Biological Sciences

Biologa al microscopio e al pc
Biological Sciences
Course sheet
A.Y. 2021/2022
Bachelor
L-13 - Biology
Bachelor
180
ECTS
Access
Limited enrollment with admission test
3
Years
Course location
Milano
Language
Italian
The bachelor programme in Biological Sciences (Class L-13 Biological Sciences) is designed to provide students with a sound basic knowledge of the main areas of Biological Sciences and a good mastery of methodologies and technologies related to the corresponding fields of scientific research, providing adequate preparation for assimilation of scientific and technological progresses and to know and properly treat living organisms.
Graduates of Biological Sciences will be able to work in teams with different degrees of autonomy and to readily enter the working world, both in European and non-European countries. They will possess adequate knowledge to perform professional activities and apply techniques in private and public research centers, in pharmaceutical, agroalimentary, biotechnological, florovivaistic companies, in health and evironmental service centers, where they will be able:
- to classify, manage and use living organisms;
- to manage the relationship between development and quality of the environment;
- to assess environmental impact;
- to develop projects for the conservation and restoration of the environment and the biodiversity.
The degree in Biological Sciences affords admission to the Biologists' Professional Register (Section B, Junior Biologists), by passing the exam for the profession, to perform the activities recognized by the Italian law.

Employment statistics (Almalaurea)
Students of Scienze Biologiche are given the opportunity to spend part of their curriculum abroad, at a University within the European Union (EU) in the frame of the Erasmus+ program of the European Commission. Students can attend courses and take exams that can be included in the core curriculum and/or perform laboratory stage (6 CFU of the free choice CFU) in several European Universities localized in Belgium, Netherland, Norway, UK, France, Germany, Poland, Spain and Portugal (see http://eng.dbs.unimi.it/ecm/home/erasmus/outgoing-students/biological-s…). The admitted student will present a study plan including all the activities he/she intends to perform abroad, detailing the corresponding CFU: the number of proposed CFU should roughly correspond to those the student would achieve in the same time lapse remaining in his/her university. The study plan proposed by the student within the Erasmus+ program should be coherent with the Scienze Biologiche course and must be evaluated and approved by the Teaching Board. The Teaching Board, if necessary, will require the student to integrate the program of exams taken abroad. At the end of the Erasmus + program, according to the rules established by the Academic Senate, the approved exams will be recorded, possibly with the original denomination, as part of the student's curriculum upon conversion of the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) into CFU.

Attendance is strongly recommended for all courses and compulsory for laboratories.

Enrollment

Admission requirements
 Applicants to the Bachelor's degree programme in Biological Sciences must hold an upper secondary-school diploma or equivalent foreign qualification pursuant to Ministerial Decree no. 270 of 22 October 2004.
The knowledge and skills required to sit the entrance test are detailed at https://www.cisiaonline.it/en/area-tematica-tolc-biologia/struttura-della-prova-e-syllabus/

 

Admission assessment
For academic year 2021/2022, admission to the degree programme in Biological Sciences is capped in order to meet high-quality teaching standards relative to available resources. Therefore, applicants will be required to sit a TOLC (Test On Line CISIA) admission test.  There are 250 places available for the first year of the programme. You may sit for the TOLC test at the University of Milan or any other member university of CISIA (Consortium of Inter-University Integrated Access Systems). Register to the TOLC test on the CISIA website (www.cisiaonline.it). The test providing access to the degree programme in Biological Sciences is TOLC-B, consisting of the following sections: basic mathematics (20 questions - 50 minutes), biology (10 questions - 20 minutes), physics (10 questions - 20 minutes), chemistry (10 questions - 20 minutes). Each question has 5 answer options, of which only one is correct. Score: +1 for a correct answer, -0.25 for a wrong answer, 0 for a no answer. The TOLC test includes an additional English section, consisting of 30 questions to be answered in 15 minutes. This section does not count toward the overall test score.
Ranking criteria for the purpose of admission to the programme will be based on the outcome of the test. Candidates who take the TOLC-B test and apply for admission to the degree programme in Biological Sciences will be included in a merit ranking based on the test score.

