- + 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.
- + Program Summary
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.
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:
- Administration in Health Services
- Agri-Business and Fertilizer Sector
- Business Development
- Bio-pharmaceuticals R&D
- Manufacturing and Sales
- Clinical Research and Hospitals
- Research Organizations
- Environmental Protection and Monitoring Agencies
- Food Industry
- Healthcare Information Workers
- Consultant firms for NGOs
- Policy Making Bodies
- Organizations Working in Tropical Disease Research
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):
- Minimum 45% marks in HSE (Pre-medical or Pre-engineering) or equivalent qualifications: 30%
- MAJU Admission Test or HEC admission test: 50%
- Interview: 20%
2: For students pursing admission after B.Sc. (14 years of education):
- Minimum 45% marks in B.Sc. (with Biology subjects) or Equivalent qualification.
- 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.
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.
- Completion of coursework.
- Obtaining a minimum CGPA of 2.5 on scale of 4.0
- Completion of the internship.
- + Electives
Cell and Tissue Culture
Plant Tissue Culture
Structure Based Drug Design
- + Plan Of Study
Semester - I
Course Code Course Title Credit Hours Pre-Requisite BS1010 Organic Chemistry 2+1 - BS1020 Cell Biology 3 - SS1100 English-I (Functional English) 3 - SS1420 Pakistan Studies 2 - MT1000 / BS1070 Biology-I / Maths-I 3 - CS1220 Computer Science -I (Introduction to Computing) 2+1 - Total Semester Credit Hours 17
Semester - II
Course Code Course Title Credit Hours Pre-Requisite BS1030 Microbiology 2+1 - BS1040 Biochemistry-I 2+1 - BS2020 Physical Chemistry 3 - SS2120 English-II (Communication Skills) 3 - SS1400 Islamic Studies 2 - MT1100 Maths-II (Basic Calculus) 3 - Total Semester Credit Hours 17
Semester - III
Course Code Course Title Credit Hours Pre-Requisite BS2090 Biochemistry - II 3 BS1040 BS2030 Classical Genetics 3 - BS2060 Molecular Biology 2+1 - BS2010 English -III (Technical Report writing) 3 SS2120 CS2163 Introduction to Programming 2+1 CS1220 SS2XXX Social Sciences Elective-I 3 - Total Semester Credit Hours 18
Semester - IV
Course Code Course Title Credit Hours Pre-Requisite BS2070 Genetic Engineering 2+1 BS1040 BS3050 Human Physiology 2+1 - BS1050 Introduction to Biotechnology 3 - BS2011 Analytical Chemistry and Instrumentation 2+1 SS2120 MT2302 Probability and Statistics 3 CS1220 SS2XXX Social Sciences Elective-II 3 - Total Semester Credit Hours 18
Semester - V
Course Code Course Title Credit Hours Pre-Requisite BS3010 Methods in Molecular Biology 2+1 BS2060, BS2070 BS3020 Bioinformatics 2+1 CS2163, BS2060 BS3030 Clinical Microbiology and Immunology 3 BS1030 BS3040 Virology-I 3 BS1050 BS4070 Endocrinology 2+1 BS3050 BS3060 Genomics 2 BS2030, BS2060 Total Semester Credit Hours 17
Semester - VI
Course Code Course Title Credit Hours Pre-Requisite BS4010 Bioinformatics - II 2+1 BS2080 BS3080 Principals of Biochemical Engineering 2+1 BS2090 BS3090 Agriculture Biotechnology 2+1 BS2070 BS3011 Research Methodology 3 - BS3012 Proteomics 2+1 BS2080 BS3013 Pharmacology 2 - Total Semester Credit Hours 17
Semester - VII
Course Code Course Title Credit Hours Pre-Requisite BS4010 Biophysics 2 - BS4020 Health Biotechnology 3 BS3030, BS1050 BS4XXX Elective-I 3 - BS4XXX Elective-II 3 - BS4040 Elective-III / Research Project-I 3 - Total Semester Credit Hours 14
Semester - VIII
Course Code Course Title Credit Hours Pre-Requisite BS4050 Elective IV / Research Project-II 3 - BS4060 Bio-safety and Bio-Ethics 2 BS3011 BS3070 Environmental Biotechnology 2+1 BS3050 BS4XXX Elective-V 3 - BS4XXX Elective-VI 3 - BS4080 Seminar 1 - Total Semester Credit Hours 15
Program Total Credit Hours: 136