The Degree Course in Biomolecular Chemistry was founded at
the Faculty of Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences in the
academic year 2004-2005 in order to give an answer to the rising
need of professional people with chemistry skills able to work in
very new and interdisciplinary fields, operating between Chemistry
As in other European and extra European models, students that graduate
also in other related disciplines from Italian or foreign Universities
are eligible for the Degree Course as well as people that have equivalent
titles for which different credits will be attributed.
The graduated in Biomolecular Chemistry will acquire a thorough
knowledge of the most recent chemistry and instrumental methodologies
applied to the biological systems. A wide biological background
will be also added to these chemistry-instrumental competences.
In this field the graduate will be provided with all the necessary
instruments, both theoretical and practical, in order to be able
to develop and plan personal approaches to the fundamental and/or
applied research. The experimental aspects will be of fundamental
importance in the graduate interdisciplinary training. The graduate
will be able to use and investigate the information of the new post-genomic
disciplines, particularly proteomics and metallomics. In order to
do this, the graduate will acquire new skills that will allow him/her
to use the mathematical and informatics tools. Periods of training
will be held at research and analysis laboratories of private companies
and government institutions as well as in the medical, pharmaceutical,
environmental, agroindustrial sectors and in all the other ones
where an inter- and multidisciplinary approach between chemistry
and biology is requested.
The degree program will guide the students to follow the right courses
to build up the appropriate competences that will be considered
necessary by the definition of deficits and personalized curricula.
This is a flexible answer to the need of students that have graduated
in disciplines different from the first level Chemistry. Students
will be able to follow individual educational routes that will allow
them: to develop a good expertise in the analytical application
to the biological systems using instrumentation with high complexity
and sophistication; to have a specific knowledge about the molecular
aspects related to biomolecules, cells, tissues and organisms in
normal and altered conditions, as well as their reciprocal interactions,
environmental and biotic effects on living creatures.
The Degree Course is based on characterizing activities, useful
for the final thesis and for the introduction in the job market.
During the two years, training activities are inserted in the program,
up to 120 credits (CFU). The didactic activity of one year is divided
into two periods, ending up with exam sessions. Personalized, Optional
and Integrative Courses for the fulfilment of the deficits are also
Teaching hours consists of modules and the didactics will be carried
out in the following fashion:
1. Lessons, also supported with multimedial and audiovisual aids;
2. Exercises in normal or computerized rooms;
3. Experimental work in labs;
4. Periods of training in external structures for individuals and
Due to the strong experimental content and to the poor availability
of appropriate books, attendance to all the didactic activities
is compulsory. The verification methods will be defined every year.
In order to have the validation of the attendance, students have
to reach at least 70% of the total teaching time. Exception to this
limit will be evaluated by the President.
Chairman of the Degree Course (CCLM)
Prof. Enrico Rizzarelli
Viale Andrea Doria 6- 95125 Catania
Phone: 095 7385070- Fax: 095 337678
Office Hours: individual meetings can be arranged by appointment
DEGREE COURSE ORGANIZATION
The following commissions are established for the Master
(Magistral) Degree Course:
? Didactic Commission
? Organizing Commission
? Selfvalidation Commission
Furthermore a Managing Committee is due to coordinate the relationship
between the University and the external world, according to the
MASTER DEGREE COURSE ADMISSIONS
The Degree Course in Biomolecular Chemistry will issue a sustainable
number of places for the courses. This number is decided every year
in collaboration with the Managing Committee and it depends on the
infrastructure and teaching resources.
The credits obtained from the first level “Chemistry” degree will
be entirely accepted, while those obtained from other degree courses
will be differently evaluated. In order to properly evaluate the
obtained credits and to have a personalized course program, an on
line pre-enrollment is demanded by going to the Degree Course Web
site. This has to be done by the date reported in the Studies Manifest,
with which students have to indicate the totally or partially fulfilled
program of the three-year degree course. The fulfillment of the
deficits can be carried out by the attendance to specific courses
appositely run by the Degree
Course, or by the attendance to other activated courses run by the
University of Catania. Subsequently, by the date indicated in the
Studies Manifest, the evaluation test of the candidates merit will
be carried out. Candidates can be formally registered to the course
after the ranking determination.
Candidates can also participate in the competition to access the
“Scuola Superiore” (see on the backside) .
At the request of the concerned students and according to the contingent
needs, the Council of the Degree Course will deliberate the kinds
of integrative didactic support that will be considered necessary
in order to guarantee the possibility of attendance by disabled
or working students.
Registration to the second year of the Degree Course is accorded
to all the students that have obtained at least 60% of the 60 credits
available in the first year.
Students that, at the end of the first year, have not reached the
number of credits required can be registered (only once) as repeating
ones and be exempted from attendance to the courses for which has
already obtained the attendance certificate.
The transfer to the 2nd year of the Degree Course by students of
different educational provenience will be evaluated by the Didactic
Commission. Students that have obtained both all the appropriate
attendance certificates of the individual studies plan and all the
credits required can be registered (only once) to the Degree Course
as an “off-course” student.
Web site: www.unict.it/chimbiomol
The SCUOLA SUPERIORE DI CATANIA (SSC) is a residential centre for
high-level university education, which originated in 1998 following
an Official Agreement (Accordo di Programma) with the Italian Minister
of Education, University and Research to guarantee talented young
people an excellent standard of education as well as an early contact
with scientific research and with the world of employment.
The promotion and management of the SSC’s activities are entrusted
to a Consortium called Istituto Superiore di Catania per la Formazione
di Eccellenza of which universities, territorial boards, scientific
institutions, professional orders and private companies are founder
and ordinary members. After its first five years of academic activity
the SSC has been inspected by the Quality Ministerial Assessment
Agency and in 2004 was formally instituded as an integral part of
the University of Catania.
The SSC is part of the National Network of Advanced Italian Schools
together with the Scuola Normale Superiore and the Scuola Sant’Anna
The SSC integrates the undergraduates and post-graduates programs
of the University of Catania offering interdisciplinary courses:
Ordinary Courses in a pre-degree phase and University Masters and
Advanced Educational Courses in a post-degree phase.
In order to be admitted to the School, students have to pass written
and oral examination: 20% of the available places are reserved for
non-EU students coming from countries in the Mediterranean area.
The School promotes the free development of the diverse cultural
identities within the College facilities and sets up Arabian Language
and Culture together with European Languages and Cultures courses.
All students attending Ordinary Courses in both the Area of Literary,
Economic, Legal and Social Sciences and in the Area of Experimental
Sciences are awarded scholarships as far as they maintain an high
standard of university performance taking part to didactic and scientific
activities both in School and University labs and in private and
public partner institutions. The School is also involved in post-graduate
and lifelong learning programmes and has carried out several post-graduate
masters courses on different subjects related to the above listed
Web site: www.unict.it/ssc