Biogeosciences: analysis of ecosystem and science communication

Alga marina: particolare
Master programme
A.Y. 2020/2021
LM-60 - Nature sciences
Master programme
120
ECTS
Access
Open with entry requirements examination
2
Years
Course location
Milano
Language
Italian
The master's degree course in BioGeosciences: Analysis of ecosystems and Science communication aims to provide an in-depth, interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary knowledge of the structural and functional components of ecosystems in the present - also in relation to the anthropic presence - and in the geological past. It is aimed to show the conceptual tools for environmental conservation, defense and management, to provide knowledge and methodologies for the dissemination, communication and teaching of Natural Sciences. The course is addressed to students who want to extend and deepen their culture in the field of nature and environment, maintaining the traditional balance between abiotic and biotic factors, to obtain an organic and synthetic vision of nature and environment. The master's degree course addressed to students who intend to work in the field of training, communication and teaching of Natural Sciences.
Career opportunities for master's degree in BioGeosciences: Analysis of ecosystems and Science communication can be found in the public sector and in the private sector.
In addition, the degree allows access to PhDs and II level masters.
Graduates in curriculum Ecosystem analysis, monitoring and management will be able to perform monitoring of biotic naturalistic components (flora and fauna with particular reference to species indicated in the EU directives and to the alien species, habitats of community interest) and abiotic (rocks, geological structures, landscape forms with particular reference to the enhancement and geoconservation) on behalf of institutions responsible for the management of the territory and the natural heritage (regions, municipalities, other public and private agencies, parks and reserves) and as freelance.
Graduates in curriculum Science communication, dissemination and teaching will be able to perform activities for the dissemination of knowledge of the natural ecosystems of the present and of the geological past; environmental education activities in schools and institutions, parks and organizations; preparation of exhibitions on nature and environment; awareness-raising activities on sustainable development. Furthermore, the degree course provides adequate preparation for teaching scientific disciplines and the suitable background to participate in the competition for access to the role of teacher of secondary school, according to current legislation.

The course, after passing a specific state exam allows to enroll in the professional registers of graduate agro-technician and graduate agricultural expert.
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The requirements for the admission to the Master in BioGeosciences: Ecosystem Analysis and Science Communication are fully met by graduates of the degree class in Sciences and Technologies for the Environment and Nature (L-32) and corresponding class related to DM 509/99. Students that have a degree in another class, as well as those who have other qualifications obtained abroad and recognized as eligible, can also be admitted to the master's degree program, provided that they have the curricular requisites and the competence necessary to successfully participate to the Master’s Degree, as specified below.

Students with a qualification obtained abroad will be evaluated by the Admission Commission for the master's degree on the basis of their curriculum (type of bachelor degree, bachelor's study program) and through an interview (online, if needed) aimed at ascertaining possession of specific curricular requirements and their personal preparation. The date of the interview is indicated in the “Manifesto degli Studi” and it is the date in which all students will be evaluated.

Students who have obtained a degree in Italy in classes other than L-32, must have the following curricular requirements for the admission to the Master's Degree: 

  • at least 6 ECTS in each of these disciplines: mathematical, physical,and chemical disciplines, 
  • and at least 60 ECTS in the following areas: agricultural disciplines, biological disciplines, ecological disciplines and Earth Sciences. Of these 60 ECTS, the student must have acquired at least 6 ECTS in biological disciplines, 6 ECTS in ecological disciplines and 6 ECTS in Earth Sciences.

The personal preparation of all the candidates will be verified trough an interview carried out by a commission of professors appointed by the Interdepartmental Teaching Council. To access the Master's Degree program an adequate basic training in biological (general biology and histology, zoology and botany), geological (geology, paleontology, mineralogy, petrography, geomorphology) and ecological disciplines is required.

During the interview, the adequacy of the curriculum of previous studies and the individual preparation of the candidate will be assessed.

Students with a negative result in the interview cannot be admitted to the Master's Degree program in the current year.

