Improvement and Protection of Mountain Environments

A.Y. 2020/2021
L-25 - Agriculture and forestry industry
Limited enrollment with admission test
Course location
Edolo (BS)

The degree programme in the Valuation and Protection of Mountain Environments is designed to equip graduates with a basic grounding in the main sectors of agricultural and forest sciences, in addition to the methodologies of scientific investigation and experimentation. Graduates are qualified to assume technical, managerial and professional roles in the sphere of agrobiology and related technologies.

The course equips graduates with:

  • a good basic knowledge of the agroforestry mountain sector;
  • the ability to engage in various aspects of the organisation of mountain production activities, with particular reference to the protection of territorial balance, environmental defence and rural development;
  • good communication and information management competences and tools;
  • the ability to work as part of a group with a set degree of autonomy, and to quickly integrate themselves into working environments.

Graduates in the Valuation and Protection of Mountain Environments can pursue careers in the following sectors: agrozootechnical and forest productions, technical assistance, public and private administration, research and teaching.

Graduates possess competences in:

  • the technical and economic management of agricultural and forestry resources and their interrelationships with other sectors (craftsmanship, commerce, tourism, etc.);
  • integrated development projects, with particular reference to upland farms;
  • soil conservation, particularly in relation to environmentally friendly procedures and the management of protected areas and nature parks;
  • the management of eco-sustainable tourism and farm holiday activities;
  • the development of historic and cultural alpine resources;
  • the production and use of agroforestry products;
  • the management of multifunctional zootechnical and pastoral activities;
  • the marketing of typical mountain products;
  • technical assistance for upland farms.

Admission requirements

Good basic knowledge of high-school subjects, with a focus on technical and scientific ones.

Skills assessment

Access to the programme is regulated by a compulsory test to ascertain that the student meets admission requirements, i.e. a knowledge of basic scientific disciplines (mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology) equal to that provided by high school, and an understanding of elementary logic. The required test is a TOLC CISIA Online Test. You can sit for the TOLC test at the University of Milan or any other member university of CISIA (inter-university consortium for integrated access systems) on multiple dates. Please register on the CISIA website ( ): the TOLC test providing access to the programme is TOLC-AV. You can find information on the test in the call for applications published on the University website ( ). The call will also specify admission procedures for students from other degree programmes of the University of Milan, or from other universities, or already holding a university degree.

Additional Learning Requirements (OFA)

Admitted students who have not achieved the minimum score set out in the call for applications, in the mathematics section, will have to fulfil Additional Learning Requirements (OFA). These requirements can be met through specific remedial activities. Mathematics OFA are prerequisites for all second- and third-year exams. Students who do not attend OFA remedial activities or do not pass the final OFA test will have to pass the Mathematics exam as a prerequisite to take all second- and third-year exams.

Bridging courses

To fill any knowledge gaps shown by test results, the Faculty may provide short bridging courses or tutoring activities before or during the programme. Attendance is strongly recommended to all those who have shown any gaps. 
Initiatives will be promptly notified on the degree programme website ( ).

The degree programme in Improvement and Protection of Mountain Environments provides ample opportunities to study or work abroad, mainly through the Erasmus+ programme, which has around 30 EU member universities, and the Swiss Mobility Programme. Globally, about 5 students seize this opportunity each year. The fields that can be developed at partner universities cover all the specific areas of the degree programme. Most students are inclined to follow courses that will broaden their scientific knowledge, or to carry out internships or degree theses in established laboratories. The learning agreement is defined in cooperation with the study programme's Erasmus manager, both for the choice of exams and the organization of the internship at the partner university. Before completing the learning agreement, you must obtain the formal approval of the exams to be taken at the host university by teachers holding equivalent or similar courses at the University of Milan. The conduct of an experimental activity abroad, as part of or the entire internship activity, requires a letter of consent from a teacher of the partner university and the formal approval of the objectives, the project and the internship period by a teacher of the study programme acting as supervisor.
Grades and credits awarded by partner universities are almost entirely recognized. Students thus know that Erasmus activities will be positively assessed in their curriculum. There are other opportunities for cultural exchanges with universities that are not part of the Erasmus system but have signed agreements with our university. These belong to non-EU areas such as China, Japan, Latin America.

