BSc Biotechnology

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Biotechnology is not a single area of study, but a multidisciplinary field concerned with the practical application of biological organisms and their subcellular components to industrial or service manufacturing, to environmental management and health, and to medicine.

Start Date

September entry


4 years

Entry requirements

See below

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It is a series of enabling technologies drawn from the fields of microbiology, cellular biology, molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry, immunology, fermentation technology, environmental science and engineering which allow one to synthesize, breakdown or transform materials to suit human needs.


You will study the following modules:

Course units

Year 1

First semester

  • General Biology I    
  • Practical Biology I    
  • General Chemistry I    
  • Practical Chemistry I
  • Use of English I    
  • People and Culture of Nigeria
  • IT and Library Skills    
  • General Mathematics I
  • General Physics I    
  • Practical Physics I

Second Semester

  • General Biology II    
  • Practical Biology II    
  • General Chemistry II    
  • Practical Chemistry II    
  • Use of English II    
  • Health Awareness Education    
  • General mathematics II
  • General Physics II    
  • Practical Physics II

Year 2

First Semester

  • General Biochemistry I
  • Biological Techniques    
  • Cell and Developmental Biology    
  • Genetics I        
  • Biostatistics I        
  • Introduction to Biotechnology    
  • Organic Chemistry I        
  • Entrepreneurial Studies I    
  • General Microbiology

Second Semester

  • General Biochemistry II    
  • General Botany    
  • Biostatistics II        
  • Analytical Methods in Biotechnology
  • Organic Chemistry Laboratory
  • Industrial Attachment I
  • Introduction to Bacteriology

Year 3

First Semester

  • Enzymology        
  • Molecular Genetics    
  • Molecular Genetics Lab
  • Biochemical Separation
  • Entrepreneurial Studies II    
  • Microbial Ecology

Second Semester

  • Molecular Cell Biology
  • Research Methodology in Biology    
  • Mycology        
  • Bioinformatics        
  • Industrial Attachment II
  • Microbial Physiology & Metabolism    
  • Introduction to Virology

Year 4

First Semester

  • Biotechnology Seminar    
  • Human Genetics and Genomics
  • Method in Recombinant DNA Technology        
  • Industrial Biotechnology    
  • Nucleotide Sequence Analysis
  • Advanced Food Microbiology    
  • Advanced Bacteriology
  • Pharmaceutical Microbiology

Second Semester

  • Cancer Biology
  • Bioresources Management    
  • Biosafety issues        
  • Intellectual Property Right & Bioethics
  • Process Biotechnology
  • Metabolic Engineering
  • Research Project    
  • Petroleum Microbiology

The course will explain the concepts of biotechnology, methods, ethical and moral issues in biotechnology.

Lecturer at Nile University


Additional Information

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for this course are normally:


* Must have at least 5 O’level credits, including English, in no more than 2 sittings.

** For complete requirements, please check the 2019/2020 Jamb Brochure.

  • DIRECT ENTRY: Available
  • UTME SUBJECTS: Chemistry, Biology and any other Science subject
  • O’LEVEL SUBJECTS: Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology and any other Science subject

How will I be taught?

The course is going to be taught majorly by lectures through presentation and the use of other teaching aids.  Laboratory sections will be scheduled where applicable.

Career support

Various biotechnology careers include forensic DNA analyst, scientist, clinical research associate etc. Here are some of the career opportunities with a degree in biotechnology:

Laboratory Research Careers

Discovery Research: Could include protein chemists, geneticists, biochemists, etc.

Animal Science Specialists: Grow cultures, make and purify DNA, and conduct early stages of testing when a drug’s safety is determined via animal testing.

Bioinformatics: Data analysts who combine the biological sciences with information technology who aid discovery researchers in identifying the most promising drug candidates. The three realms of activity in bioinformatics include: creating databases to store/manage large sets of data; developing algorithms and statistics to determine relationships among datasets; or using these tools to analyze and interpret biological data.

Further Study

  • PGD Biological Science
  • MSc Biological Science
  • MSc Industrial Chemistry

Fees and Finance

In 2020/2021 the full-time tuition fee undergraduate students on this course will be N2,400,000 Per Session.  

Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance please see link Fees and Finance 

Sectorial Advisory Board

The Sectoral Advisory Board (SAB) was formed with the goal of creating a bridge between industry (private/public and national/international institutions) and academics considering the latest requirements of the industry and incorporating necessary components in the curriculum regarding overall development of the department.

Main Objectives of the SAB:

1- Development of 

a) Curriculum of the department 
b) Syllabus of the courses in the department
c) Institutional relationships

2- Increase the potential of

a) Internship
b) Scholarship 
c) Sponsorship

Roles and Responsibilities of the SAB:  
The roles and responsibilities of SAB are as follows:
The SAB develops and recommends new or revised programme goals and objectives.
The Sectoral of "X" Advisory Board advises the department head on matters related to undergraduate, postgraduate, research and outreach programs, including but not limited to curricula, accreditation, new programs, recruitment of students and faculty, and investment of resources. 


Structure of the SAB:

The SAB is composed of members from eminent institutions as well as members from industry and members of faculty of the department. The chairman of the Board is the head of the department.
The Board meets twice per academic year.

Members of the SAB:
The current members of the Sectoral Advisory Board are:


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