Introduction to learning areas and their relevant professional outcomes
The main educational objective of the Bachelor’s Degree Course concerns the training of a student who possesses the basic chemical skills and knowledge useful for inclusion in work activities that require familiarity with the scientific method, ability to apply methods and innovative techniques, use of complex equipment and both theoretical and experimental technological skills.
The basic preparation in the four main areas of chemistry (analytical chemistry, physical chemistry, general and inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry) combined with specific skills in industrial chemistry, allows the graduate to successfully access to various professional careers, with a good level of versatility.
The acquired skills allow the graduate to keep updated with the evolution of the discipline and to interact with other scientific profiles that often collaborate with a chemist.
Another important aim of the Bachelor's Degree course in Chemistry is to provide solid knowledge on the fundamental chemistry subjects and the necessary independence of learning which is indispensable to continue with a Master’s Degree in scientific disciplines.
Structure of the degree programme
The didactic organization complies with the "Chemistry Eurobachelor" and with the model developed by the Italian Chemical Society concerning the basic contents "Core Chemistry" for the Degree Courses activated in Class L-27 , i.e. all Degrees concerning Chemical Science and Technologies.
The Chemistry Degree lasts three years and the teaching activities are distributed over six semesters. The final internship involves a short period in a research laboratory, inside or outside the university, and the preparation of a short technical / scientific report that the student will discuss during the final examination.
The fundamental courses of Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics are in the first and second year, to give the students a solid basis to successfully tackle more challenging advanced courses that they will meet in the last semesters.
In addition to the disciplinary preparation, the graduate is required to acquire strategic "soft-skills" useful for entering in the job world. In particular, the study of English and other communication skills, both in their written and oral form, will be an important part of the student’s preparation, useful also for those interested in continuing their academic career.
Function in a work context:
The graduate in Chemistry (three-year degree) can access the profession of "Chemical Technician" or "Junior Chemist" according to the name adopted by the National Council of Chemists, upon passing the State Exam.
The Graduate in Chemistry:
- applies defined and predetermined protocols and consolidated knowledge;
- manages laboratory instruments with a good degree of autonomy, with the ability to adapt to new work contexts, in all activities in which substances or chemical processes are handled;
- carries out organizational, control and supervision functions of chemical processes and procedures, under the guidance of a MSc chemist or senior chemist, also in relation to workplace safety issues;
- prepares reports related to analyses results/outcomes;
- transmits or acquires scientific information by interacting with specialists and non-specialists.
- carries out, under the direction of a Senior Chemist, tests and laboratory tests for the development of new products;
- carries out the characterization of new products and collaborates in testing new technologies;
- provides consultancy and advice on chemistry and in any activity defined by the current legislation related to the profession of junior chemist;
- deals with marketing, technically advising customers on the choice and use of products.
Skills associated with the function:
For the performance of the functions described for the three-year graduate chemist, the following are required:
- basic chemical skills and knowledge useful for inclusion in work activities that require familiarity with the scientific method;
- ability to apply innovative methods and techniques;
- ability to use complex equipments and to acquire both theoretical and experimental technological skills;
- ability to apply knowledge to safety requirements and respect for the environment;
- propensity to work in a team;
- aptitude to work in an international context and to relate to people of different disciplines and cultural backgrounds.
The skills acquired allow the three-year graduates to easily adapt to the evolution of the discipline, to interact with the contiguous professionals and to continue their studies in the master's degree courses.
The employment opportunities for the three-year graduate in Chemistry are typically:
- public and private research institutes;
- synthesis, analysis, control and quality certification laboratories;
- public or private bodies and companies as an employee or consultant;
- basic and fine chemical industries;
- specialty chemicals and auxiliary industries for industrial production;
- companies producing detergents, cosmetics, drugs, textiles, food and packaging;
- companies that require basic knowledge in the chemical sectors also in relation to emissions control and waste management.
The three-year graduates can also continue their studies with a master's degree or a master's level.
The graduate in Chemistry is able to:
- Communicate both in oral and written form in Italian and, possibly, in another European language in the context of professional activities, with full competence of the chemical terminology.
- Interact, communicate and collaborate profitably and also proactively with other people, and to conduct collaborative activities.
- Interact with non-expert staff to give instructions on how to conduct a process and on the implementation of the necessary chemical safety measures.
Methods of achievement and verification: the achievement of these skills will take place gradually over the three-year period, especially during practical laboratory trainings, the discussion of scientific articles of primary or secondary literature and the discussion of the results on theoretical and practical tasks specifically assigned. The assessment will take place both during the course, especially during the tutoring activity, and in the final exam.