Biotechnology

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Bachelor
A.Y. 2019/2020
L-2 - Biotecnologie (EN)
Bachelor
180
ECTS
Access
Limited enrollment with admission test
3
Years
Course location
Milano
Language
Italian

The Undergraduate Degree Course in Biotechnology is designed to produce graduates with solid basic knowledge of the molecular and cellular frameworks of living systems from the interdisciplinary perspective typical of biotechnologies; graduates who are familiar with advanced scientific methodologies, including the approaches of bioinformatics, and who can apply them in compliance with regulations and taking into account ethical and bioethical issues; graduates who know the various biotechnological fields and, particularly, the agricultural, environmental, food science, biological and industrial, pharmaceutical and veterinary sectors, and those of scientific communication, patents and intellectual property protection, legislation, fundraising and management.

Special focus will be given to the characteristics of innovation which, in a sector that is experiencing rapid and active development, are necessary for efficient ongoing updates and to keep abreast with the progress of scientific know-how.

The Course comprises a common period that has a duration of three semesters during which students will acquire basic skills in the molecular and cellular frameworks and essential methods for subsequent detailed studies. During the following three semesters the student may choose one of the subjects offered for a detailed study of certain aspects typical of biotechnologies related to the agricultural, environmental and food science, biological and industrial, pharmaceutical and veterinary sectors.

The graduate in Biotechnology may enter several professional frameworks including, besides basic and applied research centres, public and private institutions: the agricultural, environmental and food industry, including the sector of animal nutrition and of plant production, the pharmaceutical industry, the chemical industry for the production of useful compounds (including biofuels), both in an ecosustainable manner and from renewable sources, the cosmetic industry, the industry and services for environmental biotechnology, laboratories of reproduction biotechnology, both in the medical and veterinary frameworks, research centres and biotechnological services for the application of computer science to genomics, proteomics and metabolomics, certification institutions, national healthcare facilities, institutions that process healthcare regulations or patents to exploit biotechnological products and processes, toxicology and environmental study and detection centres (Italian and international agencies) and scientific information.

The specific roles and professional skills of the graduate in Biotechnology:

  • Biochemistry laboratory technicians;
  • Food product technicians;
  • Agronomy and forestry technicians;
  • Veterinary laboratory technicians;
  • Zootechnicians;
  • Chemical sales representatives and popularisers.

Moreover, the undergraduate degree course allows to obtain the qualification to practice the following regulated professions:

  • Agricultural technician (agricultural, environmental and food science syllabus);
  • Junior biologist.

Application and admission: Limited enrolment with admission test. 
Access is subject to passing a test (TOLC-S, CISIA OnLine Test, www.cisiaonline.it ) which will give rise to a merit ranking.

English language

Students must have level B1 proficiency in English. Proficiency may be certified at the time of matriculation by submitting a certificate of level B1 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.

Mandatory for laboratory courses; highly recommended for other teaching courses.

