Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology

Program Description

Biotechnology deals with the living organisms and the products thereof in large scale industrial processes for human services. The field is highly interdisciplinary and requires inputs from the medical sciences, engineering, basic sciences, artificial intelligence, and computer science. Its potential has greatly increased by the recent developments in recombinant DNA technology in collaboration with traditional methodologies. High throughput technologies have strengthened this discipline immensely enhancing it potential and applications. In the current scenario, it is believed that Biotechnology can change people’s lives for the better. Biotechnology is one of the priority areas of the Government of Pakistan in which huge investments have been made to strengthen research and development activities in this field. Keeping in view ‘Skilling Pakistan’ vision of PAF-IAST, this program will help to produce highly skilled workforce for the biotech industry.

Why Study at PAF IAST?

Location and Ambience

PAF IAST is nestled in natural mountains that flank its campus from all sides. The institute offers one  ravishing view of snow-capped peaks of Nathiagali and natural winding trails. Furthermore, to its north-west is Tarbela Lake, a journey of only a few kilometers from the campus. Moreover, set in the middle of the campus is a natural lake, fed by the springs of surrounding mountains. The campus is just a 3-kilometer drive from the Hazara Motorway. This results in an ideal setting equally conducive to academic activity. Most importantly, major cities like Islamabad, Abbottabad, are just an hour’s drive, while small towns like Wah, Hasanabadal, Taxila, and Swabi can be reached in just half an hour. All these features make PAF IAST the best biomedical sciences university in KPK. 

Technology Advancement and Foreign Partnership

This institute is an emerging center of excellences, with its own technology park. Therefore, all faculty members hold PhD degrees in appropriate disciplines. By virtue of its wide array of facilities and the facilitation for its students to learn. Furthermore, they benefit both from classroom teaching and faculty trained at premier Austrian universities/institutions. The institution is ideally cut out for imparting state-of–the-art engineering and allied education in Pakistan. Moreover, the institute enjoys close linkages with top ranking universities in Austria and China. As a result, we have already concluded with them formal agreements regarding student and faculty exchange programs, provision of dual degrees in certain areas, and the training support from foreign faculty. 

Academia-Industry Relationship

There is a strong relationship between academia and industry. As a result, this paves the way for job opportunities for students even in the midst of their studies. PAF IAST will serve as a welcome platform for the industry to share their requirements for a skilled workforce. Therefore, this will enable the institute to incorporate their valuable inputs in practical vocational training and expose the students to industrial perspectives.

On-Spot Industry Internship

Firstly, it will be a mandatory requirement for every student to do an internship every semester in an appropriate industry. Secondly, this will garner them practical experience related to their respective degree programs. To crown it all, Technology Park will afford them rare opportunities to apply themselves innovatively and become promising entrepreneurs.

Need and Merit-based Scholarships

Different types of local and foreign scholarship opportunities are available on need and merit base.

Associated Careers

Teaching colleges/university, biotech/pharmaceutical industry, research organization, Medical scientists, Biological technicians, Medical and Clinical Lab Technologists & Technicians, Biochemists and Biophysicists, Microbiologists, Epidemiologists, R&D and Process Development Scientists, Biomedical research, pathology laboratories, biotechnology industries, Drug design and development/ Biopharmaceutical production, Genetically modified food production, Diagnostic test design and production, Biotechnology business plan analyst, Research with research institutes, universities, industry, or government agencies.

