Bachelor’s Degree

The Bachelor’s Degree in Conservation and Sustainable Development of Mountain Areas aims to prepare graduates who have acquired – in addition to the scientific method of investigation and experimentation – good basic knowledge in the main sectors of agricultural and forestry sciences.


Enrollment is open for admission to the Undergraduate course in Conservation and Sustainable Development of Mountain Areas (class L-25). 75 places are available in the first year, plus 5 places reserved for non-EU students resident abroad.

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As required by ministerial decree for the Agricultural and Forest Science and Technology degree class (L-25), graduates of the course in Conservation and Sustainable Development of Mountain Areas acquire a good knowledge of the main sectors of agricultural and forest science as well as the skills for conducting scientific studies and experiments. Graduates are able to perform technical, management and professional tasks relative to the agrobiological sector and relative technologies. In addition, having acquired a working knowledge of a foreign language and good communication and information management skills, they are able to work in both a European and overseas framework.

The course prepares graduates that will:

  •  have good basic knowledge of the mountain agro-forestry sector.
  •  be able to operate professionally in the organisation of production activities in mountain areas, with special emphasis on safeguarding the environmental equilibrium, the protection of the environment and rural development.
  •  work in a team with well-defined levels of autonomy, and be easily integrated into the work sector.

The degree course provides the prerequisites for admission to the postgraduate courses in the graduate’s relative area of specialization. Training includes the basic and professional disciplines of Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Technology and Economics.


In accordance with the provisions of Ministerial Decree no. 270/2004 and in conformity with the training objectives of the class L25 degree courses, the Conservation and Sustainable Development of Mountain Areas programme provides the basic scientific knowledge and methodology necessary to operate in the vast sector of protection and sustainable development of mountain environments.

The course aims to provide graduates who:

  •  have a good basic knowledge and wide spectrum of skills in the mountain agro-environment sector.
  •  have acquired scientific skills for using basic and applied know-how in order to solve various problems specific to this field of study.
  •  are able to operate professionally in the different contexts of organization of mountain production activities, focussing on the protection of the environment and its equilibrium and rural development.
  •  know at least one European Union language, other than Italian.
  •  possess adequate skills and tools for communication and information management.
  •  can work in a team with well-defined levels of autonomy.

The degree course provides the prerequisites for admission to the postgraduate Master’s courses in the graduate’s relative area of specialization. Upon completion of the programme, the degree in Conservation and Sustainable Development of Mountain Areas, Class L25 in the Agricultural and Forest Science and Technology category is conferred.


The course creates a professional who is specialized in the conservation of natural resources and the environment, in the development of local products and in tourism management within the context of sustainable development of mountain areas. A degree in Conservation and Sustainable Development of Mountain Areas leads to work in the following sectors: agro-zootechnical and forestry production, technical assistance, public and private administration and teaching.

Fields of competence include:

  • technical and business management of agricultural-forestry resources and their interrelationships with other sectors (craft industry, commerce, tourism, etc.);
  •  integrated development projects in particular regarding mountain farming;
  •  land conservation, focussing on intervention with low environmental impact and management of protected areas and natural parks.
  •  management of eco-sustainable tourism and agritourism activities.
  •  valorization of historical-cultural alpine resources.
  •  production and use of agro-forestry products.
  •  management of zootechnical-pastoral activities in particular in a multifunctional context.
  •  marketing of mountain products typical of a specific area or region.
  •  technical assistance to mountain farms.

The Degree Course takes place at the Edolo Schools centre.


There are three lecture rooms for teaching and for supplementary activities. The spacious, well-equipped lecture rooms (interactive whiteboards, video projectors, etc.) are suitable for accommodating 35 to 45 students.


The computer room is equipped with 15 workstations with computers connected to Internet and integrated into the computer network of the University of Milan. The presence of a domain managed by a dedicated server through Windows 2000 ensures system user identification and resource protection through appropriate identity verification (user name and password). The computer room and Internet services are available to all students enrolled in the Faculty in extra-curricular hours for preparing degree theses and for educational activities as well as for using email. Moreover, hotspots for wireless internet connection are available throughout the campus to connect mobile wi-fi devices to the University Network and thence to the Internet. The hotspots were provided for students, but are also available for lecturers, researchers and university staff; guest users at the University are also allowed access. Connection features (speed, limitations, timeouts, etc.) are profiled by the user’s category.


The Main Hall of the Edolo Campus is equipped with videoconferencing devices (ISDN and IP), multimedia video projectors and audio-video reproduction and is directly linked to the University of Milan computer network.


Numerous textbooks and scientific journals are available; this provides indispensable support for furthering knowledge of topics dealt with during the actual lessons. The Degree Course Library offers the following services: consultation, photocopying, loan and bibliographic research. The degree theses of students who have completed their degree are also available and consultable in the library. Books and magazines can be consulted during the library opening hours:

Tuesdays from 4.30 to 6.00 p.m.
Wednesdays from 4.30 to 6.00 p.m.
Thursdays from 4.30 to 6.00 p.m.


The classroom is available for students of the Degree Course for study activities and for group work.


The new university centre, situated near the headquarters of the Degree Course in Conservation and Sustainable Development of Mountain Areas, houses further lecture rooms, computer and chemistry / biology labs for teaching and research and the Centre of Applied Studies for the Sustainable Management and Protection of Mountain Areas (GeSDiMont). The latter aims to promote, co-ordinate and develop scientific and applied research activities related to mountain areas as a whole, with particular reference to agro-forestry and environmental issues, working closely with all stakeholders. The cultural and scientific Centre aims to train Italian and foreign technicians and researchers in specific skills for mountain areas, through courses, seminars, conferences and research programs, collaboration and exchanges.


The new computer room, specifically designed for teaching, consists of 20 student workstations and a teaching post arranged according to a traditional classroom layout. From a logistical point of view the retractable monitors allow good visibility on all sides. Each workstation is equipped with 17 “LCD monitors and a PC with latest generation processor connected to Internet. Computer security and maintenance are guaranteed by the presence of a domain that requires user authentication and simultaneously distributes antivirus applications and services. For teaching purposes, the room is equipped with a 71-inch SmartBoard interactive whiteboard that allows the teacher to work on their computer desktop shown on the whiteboard, by using a pen or finger as if it were a touch screen , then saving the notes as required. If the whiteboard is not required a projection canvas is available and the projector can be activated with a remote control. To interact with students, the classroom is equipped with the SynchronEyes Teacher software that allows teachers to show their monitor on those of the students, or monitor students’ computers to follow their work, exchange files and data or for multiple choice tests.


The new Edolo Centre houses a teaching laboratory and a research laboratory with workstations and a number of places with an extractor fan suitable for performing teaching experiments. Laboratories are equipped with a wide range of equipment: analytical scales, technical scales, magnetic stirrer, rotary evaporator, microscopes, stereomicroscopes, sieve shaker, distillation units, ph meter, centrifuge, double ray spectrophotometer, refrigerator and incubator.

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