Department of Biosciences at Mohammad Ali Jinnah University offers undergraduate program of BS Biosciences. This program provides strong academic foundation to students of experimental and integrated 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. Plan of study of this program includes important areas of integrated biosciences including Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Pharmacology, Biotechnology and Bioinformatics. The BS Biosciences program is aimed to provide a composite set of fundamental knowledge and cutting-edge skills of biomedicine, molecular biology and biotechnology. This program fulfils the academic standards set by the Higher Education Commission, Pakistan. 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

PROGRAM EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES (PEOs)

  PEO-1 The graduates will be able to lead biosciences projects in industry and academia, on the bases of knowledge and skills they have developed during the degree.
  PEO-2 The graduates will be able to correlate the biological principals to other disciplines of material, physical and social sciences contributing to the wellbeing of society.
  PEO-3 The graduates will demonstrate commitment to ethical values and contribute positively towards the society.

PROGRAM LEARNING OBJECTIVES (PLOs)

  PLO-1 Knowledge

To get broad based knowledge and insight about the natural sciences, physical sciences, humanities and social sciences with particular relevance to biosciences.

  PLO-2 Problem Analysis

To analyze the data/problems related to specific subject area.

  PLO-3 Design/Development of Solutions

To design methodologies towards development of solutions.

  PLO-4 Investigation

To investigate the subject related queries by review of literature and experiment designs.

  PLO-5 Modern Tool Usage

To use bioinformatics, statistical tools, graphical representations, etc., for quantitative analysis of data/problem.

  PLO-6 The Society

To interact with common people of society and communicate biological concepts through excellent verbal and written skills.

  PLO-7 Environment and Sustainability

To use biological methods and green technology for a clean and healthy environment.

  PLO-8 Ethics

To demonstrate the biological concepts for resolution of social, moral and ethical issues.

  PLO-9 Individual and Team Work

Students will be able to work independently and in groups to complete the assigned tasks.

  PLO-10 Communication

Students will be able to deliver the role of biology concepts with excellent oral and written communication skills. Moreover, they will write research projects/grants to avail funding for research and development.

  PLO-11 Project Management Skills

To identify goals, scope, cost, timings, resources, monitoring, sustainability and successful execution of the project

  PLO-12 Lifelong Learning

Students will have a lifelong learning about the basic and applied concepts of biosciences and their possible application at community level.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • For students pursuing admission after Higher Secondary Education (HSE):
    • Minimum 45% marks in HSC (Pre-medical or Pre-engineering) or equivalent.
  • 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 concerned department.

  • Deficiency courses for admission in 3rd year BSBS
    • Biochemistry-I
    • Biochemistry-II
    • Molecular Biology
    • Microbiology
    • Maths-1
    • Basic Calculus
    • Probability and Statistics
    • Genetic Engineering
    • Biocomputing
    • Introduction to programming

SELECTION CRITERIA

  • Qualification criteria
  • MAJU Admission Test or HEC Approved Test
  • Interview

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

For BS Biosciences degree, it is required to successfully complete 131 credit hours with minimum CGPA of 2.0 on scale of 4.0. The course details are mentioned below:

AREA Cr. Hrs.
Core Courses 109
  • Biosciences Core Courses
79
  • Supporting Science Core Courses
17
  • General Education Core Courses
13
Elective Courses 18
  • General Education Elective Courses
06
  • Biosciences Elective Courses
12
Project 06
Seminar 01
Internship 00

CORE COURSES (106 Cr. Hrs.)

