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Study catalog

Basic information

Language of instruction

Polish

Duration

3 years

Faculty of Science and Technology

Chorzów

Education profile: General academic

ECTS guidebook

Description

Majors:

  • molecular biophysics
  • bioelectronics 
  • dispensing optics and optometry

Characteristics of the programme:

Biophysics is an interdisciplinary programme combining knowledge in the field of biology, physics and chemistry. Full-time first-cycle studies in the degree programme of biophysics last 6 semesters and finish with the preparation of a diploma thesis and obtaining a bachelor’s degree. During their studies, students gain general knowledge and skills in the field of higher mathematics, experimental physics, including optics and medicine, chemistry and biology. Lectures are combined with laboratories enabling experimentation and combine knowledge and practice, which significantly facilitates the understanding of the relationship between theory and experience as well as between individual fields of science. Students gain comprehensive knowledge of the physical and chemical processes taking place in cells and tissues, as well as professional knowledge of molecular physics, quantum chemistry, crystal chemistry of proteins and biochemistry, which enables understanding of the phenomena at the molecular level. Particular attention is paid to the biophysical processes occurring in cells. In the case of the major known as dispensing optics and optometry, the emphasis is put on wave and geometric optics, physiological optics, dispensing optics and the basics of optometry, i.e. refraction or binocular vision.

Major: Molecular Biophysics

As part of molecular biophysics, students are acquainted with experimental methods of studying biomolecules and their systems (microscopic, spectroscopic, chromatographic techniques), methods for modelling molecules and studying their molecular parameters, as well as modelling processes occurring in biological systems. Some classes will be conducted as part of the iCSE project (modern computer methods of education for regional staff of the innovative economy: iCSE).

Major: Bioelectronics

Students of bioelectronics are acquainted with various types of biosensors used in medicine, diagnostic procedures and therapy, as well as in technology and biotechnology, e.g. for the product detection and marking. They gain basic understanding of mathematical models of biosensors and neural networks and their applications. They also learn the principles of operation, construction and possibilities of using modern measuring equipment used in biophysics and medicine.

The graduate is prepared to independently develop skills and continue learning at the second-cycle studies in the selected major. 

Major: Dispensing Optics and Optometry

As part of the major of dispensing optics and optometry, special emphasis is placed on acquiring knowledge in the field of wave and geometric optics, dispensing optics and the visual environment. Students also gain the knowledge and practical skills necessary to perform optical aids. They are acquainted with the anatomy of the organ of vision, the basics of biology and biochemistry of the visual system, and also gain knowledge from the basics of optometry, including physiological optics, refraction examination, optometric procedures, binocular vision, visual aids or specialized equipment.

During the studies, students acquire the skills to carry out procedures aimed at determining the dominant eye, measuring pupillary distance, pupillary reaction to light, spatial vision, colour vision, eye movements or field of vision. They gain the necessary knowledge and skills to carry out the static and dynamic skiascopy, master the ability to assess refraction with the help of a foropter and dedicated tests. Students also have the ability to use cross cylinders during the selection of astigmatism correction, learn the procedures for testing the components of accommodation, the study of phoria, vergence ranges and binocular functions.

Classes are conducted in modern laboratories, which include optometry and contactology laboratories, binocular and VT vision laboratory, dispensing, geometric and physical optics or visual aids for the visually impaired.

Career prospects (profile of the graduate):

The offer of the labour market for graduates of biophysics is very wide, but only three universities in Poland provide education in the field of biophysics.

The graduate will be able to work in medical and pharmaceutical institutions, scientific institutes, enterprises and companies related to health and environmental protection, as well as in the fields of economy related to bioelectronics and biotechnology. In addition, the graduate of the major of dispensing optics and optometry will have the opportunity to work in optical companies and  shops, in ophthalmology departments and in companies producing and offering spectacle lenses, frames or contact lenses for sale.

The graduate of the major of dispensing optics and optometry is prepared to practise the profession of a dispensing optician, and above all to independently develop skills and continue learning at the second-cycle studies in the field of optometry. They can start the recruitment process for the major of optometry that is conducted at the second-cycle studies of biophysics, the completion of which gives the opportunity to independently practise the profession of an optometrist.

The main aim of the studies is to prepare graduates to continue their studies at the second-cycle level, especially in the field of the above-mentioned scientific disciplines and also to enable them to acquire the ability to use the acquired knowledge in professional practice, deepen it independently and integrate it with other fields of knowledge.

