15th December 2010, 3:52pm  (updated 15th December 2010, 3:57pm)
New Biology programme benefits from Lincoln’s research excellence
biology degree Students will be able to study for a BSc in Biology at the University of Lincoln from September 2011.

The broad-based modern degree in Biology is being offered by the department of Biological Sciences. It builds on the University’s strengths in human biology, animal science, behaviour, ecology and bio-veterinary science, food science and agriculture, with an emphasis on whole organism biology.

Those undertaking the programme will benefit from the expertise of academics whose research programmes are at the cutting-edge of their respective fields. Students will also be able to utilise dedicated facilities across two campuses: the University’s historic Riseholme campus on the outskirts of the city and the modern Brayford site.

Dean for Science, Technology and Engineering, Prof. Andrew Hunter, said: "The University of Lincoln is committed to growing in the key areas of Science, Technology and Engineering. Following the successful launch of the new School of Engineering in collaboration with Siemens last year, we are now investing in our science base.

“The University has some key strengths in science, including a world-leading research group in animal science and behaviour, and superb laboratories where students get regular hands-on experience with state-of-the-art facilities. This new course provides a broad-based education in Biology that will give students excellent career prospects and a fantastic educational experience."

The course has an emphasis on practical work and research-led teaching within a strong research department highly rated in the 2008 RAE (Research Assessment Exercise). Students will benefit from a dynamic inter-disciplinary environment that supports teaching and research and will conduct their own research projects alongside practising researchers. There will be opportunities for overseas field work and work placements within the programme.

The department of Biological Sciences sits within the University’s faculty of Agriculture, Food and Animal Sciences. Director of Teaching and Learning for the faculty, Dr Libby John, said: “Biology is undoubtedly one of the most fast-moving and important disciplines of the 21st century. Well-trained biologists will be at the forefront of providing solutions to some of society’s most serious problems, such as providing a sustainable food supply for the world’s population.

“We are looking for highly motivated applicants who aspire to make a difference in their careers, whether in their local community or on the global stage.  The University will provide the opportunity for them to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to achieve these goals.”

The BSc (Hons) Biology programme integrates pure and applied elements of the discipline from cell and molecular biology to whole organism physiology and behaviour through to processes operating at the ecosystem level.

Students will study the fundamental principles of modern biology including cell and molecular biology, biochemistry, evolution, genetics, animal behaviour, biodiversity and conservation, ecology and physiology in their first and second years, with a range of specialist options in the final year. They will also develop a range of career-relevant skills including scientific communication, research methods, statistics and data management, and maintaining an up-to-date knowledge base.

For more information on the faculty of Agriculture, Food and Animal Sciences visit http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/afas/

For more information about the programme visit: http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/dbs/_courses/undergraduate/biology/default.asp
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