1. Biosciences Core Courses (78 Cr. Hrs):

Course Title Code Cr. Hrs.
Organic Chemistry BBS1010 3
Cell Biology BS1020 3
Biology BS1070 3
Microbiology BS1030 2
Microbiology BS1030 2
Microbiology Lab BS1031 3
Physical Chemistry BS2020 3
Biochemistry-I BS1040 2
Biochemistry-I Lab BS1041 1
Biochemistry-II BS2090 2
Biochemistry-II Lab BS2090 2
Biochemistry-II Lab BS2091 1
Physical Chemistry BS2020 3
Classical Genetics BS2030 3
Molecular Biology BS2060 3
Genetic Engineering BS2070 2
Genetic Engineering Lab BS2071 1
Introduction to Biotechnology BS1050 3
Human Physiology BS3050 2
Human Physiology Lab BS3051 1
Analytical Chemistry and Instrumentation BS2011 2
Analytical Chemistry and Instrumentation Lab BS2012 2
Methods in Molecular Biology BS3010 2
Methods in Molecular Biology Lab BS3016 1
Bioinformatics-I BS2080 2
Bioinformatics-I Lab BS2081 1
Clinical Microbiology BS3030 2
Immunology BS3080 3
Virology-1 BS3040 3
Endocrinology BS4070 3
Bioinformatics-II BS4010 2
Bioinformatics-II Lab BS4011 1
Agriculture Biotechnology BS3090 2
Agriculture Biotechnology Lab BS3091 1
Research Methodology BS3011 3
Genomics BS3060 3
Pharmacology BS3013 2
Pharmacology Lab BS3014 1
Biophysics BS3020 3
Protein Science BS3012 2
Protein Science Lab BS3015 1
Health Biotechnology BS4020 3
Bio-safety and Bio-Ethics BS4060 3
Industrial and Environmental Biotechnology BS3070 3

2. Supporting Science Courses (15 Cr. Hrs):

Course Title Code Cr. Hrs.
Maths-I MT1000 3
Basic Calculus MT1100 3
Probability and Statistics MT2300 3
Introduction to Computing CS1210 2
Introduction to Computing Lab CS1211 1
Computer Programming CS1410 2
Computer Programming Lab CS1411 1

3. General Education Courses (13 Cr. Hrs.)

Course Title Code Cr. Hrs.
Pakistan Studies SS1420 2
*Islamic Studies SS1400 2
Freshman English SS1100 3
Oral Communication SS2120 3
Technical Report Writing SS3130 3

*Alternate core course is Ethics (SS1410)

ELECTIVE COURSES (18 CR. HRS)

1. General Education (06 Cr. Hrs.)

Course Title Code Cr. Hrs.
Social Sciences Elective-I SS3XXX 3
Social Sciences Elective-II SS3XXX 3

2. Bioscience Electives (12 Cr. Hrs.)

Course Title Code Cr. Hrs.
Bioscience Elective-I SS4XXX 3
Bioscience Elective-II SS4XXX 3
Bioscience Elective-III SS4XXX 3
Bioscience Elective-IV SS4XXX 3
*Bioscience Elective-V SS4XXX 3
*Bioscience Elective-VI SS4XXX 3

*Alternate to Research Project-I & II, therefore, total Biosciences electives will be 18 Cr. Hr. thus total Elective Cr Hr will be 24.

Research Project (06 Cr. Hrs.)

Course Title Code Cr. Hrs.
Virology II BS4090 3
Cell and Tissue Culture BS4011 3
Pharmaceutical Biotechnology BS4012 3
Plant Tissue Culture BS4013 3
System Biology BS4014 3
Structure Based Drug Designing BS4015 3
Structural Bioinformatics BS4016 3
Enzyme Technology BS4017 3
Food Biotechnology BS4018 3
Proteomics BS4019 3
Neuropharmacology BS4030 3

Research Project (06 Cr. Hrs.)

Course Title Code Cr. Hrs.
Research Project-I BS4040 3
Research Project-II BS4050 3

Seminar (01 Cr. Hrs.)

