The Marine Biology Program is oriented to developing professionales with a solid knowledge base in basic sciences, with special emphasis on the areas of biology and marine environments, with a final specialization that prepares students to apply their knowledge to the study of the biota, as well as to the management and conservation of marine resources.
The marine biologist prepared at the Universidad de Concepción is a professional trained to undertake research and the application of knowledge in the disciplines of the area, in both public and private research centers, entreprises and state organizations related to the management and preservation of marine resources.
The Masters of Science, with a Major in Fisheries, constitutes a source for developing human resources of the highest level, who work in the most important fisheries research centers in the country and in Latin America.
The major development of fisheries at the national leval and its strong impact on the regional and world economies impkies that increasingly better prepared professionals are required to understand the dynamics of the exploited resources and their environment, as well as to develop fishery models and effective tools for management and decision-making at tha national and international levels. In this context, the ongoing institutional commitment of the Universidad de Concepción to developing research and the educational formation of human resources in basic and applied scienes, together with the recognition of the great importance of the Chilean fishing sector in the national and regional economies, led the Faculty of Natural and Oceanographic Sciences to initiate the Masters Program of Sciences in 1996 through its Department of Oceanography.
The objective of the program is to prepare specialists in the area of fisheries, with a high level of scientific training, capable of undertaking research about biological processes an fishing of populations that constitute resources of economic interest, as well as acting as technical advisors to state and private bodies.
The occupational fields avaiable for a Masters of Science graduate with a Major in Fisheries include working in fisheries and oceanic science research institutes or centers, in government institutions related to conservation and the management of fishery resources, in universities an specialized technical/professional training centers, and in private companies dedicated to the management of aquatic resources, including aquaculture. Graduates from the Masters of Science with a Major in Fisheries can opt to continue their studies at the doctoral level in national programs in the areas of Oceanography and Ecology, or overseas in doctoral programs in Fisheries, Coastal Management or other Marine Environmental Sciences. In this context, the Masters Program has become sources for the development of human resources of the highest level who work with the most important reserach centers of the country, such as IFOP and INPESCA, universities in Chile and the rest of Latin America, as well as in the private productive sector and as environmental consultants. With the internationalization of the program, students have been received from Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil and Uruguay. The program inclues over 15 PhD holders in marine science disciplines and professors from other Chilean universities, who participate every year in specialized courses and in diverse lines of fisheries research. In recent years courses in the program have been given by researchers from the South West Fisheries Science Center (USA), IRD (France), the University of Washington, the University of Tasmania, the University of Sao Paulo and the Universidad Nacional de La Plata.
Post Graduate Studies in Oceanography began in 1986 with a Masters Program and expanded to a Doctoral Program in 1993. To date, 49 have graduated from each of these programs. Both postgraduate programs have been accredited by the National Accreditation Commission. The doctoral program has recently received a new accreditation for a period of eight years beginning in 2010.
These programs are oriented to developing experts in the integrated study of the ocean, with a solid preparation in the four fundamental areas of oceanography: biology, physics, chemistry and geology.
The Postgraduate Studies Program in Oceanography has collaborative agreements with prestigious universities and research centers in Chile and overseas. This facilitates the presence of international researchers among the teaching body, as well the opportunity for overseas research stays for our students.
In the case of the Doctoral program, students must complete a minimum of 30 credits, complete a comprehensive oral examination and defend a thesis project. They must, as well as pass an oral and public examination of their doctoral thesis.
The Austral Summer Institute is an educational activity organized by the Department of Oceanography and the Center for Oceanographic Research in the eastern South-Pacific (FONDAP COPAS) of the University of Concepción.
The eleventh version of ASI will be held in January 2011 with four courses on the general topic From tsunamis to water pathogens: Understanding ocean hazards in the XXI Century.