Introduction

The recently established department of Biosciences at MAJU is offering undergraduate and postgraduate programs in important areas of biological sciences including Biotechnology and Bioinformatics. These programs are aimed to provide a composite set of fundamental knowledge and cutting edge skills of modern medical, pharmaceutical and agricultural sciences and technology.

The BS Biosciences Program

The BS Biosciences program provides strong academic foundation to students of experimental biology. It is focused on training students with modern biotechnological skills which boost their potential to pursue careers in the local and international market, academia and research enterprises. The curriculum is designed to meet the current demand of qualified human resource in biotechnology sector. This program fulfils the academic standards set by the Higher Education Commission, Pakistan. Upon completion of the program, the graduates with BS Biosciences degree will be able to join R&D organizations in the fields of pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, healthcare management, academics, regulation etc.

Career Prospects

The beauty of BS Biosciences program is its “Integration and Diversity” due to which the graduates can opt careers in a variety of organizations including:

  • Academia
  • Administration in Health Services
  • Agri-Business and Fertilizer Sector
  • Business Development
  • Bio-pharmaceuticals R&D
  • Manufacturing and Sales
  • Clinical Research and Hospitals
  • Research Organizations
  • Diagnostics
  • Environmental Protection and Monitoring Agencies
  • Epidemiology
  • Food Industry
  • Healthcare Information Workers
  • Consultant firms for NGOs
  • Policy Making Bodies
  • Organizations Working in Tropical Disease Research

Faculty

The department has well-qualified, foreign-trained and highly-skilled faculty with extensive experience in different areas of Biosciences including biotechnology, genomics, protein chemistry, recombinant DNA technology, pharmaceutical start-up establishment and university-level teaching.

Lab Facilities Available

The department is equipped with modern facility for conducting academic and research experiments related to molecular biology, biochemistry, clinical and applied microbiology, genetic engineering, gene editing, DNA analysis, plant tissue culture etc.

Eligibility Criteria for Admission

1: For students pursuing admission after Higher Secondary Education (HSE):

  1. Minimum 45% marks in HSE (Pre-medical or Pre-engineering) or equivalent qualifications: 30%
  2. MAJU Admission Test or HEC admission test: 50%
  3. Interview: 20%

2: For students pursing admission after B.Sc. (14 years of education):

  1. Minimum 45% marks in B.Sc. (with Biology subjects) or Equivalent qualification.
  2. Student with B.Sc. degree will be provided admission in BS Biosciences (3rd year). However, each student would have to attempt deficiency courses (from Semester I to IV) which will be decided by the admission committee.

Program Duration

This is a four year degree program of 8 semesters with minimum of 134 semester credit hours (Cr. Hrs). There will be a Fall and a Spring semester in each year. The maximum duration to complete BS is seven years.

Final Year Research Projects

Students will be offered to enrol for research project in the final semester. The selection criteria shall be based on merit and overall performance throughout the academic program.

Degree Requirements

  1. Completion of coursework.
  2. Obtaining a minimum CGPA of 2.5 on scale of 4.0
  3. Completion of the internship.

ELECTIVE COURSES

Course Title
Virology II
Cell and Tissue Culture
Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
Plant Tissue Culture
Systems Biology
Structure Based Drug Design
Structural Bioinformatics
Enzyme Technology
Food Biotechnology
Agricultural Biotechnology

Code
BS4090
BS4011
BS4012
BS4013
BS4014
BS4015
BS4016
BS4017
BS4018
BS4019

Pre-Req
BS3140/BS2007
BS2011
BS3080
BS3090
BS3030
BS4010
BS4010
BS3170


Semester - I

Course CodeCourse TitleCredit HoursPre-Requisite
BS1010Organic Chemistry2+1-
BS1020Cell Biology3-
BS1070Biology-I3Pre-Engineering
SS1100English-I (Functional English)3-
SS1420Pakistan Studies2-
MT1000Maths-I3Pre-Medical
CS1220Computer Science -I (Introduction to Computing)2+1-
Total Semester Credit Hours17

Semester - II

Course CodeCourse TitleCredit HoursPre-Requisite
BS1030Microbiology2+1-
BS1040Biochemistry-I2+1-
BS1050Introduction to Biotechnology3-
SS2120English-II (Communication Skills)3-
SS1400Islamic Studies2-
MT1100Maths-II (Basic Calculus)3-
Total Semester Credit Hours17