 Additional learning requirements (OFA) and remedial activities
 First-year students who have not achieved at least 10 points in the basic mathematics module will have to fulfil additional learning requirements (OFA) by attending remedial activities organized by the University and passing the final test.
 Students who fail the remedial test will be deemed to have met their OFA upon passing the General Mathematics and Computer Laboratory exam. However, students may sit the exam only if they have attended the OFA remedial course and taken the final test. The General Mathematics and Computer Laboratory exam is a prerequisite for all second-year exams.
For information: https://scienzebiologiche.cdl.unimi.it/it/studiare/le-matricole

Admission of transfer or graduate students
Transfer students from a degree programme of the University of Milan, or another university, and graduate students will be waived from the test only if admitted to years subsequent to the first.
To this end, they will have to submit a specific request for prior assessment of their academic career using the online service stated in the call for applications.
These candidates must provide a full transcript of records (listing exams, subject areas, credits, grades) and attach the course syllabi. For more details, please refer to the call for applications.
The request for career assessment must be submitted by 10 June 2021.
The outcome will be notified via e-mail by 15 July 2021.
Students admitted to the first year will be required to take the admission test and register for the call.

 

Places available: 250 + 10 reserved for non-EU citizens

Call for applications

Please refer to the call for admission test dates and contents, and how to register.

