María Isabel Rivas

Length of program

9 semesters and 1 semester of work placement

Investment (semester)

$ 11.250.000 COP

Academic Excellence

Graduates from the Biology program at Icesi University are integral professionals with a keen focus on ethics, moral and civic principles. Additionally, they are highly creative and capable of conceptualize and propose innovative solutions in fields such as conservation, biological diversity management and biotechnology industry.

Due to their proficiency in research, our graduates are capable to support the sustainable growth, through the development of new knowledge and the use of new technologies, in regional and national institutions, research centers, private industries and non-governmental organizations. Furthermore, Icesi’s biology program graduates are capable to join interdisciplinary teams in order to solve problems for various economic sectors such as industry, health and agriculture.

Why study Biology at Icesi University?

  • We train biologists with an actual vision to face the main challenges of the 21st century regarding natural and transformed environments that have been changed by human actions, implementing elements of molecular biology, biotechnology and contemporary strategies for conservation, restoration and sustainable biodiversity usage.
  • Our teaching and research laboratories meet high quality international standards with latest the technology equipment that allows students to acquire and develop research skills.
  • We have research professors with superior academic skills, national and international research experience and special human qualities, willing to support students in the development of their skills and achieve their goals.
  • The concentration in Conservation Biology trains students capable to analyze environmental issues, search for conservation alternatives and promote a sustainable management of biodiversity and human wellness.
  • The concentration in Biotechnology and Molecular Biology offers knowledge, theoretical and practical, to apply state-of-the-art techniques in areas such as food production, development of new plant varieties, bioremediation, sustainable management of biodiversity and bio-medical studies.
  • We promote critical thinking and research skills since day one through our Undergrad Research Experience Program (UREP). Our students are motivated to interact with researchers from Icesi and other national and international institutions and could participate in our faculty member’s research projects as monitors.
  • Throughout the Program, our students do field outings in diverse ecosystems and regions with the purpose of enhancing what has been learned in the classroom. These field outings allow them to share experiences and establish social bonds, develop teamwork, and improve attitudes and key abilities central to the biologist professional life.
  • Among the universities that were evaluated using the Saber Pro 2018 exams, the Icesi Biology program rated first place in the region and third in the country.
  • During the tenth semester, students have the opportunity to have a working experience on a professional internship in national and international institutions and organizations related to the research fields in biotechnology, conservation, and sustainable development.

Institutional Accreditation

In 2015, the Ministry of National Education granted Icesi University the renewal of the High Quality Institutional Accreditation until 2021. This is a recognition of the permanent commitment of Icesi within the region and the country, to maintain high standards of quality in the development of the functions of training, research and social outreach, as well as administrative support work.

Fields of Action

The biologists' field of action is very extensive:

  • In research: they work in specialized centers of study for the conservation and managing of wild species, the use of biotechnology in productive processes and the knowledge, treatment and prevention of tropical diseases. The skills and disciplinary expertise acquired throughout the program allows them to continue their post-graduate studies in the best national and international universities.


Formation lines
  • Languages
  • Disciplinary expertise
  • Professional expertise
  • Science and humanities
  • Citizenship