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) CSCS 101 Introduction to Computing 3 (2-1)
UNIV 100 Foundations of University Education 3 (3-0) BASC 111 General Physiology 3 (3-0)
MATH 101 Mathematics 3 (3-0) ENGL 102 Communication Skills 3 (3-0)
BIOL 101 Ecology, Biodiversity & Evolution 3 (3-0) BIOL 115 Cell Biology 3 (3-0)
Free Elective 3 (3-0) SOCL 101 Essentials of Sociology 3 (3-0)
Semester 3 Semester 4
ISLM 101 Islamic Studies 2 (2-0) BIOC 201 Biochemistry –I 3 (2-1)
BIOL 201 Probability & Biostatistics 3 (3-0) PKST 101 Pakistan Studies 2 (2-0)
ENG 103 Technical Writing and Communication Skills 3 (3-0) BIOT 201 Introduction to Biotechnology 3 (3-0)
BIOC 205 Analytical Biochemistry & Instrumentation 3 (2-1) BIOL 220 Biosafety & Bioethics 3 (3-0)
BIOC 210 Biochemistry of Hormones 3 (3-0) 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)
BIOL 305 Microbiology 3 (2-1)
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
Program Duration 4 Years
Program Type Regular
Total Credit Hours 133
Intake Fall Semester

12 years of education with background in Biology and Chemistry