Scientific advance increases career's demand

Experts have extensive formation and should work in collaboration with other professionals.

Pioneer in Brazil, UNESP's major in Ecology was implemented in 1976 in the Institute of Biosciences (IB) in the Rio Claro campus and, in more than three decades, followed the scientific development in the area and the increasing national and worldwide interest for environmental issues.

The course forms ecologists, highly capacitated professionals to understand the behavior of the ecosystems in their most varied layers (from gene to biosphere), as well as to identify and solve conflicts between human actions and the environment.

Although it is formally allocated in the broad area of Biological Sciences, the Ecology course is, in fact, strongly interdisciplinary. Being so, the student will study subjects not only from the biological area, but also from Exact Sciences, Earth Sciences, Humanities and Philosophy. This interdisciplinary approach, with a strong scientific basis, is crucial to the professional's formation, who should work in the generation and transmission of new knowledge and in solutions to socioeconomic and environmental problems in Brazil and the world.

The future elaboration of goals for sustainable development, agreed during the conference in Rio de Janeiro in 2012, as well as the discussion over global climatic changes and the vertiginous loss of biodiversity in the tropics represent great challenges to humanity; those with which the ecologist may help comprehend and solve. During the course, then, the student is encouraged to think critically with the primary goal to study, from the perspective of scientific practice, the organization and behavior of nature and environmental issues, summoning the knowledge obtained in different areas.

Due to the professional's extensive formation inside the environmental area, the ecologist's field of work is also wide. The course prepares its students to work not only in the academic-scientific field (as professors or researchers in schools, universities or research institutions) but also in environmental management in the most diverse public institutions (Ministry of Environment, Ibama, Cetesb, Embrapa, Zoologic and Ecologic Parks), private sectors (for example, companies of environmental consulting), as well as NGOs (World Wildlife Fund - WWF and others).

Since its pioneer implementation in Brazil, UNESP's Ecology course has been through great changes, incorporating in its curriculum new disciplines of theoretical, practical and applied nature, completely up-to-date according to the new discoveries and scientific advances in the area.

During the four years of graduation, the student has contact with professors and researchers responsible for diverse labs - where is possible to participate in scientific initiation internships and work on Course Completion Assignments. He or she can also participate in field activities and work on mandatory internships outside the university. The locations of the out-of-class activities vary according to the course disciplines. The studies about structure and behavior of ecosystems are preferably - but not exclusively - conducted in preserved areas, like the Parque Estadual da Ilha do Cardoso, among others.

Since 2013, the campus of Rio Claro offers the Graduate Program in Ecology and Biodiversity (master’s and doctoral degrees), which immensely helps to improve the quality of UNESP's Ecology course.

Where to study - Cities

Campus Period No. of Seats Duration
Rio Claro Full-time 30 4 years


Instituto de Biociências - IB

Address: Avenida 24 A,1515, Bela Vista
13506-900 - Rio Claro, SP
Phone: (19) 3526-9000
PABX: (19) 3526-9000

Translation: Caio Rolim