Courses list

First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Compulsory
English assessment B1 (1 ECTS) 1 Italian
General and inorganic chemistry 8 88 Italian
General e Cellular Biology 10 88 Italian
Mathematics for Biotechnology 6 72 Italian
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Compulsory
Genetics 8 76 Italian
Informatics and Statistics for Biotechnologies (common) 6 48 Italian
- Informatics3
- Statistics3
Organic chemistry 8 88 Italian
Physics 6 60 Italian
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Compulsory
Biochemistry 9 80 Italian
Fundamentals of economy and Bioethics 6 48 Italian
- Unità didattica: Bioetica2
- Unità didattica: Elementi di economia4
General Microbiology 9 80 Italian
Molecular Biology 9 72 Italian
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Compulsory
Applied molecular biotechnologies 11 112 Italian
- Molecular food biotechnologies5
- Molecular methodologies6
Botany and cropping systems 9 84 Italian
- Agronomy3
- Botany3
- Cropping systems3
Chemistry and Biochemistry of Agri-Food Molecules 8 72 Italian
- Biochemistry of Agri-Food Molecules5
- Chemistry of Agri-Food Molecules3
Plant physiology and biochemistry 7 64 Italian
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Compulsory
Biotechnology for plant protection 10 96 Italian
- Entomology5
- Plant pathology5
In vitro plant breeding 5 44 Italian
Plant genomics and breeding 11 104 Italian
- Unità didattica: Genetica e genomica vegetale6
- Unità didattica: Miglioramento genetico avanzato5
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Compulsory
Careers in biotechnology 2 16 Italian
Microbial agrobiotechnology 6 56 Italian
Conclusive activities
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Compulsory
Lab training 8 Italian
Final exam 5 Italian
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Prescribed foundation courses
Learning activityPrescribed foundation courses
ANALYTICAL METHODS FOR PHARMACEUTICAL BIOTECHNOLOGIES Biochemistry (compulsory), General and inorganic chemistry (compulsory), Organic chemistry (compulsory), Physics (compulsory)
Applied molecular biotechnologies Biochemistry (optional)
Biochemistry General and inorganic chemistry (optional), General e Cellular Biology (optional), Genetics (optional), Organic chemistry (optional), Physics (optional)
Biochemistry and molecular biology: applications in biotechnology Biochemistry (optional), General and inorganic chemistry (optional), Genetics (optional), Molecular Biology (optional)
Biotechnological processes for the production of natural compounds Organic chemistry (compulsory)
Fermentation Biotechnology Biochemistry (optional), General Microbiology (optional)
Generale Pathology, Immunology and Medical Microbiology Biochemistry (compulsory), General Microbiology (compulsory), Human physiology and basic anatomy (compulsory)
Human physiology and basic anatomy General e Cellular Biology (compulsory), Physics (optional)
Informatics and Statistics for Biotechnologies (common) Mathematics for Biotechnology (compulsory)
Medicinal Chemistry and Bioprocesses Biochemistry (compulsory), General and inorganic chemistry (compulsory), Organic chemistry (compulsory)
Methods in Cell Biology and Biochemistry Biochemistry (optional), General e Cellular Biology (optional), Molecular Biology (optional)
Microbial agrobiotechnology Biochemistry (optional), General Microbiology (compulsory), Molecular Biology (optional)
Microbial biotechnology General Microbiology (optional)
Molecular Biology Biochemistry (optional), Genetics (optional)
Molecular genetics and animal models Genetics (compulsory)
Organic chemistry General and inorganic chemistry (compulsory)
Pharmaceutical Technology and Legislation of Biotechnological Medicinal Products General and inorganic chemistry (compulsory), Organic chemistry (compulsory), Pharmacology (compulsory)
Pharmacological and toxicological biotechnology Biochemistry (compulsory), Human physiology and basic anatomy (compulsory), Pharmacology (compulsory)
Pharmacology General e Cellular Biology (compulsory)
Plant Biology and Physiology General and inorganic chemistry (compulsory), General e Cellular Biology (compulsory), Genetics (optional), Organic chemistry (optional)
Plant industrial biotechnology Genetics (optional)
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Compulsory
English assessment B1 (1 ECTS) 1 Italian
General and inorganic chemistry 8 88 Italian
General e Cellular Biology 10 88 Italian
Mathematics for Biotechnology 6 72 Italian
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Compulsory
Genetics 8 76 Italian
Informatics and Statistics for Biotechnologies (common) 6 48 Italian
- Informatics3