Session: 1

Application for admission: from 15/03/2021 to 27/05/2021

Application for matriculation: from 08/06/2021 to 18/06/2021

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Session: 2

Application for admission: from 21/06/2021 to 14/07/2021

Application for matriculation: from 19/07/2021 to 02/08/2021

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Session: 3

Application for admission: from 06/08/2021 to 13/09/2021

Application for matriculation: from 16/09/2021 to 22/09/2021

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Programme description and courses list
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Calculus and computer laboratory 9 90 Italian INF/01 MAT/01 MAT/02 MAT/03 MAT/04 MAT/05 MAT/06 MAT/07 MAT/08 MAT/09
- Modulo: Laboratorio di informatica3
- Modulo: Matematica generale6
Cytology and histology 9 78 Italian BIO/06
General chemistry with elements of physical chemistry 6 56 Italian CHIM/02 CHIM/03
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Organic chemistry and chemistry laboratory 9 104 Italian CHIM/03 CHIM/06
- modulo: Chimica Organica6
- modulo: Laboratorio di Chimica (con Prevenzione e Sicurezza)3
Physics, physics lab, lab of mathematical and statistical methodologies 12 144 Italian FIS/06 FIS/07 MAT/06 SECS-S/02
- Modulo: Fisica6
- Modulo: Laboratorio di Fisica3
- Modulo: Laboratorio di metodi matematici e statistici3
Plant biology and systematics 9 80 Italian BIO/01 BIO/02
Open sessions
There are no specific sessions for these activities (e.g. open online courses).
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
English assessment B1 (3 ECTS) 3 0 Italian
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Animal biology and systematics 9 80 Italian BIO/05
Biochemistry 9 80 Italian BIO/10
Biological evolution and history of biology 6 48 Italian M-STO/05
Optional
Genetics 9 80 Italian BIO/18
Genetics 9 80 English BIO/18
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Comparative anatomy 6 52 Italian BIO/06
Plant physiology 9 80 Italian BIO/04
Optional
Molecular biology and bioinformatics 12 96 Italian BIO/11
Molecular biology and bioinformatics 12 96 English BIO/11
Study plan rules
1 - Lo studente deve scegliere uno dei seguenti insegnamenti
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Molecular biology and bioinformatics 12 96 Italian Second semester BIO/11
Molecular biology and bioinformatics 12 96 English Second semester BIO/11
3 - Lo studente deve scegliere uno dei seguenti insegnamenti
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Genetics 9 80 English First semester BIO/18
Genetics 9 80 Italian First semester BIO/18
year
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Internship in university labs 6 96 Italian
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Developmental biology 6 48 Italian BIO/01 BIO/06
Ecology 9 80 Italian BIO/07
Elements of human anatomy, pharmacology and immunology 9 72 Italian BIO/14 BIO/16 MED/04
Optional
Clinical biochemistry 6 48 Italian BIO/12
Methods in applied plant biology 6 48 Italian BIO/01
Methods in biochemistry 6 48 Italian BIO/10
Methods in experimental embriology 6 48 Italian BIO/06
Methods in molecularbiology 6 48 Italian BIO/11
Methods in plant genetics and biotechnology 6 48 Italian BIO/18
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
General microbiology 9 80 Italian BIO/19
Optional
General physiology and animal physiology 9 80 Italian BIO/09
General physiology and animal physiology 9 80 English BIO/09
Methods in applied ecology 6 48 Italian BIO/07
Methods in cytochemistry 6 48 Italian BIO/16
Methods in cytogenetics and human genetics 6 48 Italian BIO/18
Methods in pharmacology and toxicology 6 48 Italian BIO/14
Open sessions
There are no specific sessions for these activities (e.g. open online courses).
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Final exam 3 0 Italian
Study plan rules
4 - 12 CFU A SCELTA LIBERA
Lo studente deve acquisire 12 CFU in attività formative scelte liberamente fra quelle attivate dall'Ateneo, purché coerenti con il suo percorso formativo.
I CFU a libera scelta possono, in misura di 6 CFU, essere spesi per ulteriori attività di tirocinio di comprovata qualità.
Il Collegio Didattico Dipartimentale di Scienze Biologiche nell'anno accademico 2020/2021 renderà disponibile la seguente lista di insegnamenti:
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Clinical biochemistry 6 48 Italian First semester BIO/12
Methods in applied plant biology 6 48 Italian First semester BIO/01
Methods in biochemistry 6 48 Italian First semester BIO/10
Methods in experimental embriology 6 48 Italian First semester BIO/06
Methods in molecularbiology 6 48 Italian First semester BIO/11
Methods in plant genetics and biotechnology 6 48 Italian First semester BIO/18
Methods in applied ecology 6 48 Italian Second semester BIO/07
Methods in cytochemistry 6 48 Italian Second semester BIO/16
Methods in cytogenetics and human genetics 6 48 Italian Second semester BIO/18
Methods in pharmacology and toxicology 6 48 Italian Second semester BIO/14
2 - Lo studente deve scegliere uno dei seguenti insegnamenti
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
General physiology and animal physiology 9 80 Italian Second semester BIO/09
General physiology and animal physiology 9 80 English Second semester BIO/09
Gli studenti dovranno rispettare i seguenti vincoli:
- per sostenere l'esame di «Chimica Organica e Laboratorio di Chimica» è necessario aver superato l'esame di «Chimica Generale con Elementi di Chimica Fisica»
- per sostenere l'esame di «Chimica Biologica» è necessario aver superato l'esame di «Chimica Organica e Laboratorio di Chimica»
Inoltre, per sostenere gli esami del II° anno è necessario aver superato i seguenti esami:
· «Matematica generale e Laboratorio di informatica»
· «Chimica Generale con Elementi di Chimica Fisica»
· «Citologia e Istologia»
Per sostenere gli esami del III° anno è necessario aver superato tutti gli esami del I° anno.
Prescribed foundation courses
Learning activityPrescribed foundation courses
BIOCHEMISTRY ORGANIC CHEMISTRY AND CHEMISTRY LABORATORY (compulsory)
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY AND CHEMISTRY LABORATORY GENERAL CHEMISTRY WITH ELEMENTS OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY (compulsory)
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Location
Milano
Course locations
Sede della Segreteria Didattica di Scienze Biologiche: Via Celoria, 26 - Milano (Torre A, 2° piano).
Sede dei Corsi: Edifici Biologici (Via Celoria, 26); Settore Didattico (Via Celoria, 20); Edificio Golgi (Via Golgi, 19).
Laboratory locations
Il corso di laurea è caratterizzato da un'intensa attività di laboratorio. I corsi di laboratorio, in particolare, devono di norma essere frequentati nell'anno di competenza, fatta eccezione per gli studenti in trasferimento (da altri corsi di studio o da altre sedi). Durante le lezioni pratiche vengono fornite le necessarie norme di sicurezza e di corretto comportamento in laboratorio.
Head of study programme
Academic guidance tutor
Erasmus and international mobility tutor 
Internship tutor
Seminar and workshop tutor
University and programme transfer tutor
Credit recognition tutor
Quality Assurance Delegate
Contacts

The tuition fees for students enrolled in Bachelor's, Master's and single-cycle degree programmes are divided into two instalments with different calculation methods and payment schedules:

  • The amount of the first instalment is the same for all students
  • The amount of the second instalment varies according to the ISEE University value, the degree programme and the student status (on track / off track for one year or off track for more than a year) 
  • An additional fee is due for online programmes

The University also offers:

  • Concessions for students meeting high merit requirements
  • Diversified tuition fees according to the student's home country for international students with assets/income abroad
  • Concessions for international students with refugee status

Scholarships and benefits

The University provides a range of financial benefits to students meeting special requirements (merit, financial or personal conditions, international students).

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