AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES Degree Program Profile
Bachelor Degree in AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES
EHEA First Cycle; EQF Level 6
Number of Years/credits
3 years; 180 ECTS
Mode of Study
*All Degree Programmes are planned and organised for full-time students. It is possible, however (without special arrangements), to proceed through the course of study at one's own rhythm. This makes it possible, if necessary, to accommodate employment or other non-university activities or obligations.
Name of Course Director and other contact information
President of the Degree Course Council:
Prof. LUCIA GUIDI
Department of SCIENZE AGRARIE, ALIMENTARI E AGRO-AMBIENTALI
Internationalization Coordinator (CAI):
Prof. Riccardo Gucci
Language of Teaching
Certificate of completion of Italian upper secondary school or equivalent foreign qualification.
Possible assessment prior knowledge and competences
Obligatory entrance exam for orientation purposes (non-selective).
Required knowledge and competences support programmes
Students who do not pass the entrance exam are required to take specific courses and/or complete extra reading to prepare for the programme.
The Agricultural Sciences Graduated know the basis and professional instructive subjets to tackle the various technical problems, managerial, economics, organizational associated to the agricultural activity, to value the environment impact of planes and works specifics of agricultural sectors. The graduated know your professional responsabilities and ethicols.
Key Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the Programme will be able to demonstrate:
- a deep knowledge of biological issues, cultivation, breeding and those relating to agricultural production;
- the advanced knowledge of the interrelationships between the biological requirements of plants and animals and the characteristics of the technical means of production;
- the knowledge of main economics theories;
- the ability to know the agro contexts and the related economic, management and organization aspects;
- the knowledge assess the environmental impact of plans and works of the agricultural sector;
- the knowledge of the production and transformation processes of the food of animal origin;
- an essential knowledge of professional and ethical responsibilities of their future professional application; cognitive tools for the continuous updating of their knowledge;
Occupational Profile/s of Graduates
The graduates in Agricultural Sciences finds employment in all the activities connected with the activity of agriculture in private companies and public institutions of various kinds. Career opportunities are also to be identified in the context of business services and advice for the protection and control of the environment, and on farms that intend to adopt the techniques of organic production or which develop in typical agricultural products or quality. Graduate will carry out free-lance consulting or design.
Access to further study
The Laurea Degree in AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES normally gives direct access to the corresponding Second Cycle degree programme. It also gives access to some other Second Cycle degree programmes, in which case extra work may be necessary for admission.
Assessment methods, examination regulations, and grading
Assessment is normally by means of an oral or written examination; in some cases there are intermediate exams during the course; other elements (participation in discussion, written or oral reports, comment of texts etc. ) are foreseen in specific course units and are described in the Course Unit Profiles.
The grading system for the course units consists of 30 possible points, plus 'lode' (cum laude) in case of excellence. Marks are given by the lecturer on the basis of performance as ascertained in a public examination by a board of at least two teachers. Main exam sessions are held in June/July; September; and January; students may resit exams**. Actual grading curves differ in different degree programmes. The University of Pisa provides an ECTS Grading Table, which shows the actual distribution, of examination and final grades among students of each degree programme, in order to facilitate comparison with other grading systems. ---> Link to ECTS Grading Table
An overall mark is given on occasion of the 'Final Exam', when a written research text is presented and discussed. The final overall mark is calculated on the results of the marks obtained in the single course units and the final exam, and is based on 110 possible points, with the possible further mention of honours ("lode" or cum laude).
**The exam sessions are organised in sessions (the dates vary according to the Department and are published in the Department's academic calendar). In each session there are a certain number of 'appelli' [calls], or dates on which the examination for each course unit may be taken. The 'appelli' are fixed by the teacher. The student chooses which of the appelli he or she wishes to respond to. In most cases it is obligatory to sign up before the specified date.
Requirements (regulations) to obtain the qualification
The final exam, to which 6 ECTS credits are allocated, must demonstrate the knowledge of the above mentioned professional skills. TEST