Organization and Structure of the Department

The Department of Biology of the School of Sciences and Engineering at the University of Crete, has launched a Postgraduate Program of Studies since 1983 and an Undergraduate Program of Studies since 1987. The Department is recognized internationally as a center of up-to-date university education and active research in various fields of current Biology.

 

Contact information

Department of Biology Secretariat

University of Crete, Voutes University Campus, GR 70013 Heraklion, Crete

Tel.: 2810394401, Fax : 2810394404,

E-mail: secretary@biology.uoc.gr,

Web Page: http://www.biology.uoc.gr/

Study Programme Overview

 

Undergraduate Studies Programme

Degree in Biology

 

Admission procedures

Students are admitted to the Department of Biology, University of Crete, is consistent following all legal ways defined by the Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs for all Universities (Panhellenic Exams, special categories of large families of three or more children, immigrants, Greek emigrants, people suffering from serious diseases, ranking following exams. Recognition of courses complies with 4115/30-1-2013 Law, Article 35.

 

Official Duration of Programme

8 Ακαδημαϊκά Εξάμηνα

 

Attendance

The curriculum comprises a number of courses whose subject matter covers a wide range of biological fields, while offering students high standard of knowledge in contemporary Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Biology of Populations and Organisms (mandatory courses). Following completion the 4th semester of studies, students choose one of the two directions of the curriculum and attend all mandatory courses of their selected direction, while also choose a series of optional courses.

 

Division – Specification

The directions (according to decree No 66442A/B1, Government Gazette Issue (FEK) 1658 / 12-11-2003) constitute two cutting edge areas of research in Biological sciences and are as follows: A. Biomolecular Sciences and Biotechnology (Molecular Direction) B. Environmental Biology and Management of Biological Resources (Environmental Direction)

 

Requirements for Graduation

Courses offered each semester (winter and spring) are clearly outlined at the beginning of each academic year. Throughout the first three (3) semesters of study, students are registered in 18 mandatory common courses for both directions, coupled with 3 English language courses. At the 4th semester students are registered in one more English language course. At the end of the 4th semester, students are asked to choose the direction corresponding to the areas of their scientific interest. At the 4th, 5th and 6th semesters of study, they are registered in both the common mandatory courses of the two directions and the compulsory ones of their direction.

At each academic semester students are registered for the first time in courses (compulsory, elective, free choice) that should not exceed 35 ECTS. On top of the 35 ECTS, students are allowed to register to courses that they were previously registered but not successfully examined. Also on top of the 35 ECTS can be considered the Practical Training as long as it takes place during the summer period.

 

Course Classification

Brief Description of Course Units – Type of Courses:

Α. MANDATORY COURSES

NUMBER OF COURSES

Total ECTS

Common Mandatory Courses of  Molecular and Environmental Direction

32

135

Molecular Direction

8

43

Environmental Direction

4

16

 

 

 

Β. COMPULSORY ELECTIVE COURSES

NUMBER OF COURSES

Total ECTS

Common Compulsory Elective Courses of Molecular and Environmental Division

17

60

Diploma Thesis

 

20

Trimester Laboratory  Course

 

4

Reading Course

 

4

 Internship (3 month duration)

 

3

Erasmus Internship (3 month duration)

 

3 (plus 17 that will be indicated in the Diploma Supplement)

Molecular Direction

9

36

Environmental Direction

10

39

 

 

 

Γ.FREE CHOICE COURSES

NUMBER OF COURSES

Total ECTS

Free Choice Courses

All mandatory and obligatory elective courses of the other division

32 (they are taken into account upon graduation)

COURSES OFFERED FROM OTHER DEPARTMENTS

NUMBER OF COURSES

Total ECTS

Courses from other Departments

Courses offered from other Departments

18 (included in 32 ECTS allocated to Free Choice Courses and are taken into account for graduation)

Internship on Biology Teaching Strategies

 

6

Biology Teaching Strategies

 

4

 

 

Student Coursework Evaluation

The end of teaching at each academic semester is followed by a written examination period whose duration is decided by the Dean of the School. In case students fail at a subject in the proper exam period of the academic semester, they can be re-examined during the second examination period. If they fail again they are allowed to be re-examined according to the instructions of the current Law.

Grade re-evaluation

Students are allowed to apply for re-evaluation of grades obtained at either past or current academic semester courses. For the former they should apply to the Secretary during the period of each semester course declaration. Students who wish to improve their grades -although they could be graduates - are eligible to request re-grading and postponement of their graduation for one examination period. They should hold an identity card and sign when applying, while their application should be assigned with a protocol number upon submission.

 

Grading system and requirements for students’ graduation

There is a continuous process of students’ evaluation throughout the whole semester, which is indispensable to the educational process. Grading is determined on the basis of a 0 to 10 scale. Examination is considered successful if students get at least five (5). The instructor in charge of each course is fully responsible for deciding how to test students’ progress, as well as grading and announcing the results. The exact format of the examination process (number of tests-frequency-way of testing and evaluation of student progress) is determined and described at the beginning of each semester by the instructor who is responsible for each course. Exams take place following the Exam Rules of the Department, whose complete text can be accessed in the Department’s website (https://www.biology.uoc.gr/el/studies/undergraduate/various).

The requirements for graduation are the attendance of 8 teaching academic semesters, the successful completion of 36 mandatory courses for the Direction of Biomolecular Sciences and Biotechnology (concerning students who entered the Department in the academic year 2011-12) or 32 mandatory courses for the Direction of Environmental Biology and Management of Biological Resources, 4 mandatory semester courses of English Language and the completion of at least 240 ECTS credits for both direction.

