B.Sc. – Bachelor's Degree in Biology
The B.Sc. degree granted to graduates of the Biology and Environment Department of the University of Haifa at Oranim is identical to the degree granted by the University of Tel Aviv, The Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Ben-Gurion University, Bar-Ilan University and the Technion. Thus graduates of Oranim can continue to advanced degrees in biology at all Israeli and overseas universities.
The B.Sc. Degree Study Program
The study program in the department preserves the nature tradition of Yehoshua Margolin, a pioneer in the teaching of the Life Sciences in Israel. Margolin held that the teaching of Biology in the field is just as important as teaching in the classroom and laboratory.
The studies take 3 years, and students have the option to continue their studies toward a teaching diploma for one additional year. Graduates obtain a B.Sc. degree in Biology and (optional) Teaching Diploma in Biology.
The Biology Department at Oranim offers a course of study especially aimed at students who wish to study in a unique atmosphere with advanced teaching methods different to those of other universities in Israel. When you choose to study Biology at the University of Haifa at Oranim you are choosing:
1. To study in small groups. In most universities in Israel studies are carried out in large classes and students find themselves "lost in the crowd". At Oranim, in contrast, we keep small learning groups where the student can participate and contribute actively. At Oranim the contact with lecturers is direct, ongoing and immediate. Such contact very clearly makes an important contribution both to the student who wishes to consult with teachers about the subjects being studied, and to those who wish to broaden their horizons.
2. To enquire. From the first year the students is exposed to the problems involving the relationships between the organism and its environment. The Biology Department at Oranim has an extensive field-teaching network, which is the most comprehensive of any Israeli university. The first year student participates in weekly excursions to a variety of natural habitats and learns about the inter-relationships between plants, animals and their physical and chemical environments. The primary goal of these excursions is to stimulate the student to enquire into what is happening in these habitats and to learn about the problems that have to be dealt with in order to preserve ecological balance. The tools to deal with these problems will be acquired during the overall course of study.
3. To actively participate in research carried out in the department. The department offers students to participate in such projects, together with the teaching staff, as part of their elective studies. Students who elect to carry out a research project will be closely mentored by an instructor and will report on their research in a paper. Many students have chosen this unique opportunity to acquire various research skills in the life sciences. Many of the final projects have been published as scientific articles in international and local journals.
4. To be exposed to up-to-date Israeli and international research in the life sciences through participation in the department seminar program. The Biology Department of the University of Haifa - Oranim is the only department in Israel that opens its department seminars to undergraduate students.
5. To decide, within the first two years of studies, which study track you prefer. Over the next year you will choose courses proposed in this track. The Department offers 5 specialization tracks in Biology: Ecology and Environment, Environmental Physiology, Botany, Comparative and Developmental Zoology and General Biology Studies. This allows undergraduate students to broaden their knowledge in the areas they have chosen. Such studies are advantageous to both the students who wish to continue on to advanced studies in a specific area and to those who wish to study in the general track and attain broad knowledge in various branches of Biology.
6. To combine Biology studies with parallel studies for a Teaching Diploma in Biology for Junior and Senior High Schools. As usual at Oranim, the Teaching Diploma studies are held in relatively small groups, which allow for close contact between teachers and individual students.