WHAT IS BS BIOTECHNOLOGY?

BS Biotechnology offers an understanding of theoretical and practical knowledge about the integration of biological and technological processes. The rise of modern technology has made possible maneuvering of biological processes towards productive ends in wide array of areas. The importance of Biotechnology in Pakistan is further enhanced by contemporary challenges posed by problems such as rising food requirements of ever increasing population, the pharmaceutical demands due to growing complexities of biological disorders etc.

WHY AT NIU?

The aim of 4 years degree program in biotechnology is to equip the students with relevant professional knowledge, skills, techniques and ethical values to enable them to apply their acquired expertise as scientists and educationist. The department goal is to establish and contribute towards country’s catalogue of Biotechnology education and develop biotechnologist as leading educationists and scientists. It will nourish not only the developing biotechnology industry of the country where expert scientists further provide high standards of skills and holistic education to coming generations but also addressing myriads areas which requires innovative biotechnology solutions such as in health and food industry.

SCOPE

The developed countries are focusing to expand and capitalize on biotechnology. Cutting-edge work is also going on in the United Kingdom, Germany, Korea, China and Japan. According to the new research report, “Asia Pacific Biotechnology Market (2008-2012)”, the Asia-Pacific biotech market is projected to grow at a CAGR of around 16% during 2010 – 2012. Japan and China are dominating biotech industry at the regional forefront, while higher growth rates have been expected in emerging markets like Malaysia, India, and Singapore.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Pakistan has recently initiated investment on the applications of biotechnology, especially in agriculture for developing insect-resistant and high yield crops, vaccine production, textile, leather and chemical industries, health, bioinformatics and environmental biotechnology. The Government of Pakistan has invested over US$ 20 million in biotechnology research and hundreds of scientists are working in more than 31 public and private sector biotechnology research centers. There are various funding mechanisms now in place to support research and development in different disciplines of biotechnology. Many international institutions including Asian Development Bank, Islamic Development Bank, World Bank, USAID, Rockefeller Foundation and Australian Centre for International Agriculture Research also provide financial assistance for selected biotech projects.

Semester 1 Semester 2
ENGL – 101 Functional English 3 (3-0) ENGL – 102 Writing & Communication skills 3 (3-0)
UNIV – 100 Foundations of  University Education 3 (3-0) CSCS – 101 Introduction to Computing 3 (2-1)
MATH – 101 Basic Mathematics 3 (3-0) CHEM – 105 Inorganic Chemistry 3(2-1)
BIOL – 101  Ecology, Biodiversity & Evolution 3 (3-0) BIOL – 115 Cell Biology 3 (3-0)
PHIL – 101  Logic Building: How to think clearly 3 (3-0) SOCL – 101 Essentials of Sociology 3 (3-0)
ENGL – 101 Functional English 3 (3-0)
Semester 3 Semester 4
ISLM – 101 Islamic Studies 2 (2-0) PKST – 101 Pakistan Studies 2 (2-0)
BIOL – 205 Microbiology 3 (2-1) BIOC – 210 Biochemistry-I 3 (2-1)
BIOC – 205 Analytical Chemistry & Instrumentation 3 (2-1) BIOT – 201 Introduction to Biotechnology 3(3-0)
BIOL – 201 Probability & Biostatistics 3 (3-0) BIOL – 220 Biosafety & Bioethics 3 (3-0)
CHEM – 201 Organic Chemistry 3 (2-1) BIOL – 225 General Genetics

 

3 (3-0)
PSYC – 101 Essentials of Psychology 3 (3-0) BIOL – 215 Molecular Biology

 

 3 (3-0)
Semester 5 Semester 6
BIOL – 310 Immunology 3 (3-0) BIOT – 315 Health Biotechnology 3 (2-1)
BIOT – 301 Microbial Biotechnology 3 (2-1) BIOT – 330 Bioinformatics 3 (2-1)
BIOL – 301 Biomathematics 3 (3-0) BIOL – 325 Research Methodology & Skill Enhancement 3 (3-0)
BIOC – 310 Biochemistry-II 3 (2-1) BIOT – 335 Genomics & Proteomics 3 (3-0)
BIOL – 320 Techniques in Molecular Biology 3 (2-1) Major Elective-I 3 (3-0)
Summer Semester
BIOT – 498 Internship 6 (0-6)  
Semester 7 Semester 8
BIOT – 401 Food Biotechnology 3 (3-0) BIOT – 415 Pharmaceutical Biotechnology 3 (3-0)
BIOT – 405 Industrial Biotechnology 3 (2-1) BIOT – 420 Agricultural Biotechnology 3 (2-1)
BIOT – 410 Recombinant DNA Technology 3 (3-0) BIOC – 445 Principles of Biochemical Engineering 3 (3-0)
Major Elective-II 3 (3-0) BIOT – 425 Environmental biotechnology 3 (3-0)
Major Elective-III 3 (3-0) Major Elective-IV 3 (3-0)
Faculty Basic Sciences
Study Level Undergraduate
Degree Length 4 Years
Attendance Type Full Time
Total Credit Hours 130
Entry Fall Semester

12 years of education with background in Biology and Chemistry