Life / Bachelor's degree programme
Biological Sciences

General information for the a.y. 2019-2020

Disciplinary areaLife
Duration 3 years - 180 Credits
Admission Accesso Programmato Limited access, see call for applications
Language Taught in Italian
Teaching method Lectures
Regulation Main Teaching Regulations


Biology has become in the past decades one of the most dynamic and cutting edge fields of science, at the center of contemporary society's interests. Biology is an interdisciplinary science that integrates knowledge from different fields, ranging from mathematics and statistics to physics and chemistry, and including of course all more strictly biological areas of study. Our degree program in Biological Sciences deals with numerous aspects of the life sciences and their applications, all aimed at the understanding of living organisms, the preservation of the environment and of human health, and finally the quality control of biological production, particularly in the food sector. Our degree program provides a solid theoretical and experimental basis through the use of a variety of teaching methods: in addition to lectures and practical exercises, there are many hours of laboratory practice for the purpose of acquiring manual skills and experience in the all the basic methodologies. These activities are made possible due to the optimal professor/student ratio that has always characterized our degree program in Biological Sciences.

Course content

The degree programme in Biological Sciences is divided into different educational levels. The first year is dedicated mainly to the study of the basic scientific disciplines such as mathematics, chemistry, physics, statistics and computer science, which provide the fundamental tools for understanding and analyzing biological phenomena. The next two years are focused on course work designed to provide theoretical and experimental knowledge for the study of increasingly complex biological systems and phenomena, from the molecular level to cells and tissues, from organisms to species, from populations to communities and finally ecosystems. A further objective of the program is to provide students with the tools to study and analyze biological phenomena through comparative and evolutionary approaches. The program includes also applicative aspects in the areas of conservation and management of natural resources, the biodiversity, and the preservation of human health. The course work is complemented by experimental activities in preparation for the first level thesis to be conducted in university research laboratories or in local institutions or companies. The program is furthermore enriched by a wide choice of electives that allow students to acquire a deeper knowledge of particular biological subjects of interest, useful to complete and diversify their preparation.

Career options

Graduates at the end of the three-year program will possess basic theoretical, methodological and experimental competencies with respect to the structure, development and functions of living plant and animal organisms (including humans), and their interaction with the environment. Graduates will be able to work in research laboratories as well as in public and private companies and institutions involved in biological monitoring, management and protection of ecosystems, quality control of biological products, market and chemical-clinical analyses, and biological control in the agri-food and health sectors. Graduates can participate to the Italian State Examination to qualify as Junior Biologists.

After the degree

Graduates in Biological Sciences have access to several different Master degrees in Biology. At the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, graduates in Biological Sciences can have access, as the ideal extension to their studies and without further learning debts, to the Master degree program in Experimental and Applied Biology ( They can also have access to the Master degree programs in Medical Biotechnologies and Industrial Biotechnologies.

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Course Director
prof. Vincenzo Zappavigna
prof.ssa Lorena Rebecchi

The course is managed by the Department of Life Sciences