Recommended, not mandatory

Courses list

First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Computer knowledge and e-skills 6 64 Italian
General and inorganic chemistry 6 60 Italian CHIM/03
Mathematics 6 64 Italian MAT/01 MAT/09
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Animal and plant biology 12 116 Italian BIO/03 BIO/05
- Animal biology4
- Plant biology8
Essentials of economics 6 48 Italian AGR/01
Organic chemistry 6 56 Italian CHIM/06
Physics 6 60 Italian FIS/07
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
English assessment B1 (3 ECTS) 3 0 Italian
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Agricultural and forestry mechanization 6 56 Italian AGR/09
Agronomy for mountain areas 12 112 Italian AGR/02 AGR/13
- Agronomia e coltivazioni erbacee in ambito montano8
- Chimica del suolo4
Principles of physiological and metabolic processes in agriculture 10 88 Italian AGR/13 AGR/16
- Biochimica e fisiologia vegetale6
- Microbiologia agraria4
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Forestry 8 80 Italian AGR/05
Fruit tree production 8 80 Italian AGR/03
Geopedology 8 80 Italian AGR/14 GEO/04
- Elementi di geografia fisica e geomorfologia4
- Pedologia4
Rural buildings and land survey 8 80 Italian AGR/10
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Stage 6 0 Italian
be activated by the A.Y. 2021/2022
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Environmental and Forest Surveying and Economics 8 80 Italian AGR/01
- Unit 14
- Unit 24
Livestock Farming in Mountain Areas 12 96 Italian AGR/19 VET/01
- Elementi di anatomia e fisiologia degli animali domestici4
- Tecniche di allevamento8
Plant diseases 8 64 Italian AGR/11 AGR/12
- Entomologia agraria e forestale4
- Patologia agraria e forestale4
Processing of agri-food products 7 56 Italian AGR/15
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Soil conservation in mountain watersheds 8 80 Italian AGR/08
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Final exam 4 0 Italian
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Renewable energies in mountain areas 4 32 Italian AGR/09
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Plant ecology of mountain environments 4 32 Italian BIO/03
Wildlife management 4 40 Italian AGR/19
Study plan rules
- Le attività formative a scelta dello studente devono risultare coerenti con il progetto formativo del laureato in Valorizzazione e Tutela dell'Ambiente e del Territorio Montano. Lo studente potrà acquisire i CFU a scelta libera scegliendo tra gli insegnamenti offerti dall'Università degli Studi di Milano oppure seguendo con profitto seminari, convegni, corsi di aggiornamento od altre attività organizzate dall'Ateneo o da un altro Ente, sempre dopo parere favorevole del Collegio Didattico.
Poiché i corsi e le attività possono variare negli anni, gli studenti sono invitati a consultare il sito Web del corso di laurea ( per conoscere l'offerta didattica pertinente all'anno in corso.
I CFU per le attività formative a scelta dello studente sono 16 e le corrispondenti valutazioni finali sono considerate nel conteggio come corrispondenti ad una unità. Il Collegio Didattico propone le seguenti attività formative organizzate presso il Polo di Edolo:
- Gestione della fauna selvatica 4 cfu; ssd AGR/19; 2°semestre;
- Energie rinnovabili in ambiente montano 4 cfu; ssd AGR/09; 2°semestre;
- Ecologia vegetale degli ambienti montani 4 cfu; ssd BIO/03; 2°semestre (non erogato per l'a.a.2020/2021);
- Attività a carattere seminariale
- Laboratori integrati su temi specifici coordinati con l'attività di tirocinio e finalizzati alla stesura dell'elaborato finale
Edolo (BS)
Head of study programme
Quality Assurance Delegate

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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First year enrolment:
Limited enrollment with admission test

Places available: 75 + 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 23/04/2020 to 24/07/2020

Application for matriculation: from 24/07/2020 to 05/08/2020

Read the Call

Session: 2

Application for admission: from 10/08/2020 to 04/09/2020

Application for matriculation: from 08/09/2020 to 15/09/2020

Read the Call

Session: 3

Application for admission: application deadlines will be published shortly.

Application for matriculation: from 18/09/2020 to 15/10/2020

The call for applications is being finalized