Biogeosciences: analysis of ecosystem and science communication

Alga marina: particolare
Master programme
A.Y. 2020/2021
LM-60 - Nature sciences
Master programme
120
ECTS
Access
Open with entry requirements examination
2
Years
Course location
Milano
Language
Italian

The Master's degree programme in BioGeosciences: Ecosystems Analysis and Science Communication aims to provide in-depth interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary knowledge of structural and functional ecosystem components in past and present natural environments, to outline conceptual instruments for environmental conservation and management, to provide knowledge and methodologies for dissemination, communication and education in the natural sciences.

The programme is tailored for those who wish to expand and deepen their knowledge of the natural sciences in an equilibrated fashion, maintaining the traditional equilibrium between abiological and biological, so as to achieve a coherent overall understanding of nature and its problems. The Master's degree programme is also suited to those who wish to embark on careers in the field of natural sciences education and communication.

Graduates will acquire the ability to survey and monitor natural biotic and abiotic components of the environment, disseminate knowledge on present natural ecosystems, as well as those in the geological past, operate in environmental education, set up exhibitions regarding the natural environment, and increase awareness of sustainable development.

They will find employment in the public sector: schools, universities, research centres (CNR, ENEA), businesses involved in environmental management and services, Ministries, ISPRA, ARPA, the Italian National Institute of Health (ISS), Experimental Stations, the Superintendence for Archaeological Heritage. They may also be employed in the private sector: businesses, companies and cooperatives offering consultation and enabling the fruition of the natural environment.

They may provide assistance to Regional, Provincial and Municipal Administrations, to Mountain Communities, Environmental Groups, Foundations operating in the management of environmental issues, and in the scientific publishing sector and education. Graduates are suitably prepared to take part in competitions for qualifying as a professor in secondary schools, in accordance with current legislation.

Application and admission: Open, subject to completion of self-assessment test prior to enrolment.

English language

Students must have level B2 proficiency in English. Proficiency may be certified at the time of matriculation by submitting a certificate of level B2 language proficiency or better, or by sitting the SLAM (University Language Centre) placement test during the first year of studies only, between September and December.

Students who do not pass the test must follow the SLAM language courses and obtain appropriate certification within the year the plan of study calls for a language exam.

Within the ERASMUS+ programme, students enrolled on the Master's Degree Programme in BioGeosciences: analysis of ecosystem and science communication can benefit from agreements signed with French, Swiss and Romanian universities. During their period abroad, students can take courses and the relevant exams, or carry out research activities for their degree thesis. Students admitted to the mobility programme must submit a study plan listing the educational activities to be carried out abroad, with the relevant CFU credits. The number of credits in the plan should approximately equal the number of credits that the student would achieve during the same period of time at the University of Milan.

The proposed activities, chosen from the range of options available at the host university, must be consistent with the degree programme's training project. The proposed plan must be submitted to the Erasmus commission of the Interdepartmental Academic Board for approval. At the end of the mobility programme, in accordance with the University guidelines, the exams listed in the approved study plan and passed by the student will be recorded in the student career log under the original name of the course in the foreign university. The relevant ECTS credits will be converted into CFU credits, with grades out of 30.

Mandatory for laboratories, fieldwork and internships; recommended for other teaching activities.

