Degree number of credits: 60

Compulsory credits: 45

Final project: 15

Degree code: 2117

Years: 1

Teaching type: face-to-face

Knowledge branch: Sciences

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Places available for new students: 36

Minimum number of enrolment credits per student: 36

Price per credit [2020-2021 academic year]: 39,27 €

Management Centre: Faculty of Biological Sciences

Languages used in class: Spanish and English

Participating universities: University of Valencia

Academic coordinating commission María Antonia Rodrigo Alacreu (Director)
Andrés Moya Simarro
Consuelo Escrivá López
Joaquín Cañizares
Miguel Verdú

Academic, scientific or professional interest: Evolutionary biology –the scientific study of the evolution of living beings– is a fundamental scientific field, with a solid scientific tradition institutionally established in several journals, books, manuals, congresses, scientific societies, departments and university institutes, and study programmes. In the last years evolutionary biology has lived a new thrust related with the appearance of new methods and techniques for the acquisition of molecular data, the analysis of gene function, the computer-mediated analysis of complex systems, as well as the existence of wide bases of biological data and the refinement in the analysis of complex features. These methods and techniques are feeding new integrating frameworks, which try to cover from the interaction between molecules inside the cell, to the interaction of species within the fold of an ecologic community. Evolutionary biology heads toward, increasingly, to studies in which the concepts, principles, methods, and the use of data go through the different hierarchic levels of biological organisation. Modern human societies, in its complexity, face enormous challenges related with health, production of food, social cohesion and environmental sustainability, regarding which simple approximations fail. Even moral judgments are increasingly dependent, partially but essential, of a highly technical guidance. These needs make evolutionary biology must assume diverse objectives. One of these is to provide a better understanding of human nature, which includes applications to social problems, as well as a better understanding of how wellbeing and harmony of the people depends on nature. Another one is to assist in the solution of specific problems, which includes, among other cases, the conservation of biodiversity, since that is the result of evolution.

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