Teaching activities

Department of Agricultural, Food, Energy and Environmental Studies

Basing on the 3 levels of teaching activities for the American Academic System, the D.A.F.E.E.S. DEPARTMENT offers a wide range of courses, available for any University Network for the following Degrees:


A four-year BACHELOR of Science Degree for undergraduates Student, with majors in Environmental, Agricultural, Veterinary, Biology, Ecology, Flying Drones Management studies.


A two-year MASTER (post-graduate) tailored for Environmental, Agricultural, Veterinary, Biology, Ecology, Flying Drones Management studies.


A six-month CERTIFICATE program for multiple topics, career-focused, customized for accelerated programs of study for learning-by-doing courses related to Environmental, Agricultural, Veterinary, Biology, Ecology and Flying Drones Management studies (whose Compartment is one of the most advanced in the world). Available either for undergraduate or for postgraduate Students.


 American undergraduate Bachelor Degrees are four (4) year programs, Masters Degrees are two (2) year programs, Certificates Degrees for undergraduate or postgraduate are six (6) month programs.

The American system of higher education encourages experimentation, particularly during the first Two years of University experience. While students have a certain number of required credits, they have freedom to select the types of courses that will fulfill those required credits.

The University’s requirements are therefore divided into three categories:

  • General Education Requirements (GER),
  • Core Curriculum

The GER courses provide students with a broad exposure to the basic discipline, including areas of the Humanities such as History, Literature, Philosophy, and Religion; the Natural Sciences such as Mathematics and Computer Science; and the Social Sciences such as Economics, Political Science and Psychology. In these courses, students are encouraged to explore subjects not yet familiar to them, broaden their intellectual interests, and discover previously unrecognized aptitudes and abilities. DEPARTMENT’s GER put a particular emphasis on addressing environmental issues in order to increase cultural understanding and awareness. These courses are eco-centric in that they consider the eco-system to be strongly connected to our culture and human artistic, economic and historical activities.

Within each Degree program, there are specific requirements to be met by the student. These requirements include core courses, deemed by the Faculty to be essential to the discipline, and comparable to the requirements for the same Degree at other recognized and accredited colleges and universities in the American system of higher education.

In addition to the core requirements, students select electives that support the core program and courses in other discipline areas of particular interest.


BACHELOR = undergraduate cycle of study after high school, equivalent to 4 academci years made of 2 semsters each one

Definitions of BACHELOR’s academic years:

  1. FRESHMAN YEAR = 1ST year of Bachelor
  1. SOPHOMORE YEAR = 2ND year of Bachelor
  1. JUNIOR YEAR = 3TH year of Bachelor
  2. SENIOR YEAR = 4TH year of Bachelor


1 semester of 15 CH = 5 courses of 3 CH each one during 15 weeks (gross time)

1 course of 3 CH = 45 h classroom instruction (including exams) + 90 h homework during 15 weeks

LABORATORY = 2 or 3 h (free choice of the teacher) of practical exercise, corresponding to 1 h classroom

INTERNSHIP = 1 credit hour CH corresponds to 40 hours of Internship (1 internship of 120 hours = 3 CH)

BACHELOR DEGREE = minimum 120 Credit Hours (CH) (= 4 years = 8 semesters = 8 x 15 CH)

MASTER DEGREE = 60 credit hours CH (= 2 years = 4 semesters = 4 x 15 CH)

CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS = career-focused educational programs = 5 courses x 3 CH (= 15 CH total during 1 semester of classrooms)

FALL SEMESTER = 1ST academic semester (15 weeks continuous gross time, classrooms on Monday-Friday), from September to December.

SPRING SEMESTER = 2ND academic semester (15 weeks continuous gross time, classrooms on Monday-Friday), from January to May.

SUMMER SESSION = optional period of compelmentary sumemr studies = 2 Summer Sections of 5 continuous weeks each one.


General Education Requirements (GER) = basic and general courses, fit for the whole Curriculum studiorum

Core Curriculum and Major Elective Requirements = strategic courses, coherent with the chosen study area according to the academic staff’s orientation

General Electives = priority (or “major”) courses for Student’s trend and choices

D.A.F.E.E.S Department_University Courses Tariffs