BS Biotechnology Course Curriculum

Semester 1

Code

Course Title

Lec

Lab

Combined

SS-101

Functional English

2

0

2

SS-111

Islamic Studies

2

0

2

MTH-111

Mathematics

3

0

3

 COMP-102

Introduction to ICT

2

0

2

 COMP-102L

Introduction to ICT Lab

0

1

1

CH-102

Inorganic and Organic Chemistry

3

0

3

CH-102L

Inorganic and Organic Chemistry Lab

0

1

1

BMS-102

Cell Biology

2

0

2

BMS-102L

Cell Biology Lab

0

1

1

Total Semester Credit Hours

14

3

17

Semester 2

Code

Course Title

Lec

Lab

Combined

SS-102

Communication Skills

2

0

2

MTH-412

Biostatistics

2

0

2

MTH-412L

Biostatistics Lab

0

1

1

BTY-121

Biochemistry-I

2

0

2

BTY-121L

Biochemistry-I Lab

0

1

1

BMS-465

Biophysics

3

0

3

BTY-101

Introduction to Biotechnology

3

0

3

BMS-131

Microbiology

3

0

3

BMS-131L

Microbiology Lab

0

1

1

Total Semester Credit Hours

15

3

           18

Semester 3

Code

Course Title

Lec

Lab

Combined

SS-203

Technical and Business Writing

3

0

3

CH-202

Physical and Analytical Chemistry

3

0

3

CH-202L

Physical and Analytical Chemistry Lab

0

1

1

SS-112

 Pakistan Studies

2

0

2

BTY-341

Virology

2

0

2

BTY-341L

Virology Lab

0

1

1

BTY-222

Biochemistry-II

2

0

2

BTY-222L

Biochemistry-II Lab

0

1

1

BTY-212

Classical Genetics

2

0

2

BTY-212L

Classical Genetics Lab

0

1

1

Total Semester Credit Hours

 

14

4

18

Semester 4

Code

Course Title

Lec

Lab

Combined

BTY-102

Biosafety & Bioethics

 2

0

2

BMS-361

Bioinformatics

2

  0

       2

BMS-361L

Bioinformatics Lab

0

  1

       1

BMS-104

Human Anatomy and Physiology

3

0

3

BMS-104L

Human Anatomy and Physiology

0

1

1

CHE-212

Chemical Engineering Thermodynamic-1

3

0

3

  BTY-223L

Molecular Biology

3

0

3

  BMS-271

Cell Culture

2

0

2

  BMS-271L

Cell Culture Lab

0

1

1

Total Semester Credit Hours

15

3

18

Semester 5

Code

Course Title

Lec

Lab

Combined

MGT-262

Entrepreneurship

3

0

3

BMS-332

Immunology and Serology

2

0

2

BMS-332L

Immunology and Serology

0

1

1

BTY-324

Methods in Molecular Biology

2

0

1

BTY-324L

Methods in Molecular Biology Lab

0

1

2

BTY-325

Principles of Biochemical Engineering

2

0

2

BTY-325L

Principles of Biochemical Engineering Lab

0

1

1

BTY-111

Ecology, Biodiversity & Evolution

3

0

3

BTY-111L

Ecology, Biodiversity & Evolution Lab

0

1

1

SS-331

Community Services (Noncredit Hour)

  0

  0

0

Total Semester Credit Hours

12

4

16

Semester 6

Code

Course Title

Lec

Lab

Combined

BTY-313

Genetic Resources & Conservation

3

0

3

BTY-331

Microbial Biotechnology

2

0

3

BTY-331L

Microbial Biotechnology Lab

0

1

1

BTY-351

Agriculture Biotechnology

2

0

2

BTY-351L

Agriculture Biotechnology Lab

0

1

1

BTY-352

Food Biotechnology

3

0

3

BTY-314

Research Methodology & Skill Enhancement

3

0

3

SS-323

Economics and Health Care Management

2

0

2

Total Semester Credit Hours

17

2

17

Semester 7

Code

Course Title

Lec

Lab

Combined

BTY-442

Health Biotechnology

3

0

3

BTY-432

Industrial Biotechnology

2

0

2

BTY-432L

Industrial Biotechnology Lab

0

1

1

BTY-4##

Elective-I

3

0

3

BTY-4##

Elective-II

3

0

3

BTY-498

Final Year Research Project

0

3

3

Total Semester Credit Hours

12

4

15

Semester 8

Code

 

Lec

Lab

Combined

 

BTY-415

Genomics and Proteomics

2

0

2

 

BTY-415L

Genomics and Proteomics Lab

0

1

1

 

BTY-461

Environment Biotechnology

3

0

3

 

BTY-4##

Elective-III

3

0

3

 

BTY-4##

Elective-IV

3

0

3

 

BTY-498

Final Year Research Project

0

3

3

 

Total Semester Credit Hours

    11

    4

   15

 

Total

107

27

134