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Bachelor in Bioengineering

  • academic year
    2019-2020
Bachelor in Bioengineering

This formation is taught in french.

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  • Programme title
    Bachelor in Bioengineering
  • Programme mnemonic
    BA-IRBI
  • Programme organised by
    • Faculty of Sciences
    • Brussels School of Engineering
  • Degree type
    Bachelors
  • Tier
    1th cycle
  • Field and branch of study
    Sciences and technics/Agronomy and bioengineering
  • Schedule type
    Daytime
  • Languages of instruction
    french
  • Theoretical programme duration
    3 years
  • Campus
    Charleroi Ville Haute/Plaine/Solbosch
  • Category / Topic
    Sciences and technics - Agronomy and bioengineering/Sciences and technics - Sciences and technics
  • Jury President
    Cécile MOUCHERON (unit 1), Marjolein VISSER (units 2 and 3)
  • Jury Secretary
    Martine VERCAUTEREN (unit 1), Isabelle GEORGE (units 2 and 3)

Details

General information

Degree type

Bacheliers

Theoretical programme duration

3 years

Learning language(s)

french

Schedule type

Daytime

Campus

Charleroi Ville Haute/Plaine/Solbosch

Category(ies) - Topic(s)

Sciences and technics - Agronomy and bioengineering/Sciences and technics - Sciences and technics

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Infor-études

Student support

http://www.ulb.ac.be/enseignements/support-enseignement/reussir.html

Succeed in your studies

ULB offers a number of activities and resources that can help you develop a successful strategy before or during your studies.

You can make the transition to higher education easier by attending preparatory courses, summer classes, and information and orientation sessions, even before you start your studies at ULB.

During your studies, many people at ULB are there specifically to help you succeed: support staff in each faculty, (inter-)faculty guidance counsellors, tutors, and experts in academic methodology.

Presentation

Bioengineers are engineers of living matter and the environment. They are important in today’s society to formulate and solve problems related to sustainable development, natural resources, climate change, GMOs, food security and the ethical questions all these problems raise. Bioengineers possess a large action radius in these matters.

The pluridisciplinarity of bioengineering studies allows students to develop the necessary creativity and all-roundness to operate with ease in a wide variety of engineering professions – creation, conception, production, optimization – as well as in biological, agronomical and environmental research.

From the first year on, the study program alternates between different teaching methods (from ex cathedra theoretical teaching to project development). About half of the study credits are acquired through projects, exercises, personal assignments and laboratory work and the other half consist of theory. Excursions are organized as well.

At the ULB, the Interfaculty School of Bioengineering depends on both the Faculty of Sciences and the Polytechnics School of Brussels. This hybrid status guarantees a multidisciplinary teaching enabling students to get in touch with a variety of sciences in general and engineering sciences in particular.

Learning by doing, through the implementation of projects in group, with coaching by a dedicated tutor, gets a lot of attention. On top of the help of professors and their assistants,each student can count on the support of a coaching teams organized per discipline. Stays abroad are offered at the Master’s level but the study programs tailored to the student’s profile at the end of the Bachelor,

Bioengineers of the ULB benefit from an enabling environment that is uniquely hybrid, between sciences and engineering, within a pluridisciplinary university in the heart of the capital of Europe and close to the European institutions. The combination of teachings from the Faculty of Sciences and the Polytechnics School of Brussels gives students a headstart toward the renowned versatility of this degree.

Over the course of the year students:

  • experience team work to carry out projects with the help and advice of a tutor;

  • get help from lecturers and teaching assistants and guidance from a special support unit specialized in a particular area.

Students will be able to make use of:

  • a specific and practical laboratory for most subjects;

  • the different department libraries;

  • the central university libraries and, in particular, the library of sciences and techniques

  • computer rooms.

A period of study in foreign country with a programme adapted to each individual profile is organized during the Master.

The principle of this study programme abroad is to attend the courses abroad that are more or less identical to those not attended at the home university during the intended period. Since this exchange programme is reciprocal, foreign students are entitled to attend our courses as well. These exchanges are extremely beneficial for all involved students.

All teaching is organized by and at the ULB

Access conditions

Programme

The teaching covers four areas

  • A general background in sciences: mathematics, chemistry, physics, biology (general, zoology and botany), informatics;

  • Engineering sciences: transport phenomena, applied thermodynamics, electricity and electronics, chemical engineering, modeling;

  • Bioengineering sciences: agronomy, biochemistry and molecular biology, earth and soil science, environmental technologies

  • Humanities, in particular languages and an optional course in epistemology and business economics

The courses are taught ex cathedra and through the implementation of concrete projects. About half of the teaching volume consists of projects, exercises and laboratory work. The other half consists of theoretical teaching. Excursions are organized as well.

What's next ?

Prospects

The Bachelor of Bioengineering gives access to three distinct Masters in Bioengineering: agronomy, chemistry and bio-industry, and environmental technologies. Each one of those Master’s degrees gives access to a variety of economic sectors, such as:

  • Industry-related: chemical, agro-food or pharmaceutical industries, biotechnologies, informatics

  • Agronomy, agriculture and agroecology

  • Environmental management

  • Public sector and international organizations and NGOs (regional, national, European, international)

  • Consultancy

  • Development aid

  • Research (universities, public and private)

  • Teaching (secondary and higher education)

If students wish to reorient themselves to other Masters, the Bachelor of Bioengineer gives access to several alternatives.

If the student prolongs the Bachelor’s degree in Bioengineering with a Master’s degree in Bioengineering, (s)he will thrive in a varietyof professions:

  • Bio-industrial engineering (research and development, production, marketing,…)

  • Environmental engineering (consultancy, administrations, research,…)

  • Agricultural engineering, soil and water management (consultancy, administrations, research, development aid (NGOs, administrations, …)