B.Tech in Biological Sciences and Bioengineering (BSBE) is a fusion course combining biology and other basic engineering sciences. This 4- year long course involves application of concepts and methods of biology and other sciences. The course is divided into 8 semesters, with each semester lasting a period of 6 months. In each semester, students are exposed to both theoretical subjects and practical lab sessions.
B.E./ B.Tech in Biological Engineering explores an amalgamation of topics such as engineering, technology and Biology. It is aimed at using concepts of engineering, technology and Biology for solving real- life problems and for aiding research work, improving and enriching healthcare sector, medicines, diagnostic processes, rehabilitation, hospital equipment/ tools and surgical processes.
The minimum eligibility criterion needed to be satisfied for pursuing this course is a class XII/ Higher Secondary qualification with Biology, Maths and Chemistry as the main subjects. Admission is based on performance in entrance examinations carried out by different universities like JEE Main, UPSEE, AIEEE or any other relevant State- level examination. The average tuition fee for this course in India ranges between INR 4 to 6 Lacs.
B.Tech in Biological Sciences and Bioengineering graduates are hired by pharmaceutical companies such as Dabur, Hindustan lever, Cipla, Rossari Biotech India Pvt. Ltd and Hindustan Antibiotics. They are hired in positions such as Marketing Manager, Quality Control Officer or Production In-Charge. Average starting salary for such graduates ranges generally between INR 4 to 8 Lakh per year, increasing with experience in the field.
Some of the major highlights of the course are listed in the table given below.
|Examination Type||Semester System|
|Eligibility||10+2 with science subjects|
|Admission Process||Based on counselling after clearing Entrance Tests (JEE Main, AIEEE, UPSEE, KCET, COMEDK) or Direct Admission for few.|
|Course Fee||INR 1.5 Lakh p.a.|
|Average Starting salary||INR 4 Lakh to 10 Lakh|
|Top recruiting companies||Dabur, Hindustan lever, Cipla, Rossari Biotech India Pvt. Ltd and Hindustan antibiotics|
|Job Description||Marketing Manager, Quality Control officer or Production In-Charge, Biological Engineer, Biomedical Engineer|
Biology is currently experiencing a golden age of research-driven discovery and B. Tech in Biological Sciences and Bioengineering aims to expose students to exciting new fields of knowledge while also providing opportunities for obtaining valuable hands-on research experience. Admission to the course is based on the joint entrance examination conducted by the IITs.
Modern Biology has contributed much to countless latest technological innovations in the field of medicine. Various specializations are now evolving in Modern Biology such as Biomedical Engineering, Bioinformatics, Genomics and Nanotechnology. B. Tech in Biological Sciences and Bioengineering is a unique course which covers areas in Modern Biology like genomics, tissue engineering and bioprocess engineering.
Biological engineering primarily employs the rapidly developing body of knowledge in the field to study biological processes involved in the life cycle of living organisms. Biology as a subject of specialization at school level is not required for admission to this program. The objective of this program is to prepare students for globally competitive fields of Life Science, Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology, Biomedicine, academia and research.
Successful graduates of the course can find lucrative opportunities of employment and research in areas such as biomedical engineering, drug design, bioinformatics, biotechnology, nano- biotechnology, genomics etc. At the undergraduate level, starting from the 2nd year, students are required to choose foundation and elective courses in basic Biology and bioengineering topics, besides developing exploring advanced- level biological experimentations and discoveries.
Areas such as bioprocess engineering, biomedical engineering, bio molecular engineering and computational biology form part of the curriculum, enabling students to have a wider appreciation of the biology-engineering interface and allow them to evolve interdisciplinary approaches to problem solving, research and technology development. In addition to core theory and practical courses, a basket of elective courses is offered in bioprocess engineering, biomedical engineering and computational biology for specialization.
Some of the country’s leading institutes offering the course are listed here along with their corresponding locations and the average annual fees charged by each.
|Name of Institute||City||Average Fees|
|IIT Kanpur||Kanpur||INR 5 Lakh p.a.|
|IIT Madras||Madras||INR 1.3 Lakh p.a.|
|VIT University||Vellore||INR 1.4 Lakh p.a.|
|Bharti Vidyapeeth||Pune||INR 1.2 Lakh p.a.|
|NIT||Raipur||INR 10,000 p.a.|
Eligibility for B.Tech in Biological Sciences and Bioengineering
The minimum academic qualification required to be fulfilled for appearing in JEE is a 10+2 qualification from a recognized educational Board or its equivalent with Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics/Biology as the main subjects. The candidate should not be more than 25 years of age (30 years for SC/ST) as of 1st October of the year of admission.
Each institute may exercise its own minimum score criterion. Generally, the minimum eligible score lies between 40-50% marks in aggregate. The other eligibility criterion is performance in the State- level entrance examination conducted for admission to the course.
B.Tech in Biological Sciences and Bioengineering: Admission Process
The online forms for registering for admission to the course are made available on the JEE Main website www.jeemain.nic.in. The application form for entrance exam is available on the website between February and March. The general process involves entrance test, counselling and later, admissions.
