1st Cycle Degree/Bachelor in Biological Sciences

Degree programme

Programme type 1st Cycle Degree/Bachelor
Academic Year 2017/2018
General policies and regulations D.M. 270
Code 8012
Degree Programme Class L-13 - Biology
Years in which the programme is being held 1st, 2nd and 3rd year
Teaching mode Traditional lecture (classroom-taught)
Type of access Restricted access
Place of teaching Bologna
Degree Programme Director Stefano Del Duca
Language Italian

Programme profile

The degree programme in Biological Sciences aims to form graduates with valid basic knowledge of biology and a strong command of scientific investigation methods, as well as a solid grounding for the understanding of scientific and technological progress also to understand and correctly handle living organisms. In detail, graduates will have acquired competences in non-biological sectors including computing, mathematics and statistics, physics, chemistry and the fundamental language competences required to continue studies in the fields of botany, zoology, cytology, histology, comparative anatomy, ecology, biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, general physiology, microbiology, human biology, plant physiology and hygiene; they will also acquire skills in laboratory management, methods and good practices. Students will perform an internship in a biological research laboratory, analytical or monitoring laboratory or production company working in the biological, biochemical, pharmaceutical or biotechnological field, a health facility or local authority working in the environment or conservation, natural park or reserve, acquiring knowledge of the complex professional world in the biology field and for the first time understanding the relationship between university studies and professional activities, related not only to production but also organisation and management.
The curriculum considers the risk of rapid obsolescence of highly specific competencies inherent in the constant evolution of knowledge in the modern biology field. The degree programme therefore aims to provide students with an appropriate foundation of knowledge and methodology and only in the final stages of the programme are these focused on developing skills in specific subject areas.
The first two years of the programme share a common curriculum, while the third year, with four common course units (human biology, hygiene, plant physiology and laboratory safety), includes two course units chosen from a range of elective courses.
Students therefore have the opportunity to develop their own knowledge and professional skills in different areas of biology, such as cellular and molecular biology, biodiversity and the environment and health biology, supporting their personal choices with specific course units and the internship. This facilitates the students' future choices for continuing studies to 2nd cycle level, where the University of Bologna offers four possibilities: cellular-molecular biology, biodiversity and evolution, marine biology and health biology.
The learning outcomes of the study programme refer to the principles of European harmonisation defining the skills base to be possessed by graduates and complying with the specific requirements of the Dublin Descriptors system and the national Tuning table (CBUI) for class L-13.


Expected learning outcomes

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Course units

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The degree programme provides for an internship of 175 hours (7credits) to be carried out in a company or public organisation in Italy or abroad. The organisation may be chosen directly by students or proposed by professors or by the University Internship Office. The way in which the internship will be organised is agreed upon with the host organisation.

The internship is an important opportunity for students to gain first-hand experience of the world of work. Students who work already, or who have completed a period of civil service, may request that this experience is recognised as an internship.

International mobility

Students are offered a series of opportunities of carrying out exchanges programs due to the various existing agreements with foreign universities.For information about the programs you can contact:
International student office

Access to further study

It gives access to second cycle studies (laurea specialistica/magistrale) and master universitario di primo livello.

Career opportunities

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Contact details

Director of the Degree programme

Prof. Stefano Del Duca

Academic office

Tutor: Lucia Lenzi