For the academic year 2020/2021, the date for the interview is September 15, 2020 at 10:00 (https://scienzenaturali.cdl.unimi.it/it). 

A minimum English language proficiency at level B1 within the Common European Framework of Reference for Language (CEFR) is an admission requirement.

The English level B1 is assessed by the University Language Centre SLAM throughout the admission process in the following ways:

  •  language certificate achieved no more than three years prior to the submission, at level B1 or higher, recognised by the University (check the list of recognised language certificates) The language certificate must be uploaded during the admission process
  • level of English assessed by SLAM (or through a computer-based test) during the bachelor’s degrees obtained at the University of Milan. English levels B1 achieved no more than four years previously are deemed valid. The verification is automatic with no need to attach any certificate during the application phase;
  • entry test, organised by SLAM, which will take place on September 15 2020 at 2:30 pm. If the language certificate or level is not valid, the candidate will be summoned for the entry test through the admission procedure. Candidates who fail the entry test will not be admitted to the master’s degree programme and cannot take the test again.
As part of the ERASMUS + program, for students enrolled in the Master Degree agreements with Spanish, French and Romanian universities have been concluded. During the study period abroad, the students can attend courses and take exams, and carry out researches for the thesis. Students in the mobility program must submit a study plan proposal that includes the training activities they plan to carry out abroad. As far as possible, the number of CFU of the proposed study plan must correspond to what the student would acquire in an equivalent period of time at his university. The proposed activities, selected among the host university's educational activities, must be consistent with the educational project of the Master Degree course. The study plan must be submitted for approval to the Erasmus Commission of the Collegio Didattico Interdipartimentale. The Commission may ask the student to integrate the program of an exam taken in the host university with an interview to be carried out in the University of Milano on an agreed supplementary program. At the end of the mobility program, in compliance with the University guidelines, the exams passed will be recorded in the student's career with the original name of the course in the host foreign university, and their ECTS converted into CFU and the vote expressed in thirtieths.

Mandatory for laboratories, fieldwork and internships; recommended for other teaching activities.

Courses list

year
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Methods in Ecosystem analysis 12 108 Italian BIO/03 BIO/07 GEO/04
Undefined
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
English proficiency B2 (3 ECTS) 3 0 Italian
Conclusive activities
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Final exam 39 0 Italian
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Animal behaviour 6 48 Italian BIO/05
Anthropology 6 48 Italian BIO/08
Applied geobotany 6 48 Italian BIO/02
Astronomy 6 48 Italian FIS/05
Biogeography 6 48 Italian BIO/02 BIO/05
Environmental chemistry 6 48 Italian CHIM/12
Environmental Geochemistry 6 52 Italian GEO/08
Geographic Information Systems and Environmental Modelling 6 60 Italian INF/01
Geological evolution of a habitable planet 6 48 English GEO/02
Geophysics for natural risks 6 56 Italian GEO/11 GEO/12
Mathematical Modeling 6 48 Italian MAT/07
Palynology 6 48 Italian BIO/02
Phylogeny and evolution 6 48 Italian BIO/05
Population Biology and Genetics 6 48 Italian AGR/07
Quantitative ecology 6 52 Italian BIO/07
Stratigraphic Paleontology 6 56 Italian GEO/01
Wildlife management 6 48 Italian BIO/05
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Adaptation of animals and plants to environment 6 48 Italian BIO/04 BIO/09
Alpine Glaciology and Climatology 6 48 English GEO/04
Anatomy and physiology of the integrated systems 6 52 Italian BIO/06 BIO/09
Applied geomorphology 6 48 Italian GEO/04
Applied palaeoecology 6 56 Italian GEO/01
Biomineralization 6 48 Italian GEO/01
Control strategies for insect pests and vectors 6 48 Italian AGR/11 VET/06
Environmental economics and policy 6 48 Italian AGR/01
Forensic sciences 6 48 Italian MED/43
Gemology 6 48 Italian GEO/06 GEO/09
Geology of the Mediterranean area 6 52 Italian GEO/03 GEO/07
Geomorphological heritage and geodiversity 6 48 Italian GEO/04
Laboratory methods for biodiversity 6 48 English BIO/01 BIO/05 BIO/06
Mircopedology Laboratory 6 48 Italian AGR/14
Plant ecology 6 48 English BIO/03
Principles And Dynamics of the "Critical Zone" 6 48 Italian AGR/14
Symbiosis and parasitism 6 48 Italian AGR/11
Vertebrate Paleontology and virtual Paleontology 6 48 Italian GEO/01
Study plan rules
1 - ATTIVITA' PER IL PRIMO E SECONDO ANNO

