MATHEMATICS Degree Program Profile
Bachelor Degree in MATHEMATICS
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. MATTEO NOVAGA
Department of MATEMATICA
Internationalization Coordinator (CAI):
Prof. Giovanni federico Gronchi
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 Laurea Degree in MATHEMATICS has the objective of preparing student with a solid background in classical and modern mathematics, along with an overall expertise in physics and computing. The aim is to have graduates able to understand and employ deductive reasoning, modeling and numerical methods, and to either enter the work environment or to continue their studies with a Master Degree.
Key Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the Laurea Degree in MATHEMATICS will be able to demonstrate:
- Knowledge of the foundations of algebra, analysis and geometry;
- Basic knowledge of computing tools and computing languages
- Basic knowledge of classical and modern physics
- Understanding of complex deductive reasonings and data modeling
- Depending on the curriculum they have chosen, deep knowledge of either advanced theoretical mathematics or numerical and modeling methods for natural, industrial or financial phenomena
- Awareness of the importance of team work
- Ability to communicate basic and advanced mathematics to a specialized and a general public
Occupational Profile/s of Graduates
Graduates of the Laurea Degree in MATHEMATICS will belong to one of the following professional profiles:
1) Mathematical technician, who will work in firms, companies or agencies operating in one of the following fields: environment and metereology; banks, insurance, and finance; publishing and scientific communication; logistics and transportation;
biomedical and health. More generally the Mathematical technician can be employed in any job function involving computational techniques and data treatment, handling and analysis.
2) Mathematician with fundamental education, who will continue his studies with the Master degree for teaching mathematics in schools, or with a Master degree in Mathematics, in Physics, in Theoretical Computer Science, in Computational or Operational Engineering.
Access to further study
The Laurea Degree in MATHEMATICS 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 written dissertation, to which 9 ECTS are allocated, must
demonstrate ability to understand and illustrate either an specialized
result in theoretical modern mathematics or an advanced numerical or