CHEMISTRY Degree Program Profile
Bachelor Degree in CHEMISTRY
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. BENEDETTA MENNUCCI
Department of CHIMICA E CHIMICA INDUSTRIALE
Internationalization Coordinator (CAI):
Prof. Tarita Biver
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 a specific course in mathematics.
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.
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 chemistry.
Occupational Profile/s of Graduates
The occupational profile of a graduate of the Programme will mostly involve one of the following activities:
- development and optimization of chemical transformation processes, application of chemical techniques, and quality assessment in industry and other productive activities;
- laboratory practice in secondary school;
- 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 degree gives direct access to the corresponding Second Cycle degree programme (Master in Chemistry). 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 3-month experience (15 ECTS credits) within a research group or an external laboratory is required, under the guidance of a supervisor. The activity performed and the results obtained will be described in a short report and discussed in front of a committee during the final examination.