20/03/2020 17:51

Geology is the branch of the Natural Sciences that studies the composition, age, structure and evolution of the Earth, applying the laws and principles of Chemistry, Physics and Biology. It allows the understanding of the dynamics and relations of the geosystems that make up our planet: hydrosphere, lithosphere, biosphere, atmosphere and geodynamo.

Geology is subdivided in Theoretical Geology (Physics and History) and Applied Geology (Economics, Environment and Engineering). This science has broad applications in the study of mineral resources, petroleum and natural gas geology, and natural disasters (geological-geotechnical risks), and also relates to Engineering, Archeology, Medicine, Criminal Investigation, Land Planning, among other academic fields.

According to the profession’s regulation, geologists can work in the following areas: Topography, Geodesy and Cartography; Earth and Environmental Sciences; Geology Systems and Methods; Engineering Geology; Economic Geology; Hydrogeology; Petroleum and Natural Gas Geology; and Mining.

Geologists are also able to apply their knowledge in many other fields. The last decades have witnessed a growing demand for Geology professionals, especially due to a significant increase in the social pressure for the exploration of new frontiers of natural resources and the responsible use of these resources for the sustainable development of the planet. Recent societal demands have brought new challenges for the profession, requiring a multidisciplinary training that includes, on one hand, technical knowledge in physics, mathematics, chemistry, biology and computer science, and, on the other hand, a critical and integrated view of fields such as economics, planning, and social structures.

Therefore, the job market is promising for Geology graduates, due to the demand for a professional who understands the geological processes in such a way as to propose consistent solutions for society, in harmony with the environment. Possible employers include oil companies, artesian well drilling companies, civil and environmental engineering companies, mining companies, state-owned enterprises, city halls, and higher educational institutions, where they can work as professors or researchers.

The UFSC Geology Program’s educational project is guided by the National Curriculum Guidelines for Engineering Geology and Geology Programs, qualifying graduates to work in the many branches of Geology and to make use of new technologies without disregarding the human-ethical-aesthetic-environmental dimensions as guiding elements for the decision on whether or not to use them.

Program Length: 10 semesters (5 years)
Classes may be held in the morning, afternoon and evening.


20/03/2020 17:50

UFSC Geography program offers two types of degrees: an undergraduate degree that prepares for recognition activities, surveys, geo-economic and physico-geographical studies, and other tasks in the general and specific fields of Geography, and an undergraduate teaching degree that prepares students for a career in primary and secondary school teaching.

The program belongs to the Department of Geosciences at the School of Human Sciences and Philosophy. It is linked to five specific areas of this Department: physical geography, human geography, cartography, geology and oceanography.

Throughout the program, besides the classroom courses, students engage in laboratory and planetarium activities, field work and technical visits. They can also improve their knowledge with a scholarship or working as a volunteer in research and outreach projects, becoming a student tutor in a curriculum course, doing an internship, pursuing part of their studies at another Federal Higher Education Institution through academic mobility, and going on an exchange program in one of UFSC’s partner institutions abroad.

Annually, the program organizes a Geography Week, the SEMAGEO, that allows students, faculty and professionals to participate in lectures, debates and workshops for academic and professional advancement.

From the forth semester, students start taking specific courses according to the focus of their degree. If they opt for the teaching degree, by the end of the program, students do a supervised teaching internship in a public school. Otherwise, students write a final thesis or a report on a supervised internship in the field.

The Geography graduate needs to have the following skills: ability to read and interpret various documents (landscapes, photographs, aerial and satellite images, maps, graphs, charts, texts, etc.); analytical and synthetic thinking; scientific mindset; public spirit; taste and willingness to do fieldwork; and a critical and analytical view for issues related to the production, organization and planning of the space and the social life (economic, political and cultural issues), as well as to the natural processes and their relationship with the social environment (environmental issues).

Program Length:
8 semesters (4 years)
Classes are held in the morning or in the evening.

French Language and Literatures

20/03/2020 17:50

UFSC offers seven different programs in the field of languages and literature.

Students looking to pursue studies in this field must choose among the following programs: Brazilian Sign Language (Libras); English Language and Literatures; French Language and Literatures; German Language and Literatures; Italian Language and Literatures; Portuguese Language and Literatures; and Spanish Language and Literatures.

