Herbal Sciences and Technologies

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Bachelor
A.Y. 2020/2021
L-29 - Pharmacy
Bachelor
180
ECTS
Access
Limited enrollment with admission test
3
Years
Course location
Milano
Language
Italian
The course, in line with the provisions of the class of reference, is designed to prepare graduates with good basic and applied knowledge and professional skills in herbal sciences and technology and with the necessary training for access to graduate courses and Masters of cultural relevance.
Graduates will obtain mastery of investigative methods and testing, including aspects of data collection and communication of results, and competence in using advanced texts. They will have operational powers and will be able to perform technical, managerial and professional activities in the processing of medicinal plants in quality management sector, marketing of herbal drugs and their derivates to be used in the preparation of herbal products, food and cosmetics, ensuring compliance with the provisions from existing national and European laws.
The course includes basic and professional disciplines in the areas of chemistry, phytochemistry, biology, botany, pharmacognosy, pharmacology and concerning technological aspects.
At the end of the course, graduate will have knowledge and skills in:
· recognition, collection and conservation of medicinal plants;
· storage, control, distribution and supply of medicinal plants and their derivatives;
· analyses and determination of active ingredients;
· the biological effects of medicinal plants;
· toxicological aspects of the use of active ingredients and finished products;
· the study, design, management, supervision and conduction of productive processes of plants and their derivatives;
· recognition of herbal drugs, detection of adulterations and contaminations;
· quality control of products based on medicinal plants and derivatives;
· the possible applications of plants and their derived products for health products including food and cosmetics;
· legislation and ethic rules in the field;
· the scientific and technical advice concerning the supervision hygienic issues of plants and their derivatives in Department of the Government, particularly in the Ministries of Health, of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, Trade and Handicraft and Finance;
· the technical scientific and advisory to specialist publishing companies, dissemination of information in the field of medicinal plants and their derivatives.

A graduate in Herbal Science and Technologies possesses good basic knowledge, and knows how to use it along the production chain. He knows the methods of investigation of the sector and is able to use them professionally and to finalize their knowledge of problem solving of the whole supply chain. Is able to obtain the necessary information and to assess the implications in a productive and market context, to implement measures to improve the quality of herbal products. He/She is also able to communicate orally and in writing arguments on issues of competence. Finally, he/she has the tools of cognitive basis for the continuous updating of knowledge, also through the use of new communication technologies.
The graduation in Herbal Sciences and Technologies offers employment opportunities in the professions of the following areas (ISTAT 2007): Tecnici della medicina popolare
Employment statistics (Almalaurea)

In order to be admitted to the degree course in Herbal Sciences and Technologies, an upper secondary school degree, or equivalent qualification obtained abroad, and an adequate basic preparation are required. It is also necessary to have acquired the knowledge of basic mathematical calculation and computer science, the mastery of the main physics laws and the basic knowledge of cell biology and general chemistry.

REQUIREMENTS AND SKILLS ASSESSMENT

These requirements, as well as the logical and comprehension skills, will be verified through a compulsory TOLC-AV test to be held before enrolment and in order to be admitted to. The TOLC-AV is an online test provided by CISIA (https://www.cisiaonline.it/ ), Interuniversity Integrated Systems for Access Consortium. Test format, topics and other useful information are available at the following link https://www.cisiaonline.it/area-tematica-tolc-agrariaveterinaria/struttura-della-prova-e-syllabus/. The TOLC-AV can be held at the University of Milan or at any other available location, as indicated in the calendar https://tolc.cisiaonline.it/calendario.php

Enrolment procedures and deadlines will be indicated in the call for applications: the University will publish on the University website at https://www.unimi.it/it/studiare/immatricolarsi-e-iscriversi. Only students placed in the merit ranking list can enrol on the Degree Course in Herbal Sciences and Technologies.

ADDITIONAL LEARNING OBLIGATIONS (OFA)

Students who do not correctly answer at least 50% of the questions in the basic Mathematics module of the TOLC-AV test will be assigned Additional Learning Obligations (OFA). These obligations must be met by attending support activities organized by the University in the period October-December, followed by a recovery test. If obligations are not fulfilled, students will not be able to take the Mathematics and Informatics exam.

