The bachelor’s degree programme in Biology aims to prepare graduates who have a basic knowledge in various areas of life sciences, including macromolecular, cellular and ecological systems, microbiology, biology, vegetable and animal physiology, alongside with a basic knowledge of disciplines such as mathematics, physics, chemistry and IT, which provide the cultural tools necessary for a correct approach to life sciences.
A wide range of elective modules allows students to deepen their knowledge in specific areas of biology, and achieve a more professional training.
The course also aims to prepare, through specific laboratory activities, graduates with a good command of methodologies and techniques concerning the main fields of biological research. A compulsory internship and apprenticeship with public or private companies facilitates students’ approach to the job market.
The bachelor’s degree course in Biology is a three-year programme characterized by a multidisciplinary approach with chemistry, physics and maths as compulsory core subjects, which are designed to provide the cultural background and tools for the study of biological disciplines. Distinguishing and related and integrative modules are more “biologically-environmentally” oriented, ranging from ecological, microbiological, zoological and botanical disciplines, to environmental chemistry and “bio-health”.
Graduates are expected to carry out professional activities in the biological field of their competence, having acquired a good command of scientific research methods, both working in labs and conducting fieldwork, and a general knowledge of the main areas of biology.
Graduates in Biology are able to carry out technical-operational and professional support work in the field of the biology of animal and vegetable organisms and microorganisms (morphological/functional, chemical/biochemical, physiological, cellular/molecular, evolutionist and ecological/environmental aspects; reproduction, development and hereditary processes; interrelationships of living organisms; environmental and anthropic factors that affect their survival). In designing the curriculum, the Advisory Board of Biological Sciences has taken into consideration the career paths of biologists enrolled with the Italian National Register of Biologists (section B, junior), to which graduates in Biology can register after having passed the national qualifying examination.
The Advisory Board of Biological Sciences has also drawn on the national proposals of CBUI and the local information provided by the Orientation Committee.
Graduates in Biology can find work as employees of private or public bodies, or as self-employed professionals in several areas of biological sciences, i.e., with theoretical and applied research centres, hygiene and prophylaxis centres, chemical, biological and microbiological analytical labs, natural history museums, botanical gardens, parks or natural reserves and other protected areas, with public agencies for the monitoring of the environmental quality. The enrolment to the postgraduate academic routes of class LM-6 is also an option.