Courses list

year
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Methods in Ecosystem analysis 12 108 Italian BIO/03 BIO/07 GEO/04
Undefined
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
English proficiency B2 (3 ECTS) 3 0 Italian
Conclusive activities
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Final exam 39 0 Italian
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Animal behaviour 6 48 Italian BIO/05
Anthropology 6 48 Italian BIO/08
Applied geobotany 6 48 Italian BIO/02
Astronomy 6 48 Italian FIS/05
Biogeography 6 48 Italian BIO/02 BIO/05
Environmental chemistry 6 48 Italian CHIM/12
Environmental Geochemistry 6 52 Italian GEO/08
Geographic Information Systems and Environmental Modelling 6 60 Italian INF/01
Geological evolution of a habitable planet 6 48 English GEO/02
Geophysics for natural risks 6 56 Italian GEO/11 GEO/12
Mathematical Modeling 6 48 Italian MAT/07
Palynology 6 48 Italian BIO/02
Phylogeny and evolution 6 48 Italian BIO/05
Population Biology and Genetics 6 48 Italian AGR/07
Quantitative ecology 6 52 Italian BIO/07
Stratigraphic Paleontology 6 56 Italian GEO/01
Wildlife management 6 48 Italian BIO/05
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Adaptation of animals and plants to environment 6 48 Italian BIO/04 BIO/09
Alpine Glaciology and Climatology 6 48 English GEO/04
Anatomy and physiology of the integrated systems 6 52 Italian BIO/06 BIO/09
Applied geomorphology 6 48 Italian GEO/04
Applied palaeoecology 6 56 Italian GEO/01
Biomineralization 6 48 Italian GEO/01
Control strategies for insect pests and vectors 6 48 Italian AGR/11 VET/06
Environmental economics and policy 6 48 Italian AGR/01
Forensic sciences 6 48 Italian MED/43
Gemology 6 48 Italian GEO/06 GEO/09
Geology of the Mediterranean area 6 52 Italian GEO/03 GEO/07
Geomorphological heritage and geodiversity 6 48 Italian GEO/04
Laboratory methods for biodiversity 6 48 English BIO/01 BIO/05 BIO/06
Mircopedology Laboratory 6 48 Italian AGR/14
Plant ecology 6 48 English BIO/03
Principles And Dynamics of the "Critical Zone" 6 48 Italian AGR/14
Symbiosis and parasitism 6 48 Italian AGR/11
Vertebrate Paleontology and virtual Paleontology 6 48 Italian GEO/01
Study plan rules
1 - ATTIVITA' PER IL PRIMO E SECONDO ANNO

