Bachelor's Programme in Biology, 180 credits

About the education

The bachelor programme in biology at Stockholm University gives very broad knowledge that finds many applications. The programme consists of one initial term of biology studies, followed by chemistry studies during one term and two terms of biology. The courses in biology provide theoretical and practical knowledge within all fields of biology. Most courses alternate theory with practical exercises in the form of practical laboratory work and field work. Certain courses are held during the summer. The final year provides you with the opportunity to study one part of biology in more depth, such as the economy of natural resources, botany, ethology, molecular biology, etc. It is also possible to broaden your education by a maximum of one term studying, for example, advanced chemistry, or why not law, economy, or another non-scientific subject? The opportunities to study in greater depth are nearly unlimited at Stockholm University, a large university with a strong foundation on research. The programme forms an excellent basis for continuing studies by taking one of the 9 Master's programmes within biology that are offered by Stockholm University.

The program provides a very broad and useful knowledge and opens the way for many different and exciting work, for instance in environmental conservation, biotechnology, pharmaceutical and food industries. The studies may also lead you into more interdisciplinary areas of employment such as: energy, sustainable development, environmental engineering and urban planning. It is also common for biologists trained at Stockholm University working as researchers in different areas or with education in both primary, secondary and university levels. Biologists are also found in the media world as science journalists or as environmental consultant with clients from the private and public sectors. Many biologists also work as an investigator in the municipalities, counties or state agencies.

Subject: Biology

Biology means the study of life and living organisms including their structure, function, growth, origin, evolution, distribution, diversity, their interaction with their environment and their presence in time and space.

There are many subdivisions and topics within Biology such as: molecular biology, cell biology, microbiology, genetics, botany, zoology, ethology, faunistics, floristics and ecology.

An education in biology not only gives you basic knowledge in biology, but also an understanding of relationships between structure and function on various biological levels and it also gives you a grasp of the processes that control the evolution of the organism.

Biology is an experimental subject, meaning it alternates theoretical studies with practical exercises such as laboratory work and field trips. Examples of laboratory work include analyzing DNA molecules, producing bacteria or studying preparations of various tissues under a microscope. Dissections and experiments with living organisms are a part of an education in biology, however, an option without animal experiments within the zoology moments is also available.

You will be able to study animals and plants in their natural habitats as well as participate in practical ecological field work through different field trips and excursions. Stockholm University has access to three field stations located in interesting nature areas: Tovetorp in Södermanland, Askö in Trosa Archipelago and Tjärnö on the west coast of Sweden.

Area of interest: Science and Mathematics

Science and mathematics help us understand how the world around us is connected – from the origin and structure of the universe, to the development and function of humanity and all other organisms on earth.

Scientific knowledge makes it possible to critically examine the credibility of information in different areas of everyday life, society, and the media.

As a scientist or mathematician, you will be attractive on a large job market that covers all parts of society and includes everything from pure technology companies to environment and healthcare, as well as research.

Department responsible for education

Department of Biology Education