INSEGNAMENTI IN PERCORSO GUIDATO
lo studente dovrà scegliere 42 cfu per un totale di 7 insegnamenti rispettando le cinque regole elencate:
1- Lo studente dovrà scegliere obbligatoriamente 1 o 2 dei seguenti insegnamenti (discipline chimiche, fisiche, matematiche e informatiche):
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Astronomy 6 48 Italian First semester FIS/05
Environmental chemistry 6 48 Italian First semester CHIM/12
Geographic Information Systems and Environmental Modelling 6 60 Italian First semester INF/01
2 - 2- Lo studente dovrà scegliere obbligatoriamente 1 o 2 dei seguenti insegnamenti (discipline agrarie, gestionali e comunicative):
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Population Biology and Genetics 6 48 Italian First semester AGR/07
Environmental economics and policy 6 48 Italian Second semester AGR/01
3 - 3- Lo studente potrà scegliere 1 dei seguenti insegnamenti (discipline ecologiche):
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Quantitative ecology 6 52 Italian First semester BIO/07
Alpine Glaciology and Climatology 6 48 English Second semester GEO/04
Applied geomorphology 6 48 Italian Second semester GEO/04
Geomorphological heritage and geodiversity 6 48 Italian Second semester GEO/04
Plant ecology 6 48 English Second semester BIO/03
4 - 4- Lo studente dovrà scegliere obbligatoriamente 2 o 3 dei seguenti insegnamenti (discipline di Scienze della Terra):
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Environmental Geochemistry 6 52 Italian First semester GEO/08
Geological evolution of a habitable planet 6 48 English First semester GEO/02
Stratigraphic Paleontology 6 56 Italian First semester GEO/01
Applied palaeoecology 6 56 Italian Second semester GEO/01
Biomineralization 6 48 Italian Second semester GEO/01
Gemology 6 48 Italian Second semester GEO/06 GEO/09
Geology of the Mediterranean area 6 52 Italian Second semester GEO/03 GEO/07
5 - 5- Lo studente dovrà scegliere obbligatoriamente 2 o 3 dei seguenti insegnamenti (discipline biologiche):
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Animal behaviour 6 48 Italian First semester BIO/05
Applied geobotany 6 48 Italian First semester BIO/02
Biogeography 6 48 Italian First semester BIO/02 BIO/05
Palynology 6 48 Italian First semester BIO/02
Phylogeny and evolution 6 48 Italian First semester BIO/05
Wildlife management 6 48 Italian First semester BIO/05
Adaptation of animals and plants to environment 6 48 Italian Second semester BIO/04 BIO/09
Anatomy and physiology of the integrated systems 6 52 Italian Second semester BIO/06 BIO/09
Laboratory methods for biodiversity 6 48 English Second semester BIO/01 BIO/05 BIO/06
6 - INSEGNAMENTI AFFINI E INTEGRATIVI
Lo studente dovrà obbligatoriamente scegliere 2 dei seguenti insegnamenti:
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Anthropology 6 48 Italian First semester BIO/08
Geophysics for natural risks 6 56 Italian First semester GEO/11 GEO/12
Mathematical Modeling 6 48 Italian First semester MAT/07
Control strategies for insect pests and vectors 6 48 Italian Second semester AGR/11 VET/06