EXEMPTIONS FROM THE TEST

Students already enrolled in a single cycle master course in Pharmacy or Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology of this or other University and students enrolled in a Bachelor course in Herbal Sciences and Technologies or Herbal Techniques of another University are exempted from the test, on condition to have acquired minimum 40 credits during the first year of the course, according with the respective regulations. These requirements are needed for the credits recognition and, consequently, the admission to at least the second year of the course. Graduates in Pharmacy or Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology of any Italian or foreign University and graduates in Master course in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Biotechnologies (five years) of the University of Milan are also exempted.

The Bachelor's school in Herbal Sciences and Technologies offers to its students the opportunity to spend periods of study and training abroad through mobility programs mainly represented by Erasmus +. The geographical areas in which reside the European Universities partners of the international training program are mainly Spain, Germany, Poland and the Netherlands. Students may also apply for the destinations specified in the call of Agricultural Sciences and Technologies. Mobility is directed to the study (frequency to courses) and to a training period that may be the subject of the thesis. Universities with which Agreements were established offer courses and training periods in pharmacology, phytochemistry, microbiology and pathology. Each student is assisted by one of the teacher of the course as an internal tutor.

Recognition of study periods abroad:
Each student, depending on the period of time spent abroad, should propose a Learning Agreement providing an adequate number of credits for his/her study or training:
- An academic year: 60 credits;
- An academic semester: 30 credits;
- An academic quarter: 20 CFU
For study programs, students must acquire at least 70% of the credits specified in the Learning Agreement. For the training period the student must acquire all the credits specified by the Learning Agreement. Additional score to the degree mark will be added to students who have fulfilled the study or training programs. This score ranges from a minimum of 1 to a maximum of 3 points (depending on the duration of the training period, the amount of credits obtained and the overall result achieved) and will be proposed by the tutor to the Commission of the final exam.

