The Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul (Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso do Sul – UFMS), has its origins in the year 1962, with the creation of the Faculty of Pharmacy and Odontology of Campo Grande, in Campo Grande city, that would be the embryo of the public higher education system in the Mato Grosso state.
In 1966, by the State Law nº 2620, those courses were absorbed with the creation of the Institute of Biological Sciences of Campo Grande (IBCG), which has reformulated the past structure, created new departments and created the Medicine course. The three members courses of this institute started the structuration of the Centre of Biological Sciences and Health Sciences (Centro de Ciências Biológicas e da Saúde – CCBS).
The government of the Mato Grosso state in 1967 created in Corumbá the Higher Institute of Pedagogy and, in Três Lagoas, the Institute of Humanities and Languages, spreading, this way, the state’s public higher education system. Integrating the Institutes of Campo Grande, Corumbá and Três Lagoas, the state law nº 2947 (1967) created the Universidade Estadual of Mato Grosso (State University of Mato Grosso – UEMT).
In 1970, the Pedagogic centres of Aquidauana and Dourados were created and incorporated to the UEMT.
With the division of the Mato Grosso state, the institution has been federalized and stated to be called Fundação Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso do Sul (UFMS – Foundation Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul) by the Federal law Nº 6.674 of 1979. Since the creation of ICBCG until the implementation of UFMS some new courses were created and integrated with the CCBS, getting to be responsible for the physical and pedagogical structure of 7 courses – Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Biochemistry, Zootechny, Veterinary, Biological Sciences – until 2005.
Right after, with the creation and implementation of the Colleges of Medicine (Faculdade de Medicina – FAMED), Veterinary and Zootechny (Medicina Veterinária e Zootecnia – FAMEZ) and Dentistry (Odontologia – FAODO), respective courses have left CCBS structure, leaving the Centre responsible for four graduation courses and two stricto sensu postgraduate programs – Postgraduate Program in Ecology and Conservation and PPG in Plant Biology -, with two Master’s degree courses (Botany and Ecology and Conservation) and one doctorate degree in Ecology and Conservation.
Nowadays CCBS has seven attendance degree courses and six postgraduate programs, stricto sensu, besides specialization courses offered in the Health area. The degree courses offered by CCBS are Biological Science – Bachelor Degree (50 vacancies); Biological Science – Honors Degree (50 vacancies); Nursing – Bachelor Degree (50 vacancies); Pharmacy – Bachelor Degree (50 vacancies); Physiotherapy (50 vacancies); Nutrition (40 vacancies); Higher Education in Food Technology (40 vacancies), the last two being created in 2010 and implemented in 2011. By the year of 2012 two new Master’s degree were implemented: Master’s degree in Nursing and Master’s degree in Family Health.
CCBS also supports Open and Distance Learning (ODL) in a degree course in Biological Science – Honors Degree.
Among the postgraduate courses lato sensu we highlight the newly created Specialization in Multidisciplinary Residency in Health, with professors from Physiotherapy, Nursing, Pharmacy, adding also Dentistry whose headquarter is the University Hospital – COREMU (Propp), being shared with CCBS the Coordination of this activity.
The CCBS Direction features for graduation as far as organizational structure is concerned: 1 Administrative Coordination, 1 Academic Coordination, 1 Academic Office and 6 graduate courses coordination and postgraduate courses coordination.
With the extinction of departments of UFMS, in 2011, the professors, subjects from Biological and Health areas and administrative technicians are filling up CCBS, directly subordinated to the direction of the Sector Unit.
As regards to human resources, CCBS today has 107 administrative technicians, 148 effective professors and 14 hired. In relation to students CCBS has a total of 1.313 students.
The Centre of Biological Sciences and Health Sciences was the first institutional unit of UFMS, sheltering initially every course from Health and Biological area and it is located near Paliteiro, an UFMS symbol, and behind the Central Library.