Biological sciences

Bachelor's degree programme

General information

Disciplinary areaLife
Duration 3 years - 180 Credits
Admission Accesso Programmato Limited access, see call for applications
Language Taught in Italian
Teaching method Lectures
Regulation Main Teaching Regulations


Biology is a current and dynamic science in continuous evolution, and at the forefront of an impassioned scientific and cultural debate concerning the nature of our contemporary society. The degree program in Biological Sciences offers the opportunity to benefit from an interdisciplinary approach to various aspects of life sciences, from their origins to their transformations and evolution. Biological applications are continuously being expanded, extremely diversified, and involve multiple areas. Its goal is to protect the environment and the health of humans, as well as to control biological products, particularly in the food sector. This degree program provides a solid theoretical and experimental base through the use of a variety of teaching methods. In addition to lectures and practical exercises, there are many hours of laboratory practice for the purpose of acquiring manual skills and experience in the basic methodologies. These activities are possible due to the excellent professor/student ratio, which has always characterized the degree program in Biological Sciences.

Course content

The degree program in Biological Sciences is subdivided into different instructional levels. The first year is dedicated mainly to the study of courses from the basic scientific disciplines such as mathematics, chemistry, physics, statistics, and computer science, which constitute the necessary tools for understanding and analyzing biological phenomena. The next two years are focused on course work designed to provide theoretical and experimental knowledge for the study of increasingly complex biological systems and phenomena from the molecular level, to cells and tissues, from organisms to species, and from populations to communities, ending finally with ecosystems. Another objective of the program is to provide students with the tools to study and analyze biological phenomena through a comparative and evolutionary approach. The program, on the whole, is centered on applications in the area of conservation and management of our natural resources and the biodiversity and protection of human health. The course work is completed by experimental activities in preparation for the *[first level ] thesis to be conducted in university research laboratories or in local companies or institutions. The program is enriched by a wide choice of electives which permit students to acquire a deeper knowledge of particular biological subjects of interest which can complete and diversify their preparation.

Career options

Graduates of the three-year program possess basic theoretical, methodological and experimental competencies with respect to the structure, development, and functions of living plant and animal organisms (including humans), and their interaction with the environment. Graduates will be able to work in public and private bodies and structures involved in biological monitoring, the management and protection of ecosystems, quality control of biological products, market and chemico-clinical analyses, and biological control in the agri-food and public health sectors. They can conduct their work in research laboratories, as well as in local managing bodies involved in the sector (botanical gardens, natural parks, aquatic environments both internal and sea waters, etc.). Graduates can participate in the Italian State Examination to qualify as Junior Biologists.

More information

Course Director
prof.ssa Daniela Prevedelli
prof.ssa Lorena Rebecchi

The course is managed by the Department of Life Sciences