Other additional information:

Studies take place in a modern facility, i.e. the Silesian Centre for Education and Interdisciplinary Research in Chorzów (15 minutes by bus from the centre of Katowice) equipped with over 20 biophysics laboratories, 10 physics laboratories, three chemistry laboratories and one biochemistry laboratory and computer labs.

In addition, classes in dispensing optics and optometry take place in modern laboratories (geometric and physical optics, eye examination, binocular and VT vision, visual aids for the visually impaired, contactology, processing of spectacle lenses).

There is a possibility of internships in hospitals and scientific institutions with biophysical, optometric, dispensing optics or ophthalmology profiles. Some biology classes take place at the Faculty of Biology and Environmental Protection of the University of Silesia. Studies are of interdisciplinary nature.

Admissions criteria for candidates with "new" Polish maturity exam (issued after 2005)

For candidates with NEW MATURA EXAM

Admission to studies is based on secondary school-leaving grades – the results of the below-indicated subjects taken in the written part of Matura exam are taken into consideration:

Mathematics

Better of the following results:

-

basic level x 1

or

-

advanced level x 2

Physics and Astronomy

Better of the following results:

-

basic level x 1

or

-

advanced level x 2

Biology

Better of the following results:

-

basic level x 1

or

-

advanced level x 2

Modern foreign language

Better of the following results:

-

basic level x 1

or

-

advanced level x 2

weight c = 30%

weight c = 30%

weight c = 30%

weight d = 10%

Method of calculating points (candidate’s result):

WK = a x M + b x F + c x B + d x N

where:

WK — candidate’s result,

M – result in mathematics at the basic or advanced level,

F – result in physics and astronomy at the basic or advanced level (F=0 when the candidate did not take an exam in physics or astronomy),

F – result in biology at the basic or advanced level (B=0 when the candidate did not take an exam in biology).

N – result in a modern foreign language at the basic or advanced level.

 

Comments:    

  • Admission to studies is decided by means of the place on the ranking list, created on the basis of the candidate’s result (WK).
  • If the number of candidates does not exceed the determined limit of places, all candidates with a result higher than 0 will be admitted.
  • If the candidate took a specific subject in Matura exam at both levels, the result in the level which will be more favourable for the candidate after multiplying by the relevant weight and conversion rate will be taken into account.
  • The result of the bilingual exam in a modern foreign language will be converted to a result at the advanced level by multiplying by 4/3; if the number achieved in this way is higher than 100, then the result in this language is determined as 100.
  • If the candidate did not take a specific subject in Matura exam, they will receive zero points in this subject, but they can still join the admission process, as long as their result in at least one subject (mathematics, physics and astronomy, biology, modern foreign language) on the secondary school-leaving certificate is higher than 0%.

A study candidate is obliged to submit a relevant medical certificate confirming the lack of medical contraindications to take up studies in this degree programme.

Admissions criteria for candidates with "old" Polish maturity exam (issued before 2005)

For candidates with OLD MATURA EXAM (taken until 2004 inclusive):

The grades (results) on the Matura exam achieved by the candidates who took Matura exam until 2004 (the so-called old Matura exam) are converted proportionally into the new Matura exam grade scale in the following way:

Matura exam until 1991

(grade in per cent)

Matura exam after 1991

(grade in per cent)

6 — 100 %

5 — 100%

5 — 90%

4 — 85 %

4 — 75 %

3 — 40%  

3 — 50 %

2 — 30 %

Points in the following subjects are taken into account: mathematics, physics or physics and astronomy, biology and modern foreign language taken by the candidate in writing (if the exam was written) or orally (no written exam) on the secondary school-leaving certificate and in the certificate issued by OKE (Regional Examinations Board).

After converting grades into points, the candidate’s result (WK) will be calculated as described in the point concerning the new Matura exam.

Note:

  • If the exam level (basic or advanced) was not specified on the secondary school-leaving certificate for a selected subject, the default level is basic. 

A study candidate is obliged to submit a relevant medical certificate confirming the lack of medical contraindications to take up studies in this degree programme.

International Baccalaureate

  • The candidate who obtained the International Baccalaureate diploma, issued by the International Baccalaureat Organization based in Geneva, are subject to the same admission rules as holders of “new” Polish maturity exam. The results on the diploma of International Baccalaureate are calculated according to the following indicators:

IB Diploma

Standard level

Higher level

7

100%

100%

6

86%

85,71%

5

72%

71,43%

4

58%

57,14%

3

44%

42,86%

2

30%

28,57%

1

0%

14,29%

In case the candidate does not submit the International Baccalaureate diploma, for the sake of qualification, the candidate is obliged to submit the certificate about the IB result issued by the appropriate institution and present the IB diploma immediately after its reception.

