Course Requirements

The M.S. Biotech curriculum consists of core theory and lab courses and a wide variety of elective courses. In addition to these, a core course of 6 credits on research project (thesis) on an indigenous biotech-related problem is also included in the curriculum. The minimum credit requirement for the MS degree is 36 with a breakdown as given below:

Core courses:                     15 Credits
Elective courses:                15 Credits
Research project (thesis):   6 Credits
Total:                                  36 Credits

Each semester will concentrate on various fields of biotechnology so that at the completion of the MS degree the students will be acquainted with the science and techniques of biotechnology.

Core Courses

The students will be required to complete 15 credits distributed over 5 core courses. One of the core courses will be devoted to plant biotechnology keeping in mind that plant biotechnology has progressed a lot in our country. To teach students about commercialization of biotechnological research products and dangers of pollution, core courses like environment biotechnology and industrial biotechnology are designed. Apart from these, another core course, animal biotechnology will be offered to acquaint students with the progress in this field with special reference to human biotechnology. Research project preparation needs good training on literature review, experimental design and interpretation of results. Case studies will be included in this course.

Elective Courses

Students will be required to take 5 elective courses for a total of 15 credits.

List of Courses

Core Courses for the First Semester (9 credits):

BTC 501 Plant Biotechnology 3 Credits
BTC 503 Animal Tissue Culture Techniques and Applications 3 Credits
BTC 504 Fermentation and Industrial Biotechnology 3 Credits
Total 9 Credits

Core and Elective Courses for the Second Semester (9 Credits):

Core Courses

BTC 505Environmental Biotechnology 3 Credits
BTC 506 Research Project Preparation 3 Credits
Subtotal 6 Credits

Elective Course (any one)

BTC 510 Fundamental and Applied Aspects of Plant Genetic Manipulation 3 Credits
BTC 511 Commercial Production of Horticultural and Ornamental Plants 3 Credits
BTC 512 Sex, Flowers and Biotechnology 3 Credits
BTC 513 Gene Function and Its Regulation 3 Credits
BTC 514 Gene Organization and Regulation 3 Credits
BTC 515 Structural and Functional Genomic Studies 3 Credits
Total 9 Credits

Elective Courses for the Third Semester (9 credits):

BTC 507 Biostatistics & Experimental Design (Theory and Lab) 3 Credits
BTC 509 Genomics (Bioinformatics) 3 Credits
BTC 517 Enzymology 3 Credits
BTC 518 Recombinant DNA Technology 3 Credits
BTC 519 Medical Biotechnology 3 Credits
Total 9 Credits

Core and Elective Courses for the Fourth Semester (9 credits):

BTC 550 Core CourseResearch Project (Thesis)Elective Course (any one) 6 Credits
BTC 502 Plant Biotechnology (Lab) 3 Credits
BTC 508 Seminar 3 Credits
BTC 516 Special Studies 3 Credits
BTC 520 Cell Dynamics, Cell Cycle and Cell Death; Gene Mapping in Phages, and Bacteria 3 Credits
BTC 521 Genetically Modified (GM) Crops, Biosafety and Intellectual Property Rights 3 Credits
Subtotal 3 Credits
Total 9 Credits

NOTE: The courses and curriculum are subject to changes to keep pace with changing requirements of local, regional and global educational and business environments.