Computer Engineering studies are strongly based on Computer Sciences, Engineering Sciences, Mathematics, Electrics and Digital Electronics. Great technological advances have as their main element the computer, which is composed of hardware (devices) and software (programs). However, the perception that a high technology product has an embedded computer is not always evident. The area of knowledge that studies this integration between product and embedded technology is called Embedded Computer Systems. As we increasingly interact with a variety of intelligent products and objects on a daily basis, a futuristic scenario, not necessarily derived from science fiction, is one where every object of human interaction has an embedded computer. Thus, the challenge of building this scenario is mainly the responsibility of Computer Engineers, who have the ability to create, analyze, design and implement large-scale construction processes, employing innovations originated by the intersection between the sciences and technologies available to them.
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The Blumenau Campus’ Chemistry Program with an emphasis on Chemistry Education (licenciatura) aims to prepare professionals with scientific and pedagogical knowledge of Chemistry, its related areas and Education. It provides students with the necessary knowledge and skills for the teaching practice in different educational institutions and environments, and also for other professional practices in the area of Chemistry, according to the legal provisions.
Profile of the graduate
The graduate in Chemistry (Education) is qualified according to the different theoretical perspectives that support the understanding of the teaching and learning process, showing adequate mastery of the content and its contextualized integration for the construction of different knowledge. In addition, they understand the organizational system and the historical, technological and pedagogical conceptions shaping the educational reality.
The graduate can teach in primary and secondary school and/or work as a chemist, according to the current legislation. The degree also allows working with research in the subareas of Chemistry (Physical Chemistry, Analytic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry and Organic Chemistry), Chemistry Teaching and Education.
UFSC’s Department of Chemistry offers three different undergraduate degrees: Chemistry, Chemistry Education and Chemical Technology. All degrees share common core courses in Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics.
The Chemistry degree aims to prepare professionals for the development of research in industries or academic institutions. The program offers strong theoretical and practical foundations which enable graduates to become researchers and to pursue graduate studies in Chemistry. The continued studies in graduate school, especially in doctoral programs, allows graduates to teach in universities or in research centers. The program also provides students with knowledge of the techniques currently used in chemical laboratories.
The Chemistry Education degree prepares professionals for the teaching of chemistry in upper secondary school. Among the subjects are: School Organization, Chemistry Education, Tools and Strategies for Teaching Chemistry, Experimental Chemistry Class Environments, Teaching Methodology, Educational Psychology, Brazilian Sign Language and Didactics. The program offers in-depth studies on fundamental aspects of all areas of chemistry, providing students with knowledge of basic laboratory techniques. Graduates present a strong knowledge of Chemistry subjects and adequate pedagogical skills to work as upper secondary school teachers.
The Chemical Technology degree aims to qualify professionals mainly for industrial activity. The graduate is qualified for a career in the development of chemical products and processes, especially in Fine Chemistry, a field dedicated to the development of more elaborate products, such as catalysts, dyes, food additives and pharmaceuticals. The program includes courses in Chemical Industries, Fermentation Technology, Fine Chemical and Applied Chemistry, and Industrial Economics and Organization. The graduate can work in the production and previous or complementary treatments of chemicals and waste. They may also work in the operation, maintenance, direction and execution of chemical industry operations, processes and processing.
The chemical engineer can work in chemical and petrochemical industry processes and in the development of projects for production units, in addition to working in the areas of materials, food, computer science, environment, among others. In the environmental field, the chemical engineer is responsible for studying the environment pollution degree through chemical analysis of water and gas emissions control.
Aimed at qualifying graduates for these roles, UFSC Chemical Engineering Program created a broad ranging curriculum that is centered on the profession’s principles. In the first semester, core courses in Physics, Chemistry, Calculus, Mathematics and Introduction to Chemical Engineering are taught. Then, more specific courses are offered: Thermodynamics, Transport Phenomena, Reactor Calculation, Biochemical Engineering, Process Analysis and Simulation, Environmental Engineering, Chemical Industries, among others.
In the last semester, the student gets to learn the day-to-day practice of the profession through an internship in a company. In general, UFSC graduates are well positioned in the job market: about half of our students are immediately hired after completing their studies.