- Statistics3
Organic chemistry 8 88 Italian
Physics 6 60 Italian
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Compulsory
Biochemistry 9 80 Italian
Fundamentals of economy and Bioethics 6 48 Italian
- Unità didattica: Bioetica2
- Unità didattica: Elementi di economia4
General Microbiology 9 80 Italian
Molecular Biology 9 72 Italian
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Compulsory
Animal physiology and assisted reproduction 9 96 Italian
- Animal physiology6
- Assisted reproduction3
Comparative and laboratory animal pathology 7 64 Italian
Development, morphology and function of organs and systems 8 92 Italian
Veterinary microbiology and immunology 6 64 Italian
- Unità didattica: Immunologia4
- Unità didattica: Microbiologia Veterinaria2
year
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Compulsory
Biotechnology applied to animal nutrition and animal origin food 12 136 Italian
- Animal nutrition6
- Food of animal origin6
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Compulsory
Infectious and parasitic diseases 10 96 Italian
- Infection diseases and zoonosis5
- Molecular parasitology and parasitic diseases5
Veterinary pharmacology and biotechnology law 9 88 Italian
- Biotechnology law and patents3
- Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology6
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Compulsory
Molecular genetics and animal models 8 88 Italian
- Management of laboratory animals3
- Molecular genetics in domestic animals5
Conclusive activities
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Compulsory
Lab training 8 Italian
Final exam 5 Italian
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Prescribed foundation courses
Learning activityPrescribed foundation courses
ANALYTICAL METHODS FOR PHARMACEUTICAL BIOTECHNOLOGIES Biochemistry (compulsory), General and inorganic chemistry (compulsory), Organic chemistry (compulsory), Physics (compulsory)
Applied molecular biotechnologies Biochemistry (optional)
Biochemistry General and inorganic chemistry (optional), General e Cellular Biology (optional), Genetics (optional), Organic chemistry (optional), Physics (optional)
Biochemistry and molecular biology: applications in biotechnology Biochemistry (optional), General and inorganic chemistry (optional), Genetics (optional), Molecular Biology (optional)
Biotechnological processes for the production of natural compounds Organic chemistry (compulsory)
Fermentation Biotechnology Biochemistry (optional), General Microbiology (optional)
Generale Pathology, Immunology and Medical Microbiology Biochemistry (compulsory), General Microbiology (compulsory), Human physiology and basic anatomy (compulsory)
Human physiology and basic anatomy General e Cellular Biology (compulsory), Physics (optional)
Informatics and Statistics for Biotechnologies (common) Mathematics for Biotechnology (compulsory)
Medicinal Chemistry and Bioprocesses Biochemistry (compulsory), General and inorganic chemistry (compulsory), Organic chemistry (compulsory)
Methods in Cell Biology and Biochemistry Biochemistry (optional), General e Cellular Biology (optional), Molecular Biology (optional)
Microbial agrobiotechnology Biochemistry (optional), General Microbiology (compulsory), Molecular Biology (optional)
Microbial biotechnology General Microbiology (optional)
Molecular Biology Biochemistry (optional), Genetics (optional)
Molecular genetics and animal models Genetics (compulsory)
Organic chemistry General and inorganic chemistry (compulsory)
Pharmaceutical Technology and Legislation of Biotechnological Medicinal Products General and inorganic chemistry (compulsory), Organic chemistry (compulsory), Pharmacology (compulsory)
Pharmacological and toxicological biotechnology Biochemistry (compulsory), Human physiology and basic anatomy (compulsory), Pharmacology (compulsory)
Pharmacology General e Cellular Biology (compulsory)
Plant Biology and Physiology General and inorganic chemistry (compulsory), General e Cellular Biology (compulsory), Genetics (optional), Organic chemistry (optional)
Plant industrial biotechnology Genetics (optional)
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Compulsory
English assessment B1 (1 ECTS) 1 Italian
General and inorganic chemistry 8 88 Italian
General e Cellular Biology 10 88 Italian
Mathematics for Biotechnology 6 72 Italian
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Compulsory
Genetics 8 76 Italian
Informatics and Statistics for Biotechnologies (common) 6 48 Italian
- Informatics3
- Statistics3
Organic chemistry 8 88 Italian
Physics 6 60 Italian
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Compulsory
Analytical methods for pharmaceutical biotechnologies 7 64 Italian