Forensic sciences 6 48 Italian Second semester MED/43
Mircopedology Laboratory 6 48 Italian Second semester AGR/14
Principles And Dynamics of the "Critical Zone" 6 48 Italian Second semester AGR/14
Symbiosis and parasitism 6 48 Italian Second semester AGR/11
7 - INSEGNAMENTI A LIBERA SCELTA
Lo studente dovrà acquisire autonomamente 12 CFU tra tutti gli insegnamenti attivati dall'Ateneo (meglio se scelti all'interno dell'area scientifica), purchè coerenti con il progetto formativo, previa valutazione da parte del proprio tutor. In particolare potrà scegliere tra tutti gli insegnamenti facoltativi presenti in questo manifesto purchè non già scelti nelle altre regole. Inoltre, è attivato il seguente insegnamento nell'ambito del Progetto di Eccellenza del DST:
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Vertebrate Paleontology and virtual Paleontology 6 48 Italian Second semester GEO/01
year
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Teaching methodologies and techniques for biogeosciences 12 96 Italian BIO/07 GEO/04
Undefined
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
English proficiency B2 (3 ECTS) 3 0 Italian
Conclusive activities
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Final exam 33 0 Italian
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Anthropology 6 48 Italian BIO/08
Astronomy 6 48 Italian FIS/05
Biogeography 6 48 Italian BIO/02 BIO/05
Comunication and teaching of Mathematics 6 48 Italian MAT/04
Fundamentals of psychology 6 48 Italian M-PSI/01
General pedagogy 6 48 Italian M-PED/01
Geographic Information Systems and Environmental Modelling 6 60 Italian INF/01
Geological evolution of a habitable planet 6 48 English GEO/02
History and teaching of Physics 6 48 Italian FIS/08
Mathematical Modeling 6 48 Italian MAT/07
Phylogeny and evolution 6 48 Italian BIO/05
Social anthropology 6 48 Italian M-DEA/01
Stratigraphic Paleontology 6 56 Italian GEO/01
Teaching methodologies and techniques for geosciences 6 48 Italian GEO/04
Urban and regional geography 6 48 Italian M-GGR/01
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Anatomy and physiology of the integrated systems 6 52 Italian BIO/06 BIO/09
Applied geomorphology 6 48 Italian GEO/04
Cell biology 6 48 Italian BIO/01 BIO/06 BIO/16
Communication, dissemination and teaching of natural sciences 6 52 Italian M-PED/03
Elementary Mathematics Teaching Workshop 6 54 Italian MAT/04
Environmental economics and policy 6 48 Italian AGR/01
Geology of the Mediterranean area 6 52 Italian GEO/03 GEO/07
Geometry in natural and anthropic environments and its teaching 6 48 Italian MAT/03 MAT/04
Geomorphological heritage and geodiversity 6 48 Italian GEO/04
Human Anatomy 6 48 Italian BIO/16
Methods of communication 6 48 Italian SPS/08
Plant ecology 6 48 English BIO/03
Symbiosis and parasitism 6 48 Italian AGR/11
Teaching methodologies and techniques for biosciences 6 48 Italian BIO/07
Vertebrate Paleontology and virtual Paleontology 6 48 Italian GEO/01
Study plan rules
1 - ATTIVITA' PER IL PRIMO E SECONDO ANNO