The programs will focus on the language, literature and culture of the countries where the chosen language is spoken.

In the fifth semester, students make a decision regarding their career path. If they opt for a teaching degree, they must complete a teaching internship in public or private schools. If they choose a non-teaching path, they will engage in research-focused courses, preparing them for the composition of a final thesis.

Language and Literature graduates can work in primary and secondary education, as well as teaching in language schools and in preparation courses for university entrance examinations. Other career opportunities include interpreting in meetings and conferences, technical and literary translation, text revision and proofreading, and academic research in Literature and Linguistics.

Thanks to its multi- and interdisciplinary nature, the French Language and Literatures program offers students comprehensive training in both language skills and the ability to reflect on society and interculturality. Graduates will be well-prepared to pursue careers in research, teaching, communication, publishing, and translation.

Program Length:
8 semesters (4 years)
Classes held during the day.

Forest Engineering – Curitibanos Campus

20/03/2020 17:40

The Forest Engineering program prepares professionals with the necessary skills to: promote development through the correct management and use of Brazilian forests; encourage social development with impact on national resource dependent communities; and contribute to the maintenance of biodiversity and environmental balance through research and outreach activities.

Strategically placed in a region of great economic and historical background on the use of forest resources in Brazil, the program allows students the opportunity of contact with different sectors of their professional activity.

Profile of the graduate

The Forest Engineer graduated from UFSC should be able to face the challenges of the contemporary world with a wide-ranging and solid academic-scientific formation that allows for the broadening of knowledge and competencies, a critical spirit, and an ethical, social and political understanding that contribute to the solution of ever more complex problems in Forest Engineering.

Fields of work

The Forest Engineering degree is sought by people who find that working in an office or a laboratory is not enough and look for jobs that combine high technology and outdoor activities. Thus, there are five main fields of work for the forest engineer:

1) Geomatics: It comprises the surveying and mapping of natural and planted forest areas through geoprocessing techniques, geographic information systems and topography. This involves the study of permanent preservation areas (APPs), legal reserve and effective cultivation areas, for the elaboration of maps and forest planting projects, being a fundamental area that gives support to the other fields of work.

2) Forestry: It comprises the implementation and maintenance of natural and planted forests, including the study of seeds, seedling production techniques, genetic improvement, soil preparation, establishment of plantings, protection against fire and biotic agents, agroforestry systems, among other activities.

3) Forest Management: It comprises the monitoring and management of natural and planted forests in order to obtain forest products. This involves measurement, inventories, silvicultural treatments (thinning and pruning), harvesting and transportation of timber, as well as other aspects of forest production and economy.

4) Nature Conservation: This is an important area of work, due to the multiple challenges created by the need of knowing the ecosystems better in order to conciliate development with biodiversity maintenance. The study of flora, climate and soils, fauna and watershed management, recovery of degraded areas, management of parks, natural areas and urban ecosystems are, among others, the fields of knowledge required to meet these challenges.

5) Forest Products Technology: This is the last stage of the forest-based production process, since it is linked to the transformation of raw material into the most various products, framed as “Timber Forest Products” (TFP – any product obtained from timber) or “Non-Timber Forest Products” (NTFP – any product obtained from forest or forest farming, other than timber). This context involves the development of industrial processes, studies on the adequacy of raw materials for industrial use, technological studies on pulp and paper production processes, wood panels (MDF, MDP, HDF, etc.), sawing, drying and preservation of wood, technological characterization of wood from anatomical, chemical, physical and mechanical properties, use of forest biomass for energy production, control and quality management in the wood industry, among others.

Learn more about the Forest Engineering program by watching this video (in Portuguese):


Program Length:
10 semesters (5 years)
Classes may be held in the morning, afternoon and evening.

Food Science and Technology

20/03/2020 17:38

The Food Science and Technology program is considered an excellence program, having been graded 5 (maximum grade) by the Ministry of Education. The program is concerned with the Brazilian social, cultural and industrial reality and is highly oriented to the production of quality food and the development of innovative products to meet consumer needs.

The Food Science and Technology graduate is a professional specialized in all aspects of food, including its scientific, technological, biochemical, sanitary, sensory, and nutritional dimensions. This expert is equipped to identify problems and implement innovative solutions across various production chains within the food sector.