- BIOPHARMACEUTICAL ANALYSIS3
- ELEMENTS OF ANALYTICAL AND INSTRUMENTAL CHEMISTRY4
Biochemistry 9 80 Italian
Fundamentals of economy and Bioethics 6 48 Italian
- Unità didattica: Bioetica2
- Unità didattica: Elementi di economia4
General Microbiology 9 80 Italian
Molecular Biology 9 72 Italian
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Compulsory
Human physiology and basic anatomy 10 80 Italian
- Histology and cell physiology4
- Human physiology and basic anatomy6
Methods in Cell Biology and Biochemistry 7 80 Italian
- Unità didattica: Metodologie biochimiche3
- Unità didattica: Metodologie cellulari3
Pharmacology 8 64 Italian
- General pharmacology4
- Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology4
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Compulsory
Generale Pathology, Immunology and Medical Microbiology 11 96 Italian
- Unità didattica: Microbiologia medica3
- Unità didattica: Patologia generale e immunologia8
Medicinal Chemistry and Bioprocesses 10 80 Italian
- Bioprocesses for drug preparation4
- Medicinal Chemistry6
Pharmacological and toxicological biotechnology 10 88 Italian
- Methods in pharmacology3
- Pharmacology and pharmacotherapy4
- Toxicology3
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Compulsory
Pharmaceutical Technology and Legislation of Biotechnological Medicinal Products 6 56 Italian
Conclusive activities
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Compulsory
Lab training 8 Italian
Final exam 5 Italian
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Prescribed foundation courses
Learning activityPrescribed foundation courses
ANALYTICAL METHODS FOR PHARMACEUTICAL BIOTECHNOLOGIES Biochemistry (compulsory), General and inorganic chemistry (compulsory), Organic chemistry (compulsory), Physics (compulsory)
Applied molecular biotechnologies Biochemistry (optional)
Biochemistry General and inorganic chemistry (optional), General e Cellular Biology (optional), Genetics (optional), Organic chemistry (optional), Physics (optional)
Biochemistry and molecular biology: applications in biotechnology Biochemistry (optional), General and inorganic chemistry (optional), Genetics (optional), Molecular Biology (optional)
Biotechnological processes for the production of natural compounds Organic chemistry (compulsory)
Fermentation Biotechnology Biochemistry (optional), General Microbiology (optional)
Generale Pathology, Immunology and Medical Microbiology Biochemistry (compulsory), General Microbiology (compulsory), Human physiology and basic anatomy (compulsory)
Human physiology and basic anatomy General e Cellular Biology (compulsory), Physics (optional)
Informatics and Statistics for Biotechnologies (common) Mathematics for Biotechnology (compulsory)
Medicinal Chemistry and Bioprocesses Biochemistry (compulsory), General and inorganic chemistry (compulsory), Organic chemistry (compulsory)
Methods in Cell Biology and Biochemistry Biochemistry (optional), General e Cellular Biology (optional), Molecular Biology (optional)
Microbial agrobiotechnology Biochemistry (optional), General Microbiology (compulsory), Molecular Biology (optional)
Microbial biotechnology General Microbiology (optional)
Molecular Biology Biochemistry (optional), Genetics (optional)
Molecular genetics and animal models Genetics (compulsory)
Organic chemistry General and inorganic chemistry (compulsory)
Pharmaceutical Technology and Legislation of Biotechnological Medicinal Products General and inorganic chemistry (compulsory), Organic chemistry (compulsory), Pharmacology (compulsory)
Pharmacological and toxicological biotechnology Biochemistry (compulsory), Human physiology and basic anatomy (compulsory), Pharmacology (compulsory)
Pharmacology General e Cellular Biology (compulsory)
Plant Biology and Physiology General and inorganic chemistry (compulsory), General e Cellular Biology (compulsory), Genetics (optional), Organic chemistry (optional)
Plant industrial biotechnology Genetics (optional)
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Compulsory
English assessment B1 (1 ECTS) 1 Italian
General and inorganic chemistry 8 88 Italian
General e Cellular Biology 10 88 Italian
Mathematics for Biotechnology 6 72 Italian
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Compulsory
Genetics 8 76 Italian
Informatics and Statistics for Biotechnologies (common) 6 48 Italian
- Informatics3
- Statistics3
Organic chemistry 8 88 Italian
Physics 6 60 Italian
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Compulsory
Biochemistry 9 80 Italian
Fundamentals of economy and Bioethics 6 48 Italian
- Unità didattica: Bioetica2
- Unità didattica: Elementi di economia4
General Microbiology 9 80 Italian