Successful graduates of B. Tech in Biological Sciences and Bioengineering are hired in numerous biotechnology companies such as:
These graduates are also hired in the field of drug and pharmaceutical research, and in capacities such as Quality Control Manager, Clinical Pharmacists or Process Engineer. Several public and private research and development firms offer job roles like Scientist, Research Associate, Bioinformatics Analyst and Lab Assistant to such graduates. Genetics is another major field where they are hired with lucrative salary.
Bioengineers work in various industries including medical and pharmaceutical research, medical device design etc.
B.Tech in Biological Sciences and Bioengineering: Academic Options
Upon successful completion of the course, graduates interested in pursuing higher studies in the subject can go for M. Tech followed by research. Some of the most popular research areas in this field are Cell & Molecular Biology, Genetics & Developmental Biology, Structural & Computational Biology, Bioinformatics, Bioremediation, Tissue Engineering and Bioprocess Engineering.
Top Recruiting Pharmaceuticals Firms:
Some other top recruiters in the country for the field are listed here.
|Job Profile||Job Description||Annual Pay Scale|
|Biological Engineers||Common duties of Biomedical Engineers include designing and evaluating devices and procedures, performing research, and evaluating treatment techniques.||Avg. 3 Lakh p.a.|
|Biomedical Engineers||Biomedical Engineers design electrical circuits, software to run medical equipment, and computer simulations to test new drug therapies.||Avg. 3.5 Lakh p.a.|
|Equipment Design Engineer||Equipment Engineers may evaluate, inspect, maintain, design, analyze and improve various types of equipment, including electronic and mechanical equipment. These engineers can work in distinct areas, such as electrical, mechanical or computer engineering.||Avg. 3.5 Lakh p.a.|
|Lab Technician/Administrator||Lab Technicians are skilled workers that work with complex systems or perform highly technical mechanical or diagnostic tests in medical or scientific laboratories. They might collect samples, study and perform tests on body fluids, teeth, chemical compounds, biological specimens, or other such entities.||Avg. 2.5 Lakh p.a.|
|Research Engineer||Research Engineers generally work in an office or laboratory, analyzing processes and conducting experiments. Additionally, these professionals may take on consulting roles and suggest improvements or provide recommendations during research and development (R&D) processes.||Avg. 3 Lakh p.a.|
|Bioinformatics specialist||Bioinformatics Specialists are computer scientists who apply their skills to the management of biological and genomic data. They build databases to contain information, write scripts to analyze it, and queries to retrieve it.||Avg. 3.5 lakh p.a.|
|Pharmacognosist||Pharmacognosists are professionals who devote time and efforts to the study of how products from natural molecules can be used to make medicines, food and other agricultural and consumer products.||Avg. 10 lakh p.a.|
Healthcare, Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Equipment Manufacturing sectors are the prime recruiters in this industry. Government agencies such as Drug Departments, State Health Departments also recruit B.E./ B. Tech- qualified Biological Engineering graduates. Average starting salary generally lies between INR 3-6 Lacs per year. Graduates may also find jobs in Pathological Labs, Clinics, Hospitals and Rehabilitation Clinics.
The core subjects taught in the course are as follows:
A semester- wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is given in the following table for candidates’ reference.
|Semester I||Semester II||Semester III||Semester IV|
|Calculus I||Calculus II – Functions of several Variable||Ecology and Environment||Humanities II (Elective)|
|Physics I||Physics II||Humanities I (Elective)||Mathematics IV (Elective)|
|Chemistry: structure, bonding and reactivity||Computational Engineering / Thermodynamics||Mathematics III (Elective)||Computational Techniques in Biosystems|
|Concepts in engineering design||Basic Electrical engineering||Engineering Mechanics||Principles of Cell and Molecular Biology|
|Computational Engineering / Thermodynamics||Material and Energy Balances||Microbiology||Biological Rate Processes|
|Introduction to Biological sciences and Bio- Engineering||Engineering Drawing||Biochemistry||Thermodynamics of Biological Systems|
|Workshop I||Workshop II||Microbiology and Biochemistry Laboratory||Genetic Engineering Laboratory|
|Physics Lab I||Physics Lab II||-||-|
|Chemistry Lab I||-||-||-|
|Semester V||Semester VI||Semester VII||Semester VIII|
|Transport Phenomena in Biological Systems||Structural Biology||Bioinformatics||Professional Ethics|
|Biosensors and Instrumentation||Downstream Processing||Biomaterials Engineering||Industrial Lecture|
|Data Structures and Algorithms for Biology||Analysis and Interpretation of Biological Data||Professional Elective II||Metabolic Engineering|
|Bioreactor Design and Analysis||Professional Elective I||Computational Biology Laboratory||Introduction to Research Methodology|
|Biomolecular Analysis Laboratory||Bioprocess Engineering Laboratory||-||Professional Elective III|
|-||-||-||Professional Elective IV|
|-||-||-||Self- Study (Elective)|
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