Chemical safety and Toxicological Environmental Sciences

Studentessa in laboratorio
Bachelor
A.Y. 2021/2022
L-29 - Pharmacy
Bachelor
180
ECTS
Access
Limited enrollment with admission test
3
Years
Course location
Milano
Language
Italian
The degree in Chemical-Toxicological and Environmental Safety Sciences (SSCTA) belongs to Teaching Class "Pharmaceutical Sciences and Technology", called L-29. According to the present rules, SSCTA shares 60 credits with the degree course in Herbal Sciences and Technologies belonging to the Faculty of Pharmacy and the same teaching class.
The main objectives of the course Chemical-Toxicological and Environmental Safety Sciences (SSCTA) are: learning the traditional and novel analytical approaches in the area of chemistry, biology, microbiology and toxicology. The methods are developed, according to certified procedures or new protocols, to measure pollutants present in the environment (water, air, soil) and contaminants in foods. These activities provide suitable and innovative tools to the bodies in charge for prevention and education.

The main goals of the degree in Chemical-Toxicological and Environmental Safety Sciences (SSCTA) are: 1) the contribution to the improvement of living conditions by identifying harmful environmental situations at risk for the population; 2) to help overcoming hazards and achieving better environmental conditions including the quality and the safety of the food chain. Moreover, the qualification of the students in SSCTA can be socially useful because they could promote a better cultural and scientific aggregation in understand environmental systems and predict environmental changes. The degree in SSCTA allows a specific culture and scientific expertise, which can be applied to support appropriate initiatives in environmental protection, that have a strict correlation with the protection of animal and human health.
The degree in Chemical-Toxicological and Environmental Safety Sciences (SSCTA) is awarded to students who have gained the knowledge described above and have acquired the expertise necessary to face and solve chemical and toxicological issues related to environment and food chain contamination. They must be ready to collaborate with national and international operators, in different scientific fields.
A doctor in Chemical-toxicological and environmental safety sciences (SSCTA), also in reference to activities classified by the Italian Institute ISTAT, is normally employed in the following fields: life sciences (in the area of biology, biochemistry, microbiology and pharmacology); laboratories associated with health sciences (technical activities in clinical laboratories, food safety, etc.); pharmaceutical, cosmetic, food industries; universities, public and private research facilities inside the National Health System and agencies responsible for regulations in health and food safety.
Compared to other degrees of the Class L-29 present at the University of Milan, the doctors in Chemical-toxicological and environmental safety sciences (SSCTA) receive a specific training allowing them to apply for a wide spectrum of employments (see ISTAT code interested).

Employment statistics (Almalaurea)

Admission requirements

Applicants to the programme must hold an upper secondary-school diploma or equivalent foreign qualification pursuant to Ministerial Decree no. 270 of 22 October 2004.

Admission requirements are adequate knowledge and skills to successfully attend the programme, including a good understanding of basic calculus, mastering the main laws of mechanical physics, basic knowledge of cell biology and general chemistry, logic skills, sound oral and written expression skills, good general knowledge.

Admission assessment

Admission into the programme is capped in order to meet high-quality teaching standards relative to available resources. There are 60 places available for enrolment in the first year, plus 5 places for non-EU students residing abroad. Admission is subject to a compulsory online test (TOLC-S by CISIA, the Consortium of Inter-University Integrated Access Systems). For test structure and topics, visit the page: https://www.cisiaonline.it/area-tematica-tolc-scienze/struttura-della-prova-e-syllabus/. You may sit for the TOLC test at the University of Milan or any other member university of CISIA. The schedule of TOLC-S tests organized by our and other Italian universities is available at: https://tolc.cisiaonline.it/calendario.php. Admission requirements are assessed through the selection test and will be met by candidates achieving the minimum score set out in the call for applications available at https://scta.cdl.unimi.it/it/iscriversi. Candidates who take the TOLC-S test and apply for admission to the degree programme in Chemical Safety and Toxicological Environmental Sciences will be included in a merit ranking based on the test score. The winners may enrol in compliance with the deadlines set out in the call for applications.

Additional learning requirements (OFA) and remedial activities

Mathematics OFA. Students who have obtained a score equal to or lower than 10 in the basic mathematics module of the TOLC-S test will have to meet additional learning requirements (OFA). Students with additional learning requirements will have to carry out remedial activities organised by the University in the period October-December, and then take a test to prove they have filled their gaps. Otherwise, they may not take any second-year exams before passing the Calculus and Statistics exam. Learn more at https://scta.cdl.unimi.it/it/studiare/le-matricole.