INSEGNAMENTI IN PERCORSO GUIDATO
lo studente dovrà scegliere 42 cfu per un totale di 7 insegnamenti rispettando le cinque regole elencate:
1- Lo studente dovrà scegliere obbligatoriamente 1 o 2 dei seguenti insegnamenti (discipline chimiche, fisiche, matematiche e informatiche):
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Astronomy 6 48 Italian First semester FIS/05
Environmental chemistry 6 48 Italian First semester CHIM/12
Geographic Information Systems and Environmental Modelling 6 60 Italian First semester INF/01
2 - 2- Lo studente dovrà scegliere obbligatoriamente 1 o 2 dei seguenti insegnamenti (discipline agrarie, gestionali e comunicative):
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Population Biology and Genetics 6 48 Italian First semester AGR/07
Environmental economics and policy 6 48 Italian Second semester AGR/01
3 - 3- Lo studente potrà scegliere 1 dei seguenti insegnamenti (discipline ecologiche):
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Quantitative ecology 6 52 Italian First semester BIO/07
Alpine Glaciology and Climatology 6 48 English Second semester GEO/04
Applied geomorphology 6 48 Italian Second semester GEO/04
Geomorphological heritage and geodiversity 6 48 Italian Second semester GEO/04
Plant ecology 6 48 English Second semester BIO/03
4 - 4- Lo studente dovrà scegliere obbligatoriamente 2 o 3 dei seguenti insegnamenti (discipline di Scienze della Terra):
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Environmental Geochemistry 6 52 Italian First semester GEO/08
Geological evolution of a habitable planet 6 48 English First semester GEO/02
Stratigraphic Paleontology 6 56 Italian First semester GEO/01
Applied palaeoecology 6 56 Italian Second semester GEO/01
Biomineralization 6 48 Italian Second semester GEO/01
Gemology 6 48 Italian Second semester GEO/06 GEO/09
Geology of the Mediterranean area 6 52 Italian Second semester GEO/03 GEO/07
5 - 5- Lo studente dovrà scegliere obbligatoriamente 2 o 3 dei seguenti insegnamenti (discipline biologiche):
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Animal behaviour 6 48 Italian First semester BIO/05
Applied geobotany 6 48 Italian First semester BIO/02
Biogeography 6 48 Italian First semester BIO/02 BIO/05
Palynology 6 48 Italian First semester BIO/02
Phylogeny and evolution 6 48 Italian First semester BIO/05
Wildlife management 6 48 Italian First semester BIO/05
Adaptation of animals and plants to environment 6 48 Italian Second semester BIO/04 BIO/09
Anatomy and physiology of the integrated systems 6 52 Italian Second semester BIO/06 BIO/09
Laboratory methods for biodiversity 6 48 English Second semester BIO/01 BIO/05 BIO/06
6 - INSEGNAMENTI AFFINI E INTEGRATIVI
Lo studente dovrà obbligatoriamente scegliere 2 dei seguenti insegnamenti:
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Anthropology 6 48 Italian First semester BIO/08
Geophysics for natural risks 6 56 Italian First semester GEO/11 GEO/12
Mathematical Modeling 6 48 Italian First semester MAT/07
Control strategies for insect pests and vectors 6 48 Italian Second semester AGR/11 VET/06
Forensic sciences 6 48 Italian Second semester MED/43
Mircopedology Laboratory 6 48 Italian Second semester AGR/14
Principles And Dynamics of the "Critical Zone" 6 48 Italian Second semester AGR/14
Symbiosis and parasitism 6 48 Italian Second semester AGR/11
7 - INSEGNAMENTI A LIBERA SCELTA
Lo studente dovrà acquisire autonomamente 12 CFU tra tutti gli insegnamenti attivati dall'Ateneo (meglio se scelti all'interno dell'area scientifica), purchè coerenti con il progetto formativo, previa valutazione da parte del proprio tutor. In particolare potrà scegliere tra tutti gli insegnamenti facoltativi presenti in questo manifesto purchè non già scelti nelle altre regole. Inoltre, è attivato il seguente insegnamento nell'ambito del Progetto di Eccellenza del DST:
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Vertebrate Paleontology and virtual Paleontology 6 48 Italian Second semester GEO/01
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Teaching methodologies and techniques for biogeosciences 12 96 Italian BIO/07 GEO/04
Undefined
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
English proficiency B2 (3 ECTS) 3 0 Italian
Conclusive activities
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Final exam 33 0 Italian
year
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Teaching methodologies and techniques for biosciences 6 48 Italian BIO/07
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Anthropology 6 48 Italian BIO/08
Astronomy 6 48 Italian FIS/05
Biogeography 6 48 Italian BIO/02 BIO/05
Comunication and teaching of Mathematics 6 48 Italian MAT/04
Fundamentals of psychology 6 48 Italian M-PSI/01
General pedagogy 6 48 Italian M-PED/01
Geographic Information Systems and Environmental Modelling 6 60 Italian INF/01
Geological evolution of a habitable planet 6 48 English GEO/02
History and teaching of Physics 6 48 Italian FIS/08
Mathematical Modeling 6 48 Italian MAT/07
Phylogeny and evolution 6 48 Italian BIO/05
Social anthropology 6 48 Italian M-DEA/01
Stratigraphic Paleontology 6 56 Italian GEO/01
Teaching methodologies and techniques for geosciences 6 48 Italian GEO/04
Urban and regional geography 6 48 Italian M-GGR/01
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Anatomy and physiology of the integrated systems 6 52 Italian BIO/06 BIO/09
Applied geomorphology 6 48 Italian GEO/04
Cell biology 6 48 Italian BIO/01 BIO/06 BIO/16
Communication, dissemination and teaching of natural sciences 6 52 Italian M-PED/03
Elementary Mathematics Teaching Workshop 6 54 Italian MAT/04
Environmental economics and policy 6 48 Italian AGR/01
Geology of the Mediterranean area 6 52 Italian GEO/03 GEO/07
Geometry in natural and anthropic environments and its teaching 6 36 Italian MAT/03 MAT/04
Geomorphological heritage and geodiversity 6 48 Italian GEO/04
Human Anatomy 6 48 Italian BIO/16
Methods of communication 6 48 Italian SPS/08
Plant ecology 6 48 English BIO/03
Symbiosis and parasitism 6 48 Italian AGR/11
Vertebrate Paleontology and virtual Paleontology 6 48 Italian GEO/01
Study plan rules
1 - ATTIVITA' PER IL PRIMO E SECONDO ANNO

