Biology deals not only with living organisms (animals, plants and bacteria), their interactions and their place in the environment, but also with cellular, genetic and biochemical processes at the root of life itself.
During Bachelor studies, these various aspects of biology are covered, while providing students with essential bases in chemistry, physics and statistics.
The research teams of the University of Mons are especially active in various fields of biology. They focus their work on, for example, the management of high mountain natural reserves, the development of life support systems for future manned journeys to Mars, and a proteomic approach to lung cancer caused by pollution or nicotine. Biologists at UMONS are also involved in monitoring North Sea pollution, in the development of aquaculture techniques to grow echinoderms in Madagascar, and in studying the effects of climate change on coral reefs.
Courses in life sciences are run by first-rank internationally recognised researchers. The Master's degree in Biology comprises two main subjects: 1) Biology of Organisms and Ecology, and 2) Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular biology. The first can lead to positions related to managing natural spaces, natural resources and ecology, while the second, more particularly, to positions associated with biotechnology and health care. In the second year of the Master degree programme, the student can choose between a scientific (fundamental or applied) focus and a teaching focus, which leads to teaching careers in secondary education. Whatever option the student chooses, he/is obliged to carry out work placements and write a thesis. The process of writing the thesis will help them develop their capacity for individual work, as well as for working within a scientific or teaching team.