Course structure diagram with credits (60 per academic year)

(https://www.biology.uoc.gr/el/studies/undergraduate/complete-courses-list)

A’ Semester

Course/ Instructor

hours

C.C.

ECTS

BIOL-101 Introduction to Zoology

(M. Pavlidis, N. Poulakakis)

4 Χ13

4

6

ΒΙΟΛ-102  Laboratory Course “Introduction  to  Zoology”

(N. Poulakakis, M. Pavlidis)

3 Χ11

2

3

BIOL-103 Physics

[I. Kominis  (Physics Department)]

2 Χ13

3

4

BIOL-105 General Chemistry

[A. Rizos (Chemistry Department)]

4 Χ13

4

6

BIOL-107  Organic Chemistry

(E. Gizeli)

4 Χ13

4

6

BIOL-109 Uses of Computers and Biological Data Bases

(Ch. Nikolaou)

2 Χ13

2

2

BIOL-111 English I

(M. Koutraki)

3 Χ13

3

2

 

 

 

Degrees

Degree in Biology

 

Professional certificate

Graduates of the Biology Department at the University of Crete have been pursuing a professional career towards various directions in the public and private sector in organizations concerned with biomedicine and health in general, with biotechnology, environment, aquacultures, as well as with education and research in the above mentioned fields.

 

Access to further studies

The Post-graduate Studies Programs which are carried out by the Department lead to the acquisition of a specialization Master’s Degree, followed by a Doctoral Degree (Ph. D.) in the following fields: 1) Molecular Biology and Biomedicine, 2) Molecular Biology and Plant Biotechnology 3) Environmental Biology -Management of Terrestrial and Marine Resources 4) Protein Biotechnology and 5) Bioethics.

 

Indicative Curriculum

The curriculum comprises a number of courses whose subject matter covers a wide range of biological fields, while offering students high standard of knowledge in contemporary Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Biology of Populations and Organisms (mandatory courses). Following completion the 4th semester of studies, students choose one of the two directions of the curriculum and attend all mandatory courses of their selected direction, while also choose a series of optional courses. The directions (according to decree No 66442A/B1, Government Gazette Issue (FEK) 1658 / 12-11-2003) constitute two cutting edge areas of research in Biological sciences and are as follows:

  • Biomolecular Sciences and Biotechnology (Molecular Direction)
  • Environmental Biology and Management of Biological Resources (Environmental Direction)

Brief Description of Course Units – Type of Courses:

Α. MANDATORY COURSES

NUMBER OF COURSES

Total ECTS

Common Mandatory Courses of  Molecular and Environmental Direction

32

135

Molecular Direction

8

43

Environmental Direction

4

16

 

 

 

Β. COMPULSORY ELECTIVE COURSES

NUMBER OF COURSES

Total ECTS

Common Compulsory Elective Courses of Molecular and Environmental Division

17

60

Diploma Thesis

 

20

Trimester Laboratory  Course

 

4

Reading Course

 

4

 Internship (3 month duration)

 

3

Erasmus Internship (3 month duration)

 

3 (plus 17 that will be indicated in the Diploma Supplement)

Molecular Direction

9

36

Environmental Direction

10

39

 

 

 

Γ.FREE CHOICE COURSES

NUMBER OF COURSES

Total ECTS

Free Choice Courses

All mandatory and obligatory elective courses of the other division

32 (they are taken into account upon graduation)

COURSES OFFERED FROM OTHER DEPARTMENTS

NUMBER OF COURSES

Total ECTS

Courses from other Departments

Courses offered from other Departments

18 (included in 32 ECTS allocated to Free Choice Courses and are taken into account for graduation)

Internship on Biology Teaching Strategies

 

6

Biology Teaching Strategies

 

4

Courses offered each semester (winter and spring) are clearly outlined at the beginning of each academic year. Throughout the first three (3) semesters of study, students are registered in 18 mandatory common courses for both directions, coupled with 3 English language courses. At the 4th semester students are registered in one more English language course. At the end of the 4th semester, students are asked to choose the direction corresponding to the areas of their scientific interest. At the 4th, 5th and 6th semesters of study, they are registered in both the common mandatory courses of the two directions and the compulsory ones of their direction.

At each academic semester students are registered for the first time in courses (compulsory, elective, free choice) that should not exceed 35 ECTS. On top of the 35 ECTS, students are allowed to register to courses that they were previously registered but not successfully examined. Also on top of the 35 ECTS can be considered the Practical Training as long as it takes place during the summer period.

Foreign Language courses

Compulsory Elective Courses may be taught in English in case of Erasmus students’ attendance.

 

Student mobility

Students who participate in the Erasmus Program, after selecting one of the network Universities, can attend courses of their choice and achieve the corresponding credit transfer for their division, after approval of the Undergraduate Studies Committee and the Department’s Assemby. It should be clarified that if a course title-content of the receiving University selected by the students coincides with our Department’s curriculum courses, it can be recognized as such, only after consulting the instructor in charge. Foreign languages cannot be recognized.

Since the academic year 2007-2008 the students of the our Department are eligible to be offered an internship within the framework of Erasmus Lifelong Learning Programme at a University or other organization abroad. Three months of Erasmus internship correspond to 3 ECTS, as well as 17 additional ECTS for the Degree Supplement.

 

Financing and other opportunities for Undergraduate students

Scholarships and awards for undergraduates on a level of Department/School/Institute

To estimate student ranking for the purpose of honorary award or scholarship granting on a Department/School/Institute level, all mandatory courses per academic year are taken into account with the exception of English I, II, III. Calculation is carried out by adding course grades, multiplying their sum to their credit load and dividing the product by the sum of the courses’ credit load.

Public financing or other

Students are eligible to financing opportunities for their studies offered by various Institutes, as well as scholarship granting bequests.