In order to prepare such professionals, the program is structured around an innovative and multidisciplinary curriculum covering various subject areas. Safety, quality and sustainability are key concepts with which our faculty understands the food universe. The faculty members hold doctoral degrees in the main food-related fields: technology, microbiology, biochemistry and chemistry.

Students have access to modern and specialized laboratories for their practical courses, as well as to a food processing pilot plant where they learn technologies to develop products derived from milk, meat, fish, fruits, vegetables, oils and cereals. The training path equips them with the skills to develop new food products that aim to meet the demands of the consumer market and society, understanding quality as a broad concept.

The Food Science and Technology graduate will work in every dimension of food production, conservation and monitoring at all stages of distribution. They can be technically responsible for food industries and analysis laboratories; carry out research; work in health surveillance agencies; and perform physicochemical, microbiological, toxicological and sensory quality control and process management.

Learn more about the Food Science and Technology program by watching this video (in Portuguese):

Program Length:
9 semesters (4 and a half years)
Classes may be held in the morning, afternoon and evening.

Food Engineering

20/03/2020 17:37

The Food Engineering program prepares professionals who are able to solve problems affecting the food industry development, combining knowledge of science and engineering and aiming at a high quality standard in food production.

The program includes core courses in the area of engineering: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Computer Science, as well as specific courses in Food Microbiology, Food Industry Processes, Design and Dimensioning of Equipment (distillation, extraction, heat treatment, drying, etc.), Food Biochemistry, Sensory Analysis, Food Storage and Packaging, among others.

At the end of the program, the student learns to design a whole food industry, develops a final project/thesis on relevant issues for food engineering, and does an internship in a food company.

The food engineer works in the selection of raw materials, in industrial food processing and in the distribution of food to consumers. This engineer is also involved in the development and quality control of food products, in the design of industrial processes, in the administration and management of industries, and in the units responsible for the distribution and storage of such products. Additionally, they can follow a career in marketing, health surveillance and environmental pollution control (liquid effluents and air pollutants).

Food engineering graduates find work in a number of productive sectors: dairy industry, slaughterhouses, breweries, wineries, oils and fats industries, sugar and alcohol industries, bioengineering, renewable energy, among others.

Program Length:
8 semesters
Classes held during the day.

Executive Secretarial Science

20/03/2020 17:33

The Executive Secretarial Science program is a four-and-a-half-year degree program whose multidisciplinary curriculum prepares graduates for the corporate market, including national and international companies.

The program includes courses in English as a Foreign Language, Portuguese, Psychology, Management, Library Science, Philosophy, Mathematics, Computer Science, Law, History and Economics, and reflects the demand of a growing market for multitasking professionals.

The Executive Secretary has the necessary ability and knowledge to assist high-ranking executives and officials at the most diverse areas of private companies and government agencies, while participating directly in the decision-making of these executives.

In the final semester, students have the opportunity to put knowledge into practice through a professional internship that enables them to experience the routine of the profession and to write a report or a monograph related to the internship experience or to the corresponding area of knowledge.

Program Length:
9 semesters (4 and a half years)
 Classes held in the evening.

English Language and Literatures

20/03/2020 17:31

The origins of the English Language and Literatures program date back to the 1960s, the same decade when the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina was founded.

The program lasts four years and its curriculum is organized around three main axes: Linguistics, Literature, and Translation. The program covers different theoretical and thematic approaches to discourse analysis, English literature, translation studies, applied linguistics, literature and cinema, among other areas. In addition to courses on these subjects, students have at their disposal a wide range of elective courses and Academic-Scientific-Cultural Activities (ACCs) that diversify and enrich their training. English Language and Literatures students can opt for a teaching degree, in which case they must carry out a supervised teaching internship at a public school at the end of the program. If they do not opt for the teaching degree, they must develop an undergraduate thesis (TCC) for degree completion.

Graduates  with  a  degree  in  English  Language  and Literatures have diverse career opportunities. One of  the  main  career  fields  is  teaching,  mainly  in primary  and  secondary  schools,  as  well  as  in language  schools.  An  academic  career  at universities is  also  a possibility, after pursuing a master’s and a doctoral degree.