The Brazilian Sign Language (Libras) Program focuses on the language, literature and culture of deaf communities in Brazil and in other countries. In order to enter the program, the candidate must choose between a teaching degree and a degree that leads to a translation/interpretation career. In the first degree option, the student will complete a teaching internship in public and private schools. In the other, the student engages in practical internships in the field of translating and interpreting in various contexts, particularly in the educational context.
The Brazilian Sign Language teaching graduate can teach Libras as a first language to deaf students in primary and secondary schools, as well as as a second language to hearing students from primary school to higher education (in particular in all degrees across the country that have a teacher training component, as they shall now offer mandatory Libras courses to undergraduate students according to the Decree no. 5626/05). Besides, the Libras teacher can also work in institutions specializing in the teaching of Libras, such as federations and associations of the deaf. On the other hand, the translation and interpretation professional can act as an interpreter in classrooms, meetings and conferences, as well as in the translation of technical and literary texts and in text revision and proofreading.
The profession of biologist was regulated in Brazil by Law no. 6684/1979. The areas of work for Biological Sciences graduates have been expanding constantly, and include environmental conservation, ecotourism, clinical analysis, biotechnology, environmental education and teaching. The detailed description of each area of work is available at the Federal Council of Biology (CFBio)’s website. The wage floor for biologists in Brazil is established in eight times the minimum wage.
UFSC Biological Sciences Program is a broad-ranging degree that provides students with knowledge of various biological areas, such as Cell Biology, Embryology, Genetics, Biochemistry, Botany, Physiology, Parasitology, Morphology, Ecology, Zoology, Microbiology, Immunology and Pharmacology. The student can also choose to pursue a teaching degree – in this case, the graduate will be able to work as a teacher in primary and secondary schools.
The program is offered in the day period since 2006, and in the evening period since 2010. Today, the day program offers general courses in the first two years and, in the third year, the student must choose if they will follow the teaching career. In the evening program, this choice need not be made, as the degree is already aimed at teaching.
Biological Sciences graduates are qualified to provide services, execute projects and carry out research in various areas of biology, such as preservation, sanitation, protection and enhancement of environmental quality, biotechnology, etc. The School of Biological Sciences (CCB) has a number of laboratories where cutting-edge research is conducted and where students find vast possibilities to develop their Scientific Initiation projects, which contribute largely to their studies throughout the program.
The biologist can guide, direct, advise or consult companies, conduct investigations, and prepare technical reports and opinions. The School of Biological Sciences houses a Junior Enterprise called Simbiosis, managed exclusively by students, which already performs some of these tasks. Throughout the program, students take part in internships that result in a final thesis (TCC), which, in its turn, reflects the students’ dedication and the quality of the program.
With the teaching degree, graduates are able to teach in primary and secondary schools. Students in the teaching degree have about 1000 class hours of pedagogical courses, besides a teaching practice component (PPCC). In addition to the pedagogical courses, students who opt for the teaching degree also write a final thesis and take most of the courses offered in the program. This way, the teaching graduate may also follow a career in all other professional activities. Students who do not seek a teaching license can also work as teachers in non-formal settings, such as in environmental education.
The School of Biological Sciences offers a good infrastructure with strong research performance, which provides undergraduate students the opportunity to engage in projects in various research areas. Some of these areas include: the study of biodiversity and its conservation, zoology, botany, genetics, animal and environmental toxicology, biological actions of medicinal herbs and natural products, virology, parasitology, behavioral genetics, neurobiological mechanisms of stress, anxiety, depression, drug abuse, eating behavior, pain, inflammation and aging.
In 2010, one of our students was ranked first among 6407 candidates for a position of Junior Environmental Analyst (Biology) at Petrobrás. Also, several of our students have been ranked first place or got good placements in highly competitive public competitions, including for UFSC technical administrative positions, for graduate programs and for positions in government agencies (FATMA, Public Health Department, Federal Police, IBAMA, among others).
UFSC Biological Sciences graduates complete the courses with a solid academic background and a broad academic profile. The vast internship opportunities since the early stages of the program ensure students a solid scientific education and the possibility to choose among various areas of work. The teaching degree also provides students with a solid educational base and education-specific internships which contribute to their teacher training in Biology.
