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1.1. General rules

The Faculty of Biology of the University of Warsaw facilitates studies in a 5 year system, with a three year first level program (Bachelor’s) and a two year second level degree (Master’s). The programs of study are held on a full- and part-time basis (daytime and evening).
The program of study presented herein pertains to students who are beginning their studies during the academic year 2006/2007.
Studies at the Faculty of Biology of the University of Warsaw are streamed into three programs: biology, biotechnology and environmental conservation. A BSc diploma in one of the above programs allow the student to continue his studies at the second level at the Faculty of Biology, as well as to apply for continuing studies at other faculties of the University of Warsaw and other institutions. Our second level diploma, equivalent to the Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree, is needed for the continuation of studies at higher learning institutions in many European Union nations.
At the Faculty of Biology, the second level studies can be pursued by persons who obtained a BSc diploma or equivalent in one of the above programs at another institution.

The Faculty of Biology educates students of the first level in one of three programs:

  1. BIOLOGY
  2. BIOTECHNOLOGY
  3. ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION

as well as second level students in three programs with the following specializations:

  1. BIOLOGY specializing in:
    1. BIOLOGY OF THE CELL and ORGANISM
    2. ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY

  2. BIOTECHNOLOGY specializing in:
    1. MOLECULAR BIOLOGY
    2. MICROBIOLOGY
    3. BIOTECHNOLOGY

  3. ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION specialising in
    1. THE BIOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONS OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION

The course of study for students studying part-time is identical with that of the full-time students. Courses for part-time students are held in afternoon hours.

1.2. Study organisation regulations

Students of the Faculty of Biology of the University of Warsaw are bound by the general regulations of study defined in the “Rules and Regulations of Studies at the University of Warsaw” approved by the Senate of the University of Warsaw. The regulations are available to all students at the Student Section of the Dean’s Office of the Faculty of Biology. These regulations give the individual Faculties a lot of leeway regarding particular solutions in terms of organizing studies. In these cases, the students are bound by appropriate decisions of the Faculty Council and the Dean of the Faculty of Biology. Ongoing student matters are subject to the decision of the Vice-Dean for Student Affairs. This Guide includes only a number of the most important rules of studies at our Faculty.

1.3. Admissions

  1. The Dean decides and informs of which courses are held during the summer and winter semesters, as well as informing of the requirements for admission and completion of individual subjects.
  2. Students of the I and II year are obligated to submit a “Student Information Card” to the Student Section of the Dean’s Office by a deadline to be determined by the Dean. Said card will contain a lit of all subjects (both mandatory and optional) which will be attended in a given academic year, as well as other, essential and related information. The student is assigned all courses from the declared list by the staff of the Dean’s Office responsible for laying out the timetable and setting out laboratory groups. The exception to this are physical education classes (PE), which the student must sign up for on his own via the Internet.
  3. Students of the III year of the I level and I year of the II level sign up for courses themselves, from the pool of courses in the mandatory and optional subjects at the individual Department offering a given course.
  4. Due to meritorical reasons, admittance into optional courses may be limited by the prior completion of other courses, or parallel admittance into others.
  5. For organisational reasons, the number of open spaces in individual mandatory and optional courses may be limited. Rules of admission into such a course is to be decided by the course instructor, following previous consultations with the Vice-Dean for Student Affairs. Admission requirements for these courses are presented further on in this Guide.
  6. Students admitted into course from the mandatory or optional subject pools may resign from these, but no later than a week prior to the onset of the subject (two weeks in the case of field laboratories). The student is obligated to inform the instructor regarding this resignation, as well as the Vice-Dean of Student Affairs, thereby facilitating the admission of another student in their place. A student who does not inform the instructor of their resignation by this deadline and does not complete the course will receive a failing grade in their transcript, and will bear all of the consequences of this action.