Companies also look for English Language professionals to teach  specialized  language courses to their employees. Additionally, graduates find  employment  in  publishing  houses  and advertising  agencies,  where  they  play  roles  in  text preparation  and  standardization,  spell-checking, revising  and  proofreading.

Translation  is  another field  with  high  demand  for  these  professionals, where  opportunities  include  translating  technical, academic  and  literary  texts,  as  well  as  subtitling films, games and software.

Mastery of the language expands job possibilities. With specific training, English Language and Literatures professionals can work in foreign trade, diplomacy, and tourism in general, securing positions in airlines and travel agencies, for example.

Program Length:
8 semesters (4 years)
Classes held in the afternoon.

Energy Engineering – Araranguá Campus

20/03/2020 17:30

Energy Engineering focuses on generating solutions for a great current challenge related to the production, storage, distribution and use of energy and the impacts associated to these processes. In this context, energy should be understood in a broad sense and not only as electrical energy.

We need energy in our homes, schools, hospitals, in industrial processes, cargo and passenger transportation, etc.  Energy is indeed the driving force for the development and promotion of quality of life.

In order to obtain energy at the places and in the amounts necessary, we must first acknowledge the opportunities nature has to offer; thus, we must know and map out our natural resources. Furthermore, we need to know efficient methods to convert these resources into the necessary forms of energy.

Finally, we need to be aware of the impacts generated by the use and exploitation of this energy, so as to guarantee not only economic and social sustainability, but also environmental sustainability. These are a few of the challenges faced by Energy Engineering, making it an extremely attractive degree for those who wish to find strategic solutions and act innovatively in a market whose value continues to rise.

A topic of such importance requires a multidisciplinary approach based on the fundamentals that will promote the next technological revolutions. For such reasons, UFSC’s Energy Engineering program is grounded on Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Control Engineering, Environmental Engineering, and Earth Sciences. Therefore, the energy engineer will have to integrate technology derived from all these fields of expertise.

Learn more about the Energy Engineering program by watching this video (in Portuguese):

Program Length:
10 semesters (5 years)
Classes may be held in the morning, afternoon and evening.

Electronic Engineering

20/03/2020 17:29

UFSC Electronic Engineering program trains professionals with a high technical qualification to work in various market segments, such as information technology (IT), semiconductors, aerospace, automotive, biomedical engineering, telecommunications, electrical/electronic, among others.

In these segments, the Electronic Engineer finds a vast range of working options, such as elaborating or executing technical projects, managing projects, or working as a sales engineer. Alternatively, the Electronic Engineer can continue their studies at the graduate level, in order to work in research, development and innovation.

Electronic Engineering is a dynamic and ever-evolving field that offers numerous challenges and opportunities in cutting-edge technology sectors. In the information technology domain, where internet-connected smartphones dominate, we can envision a future where Electronic Engineering plays a pivotal role. As we advance towards the Internet of Things (IoT) paradigm, each object will be uniquely identified and capable of remote access from anywhere in the world. This positions Electronic Engineering at the forefront of technological

IoT variants, such as Body Area Networks, will enable network connectivity for devices installed in an individual’s body, enhancing diagnosis or optimizing the administration of substances and the monitoring of individuals. These advances rely on minimizing the size and power consumption of the electronics involved, as well as improving data communication technologies. Therefore, innovation is necessary across all segments: design of new materials, optimization of devices, custom design of circuits and systems, and development of embedded software associated with computational intelligence.

The fundamentals to work in these markets are acquired in the UFSC Electronic Engineering program. The program’s curriculum is divided into two parts: one covering essential concepts with an emphasis on Mathematics and Physics and the other having a professional focus, with an emphasis on Biomedical Engineering, Telecommunications, Electronic Systems (microelectronics) and Digital Systems.

Florianópolis is recognized as an emerging technological hub that has about 600 hardware and software technology services companies, representing one of the main sources of tax revenue in the city. Among these companies, there are well-established and growing microelectronics companies and a significant number of young companies in various stages of incubation installed in local incubators. All this, combined with important research centers and technological innovation parks, stand out as prospective instruments for the future career of the Electronic Engineer graduated from UFSC.


Program Length: 10  semesters (5 years)
Classes may be held in the morning, afternoon and evening.