The end of course project (TCC) is a compulsory activity which must be completed to graduate from the degree courses (both the Licentiate and Bachelor Degrees) of the Center for Biological Sciences and Health at Mackenzie Presbyterian University. It is a monograph produced with individualized support, and has as its main objective the enhancement of the academic and professional training of the students, developing skills and enabling them to undertake investigations of a scientific or pedagogical nature. The TCC seeks to integrate the different skills and knowledge built up during the course, and allow the student to experience the process of academic authorship and production.
The mandatory internships in Biological Sciences aim to provide the students the opportunity to be involved in activities that will allow them to improve their skills and competencies in relation to the ethical, technical and responsible practice of the profession. In the Licentiate Degree, 400 hours of internship are carried out under the guidance of the professors of the specific disciplines of the degree, coordinated by the Educational Internship Centre. In the Bachelor Degree, two internships of 180 hours each take place in the final two semesters of the course, totaling 360 hours. Non-compulsory Internships are encouraged throughout the course and are supported by the Internship Administration Department.
Complementary activities are part of the curriculum and reinforce taught content, promoting continuous updating on emerging themes related to Biological Sciences. The activities include introductory courses to science and teaching, extension courses and activities, additional seminars, participation in scientific events, technical visits and field trips. These may also take place outside the University environment and are recognized through the preparation of reports or the presentation of supporting documents. The workload is 280 hours distributed across the areas of teaching, research and extension throughout the course.
University extension activities create opportunities for interaction between the University and the wider community. Extension projects involve teachers and students in the planning and execution of activities linked to specific areas of the curriculum of the Biological Sciences course, meeting the needs of the community involved. Participation in extension actions allows students to add distinct elements to their academic training, and learn values and practices that build their capabilities and make them stand out in the job market. Students involved in extension projects are eligible for grants from the Mackenzie Institutional Extension Scholarship Program (PIBEX).
The Scientific Training and Initiation Programs are a gateway to the research universe. In the Scientific Training Program, the student has the opportunity to follow the routine of a laboratory and to learn the techniques employed in it, without undertaking a research project. The Scientific Initiation Program is the next step in scientific training, involving the drafting of a project, conducting its various stages, and, at the end, preparing a report. All these stages are guided by a researcher. This project can be submitted to the Mackenzie Institutional Scientific Initiation Program (PIBIC) or research promotion agencies such as FAPESP and CNPq to apply for a scientific initiation grant.