Below is an example STUDENT INFORMATION CARD

UNIVERSITY OF WARSAW
FACULTY OF BIOLOGY
Program
NAME and SURNAME...................................... Student number
Father’s name ........................................ Academic Year
Level of Proficiency
English none, intermediate, advanced*

* indicate level of proficiency

Subject Hours
Winter semester Summer semester
General chemistry 90
Organic chemistry 90
Physics 45
Computer Science 45
Mathematics 45
Statistics 45
BIOLOGY OF THE CELL
Developmental Biology
Botany
Ecology and Environmental Conservation
Plant Physiology
Flora and fauna
Biotechnological Methods in Environmental Conservation
Zoology
Total

1.4. Completion of an academic year

  1. A student’s course completions are graded (including exams) at the end of the academic year, by a deadline issued by the Rector of the University of Warsaw. Following the end of both semesters of a given academic year, the student is obligated to hand in their student index at the Student Section of the Dean’s Office for evaluation. In accordance to the “Rules and Regulations of Study at the University of Warsaw”, failure to hand in the index results in removal from the list of active students.
  2. A student who has completed all courses required by their program of study during previous years and a given academic year receives and unconditional passing grade and an entry in the index admitting them into the following year.
  3. Should the student fail one subject, they can receive a conditional passing grade with admission into the next year. They are then required to obtain an unconditional passing grade in the failed subject along with those of that academic year.

    CAUTION: the conditional passing grade does not pertain to students of the 3rd, final year of the first level of studies, and the 2nd, finalyear of the second level studies. Students attending these years who fail one or more subjects may apply to the Dean for readmission into said year of study.

  4. Should a student fail more than one subject they will be considered to have failed to complete a given academic year.

1.5. Repeating a subject and academic year

Should a student fail to comply with the requirements for obtaining a conditional or unconditional pass:

  1. The student may submit a written application to the Dean to be readmitted to a given academic year.
  2. A student, who has again failed the repeated subject or year of study is expelled from the list of students. In justified cases, the Dean may decide otherwise, and lay out the rules for the continuation of studies.
  3. A student, who does not submit said application by the deadline set out by the Dean is expelled.

The repetition of a subject means the repeated attendance and grading of all work connected thereto (laboratories, seminars, lectures) and a repeat examination by the instructor, should a re-examination be necessary. Should a student receive a passing grade from the laboratories, but fail the exam they will be required to retake the exam only, without the need to repeat the laboratories.

The repetition of a year means the repeat attendance and passing of all failed subjects.

The repetition of an academic year is subject to payment. The fee amount is set by the Rector at the behest of the Faculty Council.

The repetition of an academic year is subject to payment. In the 2006/2007 academic year these fees are:

  • to repeat a subject, if laboratory or seminar attendance is required—700 zł. The repetition of a course with only an exam is free of charge.
  • repetition of an academic year — 2200 zł.

Upon a student’s application, the Dean reserves the right to divide the fees into instalments.

1.6. Study interruption and continuation

After completing the first year, a student who has been expelled for insufficient academic performance may be readmitted by a decision of the Dean.

Readmission is subject to a fee, should the repetition of laboratories, seminars or other activities be required. The fee amount is subject to decision by the Faculty Council. For the academic year 2006/2007 the fee is 2200 zł.

1.7. Student leave of absence

The regulations of student leaves are set out in the “Rules of Study of the University of Warsaw”.

1.8. European Credit Transfer System

The European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) functions in the learning institutions of the European Union and EFTA, and has been activated in many Polish academies, including the University of Warsaw. It facilitates the assignment of points to completed courses, according to an identical scale used by all institutions participating in the program. The calculation of the ECTS is based on the assumption that the completion of each academic year gives a student 60 points. The differentiation of the number of points assigned to individual courses is dependent on the real work time spent by the student to complete the course as well as the level of difficulty, and not only the hours assigned.

Starting in 1998/99, the ECTS was introduced at the Faculty of Biology of the University of Warsaw. Students of the faculty who wish to spend a portion of their studies at foreign institutions as well as foreign students at our Faculty may thus obtain appropriate confirmation, which will include all of the subjects they took at the Faculty of Biology of the University of Warsaw set out using the ECTS point system.

At our Faculty, the ECTS coordinator is Prof. Dr. Hab. Agnieszka Mostowska

The tables outlining the particular programs of study, include the ECTS point values of all subjects taught at the Faculty of Biology of the University of Warsaw.