Molecular Biology 9 72 Italian
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Compulsory
Animal cell biotechnology 6 48 Italian
Chemical methods for biotechnology 8 88 Italian
Fermentation Biotechnology 6 56 Italian
Plant Biology and Physiology 8 72 Italian
year
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Compulsory
Biochemistry and molecular biology: applications in biotechnology 12 112 Italian
- Methods in Biochemistry6
- Methods in Molecular Biology6
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Compulsory
Bioinformatics and Computational biology 12 96 Italian
- Bioinformatics6
- Computational Biology6
Microbial biotechnology 6 56 Italian
Plant industrial biotechnology 9 80 Italian
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Compulsory
Careers in biotechnology 2 16 Italian
Conclusive activities
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Compulsory
Lab training 8 Italian
Final exam 5 Italian
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Prescribed foundation courses
Learning activityPrescribed foundation courses
ANALYTICAL METHODS FOR PHARMACEUTICAL BIOTECHNOLOGIES Biochemistry (compulsory), General and inorganic chemistry (compulsory), Organic chemistry (compulsory), Physics (compulsory)
Applied molecular biotechnologies Biochemistry (optional)
Biochemistry General and inorganic chemistry (optional), General e Cellular Biology (optional), Genetics (optional), Organic chemistry (optional), Physics (optional)
Biochemistry and molecular biology: applications in biotechnology Biochemistry (optional), General and inorganic chemistry (optional), Genetics (optional), Molecular Biology (optional)
Biotechnological processes for the production of natural compounds Organic chemistry (compulsory)
Fermentation Biotechnology Biochemistry (optional), General Microbiology (optional)
Generale Pathology, Immunology and Medical Microbiology Biochemistry (compulsory), General Microbiology (compulsory), Human physiology and basic anatomy (compulsory)
Human physiology and basic anatomy General e Cellular Biology (compulsory), Physics (optional)
Informatics and Statistics for Biotechnologies (common) Mathematics for Biotechnology (compulsory)
Medicinal Chemistry and Bioprocesses Biochemistry (compulsory), General and inorganic chemistry (compulsory), Organic chemistry (compulsory)
Methods in Cell Biology and Biochemistry Biochemistry (optional), General e Cellular Biology (optional), Molecular Biology (optional)
Microbial agrobiotechnology Biochemistry (optional), General Microbiology (compulsory), Molecular Biology (optional)
Microbial biotechnology General Microbiology (optional)
Molecular Biology Biochemistry (optional), Genetics (optional)
Molecular genetics and animal models Genetics (compulsory)
Organic chemistry General and inorganic chemistry (compulsory)
Pharmaceutical Technology and Legislation of Biotechnological Medicinal Products General and inorganic chemistry (compulsory), Organic chemistry (compulsory), Pharmacology (compulsory)
Pharmacological and toxicological biotechnology Biochemistry (compulsory), Human physiology and basic anatomy (compulsory), Pharmacology (compulsory)
Pharmacology General e Cellular Biology (compulsory)
Plant Biology and Physiology General and inorganic chemistry (compulsory), General e Cellular Biology (compulsory), Genetics (optional), Organic chemistry (optional)
Plant industrial biotechnology Genetics (optional)
Sede
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Fees, scholarships and benefits

University fees

For students enrolled on bachelor’s, master’s and single cycle degree programmes are divided into two instalments of different amounts and with different payment deadlines:

  • the first, corresponding to the minimum amount, is the same for all students 
  • the second - technically referred to as an ‘all-inclusive fee’-  that is variable.

Students can also be entitled for tuition fee reductions such as:

More info at: Fees - current academic year

Scholarships and benefits

L’Ateneo fornisce inoltre una serie di agevolazioni economiche a favore dei propri studenti con requisiti particolari (merito, condizioni economiche o personali, studenti internazionali) come:

Enrollment
First year enrolment:
Admission
Limited enrollment with admission test

Places available: 250 plus 8 reserved to extra UE students


Session: 1


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Application period: from 05-13-2019 to 07-24-2019
Enrolment period: from 07-26-2019 to 08-05-2019


Session: 2


Call for applications is going to be published.
Application period: from 08-09-2019 to 09-13-2019
Enrolment period: from 09-17-2019 to 09-23-2019