The Frontiers of Life Sciences Bachelor’s degree (« Licence Frontières du Vivant ») – Université Paris Cité – is aimed at students who are passionate about science in general, and specifically drawn to the life sciences, the world of research and the role of science in society.
Applications are open until June, 15th 2022 here. This year, the Frontiers of Life Sciences Bachelor’s degree only accept applications for L2 (second year) and L3 (third year) levels.
The FdV Bachelor degree is grounded in a common core of mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer science and biology. Students encounter the life sciences in all their facets, yet these core domains are expanded on through complementary courses covering philosophy, the history of science, teaching, ethics, entrepreneurship and engineering, with interdisciplinary modules for developing cross-disciplinary skills. In addition, through elective courses and internships, students can customise their education to adapt it to what they wish to accomplish after graduation.
An active pedagogy
The programme aims at making students actors of their learning through a project-based learning (learning by doing) and field experimentation (internships, clubs, associations). Students benefit from a great autonomy in their ability to learn and adapt, to communicate and work in teams: a guarantee of success in their future studies and/or professional activities.
Interdisciplinarity & learning-through-research
Practical work is an important part of the program and mainly takes the form of interdisciplinary experimental projects. Focused on an open-ended question, the production and use of new data, the projects must be an opportunity to explore and not just reproduce expected results. At the end of each semester, students participate in interdisciplinary-project weeks and develop practical solutions that further the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
Regular pedagogical monitoring & assessment
The student – 30 students per class – benefit from individual and collective follow-up by FdV bachelor’s coordination team, allowing him/her to reflect on his/her progress, further studies and professional project.
The diverse modes of assessment are designed to empower students, in particular through practices such as self-evaluation and peer evaluation. Teachers are committed to providing each student with regular and constructive feedback on their progress.
An adaptive programme
For students entering the programme in L2 (2nd year), they have the opportunity to complete a 4 to 8 weeks internship. The following year, students are encouraged to go on an exchange semester in a partner institution (L3 semester 1) and to do an internship (L3 semester 3).
For students entering the programme in L3 (3rd year), the first semester of L3 focuses on quantitative biology with courses in biophysics, biochemistry, ecology, neurobiology, citizen science, etc. The second semester is dedicated to a research project designed to respond to one or several SDGs through life sciences.
The FdV Bachelor degree is hosted at the Learning Planet Institute
The Learning Planet Institute campus is located in the heart of the Marais district in Paris. Students profit from a vibrating ecosystem rich in seminars, research groups, global initiatives about research and education, club activities, and 150 square meters of students’ lab space.
The Frontiers of Life Bachelor degree, or Licence Frontières du Vivant, is a Université Paris Cité degree.