Mandatory for laboratory courses; highly recommended for other teaching courses

Courses list

year
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Human physiology and basic anatomy 9 72 Italian BIO/09
Plant Biology and Pharmaceutical botany 12 112 Italian BIO/15
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Biology 6 48 Italian BIO/13
General and Inorganic Chemistry 6 56 Italian CHIM/03
Mathematics and Informatics 7 50 Italian INF/01 MAT/01 MAT/02 MAT/03 MAT/04 MAT/05 MAT/06 MAT/07 MAT/08 MAT/09
- Informatics3
- Mathematics4
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Chemical Toxicology Analysis 7 72 Italian CHIM/08
Organic Chemistry 7 56 Italian CHIM/06
Undefined
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
English assessment B1 (3 ECTS) 3 0 Italian
year
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Biochemistry and Human nutrition 12 96 Italian BIO/09 BIO/10
- Biochemistry7
- Food and human nutrition5
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Chemistry of natural organic compounds and foods 11 96 Italian CHIM/06 CHIM/10
- Chemistry of healthy foods6
- Chemistry or natural organic compounds5
General Pathology and Pathophysiology 6 48 Italian MED/04
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Agricultural biochemistry and physiology of medicinal plants 6 48 Italian AGR/13
Pharmacognosy 1 6 56 Italian BIO/15
Pharmacology and Toxicology 10 80 Italian BIO/14
- Pharmacology6
- Toxicology4
Phytopharmaceuticals: Chemistry and Analysis 8 80 Italian CHIM/08
year
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Experimental models and use of herbal drugs 11 88 Italian BIO/14 BIO/15
- Models for studying the biological activity of natural substances6
- Phytotherapy5
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Advanced analysis of active principles in herbal drugs 8 80 Italian CHIM/08
Formulation and legislation of cosmetic products 6 56 Italian CHIM/09
Formulation and legislation of health products 6 56 Italian CHIM/09
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Pharmacognosy 2 6 48 Italian BIO/15
Optional
Active molecules from natural sources as Pharmacological Tools 3 24 Italian BIO/14
Aromatic and Medicinal Plant Cultivation 3 24 Italian AGR/04
Dietary products 3 24 Italian CHIM/10
Fermentation chemistry 3 24 Italian CHIM/11
Medicinal plants and their recognition 3 24 Italian BIO/15
Natural antioxidants, vitamins and phytosterols 3 24 Italian BIO/14
Physiology of the skin 3 24 Italian BIO/09
Phytotherapy for the skin 3 24 Italian BIO/14
Poisonous plants and allergens 3 24 Italian BIO/14
Principles of dietetics 3 24 Italian BIO/09
Conclusive activities
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Practical training 12 0 Italian
Final exam 3 0 Italian
Study plan rules
- The number of CFU reserved for activities to be chosen by the student is 12. Notwithstanding the complete freedom of choice among all the teachings activated in University, provided it is consistent with the training project, the Manifesto will report a list of optional courses specially activated for this Bachelor.
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Active molecules from natural sources as Pharmacological Tools 3 24 Italian Second semester BIO/14
Aromatic and Medicinal Plant Cultivation 3 24 Italian Second semester AGR/04
Dietary products 3 24 Italian Second semester CHIM/10
Fermentation chemistry 3 24 Italian Second semester CHIM/11
Medicinal plants and their recognition 3 24 Italian Second semester BIO/15
Natural antioxidants, vitamins and phytosterols 3 24 Italian Second semester BIO/14
Physiology of the skin 3 24 Italian Second semester BIO/09
Phytotherapy for the skin 3 24 Italian Second semester BIO/14
Poisonous plants and allergens 3 24 Italian Second semester BIO/14
Principles of dietetics 3 24 Italian Second semester BIO/09
The frequency to the laboratories of chemical and toxicological analysis, CI-chemistry, Chemistry, biochemistry and physiology of officinal plants (Md. Chemistry of organic natural products), and Phytopharmaceutical chemistry and analysis, Advanced analysis of active principles of vegetable drugs, CI- Formulation and legislation of health and cosmetic products (Md. Health products), CI- Formulation and legislation of health and cosmetic products (Md. Cosmetic products), CI-quality and safety (Mod Microbiology) is compulsory and will lead to registration of frequency signature.

Access to the laboratory of CI-chemistry, biochemistry and physiology of plants (Md. Chemistry of natural organic substances) is subject to passing the general and inorganic chemistry.

Access to the laboratory of Phytopharmaceutical chemistry and analysis is subject to the signing of frequency of Chemical and toxicological analysis laboratory and overcome exams of general and inorganic chemistry and organic chemistry.

