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A three-year degree

FdV Bachelor is a three-year long program. It lasts six semesters divided into teaching units (UE). They are mandatory, mandatory at choice and/or optional. Each UE represents a certain number of European credits (ECTS). One validated semester is equivalent to 30 ECTS, the undergraduate degree will therefore be worth 180 ECTS.

The 2nd and 3rd-year courses, taught in English, are open to international students from all over the world. If you want to learn and actively train all your scientific and research skills in the heart of Paris, in a fertile environment, our program is made for you ! If you are studying in a partner institution, you can also join as an exchange student !

Overview of the program

Year 1  (mostly in French)

Disciplinary courses

Interdisciplinary projects (2 weeks)

Short internship (1 week)

Year 2 (in English)

Introductory Interdisciplinary courses

Interdisciplinary projects (4 weeks)

Short internship (4 to 8 weeks)

Year 3 (in English)

Advanced Interdisciplinary courses in Quantitative Biology

Or One semester in a partner institution in France or abroad

Long internship (4 to 6 months)

Detail of the teaching units of FdV Bachelor

  • 1.0.1 Introductory week: Creating a learning community (Optional)
  • 1.0.2 Learning to learn (optional)
  • 1.1 Mathematics: Logic, analysis (5 ECTS)
  • 1.2 Physics: Thermodynamics (5 ECTS)
  • 1.3 Chemistry: Molecular structure and solution chemistry (5 ECTS)
  • 1.4 Biology: Molecular and cellular aspects of life (4 ECTS)
  • 1.5 IT: Python (3 ECTS)
  • 1.6 Scientific methodologies, current practice, ethical issues (3 ECTS)
  • 1.7 Scientific methodologies, historical and philosophical approach (2 ECTS)
  • 1.8 Professionalization (2 ECTS)
  • 1.9 Common week – introduction to the laboratory (1 ECTS)
  • 2.0.1 Transition week (optional)
  • 2.0.2 Conclusion week (optional)
  • 2.0.3 Short internship (optional)
  • 2.1 Mathematics: Linear algebra and analysis (5 ECTS)
  • 2.2 Physics: Mechanics (5 ECTS)
  • 2.3 Chemistry: Organic chemistry and NMR (5 ECTS)
  • 2.4 Biology: evolution and cellular functioning (5 ECTS)
  • 2.5 Computer Science: Python 2 (3 ECTS)
  • 2.6 Laboratory life, science and society (3 ECTS)
  • 2.7.1 (choice): Philosophy of science (2 ECTS)
  • 2.7.2 (choice) Open course (2 ECTS)*
  • 2.8 Interdisciplinary seminar: Thermodynamics (3 ECTS)
  • 2.9 Free scientific project (2 ECTS)

*For the open course 2.7.2, students will choose an activity from the following options, subject to validation by the director of studies:

  • a MOOC
  • a volunteering activity
  • another course outside of FdV
  • 3.0.1 Internship 4 to 8 weeks (optional)
  • 3.1 Mathematics: Modelling and Dynamic Systems (3 ECTS)
  • 3.2 Physics: Electrostatics (4 ECTS)
  • 3.3 Chemistry: Thermochemistry and biochemistry (4 ECTS)
  • 3.4 Biology: Systems and synthetic biology (4 ECTS)
  • 3.5 Bioinformatics: modelling (3 ECTS)
  • 3.6 Engineering (2 ECTS)
  • 3.7 Didactics of science: transmission and mediation (3 ECTS)
  • 3.8 Scientific English and IELTS preparation (3 ECTS)
  • 3.9 (choice) Open course (3 ECTS)*
  • 3.9.1 (choice) Evolutionary medicine (3 ECTS)
  • 3.10 Introduction to Makerlab (1 ECTS)

*3.9 Open course, students will choose one course from the following options, subject to validation by the director of studies:

a summer school
a MOOC
a volunteering activity
another course outside FdV

  • 4.0.1 Transition week (optional)
  • 4.0.2 Conclusion week (optional)
  • 4.1 Mathematics: Biostatistics (3 ECTS)
  • 4.2 Physics: Electronics and optics (3 ECTS)
  • 4.3 Chemistry: Spectroscopy and NMR (3 ECTS)
  • 4.4 Biology: Physiology (3 ECTS)
  • 4.5 Computational Biology (3 ECTS)
  • 4.6 Group project: Reproducibility in research (9 ECTS)
  • 4.7 Nanomedicine Project (3 ECTS)
  • 4.8 Modeling Dynamic Systems for Life Sciences Project (3 ECTS)

During semester 5, the student will specialize in Quantitative Biology (home or incoming students) or can study at an external institution, in France or abroad (home students only).

Quantitative biology

Common core

  • 5.1 Mathematics: data analysis (3 ECTS)
  • 5.2 Ecology (3 ECTS)
  • 5.3 Quantitative Biophysics (3 ECTS)
  • 5.4 Biochemistry: biomolecules (3 ECTS)
  • 5.5 Engineering: experimental evolution (3 ECTS)
  • 5.6 Quantitative biology: experimental projects (3 ECTS)
  • 5.7 Scientific communication (3 ECTS)

Choice of 3 out of 4

  • 5.8 Quantitative Neurobiology (3 ECTS)
  • 5.9 Chat programming (3 ECTS)
  • 5.10 Citizen Science (3 ECTS)
  • 5.11 Open course (3 ECTS)

For the open course 5.11, students will choose a course from the following options, subject to validation by the Director of Studies:

a summer school
a MOOC
a volunteering activity
another course outside FdV
French courses for non-French speakers

Semester of studies outside the CRI (for home students only)

From Year 2 onwards, the student will discuss in advance with the team to ensure the consistency of his choice of courses in the partner institution. The marks and ECTS credits awarded by the host institution are obtained by equivalence in Year 3 FdV Semester 5.

Our partners 

France

University of Paris Diderot
University of Lumière Lyon 2

Canada

BCI Program Universities: 11 institutions in Quebec
University of Montreal
University of Ottawa

Erasmus + 

University of Leicester, United Kingdom
University of Liège, Gembloux Agrobio Tech, Belgium
Avans University of Applied Science, Breda, The Netherlands
Nord University, Bodo, Norway

Asia-America

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, IPO, Hong Kong
UTadeo, University of Bogota Jorge Tadeo Lozano, Colombia

  • 6.1 Preparation for the internship (10 ECTS)
  • 6.2 Internship (20 ECTS)

Students will be guided in the choice of the internship theme and the host structure (public or private laboratory, industry, SMEs, in France or abroad) by the internship coordinator who will advise them according to their professional projects from L2 onwards and during L3 1st semester.