The Structure of the Study Programme

Name and the Goals of the Study Programme

The name of the Study programme is Bachelor of Science in Ecology (4 years, 240 ECTS), and the objectives of the study programme is to educate and train students for professional and research career in the field of ecology.

Type of the Study and the Outcome of the Education Process

Bachelor degree studies in Ecology are based on a four-year study programme and are completed with a minimum of 240 ECTS.

Upon completion of the course of studies in ecology, graduates are qualified for laboratory work related to ecological and environmental problems as well as in institutions for environmetal protection and conservation of biodiversity.

Professional Title, Academic, or Scientific Title

Students who complete the four-year undergraduate studies are awarded degree Bachelor with Honours in Ecology.

Admission Conditions

Applicants for undergraduate studies are required a four-year secondary education diploma. The admission requirement is to pass the entrance exam in Biology. The applicants are ranked on the basis of their overall mark obtained in secondary education and the entrance exam score.

The Structure of the Study Programme

The study programme in Ecology includes required and elective courses with generally described contents. The courses provide the acquiring of knowledge and skills required for obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree.

The curriculum of four-year course of study includes 38 courses in total as well as four field courses There are 29  required and 9 elective courses. The field courses are obligatory.

Each of the courses in study programme is allocated a specific number of ECTS and the overall course of study includes the total of ECTS. The total of ECTS credits per acedemic year is minimally 60, which represents the average workload of the student in a 40-hour working week per academic year. The overall student workload includes attendance (lectures, practicals, practicums, seminars and field studise), individual studying, tests, examinations and other forms of coursework.

The Time Allotted for the Realization of Particular Study Forms

The undergraduate studies in Ecology  are 4 years induration (8 semesters).

Credit Values of Particular Courses

The number of ECTS allocated to the courses.

The number of ECTS awarded to each course is shown in tables.

Diploma Work

The study programme does not include final thesis writing.

Prerequisites for the Registration for Particular Courses or Group of Courses

Prerequisites for certain courses or groups of courses.

Way of Choosing Courses from the Other Study Programmes

Elective courses of a related study programme (Biology) are available to students of Ecology programme and can be found in the lists of electives.

Transferring from Another Study Programme

Transfer from other study programmes to the study programme in Ecology can be achieved by transfering ECTS. The criteria and conditions for ECTS transfer are regulated by the general act of Faculty of Sciences in Novi Sad.

The total of ECTS credits awarded to study programme in Ecology minimally equals 240 ECTS.

The Purpose of the Study Programme

The purpose of the study programme is to educate students within the field of ecology and environmental protection and make them competent for work in laboratories of different industrial sectors as well as in research laboratories. The study programme structure with its general education, theoretical and methodological courses enables students to acquire fundamentals  of natural science disciplines. This knowledge is further improved by subject-related and applicable courses included in the programme. The competences and skills acquired at this level serve as the basis of fundamental knowledge necessary for continuing the educational process at master’s degree level in the field of ecology and other closely related disciplines.

The Goals of the Study Programme

The objective of ECOLOGY study programme is to educate professionals in the field of ecology. Students should develop general skills for acquiring, analysing and synthetising fundamental concepts related to natural sciences, particularly to ecology. In addition, students develop skills for application of the gained knowledge as well as efficient laboratory skills. Upon completion of the course of study in ecology students are qualified for work in ecological laboratories of different industry branches and research laboratories. The knowledge gained during the course of study can be easily applied in everyday work as well as in research activities.

The Skills of Students upon Completion of the Programme

General and Course-specific Competencies of Students

 Students acquire the following general abilities and skills:

  • Analysing and synthesising abilities;
  • Ability to apply the acquired knowledge;
  • Data collecting and processing  skills;
  • Ability to exchange information, ideas, problems and solutions;
  • Successful teamwork skills;
  • Basic computing skills.

Students acquire the following subject-specific skills and abilities:

  • Acquired fundamental knowledge in the field of biology, ecology and environmental protection;
  • Application of the acquired knowledge and further professional development;
  •  Collecting, assessing and interpreting relevant information related to different branches of ecology;
  • Creating scientifically based and argumentative judgements;
  • Comprehension of workplace tasks;
  • Efficient communication skills regarding ecology and other related disciplines.

Description of the learning outcome

The learning outcome is a professional with general academic education who possesses considerably broadened knowledge in comparison to the knowledge obtained in secondary education as well as integrated knowledge needed for the comprehension of ecological fundamentals. The acquired knowledge provides professional qualifications for work in ecological laboratories and research centres.

Minimal outcomes:

  • The knowledge of biosystem structure, organization and function at the level of organisms, populations and ecosystems;
  • The usage of basic biological and ecological concepts and awareness of the importance of biodiversity conservation;
  • Comprehension of the complexity of environmental and sustainable development issues;
  • Laboratory and field work skills;
  • Independent search for information in professional publications.
The Curriculum

The curriculum of undergraduate studies in Ecology is organised as a four-year course of studies. Each academic year is divided in two semesters. All the courses are one-semester long.

The curriculum comprises the total of 38 courses, 29 of them are required and 9 elective. There are also four field courses that are obligatory.

A Distribution of the Courses into Semesters and Academic Years

Elective courses in the Study Program