these subjects from a molecular to an organismal level and to utilize theoretical, lab-based and field-based approaches. Our philosophy is to teach students during this stage to be able to take a logical experimental approach to solving problems in ecology or evolution and to be ready for the more independent studies offered in the Masters program. These courses are ideal for students that are intending to continue their studies with a Masters in Evolution and Conservation Biology.

Click on the link for a full list of courses in the BSc in Biology.


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