English OFA. In order to attend the Scientific English course and take the exam required by the study plan, students must be proficient in English at a B1 level under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). This proficiency level may be certified as follows:

- Through a language certificate, earned within three years prior to the date of submission, at a B1 level or higher (for the list of language certificates recognised by the University, please review: https://www.unimi.it/en/study/language-proficiency/placement-tests-entry-tests-and-english-courses). The certificate must be uploaded during the enrolment procedure, or subsequently to the portal https://studente.unimi.it/uploadCertificazioniLingue;

- Through a Placement Test, which is delivered by the University Language Centre (SLAM) during year I only, from October to December. Students who fail the test will be required to take a SLAM course.

The Placement Test is mandatory for all students who do not hold a valid certificate.

Those who do not sit the Placement Test by December, or who fail to pass the end-of-course test within six attempts, must obtain a paid certificate by the programme year contemplated for their exam in English.

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 test and register for the call.

The course in Chemical-Toxicological and Environmental Safety Sciences (SSCTA) offers to its students the possibility to spend periods of study and training abroad using international programs of mobility and exchange; among them, the most important program is Erasmus+. The experience abroad is considered by the teachers of the course as a unique opportunity for the students to acquire personal experiences and professional skills.
The Universities hosting SSCTA students are at the moment located in Romania (Transilvania University of Brasov); Spain (Universities of Madrid and Granada), and Slovenia (University of Ljubljana).
The mobility is aimed to acquire credits (attending courses) and/or work in a training program, which can be used to prepare the final thesis
The universities involved in the exchanges offer activities in the area of biochemistry, pharmacology, and analytical methods (including both traditional and novel approaches).
Each student has a tutor, selected among the SSCTA teachers. All information about international mobility is reported at https://www.unimi.it/en/education/chemical-safety-and-toxicological-env….

Reward for the period spent abroad:
According to the period spent abroad, each student must prepare a suitable Learning Agreement in term of credits:
- An academic year: 60 credits;
- An academic semester: 30 credits;
- A three-months period: 20 CFU

The students must obtain at least 70% of credits established in the Learning Agreement. For students spending a training period abroad, the student must obtain all credits reported in the Learning Agreement.
For the students, who finalize positively their training period, a reward is planned at the end of the academic carrier. Extra marks, ranging between 1 and 3 (according to the period spent abroad, the number of credits obtained, and the value of the whole experience), are added to the final grade taking into consideration the tutor's proposal.

Course attendance is compulsory, but there are tailored tracks for part-time students.

For further information visit the page: https://www.unimi.it/en/study/bachelor-and-master-study/fees-and-how-pay-them/part-time-enrolment and the degree programme website https://scta.cdl.unimi.it/it.

Student workers

Student workers enrolling on a part-time basis should agree with faculty how to attend lectures and laboratories. Student workers who do not enrol on a part-time basis may agree a tailored track with individual faculty members, with partial/full waivers from course attendance, provided they submit evidence of their work activity. If the student works in laboratories using the same techniques as the programme laboratories, they may be partially/fully waived from laboratory attendance, upon agreement with the instructor. To take advantage of these accommodations, the student must submit a certificate stating their employment contract and working hours to the academic office (via Golgi) at the beginning of the year.

