1st Cycle Degree/Bachelor in Biological Sciences

Degree programme

Programme type 1st Cycle Degree/Bachelor
Academic Year 2018/2019
Code 8012
Degree Programme Class L-13 - Biology
Years in which the programme is being held 1st, 2nd and 3rd year
Type of access Restricted access
Place of teaching Bologna
Degree Programme Director Stefano Del Duca
Language Italian

Admission requirements and assessment of previously acquired knowledge/competences

Candidates must hold at least one of the following qualifications for admission to the degree programme:
- five-year secondary school diploma, or four-year diploma from a teaching or artistic high school plus the additional year certificate
- first cycle degree
- four-year secondary school diploma from a school which does not currently run the additional year (currently only teaching high schools).
In this case, candidates will be assigned additional learning requirements to be completed during the first academic year.
Candidates must also possess the following knowledge: strong general knowledge, logical reasoning and comprehension skills.
There are no specific foreign language requirements for admission to the programme.
The degree programme has restricted access, and a ranking list will be drafted on the basis of the results of the entrance exam, which also assesses the candidates' knowledge and is therefore mandatory for all students. The criteria and methods for the entrance exam are detailed in the call for applications. A ranking list will be drafted on the basis of the results of the exam; candidates obtaining at least the minimum grade laid down in the call for applications may register to the programme with no additional learning requirements. Students accepted to the programme obtaining less than the minimum score in the entrance exam will be assigned additional learning requirements (OFA). The OFA must be completed in the first year of the programme and in any case in the terms set by the University. Students not completing the additional learning requirements in the set terms must enrol in the following academic year as repeating students, and shall repeat the procedure laid down for passing the OFA. Students passing at least two of the year 1 exams giving a grade expressed in thirtieths will be deemed to have completed the OFA.
Applicants who already have a university degree or diploma, who are enrolling in the restricted-access degree programme transferring from another programme running at the University of Bologna or another university, shall in any case be required to sit the entrance exam complying the with rules indicated above.
Foreign nationals may register for this Degree Programme up to the maximum number of places assigned in the call for applications.

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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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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