Natural and Environmental Sciences

  • The program promotes knowledge of the environment, with reference to the complexity of its biotic and abiotic components.
  • Students are led towards the learning of a multidisciplinary vision of natural and anthropic ecosystems, in the fields of Earth and Life Sciences, with the aim of developing professionals able to detect and interpret natural phenomena, as well as to successfully work in professional fields.
  • The program is multidisciplinary and includes basic disciplines (mathematics, computer science, chemistry, and physics), naturalistic/biological disciplines (ecology, ethology, botany, zoology, comparative anatomy, genetics, physiology), and geological disciplines (geomorphology, mineralogy, paleontology).
  • The curriculum also includes field surveys designed to provide skills in the description and representation of aspects of natural systems in their context.


Students participate in a call for admission. Admission requirements are listed in the announcements:

  • early (deadline May 30th): recommended to secure a place; high school seniors may also participate, students are admitted through a selective test TOLC
  • standard (July/August)
  • postponed (September/October), if there are still places available

Only those admitted can enroll. Non-EU students can participate in a specific call (March / April), pre-registration on is required

Degree program class
L32 Sciences and Technologies for the Environment and Nature
75 Slots available
Language Italian
Duration 3 years

Course description

The naturalist is the only professional figure capable of interpreting natural phenomena globally in their complexity. The degree program in Natural and Environmental Sciences aims to provide students with ad hoc knowledge of scientific, biological and geological disciplines and the instruments and techniques for the identification of natural environmental systems and their structural and functional specificity.


Students with a secondary school diploma (5-year course) and students with any other qualification obtained abroad and recognized as suitable. Ideal candidates are students with interest, curiosity and passion for the environment and its problems.


Conveying a systematic and systemic knowledge of the natural world, the environment, and living organisms. Providing knowledge and skills to collaborate in activities of detection, identification, analysis, restoration and conservation of natural and anthropized ecosystems, as well as to the dissemination of naturalistic culture


The main job opportunities include all contexts where deep knowledge of the environment is required. Graduates will be able to work as:

  • Naturalist technologist
  • Naturalistic professional
  • Junior Planner
  • Junior Biologist
  • Agrotechnician


Fees, contributions and exemptions

Costs calculated based on family income (ISEE-University) and including:

  • fee for the equal access to university studies (from 130€ to 160€);
  • annual amount (from 0 (if ISEE-University <= € 22,000) to € 2,000);

Flat tax = €1,000 for international students (UE and non UE)

With a family income (ISEE-University < € 24,000) students are entitled to receive:

  • Scholarship consisting of total exemption from taxes, cash share, canteen and accommodation service (for off-site students)
  • Grants for international mobility
  • Reduced rates for the use of sports facilities and cultural services
  • Benefits for students completing their degrees within regulation time

Exclusively on grounds of merit, students can obtain:

  • International mobility grants (Erasmus)
  • Free accommodation and canteen services published in the call DUnicAL career program for student-athletes. Facilitated access to STEM programs
  • prizes for excellent students
  • higher scholarships for female students

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Life on Campus

In the largest and best equipped campus in Italy students will experience the sense of a unique university community, sharing educational, recreational, sporting and cultural events with fellow colleagues and professors. The Campus is equipped with lecture rooms, a sports center, theaters, amphitheaters, cinemas, cafes, refreshment areas and other places for socialization, thus offering an extraordinary human and educational experience.

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Services to Students

Unical is organized as an independent town that provides the best possible solutions of accommodation for students and staff living on campus, because it offers multiple services for study activities and for individual and collective well-being: libraries, the Language Learning Center, counselling and inclusion services. The Campus also includes a health center, a post office, a bank counter and a mindfulness dedicated area.

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Residential Center

It complements and completes the services provided by the University of Calabria and has put into shape the idea of a British-American campus-style University. It encompasses 10 districts hosting the university residences, consisting of apartments with double and single rooms, living room, kitchen and toilets. In these districts there are common areas for study and recreational activities and sports, there are TV rooms, game rooms and gyms; launderettes and bike rental services are also available.

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