Welcome to the Department of Biology Education
The Department of Biology Education is unique at Stockholm University in that we do not have any research, we coordinate the biology education and are almost entirely administrative. Biology was one of the first subjects taught at Stockholm University and both the department as well as several of the teachers have received pedagogical awards.
The Department of Biology Education (BIG) is the only department at Stockholm University that does not have any research. BIG deals exclusively with matters of biology education, coordinating the teaching across the biological research departments. Because BIG mainly employs administrative staff it is likely also the smallest department at Stockholm University. See also Organisation.
Biology was one of the first subjects taught when Stockholm University was founded as lectures in botany and zoology were held in the spring of 1879. The first full-time teacher at the university taught zoology. The general biology education began in the 1970's, partly due to new developing fields and partly as a response to changing needs in society and the job market. The new education placed great demands on the coordination between biology departments, and so was created what was to become the Department of Biology Education (BIG).
In 1998 BIG was awarded 'Educational Department of the year'. And several of the teachers on the courses offered at BIG have received the university's Award for Good Teaching:
- Ki Winbladh, Department of Zoology (1993)
- Owe Jansson, previously Department of Botany (1996)
- Tore Bengtsson, previously the Wenner-Gren Institute for Experimental Biology (1999)
- Gunnel Skoog, Department of Zoology (2002)
- Margareta Ohné, previously Department of Genetics, Microbiology and Toxicology (2007)
Biology studies at BIG
At the Department of Biology Education, we offer high-quality education in which you can develop your knowledge, critical thinking and practical skills in close connection to world-leading research. Our courses and programmes cover the breadth of biology from molecular life sciences to ecology. Make biology studies with us part fo your future.
Department of Biology Education is located at the Frescati campus of Stockholm University. Surrounded by nature in the Royal National City Park the campus has excellent public transport connections providing easy and quick access to central Stockholm (see reasons to study in Stockholm, Sweden). A safe, innovative, sustainable and beautiful city; Stockholm is considered one of the world’s most desirable cities in which to study.
Strong research connection
Biology research at Stockholm University is a window into understanding the biological life of our planet. Whether it is aspects of genome biology, greenhouse gas producing Baltic clams, the costs of advanced brains or natural resource management our teachers are active researchers at the forefront of their respective fields. This ensures our courses have a close connection to current research during your studies.
Challenging learning environment
Lectures, seminars, group work and practical laboratory sessions combine to increase both your theoretical knowledge as well as practical skills. Our small class sizes allow a lot of opportunities to interact with professors and researchers as well as each other during discussions. You will gain essential skills so that you can critically analyse and apply established methods to current research questions.
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