Course Title Code Cr. Hrs.
Seminar BS4080 1

SCHEME OF STUDIES

Semester - 1

Course Code Course Title Lec. Hrs. Lab. Hrs. Cr. Hrs.
BS 1010 Organic Chemistry 2 0 2
BS 1011 Organic Chemistry Lab 0 3 1
BS 1020 Cell Biology 3 0 3
BS/MT 1070/1000 Biology-I/Maths-I 3 0 3
SS 1420 Pakistan Studies 2 0 2
CS 1210 Introduction to Computing 3 0 3
CS 1211 Introduction to Computing Lab 0 3 1
SS 1100 Freshman English 3 0 3

Semester - 2

Course Code Course Title Lec. Hrs. Lab. Hrs. Cr. Hrs.
BS 1030 Microbiology 2 0 2
BS 1031 Microbiology Lab 0 3 1
BS 1040 Biochemistry-I 3 0 3
BS 1040 Biochemistry-I Lab 0 3 1
CS 1410 Computing Programming 3 0 3
CS 1411 Computing Programming Lab 0 3 1
SS 2120 Oral Communication 0 3 1
SS 1400 Islamic Studies 2 0 2
MT 1100 Basic Calculus 3 0 3

Semester - 3

Course Code Course Title Lec. Hrs. Lab. Hrs. Cr. Hrs.
BS 2090 Biochemistry II 3 3 3
BS 2091 Biochemistry II Lab 0 3 1
BS 2030 Classical Genetics 3 0 3
BS 2060 Molecular Biology 3 3 3
SS 3130 Techincal Report Writing 3 0 3
SS 3XXX Social Science Elective I 3 0 3
BS 2020 Physical Chemistry 3 0 3

Semester - 4

Course Code Course Title Lec. Hrs. Lab. Hrs. Cr. Hrs.
BS 2070 Genetic Engineering 2 0 2
BS 2071 Genetic Engineering Lab 0 3 1
BS 1050 Introduction to Biotechnology 3 0 3
BS 3050 Human Physiology 2 0 2
BS 3051 Human Physiology Lab 0 3 1
BS 2011 Analytical Chemistry and Instrumentation 2 0 2
BS 2012 Analytical Chemistry and Instrumentation Lab 0 3 1
MT 2300 Probability and Statistics 3 0 3
SS 3XXX Social Science Elective II 3 0 3

Semester - 5

Course Code Course Title Lec. Hrs. Lab. Hrs. Cr. Hrs.
BS 3010 Methods in Molecular Biology 2 0 2
BS 3010 Methods in Molecular Biology Lab 0 3 1
BS 2080 Bioinformatics-I 2 0 2
BS 2081 Bioinformatics-I Lab 0 3 1
BS 3030 Clinical Microbiology 3 0 3
BS 3040 Virology – I 3 0 3
BS 4070 Endocrinology 3 3 3
BS 3080 Immunology 3 0 3

Semester - 6

Course Code Course Title Lec. Hrs. Lab. Hrs. Cr. Hrs.
BS 3020 Biophysics 2 0 2
BS 3012 Protein Science 2 0 2
BS 3015 Protein Science Lab 0 3 1
BS 3090 Agriculture Biotechnology 2 0 2
BS 3091 Agriculture Biotechnology Lab 0 3 1
BS 3011 Research Methodology 3 0 3
BS 3060 Genomics 3 0 3
BS 3013 Pharmacology 2 0 2
BS 3014 Pharmacology Lab 0 3 1

Semester - 7

Course Code Course Title Lec. Hrs Lab. Hrs Cr. Hrs.
BS 4010 Bioinformatics-II 2 0 2
BS 4010 Bioinformatics-II Lab 0 3 1
BS 4020 Health Biotechnology 3 0 3
BS 4XXX Bioscience Elective-I 3 0 3
BS 4XXX Bioscience Elective-II 3 0 3
BS/BS 4040/4XXX Research Project-I/ Bioscience Elective-V 0 3 3

Semester - 8

Course Code Course Title Lec. Hrs Lab. Hrs Cr. Hrs.
BS/BS 4050/4XXX Research Project-II/Elective VI 0 3 3
BS 4060 Bio-Safety and Bio-Ethics 2 0 2
BS 3070 Industrial and Environmental Biotechnology 3 0 3
BS 4XXX Elective-III 3 0 3
BS 4XXX Elective-IV 3 0 3
BS 4080 Seminar 1 0 1
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