Academic year 2016/2017

Degree Program Profile

Basic Information

Qualification awarded

Bachelor Degree in

Qualification Type/Level

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:


Internationalization Coordinator (CAI):
Prof. Maria perla Colombini

Language of Teaching


Admission Requirements

Formal Requirements

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.

General Information

Programme Profile

The students of the Degree Programme in Chemistry acquire a solid background in
basic sciences (mathematics and physics) and in all the main fields of chemistry
(analytical, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry). Technical skills and a
working understanding of chemical phenomena are provided by extensive laboratory
practices along the three years. At the end of the course, a three month experience
within a research group or an external lab is required, with a final exposition and
discussion of the performed activity.

Key Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Programme will be able to demonstrate a basic knowledge of
mathematical analysis, classical physics and quantum mechanics; a deep
understanding of the principles of chemistry and of molecular theory; a working
knowledge of structure and reactivity aspects in organic and inorganic chemistry,
of chemical and instrumental techniques in analytical chemistry, and of
thermodynamics and spectroscopy as applied to chemistry. They will be ready to
access the two-year programme of master studies in Chemistry or Industrial

Occupational Profile/s of Graduates

A graduate of the Programme will be able to:
- collaborate to the development and modification of chemical transformation
processes, use of chemical techniques, and quality assessment in industry and other
productive activities;
- collaborate to research in public and private centres;
- collaborate to laboratory practice instruction in secondary school;
- offer advice and perform analysis and control activities for environmental and
cultural heritage protection, in the biomedical and agrochemical fields, in the
food industry, etc.

Access to further study

The Laurea Degree in CHEMISTRY 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

At the end of the course, a three month experience (15 ECTS) within a research
group or an external lab is required, under the guidance of a supervisor. The
activity performed and the results obtained will be described in a short report and
discussed duri

Course structure diagram

Available courses