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9 semesters (4 and a half years) or 10 semesters (5 years) for the teaching degree
The Automotive Engineering program will give graduates a systemic view of automotive engineering to prepare for a career in planning, design, construction, maintenance and disposal of automotive systems such as automobiles, trucks, buses, motorcycles and other road vehicles, whether self-propelled, conventional or special. Graduates can also work in interdisciplinary areas of engineering, such as mechanical, electrical, production, mechatronics, metallurgical, materials, transportation and logistics, and infrastructure, all related to automotive engineering.
Automotive Engineering has a prominent place in the industrial, economic and technological setting, both nationally and worldwide. It is a strategic industrial segment in various countries because it generates employment, financial resources and technologies. UFSC Automotive Engineering program is aimed at contributing to the development of the automotive sector through training and the development of new technologies associated with motor vehicles.
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The Automation and Control Engineering Program enables professionals to design, analyze and use control and automation systems applied to industrial, commercial and domestic processes with the aim of automating them.
Graduates can work in various segments, such as: engineering, industrial, commercial and home automation companies; petrochemical, chemical, textile, ceramics, steel, metallurgical, cement and food industries.
In the early stages, in addition to basic courses in Physics and Mathematics, students already take specific courses which give dimension to the areas connected to their future career.
Several courses throughout the program will help students consolidate their knowledge and prospect entrepreneurial possibilities. By the end of the program, an internship component allows students to develop work at companies and research institutions, which expands their education and career opportunities.
The automation of production activities, whether in agriculture, industry or in the service sector, is one of the main requirements for the economic development of the country and for its effective participation in the international market. The need for qualified professionals that have an interdisciplinary vision – indispensible to the automation processes – , and are able to use the new computer technologies adequately has led UFSC to create the pioneer Automation and Control Engineering program in 1990.
The program offers 72 seats every year and during the 5-year studies the future engineer acquires qualifications to work in Process Control, Manufacturing Automation, Industrial Computing and Robotics. The training prepares students for the design, implementation, use and maintenance of automated or to-be-automated production units. Engineering companies, software and equipment industries for industrial automation and other industries using such equipment are the potential workplace for this professional.
The Automation and Control engineering student at UFSC receives training with the following characteristics:
strong knowledge in mathematics, physics and computing;
general knowledge on electricity and mechanics (instrumentation and drive systems);
basic notions of economics, management and safety;
deep knowledge of:
Process control: physical process modeling; analysis, design and synthesis of continuous and discrete controllers for linear and nonlinear feedback systems; modern techniques of multivariate control and optimization; control instrumentation;
Industrial computing: digital systems and microprocessors; computer architectures; programmable logic controllers; software and computer system specification and design; programming languages and operating systems; real-time software; distributed computing systems and computer networks; databases; artificial intelligence and expert systems;
Manufaturing automation: metal-mechanical manufacturing processes; product engineering elements (CAD/CAE, Group Technology); numerical control and programming of automated systems (CNC, DNC, robot, transport system); production management (MRP, JIT, quality management), process planning (CAPP, CAD / CAM); integrated manufacturing systems (FMS, CIM), modeling and performance evaluation of manufacturing systems;
Robotics: basic concepts of robotics; advanced concepts of mobile robotics and artificial intelligence techniques.
The following aspects are also fundamental to the training of the Automation and Control engineer:
constant technological updating;
learning of computer-aided design, implementation and quality control techniques;
preparation for insertion and rapid adaptation in the industrial environment;
training guided by practical and creative activities.
The curricular internship and the final project (lasting one semester), which can be carried out in companies or in research & development laboratories, facilitate the last two aspects.
The program is closely linked to the Graduate Program in Automation and Systems Engineering (PPGEAS), which offers training at the master’s and doctoral levels.
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This four-year degree program constitutes, together with the Library Science program and the Master’s in Information Science, the field of study of Information Science, currently housed in the School of Education (CED).
Its creation meets a social demand of the state of Santa Catarina, as shown in several archival events taking place in the state in the last ten years, and consolidates UFSC’s position in the field of Archival Science, reached through the continuous offer of a Specialization Program in Archival Management.