Courses list

First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Calculus and Statistics 6 64 Italian MAT/07
General Chemistry 8 88 Italian CHIM/03
Human Anatomy and General Biology 12 96 Italian BIO/13 BIO/16
- General Biology8
- Human Anatomy4
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Analytical chemistry 8 88 Italian CHIM/01
Organic Chemistry 8 88 Italian CHIM/06
Physics and Informatics 9 104 Italian FIS/01 INF/01
- Informatics4
- Physics5
Scientific English 3 48 Italian L-LIN/12
year
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Pharmacology 1 and Pharmacology 2 8 64 Italian BIO/14
- Pharmacology 14
- Pharmacology 24
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Biochemistry 8 64 Italian BIO/10
General Pathology 6 48 Italian MED/04
Physiology 6 48 Italian BIO/09
Toxicology I 8 64 Italian BIO/14
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Chemical and Toxicological Analysis 1 11 128 Italian CHIM/08
Environmental chemistry 8 64 Italian CHIM/06 CHIM/12
Microbiology and Hygiene 8 88 Italian BIO/19
year
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Technology and Pharmaceutical Legislation and Toxicology II 13 120 Italian BIO/14 CHIM/09
- Technology and Pharmaceutical Legislation3
- Toxicology II10
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Biotechnology 1 and Biotechnology 2 8 64 Italian BIO/14
- Biotechnology 14
- Biotechnology 24
Food Chemistry 10 104 Italian CHIM/10
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Chemical and Toxicological Analysis 2 11 120 Italian CHIM/08
Conclusive activities
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Stage 6 0 Italian
Final exam 3 0 Italian
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Analysis of pesticides and contaminants in food and environmental matrices 4 32 Italian CHIM/10
Basic information on laboratory safety (chemistry, microbiology and biology) 4 32 Italian BIO/09
Detection of residues of toxic contaminants in food 4 32 Italian CHIM/10
Environmental impact assessment 4 32 Italian ICAR/03
Molecular mechanisms and biostrasformation 4 32 Italian BIO/10
Pollution and Environmental Safety 4 32 Italian BIO/14
Study of the mechanism of action of toxicants in the environment 4 32 Italian BIO/14
Training for Quality, Environment, Safety, Ethics, GMP 4 32 Italian BIO/14
Training job-support 4 32 Italian BIO/14
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Environmental fate of toxicants 4 32 Italian CHIM/06
Environmental toxicology 4 32 Italian BIO/14
Study plan rules
3 - Lo studente deve acquisire 12 CFU in attività formative scelte liberamente fra quelle attivate dall'Ateneo, purché coerenti con il suo percorso formativo. A questo scopo, il corso di laurea rende disponibili gli insegnamenti sotto indicati che si tengono, di norma, nel primo semestre. Eventuali modifiche del semestre verranno comunicate tempestivamente.
Accanto a ciascun insegnamento è specificato l'anno di corso consigliato per seguire l'insegnamento e sostenere l'esame con profitto.
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Analysis of pesticides and contaminants in food and environmental matrices 4 32 Italian First semester CHIM/10
Basic information on laboratory safety (chemistry, microbiology and biology) 4 32 Italian First semester BIO/09
Detection of residues of toxic contaminants in food 4 32 Italian First semester CHIM/10
Environmental impact assessment 4 32 Italian First semester ICAR/03
Molecular mechanisms and biostrasformation 4 32 Italian First semester BIO/10
Pollution and Environmental Safety 4 32 Italian First semester BIO/14
Study of the mechanism of action of toxicants in the environment 4 32 Italian First semester BIO/14
Training for Quality, Environment, Safety, Ethics, GMP 4 32 Italian First semester BIO/14
Training job-support 4 32 Italian First semester BIO/14
Environmental fate of toxicants 4 32 Italian Second semester CHIM/06
Environmental toxicology 4 32 Italian Second semester BIO/14
The acquisition of credits related to Analytical Chemistry is a prerequisite to the practical activities (laboratory) of Chemical and Toxicological Analysis 1.

The acquisition of credits related to Organic Chemistry is a prerequisite to the practical activities (laboratory) of Chemical and Toxicological Analysis 2.
Prescribed foundation courses
Learning activityPrescribed foundation courses
Analytical chemistry General Chemistry (compulsory)
Biochemistry General Chemistry (compulsory), Human Anatomy and General Biology (compulsory), Organic Chemistry (compulsory)
Biotechnology 1 and Biotechnology 2 Biochemistry (compulsory), Pharmacology 1 and Pharmacology 2 (compulsory)
Chemical and Toxicological Analysis 1 General Chemistry (compulsory), Physics and Informatics (compulsory)
Chemical and Toxicological Analysis 2 Chemical and Toxicological Analysis 1 (compulsory), Organic Chemistry (compulsory)
Environmental chemistry General Chemistry (compulsory), Organic Chemistry (compulsory), Physics and Informatics (compulsory)
Food Chemistry Biochemistry (compulsory), Chemical and Toxicological Analysis 1 (compulsory)
General Pathology Human Anatomy and General Biology (compulsory)
Microbiology and Hygiene General Chemistry (compulsory), Human Anatomy and General Biology (compulsory)
Pharmacology 1 and Pharmacology 2 Human Anatomy and General Biology (compulsory)
Physiology General Chemistry (compulsory), Human Anatomy and General Biology (compulsory), Physics and Informatics (compulsory)
Technology and Pharmaceutical Legislation and Toxicology II Toxicology I (compulsory)
Toxicology I Human Anatomy and General Biology (compulsory)
Location
Milano
Head of study programme
Erasmus and international mobility tutor 
Internship 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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Enrollment
First year enrolment:
Admission
Limited enrollment with admission test

Places available: 60 + 5 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 14/06/2021

Application for matriculation: from 17/06/2021 to 29/06/2021

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Session: 2

Application for admission: from 01/07/2021 to 13/09/2021

Application for matriculation: from 16/09/2021 to 28/09/2021

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