Specific Admission Requirements
They can be admitted to the course: a) graduates of secondary high schools lasting four or five years and b) students having got a recognized equivalent qualification obtained abroad. There will be a placement test designed to assess the knowledge of mathematics, physics and chemistry, and possibly basic biology, with the possible allocation of additional educational activities to be filled in by attending integrative educational activities, aimed at recovering possible deficiencies within the first year and, in any case, through the way defined by the academic regulations of the degree program.
Profile of the programme
The Interclass Degree in Biological Science and Technology aims to provide adequate cross-disciplinary training in the specific field of biology and technological applications addressed to the environment and industry. This objective will be achieved by providing students with a solid theoretical background in different fields of life sciences, as expected by educational objectives of the class L-13, together with applicative training on biological systems at cellular and molecular level and the knowledge of regulations, as expected by the educational objectives of the class L-2. Membership of the course to the two graduation classes L-2 and L-13 is necessary to obtain an intermediate training course, to make available a new professional figure. The degree course includes teaching of biology-oriented studies of micro-organisms, organisms and plant and animal species, including humans, with an interdisciplinary approach as for morphological, physiological, cellular, biochemical, molecular biology, genetic, evolutionary, ecological-environmental aspects; moreover, it includes also specific trainings in the areas of advanced technologies and methodologies of biochemistry, molecular biology, bioinformatics, genetic engineering, cell and tissue cultures and their potential applications in industrial, environmental and diagnostic field, integrated with regulation aspects and bioethics. The degree program provides adequate knowledge of written and oral English. In addition, internships are provided, also as a function of eventual possible professionalizing occasions. Graduates can participate to the professional status exam of junior biologist and continue their studies in the Bachelors of Science or first level master. The normal duration of the course is three years. To get their degree, students must have earned 180 credits.
Key learning outcomes
Knowledge and understanding in terms of theoretical and practical skills in: elements of mathematics, statistics, physics, chemistry and computer science; biology of microorganisms, plant and animal organisms; functional, cellular, evolutionary, biochemistry and molecular biology; genetics; genetic engineering, molecular biology and bioinformatics;recombinant biotechnology, aimed to the production of bio-molecules of commercial interest and the protection of the environment and human health; modern techniques of genomics and proteomics; methods of fermentation and microbial engineering. Acquisition of multi-disciplinary skills to be autonomous in: analysis of biodiversity, analysis and quality control of environmental hygiene and food; biological, biomedical, microbiological and toxicological tests;biochemical, biomolecular, biotechnological, genetic engineering, statistic and bioinformatic methodologies; methodological and instrumental procedures for a broad-spectrum biological research; methods of fermentation and microbial engineering and genetic modification of plants or animals. Acquisition of a multidisciplinary conscious and independent judgment in relation to: assessment and interpretation of laboratory experimental data; laboratory safety; teaching evaluation; principles of professional ethics and scientific approach to bioethical issues. Communication skills in terms of acquisition of necessary skills and tools to communicate in Italian English; computer skills, data processing and presentation; ability to work in groups; Acquisition of skills and knowledge for undertaking further studies and the development and deepening of competencies in the fields of biological and related technologies, with a particular reference to: consultation of bibliographic material, access to databases and other information on the web.
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
The Master Degree in Biological Science and Technology will be a reference point for the territory in the applications to environment and industrial development. It will allow access to the labor market both locally and extra-regionally, in professions requiring expertise in biology and application capabilities, with respect to the management, utilization and modification of living organisms and their constituents, from micro-organisms to animals and plants, in the environmental sector and biotechnological industry. Graduates can work in quality control in the field of biological analysis with biomolecular methodologies and techniques, in the field of biosafety. They can carry out professional activities and techniques in various fields of application, such as biotechnological productive activities in biotechnology laboratories of public and private research institutions or industry, especially in the field of preservation and biological rehabilitation of the environment with effects on human beings. in terms of areas of employment, graduates will be able to work in teams with varying degrees of autonomy and to fit in the workplace, in Europe and outside Europe. Such skills are among those provided by the Classification of Occupations drawn up by ISTAT, and reported below. Graduates will be able to register (after passing the professional state exam) to the section B of the professional register of biologist , under the professional title of junior biologist, for working in the fields dedicated to this professional figures. Graduates will be able to access to the following courses of study of the Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology or Biology, or in similar classes of degree. The course prepares students for the following professions: Biologists and similar professions - (2.3.1.1.1) Biochemical - (2.3.1.1.2) Biophysical - (2.3.1.1.3) Biotechnologists - (2.3.1.1.4) Ecologists - (2.3.1.1.7)
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.