Specific Admission Requirements
May be admitted to the course: a) the graduates of the institutes of advanced secondary instruction of four-year or quinquennial duration; b) those who are in possession of other qualifications obtained abroad, which are recognized suitable. A successful learning process requires a knowledge of the general elements of Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Biology and Earth Sciences treated in high school. A test is designed to assess the level of knowledge acquired during school studies, with the possible recognition of gaps that will be filled attending didactic activity oriented to recovery the found deficiencies.
Profile of the programme
The Bachelor in Natural Sciences aims to produce graduates who have a thorough knowledge of the nature (in its biotic and abiotic components and their interactions) and also possess a scientific and professional preparation in the protection and enjoyment of natural resources and the popularization of naturalistic knowledge. The course aims to achieve the following objectives: - Transmit a systemic knowledge of the natural world through the identification, detection and classification of living beings and their environment; - Have a good practice of the scientific method for the analysis of the components, functions and problems relating to biotic and abiotic aspects of natural ecosystems; - Produce graduates who are able to work in a team, to work independently and to fit in the workplace; - Produce graduates who are able to use at least one European language in addition to 'Italian, in the specific field of expertise and for the exchange of general information. The degree program provides a theoetical teaching methodology and laboratory activities with the addition of the practical activities in the field. Active participation in naturalistic campaigns which relate to issues of both life sciences earth science, and field training at protected areas are encouraged. The topics of the courses start from a solid foundations of physical, chemical, geological disciplines ranging from biological ones. In particular, the curriculum includes: basic training activities in the fields of mathematics, computer science, physics and chemistry; activities related to the acquisition of knowledge in the disciplines of earth sciences (Geology, Geomorphology, Petrology, Paleontology); fundamental concepts of biology and physiology and in-depth study of naturalistic disciplines (botany, zoology and ecology with particular emphasis on taxonomy and population analysis).
Key learning outcomes
The course is characterized by a high level of interdisciplinarity based on a good knowledge of the basic disciplines and on the mastery of specific subjects. From the experimental point of view the course is characterized by a wide diversity of studying methods: recognition and interpretation of natural phenomena and data processing through the use of statistical tools and computer. The knowledge and understanding are achieved through the lectures, the tutorials, laboratory activities, and a set of field activities. The acquisition of special skills can be obtained through seminars taught by experts and / or specialized personnel with final verification through testing and / or written reports. The course material consists of scientific articles and texts recommended by teachers and / or handouts provided directly by the teachers. The verification of the results takes place both through the trials of oral and / or written the exams. For some courses preparation of papers (to be presented in the form of oral presentation) is provided for. The graduate will have acquired: - Knowledge of the basic disciplines such as mathematics, computer science, physics and chemistry; - Knowledge of forms, phenomena and processes in organisms and of the physical environment in which they live, observed in an evolutionary framework (physiology, comparative anatomy, genetics); - Systematic knowledge of the various disciplines (botany, zoology, petrography, mineralogy, paleontology) and their interactions in natural systems. - Understanding of the interdisciplinary aspects of the studies on the environment and nature (ecological disciplines). -Ability to implement protocols and experimental procedures; -Ability to collect the field and laboratory data; -Ability to monitor plant and animal species, quality and dynamics of the environment; -Ability to represent data using statistical methods and tools.
Specific arrangements for recognition of prior learning (formal, non -formal and informal)
Students can apply for the recognition of activities acquired in previous training by submitting a formal request to the Degree Board, which decide about the recognition of all or part of the credits acquired by the student for proceeding with the further studies.
Occupational profiles of graduates
In general: public or private entities that have as their purpose the knowledge of nature and / or evaluation of natural resources and their management / conservation. In this context, the degree in Natural Sciences may find employment as: - Naturalist expert in sampling, monitoring and evaluation of biotic and abiotic systems - Nature guide - Technician and curator of museums and natural history collections - Popularizer and natural entertainer in schools, cultural institutions and tourist associations - Responsible for the conservation and enhancement of sites of geological, paleontological and biological interest. The course prepares students for the profession of Biologists and similar professions - (2.3.1.1.1) Botanical - (2.3.1.1.5) Zoologists - (2.3.1.1.6) Ecologists - (2.3.1.1.7) Museum curators - (2.5.4.5.3) Environmental Control Expert- (3.1.8.3.1) Tour Guides; Nature and sports guide- (3.4.1.5.1)
Access to further studies
Graduates can access to: - Bachelor of Science programs, after verification of admission requirements; - First level University Master's degree.
Examination regulations, assessment and grading
Determination of profit is individual. The examination for training activities other than teaching courses cannot provide a vote, but only a rating of "pass" (which determines the acquisition by the student of the related creditss) or "Failed". Examination of the profit can be in written, oral, or written and oral form. The test is passed if the final score is not less than 18/30. The vote of 30/30 may be accompanied, in the unanimous opinion of the jury, by the praise. To support the evidence of assessment of profit, the student must be enrolled and in good standing with the payment of taxes and contributions required and the provisions relating to establishment of the compulsory attendance.
Graduation requirements
The normal duration of the degree course is three years. For getting the degree, the student must have acquired 180 credits. For being able to do the final examination scheduled for the attainment of the degree, the student must have acquired all the credits required in the teaching and its curriculum, except those related to the final examination, and comply with the payment of taxes and university fees.
Mode of study
The student, at the moment of the registration or enrollment, have to choose between full-time or part time commitment or part time commitment . Unless this specific option, the student is considered to be working full-time. The “part time” inscription envisages a curriculum structured on an average annual commitment which allow to the student the acquisition of 30 CFU. Course attendance is usually mandatory, even for students not enrolled full time.