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Course obligations: Faculty of Sciences

Internal obligations (SNS)

Study plan and courses

Students are required to follow the lessons, practice exercises and workshops relating to the internal courses envisaged by their study plan. They are also required to pass the related examinations by 31 October 2019 which, although they may envisage mid-year tests, consist of a single exam date. In the tests students must obtain a grade of at least 24/30.

Eligibility and interviews

During the academic year, students take specific tests necessary to qualify for admission to the following year. These tests may consist of an exam relating to internal courses or an interview.
For the first and second year there is an oral exam relating to all the internal courses, on a date established by the Faculty Council.
For the third year, with the exception of mathematics students, there are no specific tests; students are required to take the mid-year and final tests required for the internal courses of their study plan.
For the fourth year, and for the third and fourth years of mathematics students, an "interview" (colloquio) is scheduled, on a date established by the Faculty Council, in which students present an advanced research topic.
For the fifth year there are no specific tests; students are required to take the mid-year and final tests required for the internal courses of their study plan.

Foreign languages

In the first three years, students are required to attend the English language course and a second course among those activated by the Scuola in other languages; they must pass the final tests, with the aim of achieving, in the third year, level III in English and at least level II in a second language. Foreign language tests must be passed by the end of the third year. Those students who have won the fourth year competition must attend the English language course and a second course among those activated by the Scuola, and pass the relevant final tests, to achieve level III in English and level II in the other language. These objectives must be achieved by the end of the fifth year. Those who consider themselves as having adequate knowledge of English and / or of a second language among those envisaged by the SNS can be exempted from attendance after passing a special exam. In the first year of the course at the Scuola all students must attend at least one language course given by a mother tongue language assistant and pass the relative test.

External obligations (University)

Courses and lessons, calculation of the average, weight of the internal courses: by October 31, 2019 the students must pass the exams in the university courses envisaged by their study plans. They must obtain a grade of at least 24/30 in each exam and maintain an overall average, also taking into account the grades obtained in the internal courses, of at least 27/30. The grades obtained in the individual exams are weighted to contribute to the composition of the average. For university exams, the weight is given by the number of credits relating to the course (CFUs). The weight of the internal courses (excluding the language courses given by a mother tongue language assistant), which is attributed solely for the purpose of obtaining the average, takes into account the total number of hours of the course or modules that constitute it (excluding the hours of supplementary teaching), according to the following prospectus:

From 20 to 24 hours> Weight: 8
From 25 to 29 hours> Weight: 9
From 30 to 34 hours> Weight: 10
From 35 to 39 hours> Weight: 11
From 40 to 44 hours> Weight: 12
From 45 to 49 hours> Weight: 13
From 50 hours on> Weight 14

In addition:

For the Physical-Mathematical Seminar for the students of mathematics and physics of the first two years there is only one grade and the total weight is 27.
For the mathematics and physics courses for chemistry students of the first two years there is only one grade and the total weight is 27.
For the mathematics and physics courses for 2nd year biology students there is only one grade and the total weight is 16.
For the two 3rd year physics courses for biology students there is only one grade and the total weight is 13.
For the two physics courses of the 3rd year for physics students there is only one grade and the total weight is 14.
III year: completion of the number of credits envisaged by the university course and graduation by October 31, 2018, save for justified exceptions approved by the Faculty Council (and which include the attendance of schools and study stays elsewhere) and in any case no later than the end of 2018.
V year: completion of the number of credits envisaged by the university course to obtain a master's degree. Passing of internal exams by October 31, 2018, save for justified exceptions approved by the Faculty Council (and which include the attendance of schools and study stays elsewhere) and in any case no later than 2018.
In order to obtain the diploma di licenza (or, in the case of students who started to attend the Scuola in the fourth year, the diploma di secondo livello) the students must have obtained their master's degree by 30 November 2019.

SUBJECT AREAS and COMPULSORY COURSES

  • CHEMISTRY AND GEOLOGY

I year
Complements of classical mechanics and thermodynamics
Complements of mathematics for chemistry students
Seminars on the frontiers of chemistry

II year
Classical electrodynamics I and II
Mathematics for biology students and chemistry students
Virtual chemistry laboratory

III year
Complements of theoretical chemistry
Complements of physical chemistry

The attendance of the course "Mathematical methods for chemistry" (envisaged for the IV and V year of the degree courses and postgraduate degree courses) is recommended

IV and V year
Two courses (for a total of at least 80 hours, consisting of one or more modules) chosen from:
- the internal ones envisaged by the syllabus for the III, IV and V years (or postgraduate) relating to Chemistry and Geology;
- the internal ones envisaged by the syllabus for the III, IV and V years relating to another disciplinary area

  • PHYSICS

I year

Complements of classical mechanics and thermodynamics
Complements of mathematics

II year
Classical electrodynamics I and II
Introduction to dynamic systems I

III year
Quantum mechanics
Statistical Physics

IV and V year
For each year, two courses (for a total of at least 80 hours, consisting of one or more modules) must be chosen among those included in the internal syllabus (including postgraduate courses) and in the syllabus relating to the master’s and doctorate degree courses offered by the University of Pisa. During this two-year period at least two of the four courses must be chosen from within the internal syllabus.

  • MATHEMATICS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

I year
Complements of classical mechanics and thermodynamics
Complements of mathematics

II year
Classical electrodynamics I
Introduction to dynamic systems I and II

III year
Introduction to measure theory and real analysis
Elliptical and modular functions

IV and V year
For each year, two courses (for a total of at least 80 hours, consisting of one or more modules) must be chosen among those envisaged by the internal syllabus (including postgraduate courses) and by the syllabus relating to the master’s degree course and doctorate degree in Mathematics, Physics and IT offered by the University of Pisa. During this two-year period at least two of the four courses must be chosen within the internal syllabus.

  • BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

I year
Biology seminar
Complements of mathematics for biology students

II year
Biology laboratory I
Complements of physics for biology students
Mathematics for biology and chemistry students

III year
Introduction to the structure of matter
Thermodynamics and statistical physics
Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology
Biology workshop II

IV and V year
For each year, two courses (for a total of at least 80 hours, consisting of one or more modules) must be chosen  among all the internal courses offered.

Study plans

The students of the undergraduate courses are required to submit a study plan for each academic year, relating to internal courses and university courses, for the approval of the Faculty Council. The study plan, which must be drawn up in compliance with the course obligations envisaged by the Faculty, must be submitted to the Student Office by November 15, 2018, excluding the topic of the colloquio (a dissertation-based interview for the III and IV year) and the title of the undergraduate or master’s degree course thesis.

The topic of the colloquio and the name of the supervisor must be submitted by February 28, 2019. Any changes to study plans must first be discussed with the supervisors and then submitted by February 28, 2019 and for approval by the faculty councils. The latter deadline is valid for submitting the title of the undergraduate or master’s degree course thesis and the name of the supervisor.

For the preparation and submission of study plans, students are invited to contact their respective lecturers.

Contacts

Info
  • segreteria.studenti@sns.it