Biotechnology

Course coordinator: Prof. Ferretti Luca, luca.ferretti@unipv.it

Syllabus Of Biotechnology course units for academic year 2016-2017 ⇒ 

Bachelor and Master Courses catalogue  (for Biotechnology select “Mathematics, Physics  and Natural Sciences” and then “Biotechnology” in the drop-down menu in the next page)

Catalogue of individual course units  ⇒

The Biotechnology Program provides students with a thoughrough knowledge of the molecular mechanisms underlying living organisms, coupled with the aquisition of modern tools that allow the manipulation of living systems (bacteria, cultivated cells, tissues and complex organisms) towards the production of goods and resources not obtainable with conventional methods.

Biotechnology is a markedly multidisciplinary discipline, therefore students will initially follow core courses like Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry (Inorganic/Organic), and Biology, in order to learn an integrated scientific method and to approach biological issues with a versatile and flexible attitude. Later courses will cover more in depth topics dealing with biotechnological research and its applications, in the fields of chemistry, biology and in the pharmaceutical- biomedical area. Thus, the Biotechnology Program will give students the option to choose among two different curricula, one more oriented towards research in Chemistry and Biology, the other more focused to the application of Biotechnology in the biomedical-pharmaceutical fields.
There is a practical-methodological emphasis in the Biotechnology Program, that is truly distinctive compared to other First Level Degree Programs. As an example, several courses including core courses and advanced courses have laboratories with practical activities. In addition, all students during the third year will take a full immersion integrated laboratory course that is totally organised as practicals on microbiology, molecular biology, physiology, medical genetics and immunology. Students will also have a possibility to increase their practical experience in selected laboratories under the supervision of staff belonging to the Biotechnology Program.
The completion of the Biotechnology Program is achieved by discussing a thesis based either on the practical laboratory experience gained by the student or on the reviewing of scientific literature on a topic agreed with a supervisor.