Natural sciences

Bachelor's degree programme

General information

Disciplinary areaScience
Duration 3 years - 180 Credits
Admission Accesso Libero No limited access
Language Taught in Italian
Teaching method Lectures
Regulation Main Teaching Regulations


The first level degree course in Natural Sciences is designed to provide the students with a high interdisciplinary knowledge of nature, environment, and landscape. It is also aimed at developing analytical and observation skills, coupled with field practice and internships in the world of work. Therefore it offers a modern and complete cultural education oriented to the natural environment, described and interpreted through a good practice of the scientific method, applied to the analysis of the components and factors that underlie processes, systems and problems. Issues addressed during the studies are the description of biotic and abiotic components and their interactions, as well as the understanding ecosystem processes in order to learn from the past, understand the present and predict the future. The course meets the demand for graduate education in Natural Sciences arising from our region, in order to maintain a cultural and scientific tradition which is of great significance in the context of cultural, scientific and professional activities actually developed in our University and in the Emilia Romagna region.

Course content

The Degree Course in Natural Sciences offers a stimulating environment with an optimal relationship between teachers and students. The primary purpose is to prepare graduates able to operate in the complex reality of natural environments, where multiple variability factors interact, through a figure that has interdisciplinary knowledge and skills. The matter of study is really wide and encompasses present and past living beings as well as Earth Sciences and ecosystem. Such a broad knowledge is nowadays of paramount importance. In order to protect and valorize both nature and environment in all their aspects, in fact, it is necessary to develop a broad knowledge about animals and, as well as about natural and anthropic hazards threatening them. Furthermore, a key aspect in defending nature and environment is their valorization, obtained by promoting cultural activities aimed at their knowledge (teaching, museums, natural parks, theme parks, and popular science), and by supporting environmentally friendly economic activities.

Career options

Regional demand for graduates in Natural Sciences has always been fulfilled by the university in order to maintain a relevant cultural and scientific tradition in the sector of cultural, scientific and professional activity. There has always been a considerable demand for education in this field, mainly originating from schools, public administration and the world of popular science and more recently from occupations which are increasingly involved with environmental issues. Thus, if you decide to not pursue further studies or to undertake, at the same time, also a job career, you can carry out professional activities in the field of collection, representation and interpretation of naturalistic data (mandatory for the management and protection of the environment), and training and dissemination activities in public or private sectors. The degree allows access to professional fields: Environmental control technicians, Agronomists and forest technicians, Guides and specialized guides, tutors, teachers in professional training and assimilated, Technicians of museums, libraries and similar. Enables registration to Professional Orders and the exercise of the related professions: order of architects, planners, landscapers and conservators, Section B-planning sector (junior planner title); biologists Section B (junior biologist's title).

After the degree

The Degree course in Natural Sciences provides a solid basic preparation on which to base the most advanced studies that characterize the Master Degrees aimed at the recovery and conservation of the environment.

More information

Course Director
prof. Annalisa Ferretti
Prof. Antonio Todaro

The course is managed by the Department of Chemical and Geological Sciences