NOTE: If the admissions criteria for the programme assume additional entrance exams for the holders of “new” Polish maturity exams, the following factors are concerned during the qualification: result from IB diploma calculated according to the scale above and the results of the additional entrance exam.

European Baccalaureate

The candidate who obtained the European Baccalaureate diploma, issued by European Schools in accordance to the Luxemburg Convention of 21 June 1994 about the European School status, are subject to the same admission rules as holders of “new” Polish maturity exam. The results on the diploma of European Baccalaureate are treated as results of the extended “new” Polish maturity exams and are calculated according to the following indicators:

EB exam

“new” Polish maturity exam

9,00 ÷ 10,00

100%

8,00 ÷ 8,95

90%

7,00 ÷ 7,95

75%

6,00 ÷ 6,95

60%

5,00 ÷ 5,95

45%

4,00 ÷ 4,95

30%

In case the candidate does not submit the European Baccalaureate diploma, for the sake of qualification, the candidate is obliged to submit the certificate about the EB result issued by the appropriate institution and present the EB diploma immediately after its reception.

NOTE: If the admissions criteria for the programme assume additional entrance exams for the holders of “new” Polish maturity exams, the following factors are concerned during the qualification: result from EB diploma calculated according to the scale above and the results of the additional entrance exam.

Secondary education certificate, or equivalent, obtained outside of Poland

The candidate who has obtained the secondary school graduation certificate (or another document) issued outside Poland may apply for studies. The document has to entitle the holder to undertaking Bachelor studies in the country in which the document was issued.

For candidates which are Polish citizens or apply for studies on the same rules as Polish citizens, the admission procedures defined in the programme’s description apply.

Foreign candidates applying for studies on other basis (tuition-paying, tuition-free, scholarships) are accepted for studies under regulations other than noted in the admission criteria. 

If programme’s admission criteria require mark in Polish language :
The candidates applying as Polish citizens or on the same rules as Polish, which finished secondary education outside Poland, will have the mark of that country’s language taken into account instead of Polish language mark.

In the case of candidates who have a secondary school-leaving certificate or other document authorising them to take up 1st cycle studies or long-cycle studies issued abroad, the grades in the document authorising them to take up studies in the country of document issue are taken into consideration. Additionally, WKR may take into consideration the grades in external exams in the countries where such exams are conducted, e.g.: result of CT exam in the case of Belarus, result of EGE exam in the case of Russia, and result of ZNO exam in the case of Ukraine. The results of these exams shall be regarded as equivalent to Polish advanced Matura exam.

Note: If programme’s admission criteria under “new” Polish maturity exam include additional entrance exams the results of BOTH entrance exam and secondary school graduation certificate are considered.

Exceptions from admission procedures

Nazwa olimpiady / konkursu Tytuł uprawniający do ulgi Limit miejsc Uwagi
Ogólnopolski Konkurs "Fizyka się Liczy" laureat 1
Konkurs Międzynarodowy "Kangur Matematyczny" w klasie Student laureat 1
Olimpiada Astronomiczna laureat lub finalista
Olimpiada Biologiczna laureat lub finalista
Olimpiada Chemiczna laureat lub finalista
Olimpiada Fizyczna laureat lub finalista
Olimpiada Matematyczna laureat lub finalista

Szczegółowa procedura uznania powyższych uprawnień dostępna jest na stronie https://us.edu.pl/kandydat/rekrutacja-na-studia-krok-po-kroku/olimpiady-i-konkursy/

Fees for education

Tuition fees in academic year: 2022/2023

Payment for semester
for Polish citizens and foreigners entitled to education at full-time studies conducted in Polish without paying the tuition fee.

No tuition fees


Payment for semester
for foreigners applying for studies on tuition-paying basis

Tuition paid in full

PLN2,650.00

Tuition paid in 3 installments

  • PLN924.00
  • PLN924.00
  • PLN952.00

Contact

Faculty's contact details

Faculty of Science and Technology

ul. 75 Pułku Piechoty 1A
41-500 Chorzów
32 349 76 08

https://us.edu.pl/wydzial/wnst

dziekanat.wnst@us.edu.pl

Contact for foreigners

International Admissions Office

Bankowa 12, room 76
40-007 Katowice, Poland
+48 32 359 22 72
+48 32 359 22 73
admission@us.edu.pl