Semester - III

Course CodeCourse TitleCredit HoursPre-Requisite
BS2020Pyhsical Chemistry3-
BS2030Classical Genetics3-
BS2060Molecular Biology2+1-
BS2010English -III (Technical Report writing)3SS2120
CS2163Introduction to Programming2+1CS1220
SS2XXXSocial Sciences Elective-I3-
Total Semester Credit Hours18

Semester - IV

Course CodeCourse TitleCredit HoursPre-Requisite
BS2070Genetic Engineering 2+1BS2060
BS2080Bioinformatics-I2+1CS2163, BS2060
BS2090Biochemistry-II3BS1040
BS2011Analytical Chemistry and Instrumentation2+1BS2020
MT2302Probability and Statistics3MT1000
SS2XXXSocial Sciences Elective-II3-
Total Semester Credit Hours18

Semester - V

Course CodeCourse TitleCredit HoursPre-Requisite
BS3010Methods in Molecular Biology2+1BS2060, BS2070
BS3020Biophysics2-
BS3030Clinical Microbiology and Immunology 3BS1030
BS3040Virology-I3BS1050
BS3050Human Physiology2+1-
BS3060Genomics2BS2080
Total Semester Credit Hours16

Semester - VI

Course CodeCourse TitleCredit HoursPre-Requisite
BS3070Environmental Biotechnology3BS1050
BS3080Principals of Biochemical Engineering2+1BS2090
BS3090Agriculture Biotechnology2+1BS2070
BS3011Research Methodology 3-
BS3012Proteomics2+1BS2080
BS3013Pharmacology2-
Total Semester Credit Hours17

Semester - VII

Course CodeCourse TitleCredit HoursPre-Requisite
BS4010Bioinformatics-II2+1BS2080
BS4020Health Biotechnology3BS3030
BS4XXXElective-I 3*-
BS4XXXElective-II3*-
BS4040Internship/ Research Project-I3-
Total Semester Credit Hours15

Semester - VIII

Course CodeCourse TitleCredit HoursPre-Requisite
BS4050Internship/ Research Project-II/Elective V3-
BS4060Bio-safety and Bio-Ethics2BS3011
BS4070Endocrinology2+1BS3050
BS4XXXElective-III3*-
BS4XXXElective-IV3*-
BS4080Seminar1-
Total Semester Credit Hours15
+ Introduction


Introduction

The recently established department of Biosciences at MAJU is offering undergraduate and postgraduate programs in important areas of biological sciences including Biotechnology and Bioinformatics. These programs are aimed to provide a composite set of fundamental knowledge and cutting edge skills of modern medical, pharmaceutical and agricultural sciences and technology.

The BS Biosciences Program

The BS Biosciences program provides strong academic foundation to students of experimental biology. It is focused on training students with modern biotechnological skills which boost their potential to pursue careers in the local and international market, academia and research enterprises. The curriculum is designed to meet the current demand of qualified human resource in biotechnology sector. This program fulfils the academic standards set by the Higher Education Commission, Pakistan. Upon completion of the program, the graduates with BS Biosciences degree will be able to join R&D organizations in the fields of pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, healthcare management, academics, regulation etc.

Career Prospects

The beauty of BS Biosciences program is its “Integration and Diversity” due to which the graduates can opt careers in a variety of organizations including:

  • Academia
  • Administration in Health Services
  • Agri-Business and Fertilizer Sector
  • Business Development
  • Bio-pharmaceuticals R&D
  • Manufacturing and Sales
  • Clinical Research and Hospitals
  • Research Organizations
  • Diagnostics
  • Environmental Protection and Monitoring Agencies
  • Epidemiology
  • Food Industry
  • Healthcare Information Workers
  • Consultant firms for NGOs
  • Policy Making Bodies
  • Organizations Working in Tropical Disease Research

Faculty

The department has well-qualified, foreign-trained and highly-skilled faculty with extensive experience in different areas of Biosciences including biotechnology, genomics, protein chemistry, recombinant DNA technology, pharmaceutical start-up establishment and university-level teaching.

Lab Facilities Available

The department is equipped with modern facility for conducting academic and research experiments related to molecular biology, biochemistry, clinical and applied microbiology, genetic engineering, gene editing, DNA analysis, plant tissue culture etc.

Eligibility Criteria for Admission

1: For students pursuing admission after Higher Secondary Education (HSE):

  1. Minimum 45% marks in HSE (Pre-medical or Pre-engineering) or equivalent qualifications: 30%
  2. MAJU Admission Test or HEC admission test: 50%
  3. Interview: 20%

2: For students pursing admission after B.Sc. (14 years of education):

  1. Minimum 45% marks in B.Sc. (with Biology subjects) or Equivalent qualification.
  2. Student with B.Sc. degree will be provided admission in BS Biosciences (3rd year). However, each student would have to attempt deficiency courses (from Semester I to IV) which will be decided by the admission committee.

