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-1The 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-2The 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-3The graduates will demonstrate commitment to ethical values and contribute positively towards the society.

PROGRAM LEARNING OBJECTIVES (PLOs)

  PLO-1Knowledge

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

  PLO-2Problem Analysis

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

  PLO-3Design/Development of Solutions

To design methodologies towards development of solutions.

  PLO-4Investigation

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

  PLO-5Modern Tool Usage

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

  PLO-6The Society

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

  PLO-7Environment and Sustainability

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

  PLO-8Ethics

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

  PLO-9Individual and Team Work

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

  PLO-10Communication

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-11Project Management Skills

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

  PLO-12Lifelong 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:

AREACr. Hrs.
Core Courses109
  • Biosciences Core Courses
79
  • Supporting Science Core Courses
17
  • General Education Core Courses
13
Elective Courses18
  • General Education Elective Courses
06
  • Biosciences Elective Courses
12
Project06
Seminar01
Internship00

CORE COURSES (106 Cr. Hrs.)

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

Course TitleCodeCr. Hrs.
Organic ChemistryBBS10103
Cell BiologyBS10203
BiologyBS10703
MicrobiologyBS10302
MicrobiologyBS10302
Microbiology LabBS10313
Physical ChemistryBS20203
Biochemistry-IBS10402
Biochemistry-I LabBS10411
Biochemistry-IIBS20902
Biochemistry-II LabBS20902
Biochemistry-II LabBS20911
Physical ChemistryBS20203
Classical GeneticsBS20303
Molecular BiologyBS20603
Genetic EngineeringBS20702
Genetic Engineering LabBS20711
Introduction to BiotechnologyBS10503
Human PhysiologyBS30502
Human Physiology LabBS30511
Analytical Chemistry and InstrumentationBS20112
Analytical Chemistry and Instrumentation LabBS20122
Methods in Molecular BiologyBS30102
Methods in Molecular Biology LabBS30161
Bioinformatics-IBS20802
Bioinformatics-I LabBS20811
Clinical MicrobiologyBS30302
ImmunologyBS30803
Virology-1BS30403
EndocrinologyBS40703
Bioinformatics-IIBS40102
Bioinformatics-II LabBS40111
Agriculture BiotechnologyBS30902
Agriculture Biotechnology LabBS30911
Research MethodologyBS30113
GenomicsBS30603
PharmacologyBS30132
Pharmacology LabBS30141
BiophysicsBS30203
Protein ScienceBS30122
Protein Science LabBS30151
Health BiotechnologyBS40203
Bio-safety and Bio-EthicsBS40603
Industrial and Environmental BiotechnologyBS30703

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

Course TitleCodeCr. Hrs.
Maths-IMT10003
Basic CalculusMT11003
Probability and StatisticsMT23003
Introduction to ComputingCS12102
Introduction to Computing LabCS12111
Computer ProgrammingCS14102
Computer Programming LabCS14111

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

Course TitleCodeCr. Hrs.
Pakistan StudiesSS14202
*Islamic StudiesSS14002
Freshman EnglishSS11003
Oral CommunicationSS21203
Technical Report WritingSS31303

*Alternate core course is Ethics (SS1410)

ELECTIVE COURSES (18 CR. HRS)

1. General Education (06 Cr. Hrs.)

Course TitleCodeCr. Hrs.
Social Sciences Elective-ISS3XXX3
Social Sciences Elective-IISS3XXX3

2. Bioscience Electives (12 Cr. Hrs.)

Course TitleCodeCr. Hrs.
Bioscience Elective-ISS4XXX3
Bioscience Elective-IISS4XXX3
Bioscience Elective-IIISS4XXX3
Bioscience Elective-IVSS4XXX3
*Bioscience Elective-VSS4XXX3
*Bioscience Elective-VISS4XXX3

*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 TitleCodeCr. Hrs.
Virology IIBS40903
Cell and Tissue CultureBS40113
Pharmaceutical BiotechnologyBS40123
Plant Tissue CultureBS40133
System BiologyBS40143
Structure Based Drug DesigningBS40153
Structural BioinformaticsBS40163
Enzyme TechnologyBS40173
Food BiotechnologyBS40183
ProteomicsBS40193
NeuropharmacologyBS40303

Research Project (06 Cr. Hrs.)