INSEGNAMENTI IN PERCORSO GUIDATO
lo studente dovrà scegliere 42 cfu per un totale di 7 insegnamenti rispettando le cinque regole elencate:
1- Lo studente dovrà scegliere obbligatoriamente 1 o 2 dei seguenti insegnamenti (discipline chimiche, fisiche, matematiche e informatiche):
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Astronomy 6 48 Italian First semester FIS/05
Comunication and teaching of Mathematics 6 48 Italian First semester MAT/04
Geographic Information Systems and Environmental Modelling 6 60 Italian First semester INF/01
Geometry in natural and anthropic environments and its teaching 6 36 Italian Second semester MAT/03 MAT/04
2 - 2- Lo studente dovrà scegliere obbligatoriamente 1 o 2 dei seguenti insegnamenti (discipline agrarie, gestionali e comunicative):
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Fundamentals of psychology 6 48 Italian First semester M-PSI/01
General pedagogy 6 48 Italian First semester M-PED/01
Environmental economics and policy 6 48 Italian Second semester AGR/01
Methods of communication 6 48 Italian Second semester SPS/08
3 - 3- Lo studente potrà scegliere 1 dei seguenti insegnamenti (discipline ecologiche):
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Applied geomorphology 6 48 Italian Second semester GEO/04
Geomorphological heritage and geodiversity 6 48 Italian Second semester GEO/04
Plant ecology 6 48 English Second semester BIO/03
4 - 4- Lo studente dovrà scegliere obbligatoriamente 2 o 3 dei seguenti insegnamenti (discipline di Scienze della Terra):
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Geological evolution of a habitable planet 6 48 English First semester GEO/02
Stratigraphic Paleontology 6 56 Italian First semester GEO/01
Geology of the Mediterranean area 6 52 Italian Second semester GEO/03 GEO/07
5 - 5- Lo studente dovrà scegliere obbligatoriamente 2 o 3 dei seguenti insegnamenti (discipline biologiche):
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Biogeography 6 48 Italian First semester BIO/02 BIO/05
Phylogeny and evolution 6 48 Italian First semester BIO/05
Anatomy and physiology of the integrated systems 6 52 Italian Second semester BIO/06 BIO/09
Cell biology 6 48 Italian Second semester BIO/01 BIO/06 BIO/16
Human Anatomy 6 48 Italian Second semester BIO/16
6 - INSEGNAMENTI AFFINI E INTEGRATIVI
Lo studente dovrà obbligatoriamente scegliere 2 dei seguenti insegnamenti:
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Anthropology 6 48 Italian First semester BIO/08
History and teaching of Physics 6 48 Italian First semester FIS/08
Mathematical Modeling 6 48 Italian First semester MAT/07
Social anthropology 6 48 Italian First semester M-DEA/01
Urban and regional geography 6 48 Italian First semester M-GGR/01
Communication, dissemination and teaching of natural sciences 6 52 Italian Second semester M-PED/03
Elementary Mathematics Teaching Workshop 6 54 Italian Second semester MAT/04
Symbiosis and parasitism 6 48 Italian Second semester AGR/11
7 - INSEGNAMENTI A LIBERA SCELTA
Lo studente dovrà acquisire autonomamente 18 CFU tra tutti gli insegnamenti attivati dall'Ateneo (meglio se scelti all'interno dell'area scientifica), purchè coerenti con il progetto formativo, previa valutazione da parte del proprio tutor. In particolare potrà scegliere tra tutti gli insegnamenti facoltativi presenti in questo manifesto purchè non già scelti nelle altre regole. Inoltre, è attivato il seguente insegnamento nell'ambito del Progetto di Eccellenza del DST:
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Vertebrate Paleontology and virtual Paleontology 6 48 Italian Second semester GEO/01
8 - Per gli studenti del curriculum di Analisi, monitoraggio e gestione degli ecosistemi e di altri corsi di laurea, sono attivati i seguenti corsi:
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Teaching methodologies and techniques for biosciences 6 48 Italian year BIO/07
Teaching methodologies and techniques for geosciences 6 48 Italian First semester GEO/04
Location
Milano
Course locations
Sede corsi e laboratori: Dipartimento di Bioscienze (via Celoria 26), Settore Didattico (via Celoria 20, via Golgi 19, via Venezian 14), Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra (via Mangiagalli 34 e via Botticelli 23)
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Erasmus and international mobility tutor 
Internship tutor
University and programme transfer tutor
Master's degree admission tutor
Credit recognition tutor
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