Program Duration

This is a four year degree program of 8 semesters with minimum of 134 semester credit hours (Cr. Hrs). There will be a Fall and a Spring semester in each year. The maximum duration to complete BS is seven years.

Final Year Research Projects

Students will be offered to enrol for research project in the final semester. The selection criteria shall be based on merit and overall performance throughout the academic program.

Degree Requirements

  1. Completion of coursework.
  2. Obtaining a minimum CGPA of 2.5 on scale of 4.0
  3. Completion of the internship.
+ Program Summary
+ Electives

ELECTIVE COURSES

Course Title
Virology II
Cell and Tissue Culture
Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
Plant Tissue Culture
Systems Biology
Structure Based Drug Design
Structural Bioinformatics
Enzyme Technology
Food Biotechnology
Agricultural Biotechnology

Code
BS4090
BS4011
BS4012
BS4013
BS4014
BS4015
BS4016
BS4017
BS4018
BS4019

Pre-Req
BS3140/BS2007
BS2011
BS3080
BS3090
BS3030
BS4010
BS4010
BS3170


+ Plan Of Study

Semester - I

Course CodeCourse TitleCredit HoursPre-Requisite
BS1010Organic Chemistry2+1-
BS1020Cell Biology3-
BS1070Biology-I3Pre-Engineering
SS1100English-I (Functional English)3-
SS1420Pakistan Studies2-
MT1000Maths-I3Pre-Medical
CS1220Computer Science -I (Introduction to Computing)2+1-
Total Semester Credit Hours17

Semester - II

Course CodeCourse TitleCredit HoursPre-Requisite
BS1030Microbiology2+1-
BS1040Biochemistry-I2+1-
BS1050Introduction to Biotechnology3-
SS2120English-II (Communication Skills)3-
SS1400Islamic Studies2-
MT1100Maths-II (Basic Calculus)3-
Total Semester Credit Hours17

Semester - III

Course CodeCourse TitleCredit HoursPre-Requisite
BS2020Pyhsical Chemistry3-
BS2030Classical Genetics3-
BS2060Molecular Biology2+1-
BS2010English -III (Technical Report writing)3SS2120
CS2163Introduction to Programming2+1CS1220
SS2XXXSocial Sciences Elective-I3-
Total Semester Credit Hours18

Semester - IV

Course CodeCourse TitleCredit HoursPre-Requisite
BS2070Genetic Engineering 2+1BS2060
BS2080Bioinformatics-I2+1CS2163, BS2060
BS2090Biochemistry-II3BS1040
BS2011Analytical Chemistry and Instrumentation2+1BS2020
MT2302Probability and Statistics3MT1000
SS2XXXSocial Sciences Elective-II3-
Total Semester Credit Hours18

Semester - V

Course CodeCourse TitleCredit HoursPre-Requisite
BS3010Methods in Molecular Biology2+1BS2060, BS2070
BS3020Biophysics2-
BS3030Clinical Microbiology and Immunology 3BS1030
BS3040Virology-I3BS1050
BS3050Human Physiology2+1-
BS3060Genomics2BS2080
Total Semester Credit Hours16

Semester - VI

Course CodeCourse TitleCredit HoursPre-Requisite
BS3070Environmental Biotechnology3BS1050
BS3080Principals of Biochemical Engineering2+1BS2090
BS3090Agriculture Biotechnology2+1BS2070
BS3011Research Methodology 3-
BS3012Proteomics2+1BS2080
BS3013Pharmacology2-
Total Semester Credit Hours17

Semester - VII

Course CodeCourse TitleCredit HoursPre-Requisite
BS4010Bioinformatics-II2+1BS2080
BS4020Health Biotechnology3BS3030
BS4XXXElective-I 3*-
BS4XXXElective-II3*-
BS4040Internship/ Research Project-I3-
Total Semester Credit Hours15

Semester - VIII

Course CodeCourse TitleCredit HoursPre-Requisite
BS4050Internship/ Research Project-II/Elective V3-
BS4060Bio-safety and Bio-Ethics2BS3011
BS4070Endocrinology2+1BS3050
BS4XXXElective-III3*-
BS4XXXElective-IV3*-
BS4080Seminar1-
Total Semester Credit Hours15