Course TitleCodeCr. Hrs.
Research Project-IBS40403
Research Project-IIBS40503

Seminar (01 Cr. Hrs.)

Course TitleCodeCr. Hrs.
SeminarBS40801

SCHEME OF STUDIES

Semester - 1

Course CodeCourse TitleLec. Hrs.Lab. Hrs.Cr. Hrs.
BS1010Organic Chemistry202
BS1011Organic Chemistry Lab031
BS1020Cell Biology303
BS/MT1070/1000Biology-I/Maths-I303
SS1420Pakistan Studies202
CS1210Introduction to Computing303
CS1211Introduction to Computing Lab031
SS1100Freshman English303

Semester - 2

Course CodeCourse TitleLec. Hrs.Lab. Hrs.Cr. Hrs.
BS1030Microbiology202
BS1031Microbiology Lab031
BS1040Biochemistry-I303
BS1040Biochemistry-I Lab031
CS1410Computing Programming303
CS1411Computing Programming Lab031
SS2120Oral Communication031
SS1400Islamic Studies202
MT1100Basic Calculus303

Semester - 3

Course CodeCourse TitleLec. Hrs.Lab. Hrs.Cr. Hrs.
BS2090Biochemistry II333
BS2091Biochemistry II Lab031
BS2030Classical Genetics303
BS2060Molecular Biology333
SS3130Techincal Report Writing303
SS3XXXSocial Science Elective I303
BS2020Physical Chemistry303

Semester - 4

Course CodeCourse TitleLec. Hrs.Lab. Hrs.Cr. Hrs.
BS2070Genetic Engineering202
BS2071Genetic Engineering Lab031
BS1050Introduction to Biotechnology303
BS3050Human Physiology202
BS3051Human Physiology Lab031
BS2011Analytical Chemistry and Instrumentation202
BS2012Analytical Chemistry and Instrumentation Lab031
MT2300Probability and Statistics303
SS3XXXSocial Science Elective II303

Semester - 5

Course CodeCourse TitleLec. Hrs.Lab. Hrs.Cr. Hrs.
BS3010Methods in Molecular Biology202
BS3010Methods in Molecular Biology Lab031
BS2080Bioinformatics-I202
BS2081Bioinformatics-I Lab031
BS3030Clinical Microbiology303
BS3040Virology – I303
BS4070Endocrinology333
BS3080Immunology303

Semester - 6

Course CodeCourse TitleLec. Hrs.Lab. Hrs.Cr. Hrs.
BS3020Biophysics202
BS3012Protein Science202
BS3015Protein Science Lab031
BS3090Agriculture Biotechnology202
BS3091Agriculture Biotechnology Lab031
BS3011Research Methodology303
BS3060Genomics303
BS3013Pharmacology202
BS3014Pharmacology Lab031

Semester - 7

Course CodeCourse TitleLec. HrsLab. HrsCr. Hrs.
BS4010Bioinformatics-II202
BS4010Bioinformatics-II Lab031
BS4020Health Biotechnology303
BS4XXXBioscience Elective-I303
BS4XXXBioscience Elective-II303
BS/BS4040/4XXXResearch Project-I/ Bioscience Elective-V033

Semester - 8

Course CodeCourse TitleLec. HrsLab. HrsCr. Hrs.
BS/BS4050/4XXXResearch Project-II/Elective VI033
BS4060Bio-Safety and Bio-Ethics202
BS3070Industrial and Environmental Biotechnology303
BS4XXXElective-III303
BS4XXXElective-IV303
BS4080Seminar101