What is Biological Sciences
Biological Sciences is an exciting and rapidly developing subject area, with many applications in the pharmaceutical, food and healthcare, and agri-food industries. Biological Sciences is the study of life and living organisms. In particular, it is the study of how cells work and how they can function individually (like bacteria) or collectively (like plants and animals). There are many branches of study in Biology and many of these specialised areas can be studied in CIT's Department of Biological Sciences.
First Year at a Glance
As well as learning the main core science subjects in first year, new students will be exposed to the following:
- Evaluating the role of food in health, wellness, and nutrition space
- Making biological medicines: learn the basics of how cells can be used to make modern medicines
- Understanding the role of microbiology, physiology and biotechnology in the agri-food sector
- Perform experimental laboratory procedures
The Common Biological Sciences programme is a two-year course designed for students interested in Biological Sciences as a career, but who may be unsure of which discipline to follow.
The scheme gives students the opportunity to see the three disciplines areas, first hand, through the various modules on offer, interaction with lecturers, and industrial site visits. This allows the student to make an informed decision on their discipline of study.
On successfully completing this 2-year programme, students can enter the third year programme from any of the following Honours Biological Science Degrees:
Short Description of progression honour degree programmes
For more information, please visit the Department's website https://biologicalsciences.cit.ie
Graduates will be able to apply knowledge of the role of biotechnology in agri-food and animal sciences to support and develop technologies (e.g. health, reproduction and diagnostics) for the improvement of global agri-food production systems.
Nutrition and Health
Graduates will be able to apply their understanding of human nutrition and its role in health and disease to various sectors of the food and health industry, and identify and address nutrition-related problems in individuals and populations.
Graduates will be able to grow and engineer biological cells in order to make safe and effective medicines using the most up-to-date information and technologies available.
Am I guaranteed my choice of study at the end of Year 2?
Yes. Successful completion of the Common Entry Biological Sciences programme ensures guaranteed entry to Year 3 of the BSc (Honours) programme of choice from the list given.
Is there work placement?
Students will undertake a mandatory work placement in Year 3 for a duration of either 6 months (Agri-Biosciences) or 16 weeks (Nutrition and Health Science/Pharmaceutical Biotechnology).
Do I need to have studied Chemistry at Leaving Certificate to apply for this course?
No. Students study Biological Chemistry 1 and Biological Chemistry 2 modules in first year, these modules are designed for students who do not have Chemistry as a Leaving Certificate subject.
In addition, the CIT Academic Learning Centre provides tutorial support for first year Chemistry modules.