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BSc in Biology (Full Time)

Bangor University

Bachelor Degree , Biology

Course Description

Biology covers both the unity and diversity of living organisms. During this biology degree you will be able to develop interests in plant and animal science and receive a thorough grounding in cell and molecular biology, as well as access modules as diverse as marine ecology and medical genetics.

Evolutionary, ecological and environmental aspects are strongly emphasised in our biology degree, and there is opportunity to follow applied aspects of biology and to learn about fundamental biological processes and mechanisms. Extensive use is made of the exceptional range of local terrestrial and aquatic habitats during field courses and practical classes. We are unusual among British Universities in having our own botanical gardens with various habitats for biological studies. We are also part of the Environment Centre Wales which is a partnership venture between Bangor University and the Natural Environment Research Council’s Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH).

During our biology degree you will receive training that covers the biology of plants and animals – from their molecular biology to their function in natural communities. We provide a diversity of laboratory and field biology experience, enabling you to acquire transferable skills (data analysis, group work, writing and presentational skills, IT skills). Whilst studying for this biology degree you are able to choose from a variety of modules across the School making it possible to specialise in different aspects of Biology depending on individual preferences. Possibilities range from plant diversity and ecosystem functioning through to whole-organism studies down to molecules and cells, with consideration of animal/plan

Biology covers both the unity and diversity of living organisms. During this biology degree you will be able to develop interests in plant and animal science and receive a thorough grounding in cell and molecular biology, as well as access modules as diverse as marine ecology and medical genetics. Evolutionary, ecological and environmental aspects are strongly emphasised in our...

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Course Content

Year 1

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

  • BNS-1002: Organismal Diversity (20)
  • BNS-1004: Principles of Life 1 (20)
  • BSX-1028: Tutorials Year 1 (20) or
    BSC-1028: Tiwtorialau Blwyddyn 1 (20)
  • BSX-1030: Practical Skills 1 (20)

Semester 2

  • DNS-1003: Ecology & Evolution (20)
  • BNS-1004: Principles of Life 1
  • BSX-1028: Tutorials Year 1 or
    BSC-1028: Tiwtorialau Blwyddyn 1
  • BSX-1031: Practical Skills 2 (20) or
    BSC-1031: Practical Skills 2 (20)

Year 2

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

  • BNS-2002: Evolution & Genetics (20) or
    BNC-2002: Esblygiad a Geneteg (20)
  • BSX-2019: Principles of Life 2 (20)
  • BSX-2021: BioScience Skills (20) or
    BSC-2021: Medrau Bio-Wyddoniaeth (20)

Semester 2

  • BSX-2021: BioScience Skills or
    BSC-2021: Medrau Bio-Wyddoniaeth

Optional Modules

60 credits from:

  • DXX-2003: Principles of Conservation (20) (Semester 1)
  • MSE-2014: Human Immunology (10) (Semester 1)
  • BSX-2017: Invertebrates (20) (Semester 2)
  • BSX-2018: Behavioural Ecology (20) (Semester 2)
  • MSE-2019: Medical Microbiology (10) (Semester 2) or
    MSC-2019: Microbioleg Meddygol (10) (Semester 2)
  • DXX-2021: Plant Diversity & Conservation (20) (Semester 2)
  • BSX-2022: Vertebrate Biology (20) (Semester 1)
  • BSX-2028: Introduction to Herpetology (20) (Semester 2)
  • BSX-2030: Integrated Zoology (20) (Semester 2)
  • BSX-2031: Arizona Fieldcourse (20) (Semester 1)
  • BSX-2032: India Field Course (20) (Semester 1)
  • BSX-2033: Primatology Field Course (20) (Semester 1)
  • BSX-2034: Florida 1 (20) (Semester 2)
  • BSX-2035: Local Field Trip (20) (Semester 1 + 2)
  • BSX-2037: Spain Field Course (20) (Semester 2)

Year 3

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

  • BSX-3070: Dissertation in Biological Sci (30) or
    BSC-3070: Traethawd Hir (30)
  • BSX-3071: Science & Employability Skills (10) or
    BSC-3071: Sgiliau Gwyddoniaeth a Gwaith (10)

Semester 2

  • BSX-3070: Dissertation in Biological Sci or
    BSC-3070: Traethawd Hir
  • BSX-3071: Science & Employability Skills or
    BSC-3071: Sgiliau Gwyddoniaeth a Gwaith

