Bachelor of Science [B.Sc] (Genetics) - Course Overview




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Bachelor of Science in Genetics Colleges, Syllabus, Scope and Salary

B.Sc. in Genetics is a 3- year long graduate course, minimum eligibility for which is an intermediate (10+2) qualification in the science stream. Genetics is a branch of biology that scientifically studies genes, heredity and variations in living organisms. Subjects usually studied in the course’s curriculum are Cell Biology, Microbial Genetics & Technology, Biostatistics, Population Genetics, Genome Organization, Biochemistry, Gene Development, DNA Technology, etc.

The average course fees in India ranges between INR 30,000 - 2 lacs. The average salary offered to successful graduates of the course ranges between INR 3 and 6 lacs per annum.

B.Sc. in Genetics: Course Highlights

Listed below are some of the major highlights of the course.

Course LevelGraduate
Duration3 years
Examination TypeSemester System
Eligibility10+2 from a recognized educational Board
Admission ProcessDirect admission. Entrance exams in cases of a few institutes.
Course FeeINR 30,000 - 2 lacs
Average Starting SalaryINR 3 - 6 lacs
Top Recruiting Fields/AreasAIIMS, BCS In-silico Biology, Tata Memorial Centre, Indian Society of Cell Biology etc.

B.Sc. in Genetics: What is it About?

Genetics is the field of medicine that explores concepts and processes of heredity, genetic variation, and genes in living beings. It is also known called the science of heredity.

The discipline involves sub- sections such as Microbiology, Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Model Organisms, Microscopy, Cytogenetics, Mendelian Genetics & Biometry, Genetic Engineering, Molecular Genetics, Cloning and Biotechnology, among others.

B.Sc. in Genetics: Who should opt?

Candidates aspiring to pursue the course would ideally be proficient in:

  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/ assessing one’s own and other individuals’ and organizations’ performances to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Top Institutes Offering B.Sc. in Genetics

Listed below are some of the top institutes offering the course in the country with the corresponding locations and fees charged by them

Name of InstituteCityAverage Fees in INR
AWH Special CollegeCalicut68,500
Dayanand Sagar InstituteBangalore2,74,500
Guru Nanak Dev UniversityAmritsar37,200
Kakatiya UniversityWarangal35,820
Dyal Singh CollegeNew Delhi33,360
Goutham College of PhysiotherapyBangalore1,20,000
Maharani Laxmi Ammani College of WomenBangalore1,32,000
Padmashree Institute of Management and SciencesBangalore1,05,000

Eligibility for B.Sc. in Genetics

The basic criterion of eligibility needed to be met for admission to the course is a Higher Secondary (10+2) or equivalent qualification from a recognized educational Board, with Physics, Chemistry and Biology as main subjects and a minimum aggregate score of 50%.

B.Sc. in Genetics: Admission Process

Admission to the course is based on the candidate’s performance at the 10+2 level. A few institutes however, shortlist students based on their performance in an additional entrance test conducted at their own level.

B.Sc. in Genetics: Syllabus and Course Description

A semester- wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is tabulated below

Semester 1

Cell Biology I
Genetics I

Semester 2

Genetics II

Semester 3

Molecular Genetics I
Population Genetics I

Semester 4

Molecular Genetics II
Population Genetics II

Semester 5

Genetics and Crop Improvement I
Genetics and Animal Improvement I

Semester 6

Genetics and Crop Improvement II
Genetics and Animal Improvement II

B.Sc. in Genetics: Career Prospects

Successful graduates of the course find lucrative career opportunities in fields of Biology, Biomedical, Material Science, Biomedical Science, Chemical and Physical Science, Engineering, Molecular Biology, Biotechnology and Life Sciences. They also fit well in areas related to research where they can utilize the latest scientific tools and techniques in the laboratory to understand how living systems work.
Healthcare, pharmaceutical industries, medical research, genetic engineering and lab technology are other areas offering employment opportunities to such graduates.

Some of the popular avenues open to such graduates are listed below with the corresponding salaries offered for the respective positions.

Job PositionJob DescriptionAverage Annual Salary in INR
GeneticistsGenetic Scientists in a clinical setting use their knowledge to guide and treat patients with hereditary diseases or disorders. Genetic Counselors test patients for inherited conditions and advise them on possible treatments. Counselors often specialize in one field, such as pediatrics or oncology.3.5 - 5 lacs
EpidemiologistEpidemiologist investigate diseases involving the collection and analyses of health data through field research, observation, questionnaires and studies. During disease outbreaks, Epidemiologists apply their knowledge of how and why communicable diseases spread to make recommendations on containment and treatment.5 – 5.5 lacs
BiophysicistBiophysicists determine the effects of food, drugs, serums, hormones and other substances on tissues and the vital processes of living organisms. Biochemists and Biophysicists manage laboratory teams and monitor the quality of their work.1.8 – 2 lacs
GenomicsHealthcare Scientists in Genomics examine samples of patients' nucleic acid (DNA or RNA (Ribonucleic acid)) to identify genetic and genomic alterations that may be responsible for inherited and acquired diseases or conditions, such as cystic fibrosis or cancer.4 - 5 lacs



biju r

Please inform name of colleges in south india with B.Sc in Genetics

22 Nov, 2019 15:59
Shobhna Chaturvedi

Hi Biju, you can refer to the list of B.Sc Genetics Colleges in India from here.

22 Nov, 2019 17:38

Admission date

03 Aug, 2019 15:32
Shobhna Chaturvedi

Hi Sanmeet, kindly mention the college/university in which you want to take admission as admission dates vary from college to college.

03 Aug, 2019 15:51

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