INSEGNAMENTI IN PERCORSO GUIDATO
lo studente dovrà scegliere 42 cfu per un totale di 7 insegnamenti rispettando le cinque regole elencate:
1- Lo studente dovrà scegliere obbligatoriamente 1 o 2 dei seguenti insegnamenti (discipline chimiche, fisiche, matematiche e informatiche):
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Astronomy 6 48 Italian First semester FIS/05
Comunication and teaching of Mathematics 6 48 Italian First semester MAT/04
Geographic Information Systems and Environmental Modelling 6 60 Italian First semester INF/01
Geometry in natural and anthropic environments and its teaching 6 48 Italian Second semester MAT/03 MAT/04
2 - 2- Lo studente dovrà scegliere obbligatoriamente 1 o 2 dei seguenti insegnamenti (discipline agrarie, gestionali e comunicative):
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Fundamentals of psychology 6 48 Italian First semester M-PSI/01
General pedagogy 6 48 Italian First semester M-PED/01
Environmental economics and policy 6 48 Italian Second semester AGR/01
Methods of communication 6 48 Italian Second semester SPS/08
3 - 3- Lo studente potrà scegliere 1 dei seguenti insegnamenti (discipline ecologiche):
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Applied geomorphology 6 48 Italian Second semester GEO/04
Geomorphological heritage and geodiversity 6 48 Italian Second semester GEO/04
Plant ecology 6 48 English Second semester BIO/03
4 - 4- Lo studente dovrà scegliere obbligatoriamente 2 o 3 dei seguenti insegnamenti (discipline di Scienze della Terra):
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Geological evolution of a habitable planet 6 48 English First semester GEO/02
Stratigraphic Paleontology 6 56 Italian First semester GEO/01
Geology of the Mediterranean area 6 52 Italian Second semester GEO/03 GEO/07
5 - 5- Lo studente dovrà scegliere obbligatoriamente 2 o 3 dei seguenti insegnamenti (discipline biologiche):
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Biogeography 6 48 Italian First semester BIO/02 BIO/05
Phylogeny and evolution 6 48 Italian First semester BIO/05
Anatomy and physiology of the integrated systems 6 52 Italian Second semester BIO/06 BIO/09
Cell biology 6 48 Italian Second semester BIO/01 BIO/06 BIO/16
Human Anatomy 6 48 Italian Second semester BIO/16
6 - INSEGNAMENTI AFFINI E INTEGRATIVI
Lo studente dovrà obbligatoriamente scegliere 2 dei seguenti insegnamenti:
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Anthropology 6 48 Italian First semester BIO/08
History and teaching of Physics 6 48 Italian First semester FIS/08
Mathematical Modeling 6 48 Italian First semester MAT/07
Social anthropology 6 48 Italian First semester M-DEA/01
Urban and regional geography 6 48 Italian First semester M-GGR/01
Communication, dissemination and teaching of natural sciences 6 52 Italian Second semester M-PED/03
Elementary Mathematics Teaching Workshop 6 54 Italian Second semester MAT/04
Symbiosis and parasitism 6 48 Italian Second semester AGR/11
7 - INSEGNAMENTI A LIBERA SCELTA
Lo studente dovrà acquisire autonomamente 18 CFU tra tutti gli insegnamenti attivati dall'Ateneo (meglio se scelti all'interno dell'area scientifica), purchè coerenti con il progetto formativo, previa valutazione da parte del proprio tutor. In particolare potrà scegliere tra tutti gli insegnamenti facoltativi presenti in questo manifesto purchè non già scelti nelle altre regole. Inoltre, è attivato il seguente insegnamento nell'ambito del Progetto di Eccellenza del DST:
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Vertebrate Paleontology and virtual Paleontology 6 48 Italian Second semester GEO/01
8 - Per gli studenti del curriculum di Analisi, monitoraggio e gestione degli ecosistemi e di altri corsi di laurea, sono attivati i seguenti corsi:
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Teaching methodologies and techniques for geosciences 6 48 Italian First semester GEO/04
Teaching methodologies and techniques for biosciences 6 48 Italian Second semester BIO/07
Location
Milano
Course locations
Sede corsi e laboratori: Dipartimento di Bioscienze (via Celoria 26), Settore Didattico (via Celoria 20, via Golgi 19, via Venezian 14), Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra (via Mangiagalli 34 e via Botticelli 23)
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Erasmus and international mobility tutor 
Internship tutor
University and programme transfer tutor
Master's degree admission tutor
Credit recognition tutor
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