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Degree course in NATURAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (Codice 2180)
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Detail Degree Course Academic year of the educational offer: 2017/2018
School:
  • SCHOOL OF BASIC AND APPLIED SCIENCES
Class:
  • Environmental Sciences (L-32)

credits total:180

Educational objectives
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The 1st cycle degree course in Natural and Environmental science derives from the merger of the two courses in Natural Sciences and Environmental Sciences, already existing in the university of Palermo before the structuring in 2 cycles of degree courses provided by the rules set out in Ministerial Decree 509 and 270. This merger, arising essentially for reasons of simplification of the educational offer and optimization of the use of available human resources, has been designed so that it is possible, through the activation of multiple curricula, to maintain, within a common framework, educational programs aimed at the classical disciplines of the natural as well as of environmental sciences. The aim is to provide a sound basis for a systemic approach to the world of nature, seen in its biotic and abiotic components and their relationships. The course trains therefore professionals with specific cultural background, enabling them to a further deepening of knowledge and acquisition of skills through access to the 2nd cycle degree courses. The educational programme, in fact, allows the acquisition of the specific credits constituting the curricular requirements for access to the 2nd cycle degree courses in the field of natural and environmental sciences as well as to the 2nd cycle degree course in the class LM- 95. Graduates of this course will acquire the scientific and methodological foundations enabling them to carry out professional activities, at an intermediate level of responsibility, in the various fields of the natural and environmental sciences, as well as to operate in the field of environmental education and teaching at large. In order to achieve its educational objectives, the course has been structured so as to allow a good understanding of the fundamentals of mathematics, , physics and chemistry, also through the acquisition of the basic languages of the individual disciplines. This knowledge base will help to address, through the application of the scientific method, the study of knowledge of the forms, phenomena and processes of plant and animal organisms, even at the evolutionary level; the knowledge of the Earth system, through the study of the endogenous and exogenous processes; the understanding of the interdisciplinary aspects of the studies on nature and the environment. Through exercises, workshops and training activities, students will develop the ability to collect, analyse and process the data obtained in the field and in the laboratory; they will learn experimental procedures and protocols, how to apply them and to draw up reports on the subject; they will also acquire the ability to apply appropriate measures for prevention and safety in the laboratory and in the field. In the educational programme it is possible to add more class specific sectors, in order to provide a broader educational offer, ensuring a balance among biological subjects and earth science subjects. In the realization of the cultural project, it was considered to ensure a broad degree of freedom, through the possibility of activating teachings in the above mentioned areas, which are strategic to the degree program This resulted in the formation of a wide range of credits for basic and specialized training activities, favouring a more adequate articulation of the objectives to be achieved, consistent with available resources. The programme includes a number of credits reserved for core activities ( 39 to 66 CFU), higher than the threshold set by the DM 270, to provide the student with the sound scientific groundings upon which to set the specific study. Class specific activities are awarded from 54 to 123 credits, with a substantial balance between the biological, ecological and earth sciences subjects, representing the cultural contexts for graduates in Natural and Environmental Sciences, as well as other disciplines completing the specific training. The wide range of related and integrative disciplines provides a properly articulated range, allowing the integration with the acquired class specific skills, also emphasizing disciplines already included among class specific ones, for the specificity of the educational offer and its territorial context. Wide space is then devoted to other educational activities (30 to 36 CFU), giving due weight to multidisciplinary trips, internships, practice periods, and other activities, oriented towards the labour market, as well as stays at other Italian and European universities, also in the framework of international agreements. Graduates will be able to use effectively, in written and oral form, at least one European Union language, other than Italian, in the specific field of expertise.
Professional opportunities
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- Central Public administration, such as the Ministries of Environment, Health, Cultural Heritage, Infrastructures, University and Scientific Research; - Local Public administration, such as Regions, Provinces, Municipalities, Local Environment Agencies; - Private companies and other organisations in the field of mature tourism; - National and regional agencies for environment protection; - Local agencies, consortia and public agencies for the management of parks and protected areas; - Scientific museums and botanical gardens; - Educational institutions.
Final examination features
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To obtain the degree, students must have acquired 180 credits including those relating to the final examination (3 credits). The final test has the objective of assessing the level of maturity and critical skills of the undergraduate, with respect to learning and to the acquired knowledge, on completion of the activities provided by the course syllabus. The final examination consists of an oral test, in accordance with the rules fixed every year by the Degree Course Regulations for the final examination, respecting and consistent to the calendar, the ministerial requirements and to the relevant Guidelines of the University.