Optional Modules

80 credits from:

  • BNS-3003: Freshwater Ecosystems 2 (20) (Semester 1)
  • BNS-3004: Advances in Behaviour (20) (Semester 1)
  • MSE-3017: Medical Genetics (10) (Semester 1)
  • BSX-3139: Molecular Ecology & Evolution (20) (Semester 1)
  • BSX-3142: Env. Microbiol. and Biotech. (20) (Semester 2)
  • BSX-3145: Fish Physiology (20) (Semester 1)
  • BSX-3150: Life in a Changing Climate (20) (Semester 2)
  • BSX-3152: Life in Wetlands (20) (Semester 2)
  • BSX-3153: Primatology (20) (Semester 1)
  • BSX-3154: Attack and Defence in Plants (20) (Semester 2)
  • BSX-3157: Ornithology (20) (Semester 1)
  • BSX-3159: Parasites & Pathogens (Yr3) (20) (Semester 1)
  • BSX-3161: Human Evolutionary Biology (20) (Semester 2)
  • DXX-3212: Forest Ecosystems (10) (Semester 2)
  • DXX-3301: Forest Ecology (20) (Semester 1)
  • FXX-3502: Chemical Biology (10) (Semester 1)

Year 1 Compulsory Modules Semester 1 BNS-1002: Organismal Diversity (20) BNS-1004: Principles of Life 1 (20) BSX-1028: Tutorials Year 1 (20) or BSC-1028: Tiwtorialau Blwyddyn 1 (20) BSX-1030: Practical Skills...

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Entry Requirements

GCSE: grade C/4 in English, Maths and and Double Award Science. Typical offer is based on a minimum 112 tariff points from a Level 3 qualification e.g.:

  • A Levels. For BSc - including grade C in Biology if studying 1 other science subject - Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Psychology, Environment Science, Geography, Geology; or grade B in Biology if not studying another science subject.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma: Including H5 in Biology. 
  • BTEC National/Extended Diploma: DMM including Merits in 4 Biology modules. Modules accepted: Animal Biology; Animal Anatomy and Physiology; Animal Behaviour and Communication; Animal Breeding and Genetics; Biochemistry and Biochemical Techniques; Biochemistry and Microbiology; Fundamentals of Science; Genetics and Genetic Engineering; Inheritance and Genetic Manipulation; Physiology of Human Body systems; Physiology of Human Regulation and Reproduction; Wildlife Populations, Ecology and Conservation. Other Biology-related modules considered case by case. 
  • City & Guilds Advanced Technical (1080) / Extended Diploma: Distinction overall including 4 Biology modules from the following: Animal Behaviour and Communication, Biological Systems of Animals, Wildlife and Ecology Conservation, Inheritance and Genetics, Ecological Concepts and Application, Population Surveys, Ecology and Conservation. Other Biology-related modules considered case by case. 
  • Access to HE in the Sciences: Pass
  • Welsh Baccalaureate is accepted
  • Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma is not accepted.

International Candidates: school leaving qualifications and college diplomas are accepted from countries worldwide (subject to minimum English Language requirements). More information here. 

We also welcome applications from mature applicants.

*For a full list of accepted Level 3 qualifications, go to www.ucas.com

GCSE: grade C/4 in English, Maths and and Double Award Science. Typical offer is based on a minimum 112 tariff points from a Level 3 qualification e.g.: A Levels. For BSc - including grade C in Biology if studying 1 other science subject - Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Psychology, Environment Science, Geography, Geology; or grade B in Biology if not studying another science...

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Assessment Methods

Students on this course are required to take 120 credits each year made up of lectures, practicals and interactive exercises, as well as field  trips and tutorials in years 1 and 2. The final year includes a dissertation project, supervised by a staff member on a subject of interest. Modules become more specialised as the degree progresses and the number of compulsory modules varies between years. Assessment is by a mixture of formal examination and continuous assessment.

Students on this course are required to take 120 credits each year made up of lectures, practicals and interactive exercises, as well as field  trips and tutorials in years 1 and 2. The final year includes a dissertation project, supervised by a staff member on a subject of interest. Modules become more specialised as the degree progresses and the number of compulsory modules varies...

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