Access to Advanced analysis of active principles of vegetable drugs, is conditional on the acquisition of signature frequency of Phytopharmaceutical chemistry and analysis laboratory and passing Organic Chemistry.
Prescribed foundation courses
Learning activityPrescribed foundation courses
Advanced analysis of active principles in herbal drugs Chemical Toxicology Analysis (compulsory), General and Inorganic Chemistry (compulsory), Organic Chemistry (compulsory), Phytopharmaceuticals: Chemistry and Analysis (compulsory)
Agricultural biochemistry and physiology of medicinal plants Biochemistry and Human nutrition (optional), Chemistry of natural organic compounds and foods (optional), General and Inorganic Chemistry (compulsory), Organic Chemistry (compulsory), Plant Biology and Pharmaceutical botany (compulsory)
Biochemistry and Human nutrition Biology (compulsory), General and Inorganic Chemistry (compulsory), Human physiology and basic anatomy (compulsory), Organic Chemistry (compulsory)
Chemical Toxicology Analysis General and Inorganic Chemistry (optional)
Chemistry of natural organic compounds and foods General and Inorganic Chemistry (compulsory), Organic Chemistry (compulsory)
Experimental models and use of herbal drugs Biochemistry and Human nutrition (compulsory), Biology (compulsory), General Pathology and Pathophysiology (compulsory), General and Inorganic Chemistry (compulsory), Human physiology and basic anatomy (compulsory), Organic Chemistry (compulsory), Pharmacology and Toxicology (compulsory), Plant Biology and Pharmaceutical botany (compulsory)
FORMULATION AND LEGISLATION OF COSMETIC PRODUCTS Chemical Toxicology Analysis (compulsory), FORMULATION AND LEGISLATION OF HEALTH PRODUCTS (optional), General and Inorganic Chemistry (compulsory), Organic Chemistry (compulsory), PHARMACOGNOSY 1 (compulsory), Phytopharmaceuticals: Chemistry and Analysis (compulsory), Plant Biology and Pharmaceutical botany (compulsory)
FORMULATION AND LEGISLATION OF HEALTH PRODUCTS Chemical Toxicology Analysis (compulsory), General and Inorganic Chemistry (compulsory), Mathematics and Informatics (compulsory), Organic Chemistry (compulsory), PHARMACOGNOSY 1 (compulsory), Phytopharmaceuticals: Chemistry and Analysis (compulsory), Plant Biology and Pharmaceutical botany (compulsory)
General Pathology and Pathophysiology Human physiology and basic anatomy (compulsory)
Organic Chemistry General and Inorganic Chemistry (optional)
PHARMACOGNOSY 1 Plant Biology and Pharmaceutical botany (compulsory)
PHARMACOGNOSY 2 PHARMACOGNOSY 1 (compulsory), Pharmacology and Toxicology (compulsory), Plant Biology and Pharmaceutical botany (compulsory)
Pharmacology and Toxicology Biochemistry and Human nutrition (optional), Biology (compulsory), General Pathology and Pathophysiology (optional), General and Inorganic Chemistry (compulsory), Human physiology and basic anatomy (compulsory), Organic Chemistry (compulsory)
Phytopharmaceuticals: Chemistry and Analysis Chemical Toxicology Analysis (compulsory), General and Inorganic Chemistry (compulsory), Organic Chemistry (compulsory)
Location
Milano
Course locations
Le lezioni frontali si svolgono nelle aule indicate nell'orario didattico di Ateneo.
Tutte le aule sono accessibili anche agli studenti con disabilità motoria.
Laboratory locations
Le esercitazioni a posto singolo si svolgono nei laboratori a disposizione della Facoltà di Scienze del Farmaco, secondo quanto indicato nell'orario didattico di Ateneo. In ogni laboratorio è a disposizione una postazione predisposta per studenti con disabilità motoria.
Head of study programme
Erasmus and international mobility tutor 
University and programme transfer tutor
Quality Assurance Delegate
Contacts
  • Vicepresidente del Collegio Didattico Interdipartimentale Prof. Mario Dell'Agli
    Via Balzaretti, 9 Milano
    mario.dellagli@unimi.it
    +3902 50318398
    Ricevimento studenti: su prenotazione telefonica o via e-mail, c/o Dipartimento di Scienze Farmacologiche e Biomolecolari
  • Coordinatore del Corso di Laurea Prof.ssa Gelsomina Fico
    Via Mangiagalli, 25 Milano
    gelsomina.fico@unimi.it
    +3902 50319375
    Ricevimento studenti: su prenotazione telefonica o via e-mail, c/o DISFARM, Via Mangiagalli 25, secondo piano, studio 2013
  • Coordinatore ERASMUS: Prof.ssa Francesca Clerici
    Via Venezian, 21 Milano
    francesca.clerici@unimi.it
    +3902 50314472
    Ricevimento studenti: su prenotazione telefonica o via e-mail, c/o Dipartimento di Scienze Farmaceutiche (DISFARM) Sezione di Chimica Generale e Organica "A. Marchesini" III piano
  • Segretario del Collegio Didattico Interdipartimentale: Dott. Fiorella Meneghetti
    Via Mangiagalli, 25 Milano
    fiorella.meneghetti@unimi.it
    +3902 50319306
    Ricevimento studenti: tutti i giorni previo appuntamento, c/o studio I piano stanza 1064 via Mangiagalli 25

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
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Places available: 100 + 5 reserved for non-EU citizens + 2 reserved for students in the Marco Polo project


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