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Why Chemistry and Chemical Technologies?

Chechemists have the mindset of the problem solver and their work is very challenging and rarely routine. This attitude makes the chemist employable in a wide variety of work settings not limited only to the chemical industry.

If you are a person who likes to combine theoretical concepts with practical aspects, if you enjoy scientific subjects, if you like to take on challenges and try to solve problems, the chemist's job lends itself well to your characteristics. As with other sciences, chemistry requires precision, the ability to process data, to know how to use logical schemes, and to use language clearly and unambiguously. If you have these skills, even if you have no prior knowledge in this science, don't worry: Chemistry is taught from scratch, and by committing yourself you can certainly succeed.

The Chemistry and Chemical Technology degree program at Genoa is designed to give you a solid foundation in chemistry-type subjects. Many hours are devoted to laboratory exercises, and great emphasis is placed  on the third-year practical internship, often done in outside companies.

You can also attend in parallel a Institute of Advanced Studies.

What will you study

The two curricula share most of the educational activities, corresponding to 132 cfu - basically the first two years (which are the same for both curricula) plus 10 cfu in the third year. The common credits provide the mathematical (18 cfu) and physical (12 cfu) foundations preparatory to the study of chemistry and teach the fundamental concepts of the various areas of chemistry: general and inorganic chemistry (24 cfu), organic chemistry (20 cfu), analytical chemistry (19 cfu), physical chemistry (25 cfu), biological chemistry (4 cfu), and industrial chemistry (6 cfu). 

The choice between the two curricula is then made only in the third year, a year in which there are also 12 cfu of free choice. The degree program activates about 8-9 4 cfu electives to choose from each year, but you can also choose electives from other curricula.

For more details see the Scheduled Didactics and Didactic Regulations 2022/23 found at the bottom of the page.

After graduation

The graduate in Chemistry and Chemical Technologies


Who is it?

He is a person who is involved in laboratory analysis, industrial process control, commercial or technical-commercial sector, and may collaborate in research and development activities.

What does he/she do?

His skills are:

  • identifying and solving practical chemical problems, including working in collaboration with experts in related disciplines
  • performing laboratory analyses
  • characterization of materials
  • performing simple synthesis
  • management of environmental and safety issues
  • Where do you work

More than 90 percent of graduates go on to graduate studies with a master's degree, given the ever-increasing demand for qualifications from industry. Therefore, the most important outlet is the master's degrees in Industrial Chemistry and Chemical Sciences from the University of Genoa.

However, there are also some employment opportunities for those who stop by, especially through in-company internships, which are strongly recommended.

You can also register with the Chemical Society as a junior chemist.