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Teachings first year \ in common with the others curricula\profiles
credits Term Val. Area Scientific sector
01597 - CELL BIOLOGY course specifications ROCCHERI (CU) 6.0 1 V B BIO/06
03245 - PHYSICS course specifications ARGIROFFI (RU) 6.0 1 V A FIS/05
04677 - ENGLISH LANGUAGE course specifications 3.0 1 G E
04872 - MATHEMATICS course specifications SCIACCA (PA) 9.0 1 V A MAT/07
19286 - PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY FOR NATURE AND ENVIRONMENT course specifications MACCOTTA (RU) 6.0 1 V B CHIM/12
01690 - BOTANY - INTEGRATED COURSE course specifications GIANGUZZI (PA) 12.0 2 V
BOTANY 2 ROMANO (RU) 6.0 B BIO/02
BOTANY 1 GIANGUZZI (PA) 6.0 C BIO/03
07744 - ZOOLOGY - INTEGRATED COURSE course specifications CAMMARATA (PA) 12.0 2 V
ZOOLOGY 2 PARISI (RU) 6.0 B BIO/05
ZOOLOGY 1 CAMMARATA (PA) 6.0 A BIO/05


Teachings second year
credits Term Val. Area Scientific sector
01933 - ORGANIC CHEMISTRY course specifications RIELA (PA) 6.0 1 V A CHIM/06
16465 - MINERALOGY AND GEOCHEMISTRY - INTEGRATED COURSE course specifications PARELLO (PO) 12.0 1 V
MINERALOGY MERLI (PA) 6.0 B GEO/06
GEOCHEMISTRY PARELLO (PO) 6.0 B GEO/08
18030 - GENETICS AND MICROBIOLOGY - INTEGRATED COURSE course specifications QUATRINI (PA) 9.0 1 V
GENETICS CORONA (PA) 3.0 C BIO/18
MICROBIOLOGY QUATRINI (PA) 6.0 C BIO/19
02679 - ECOLOGY - INTEGRATED COURSE course specifications CHEMELLO (PA) 12.0 2 V
ECOLOGY 1 CHEMELLO (PA) 6.0 B BIO/07
ECOLOGY 2 MILAZZO (PA) 6.0 B BIO/07
16464 - PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY AND GEOLOGY - INTEGRATED COURSE course specifications MADONIA (RU) 12.0 2 V
PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY MADONIA (RU) 6.0 A GEO/04
GEOLOGY GASPARO MORTICELLI (RD) 6.0 B GEO/02
19285 - ENVIRONMENTAL ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY course specifications PIAZZESE (PA) 6.0 2 V A CHIM/01


Teachings third year
credits Term Val. Area Scientific sector
01607 - ALGAE BIOLOGY MANNINO (RU) 6.0 1 V C BIO/02
01636 - MARINE BIOLOGY course specifications VIZZINI (PO) 6.0 1 V B BIO/07
03690 - GEOMORPHOLOGY course specifications AGNESI (PO) 6.0 1 V A GEO/04
05660 - PAEDOLOGY course specifications LO PAPA (RU) 6.0 1 V B AGR/14
18182 - INTERNSHIP AND PRACTICE 6.0 1 G S
05505 - PALAEONTOLOGY course specifications MASINI (PO) 6.0 2 V B GEO/01
05917 - FINAL EXAMINATION 3.0 2 V E
08446 - PHYSIOLOGY course specifications ZIZZO (PA) 6.0 2 V B BIO/09
13351 - COMPETENCES RELATED TO THE LABOUR MARKET course specifications 6.0 2 G F
Optional subjects 6.0 B
Free subjects 12.0 D


Elective activities

Optional subjects credits Term Val. Area Scientific sector
01265 - COMPARATIVE ANATOMY VAZZANA (PA) 6.0 1 V B BIO/06
01336 - ANTHROPOLOGY course specifications SINEO (PO) 6.0 1 V B BIO/08


Explaination
Term Term/Semester
Val. Valutation: V = mark in 30/30, G = note
(*) Teaching attended in english
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