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While Biotechnology is the discipline which combines Biology and technology, Biochemical Engineering mainly deals with the design and construction of unit processes that involve biological organisms or molecules. It is an applied science and the subjects studied under this branch include Microbiology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Genetics and Engineering. Biotechnology is the use of living systems and organisms to develop or make useful products. The sub fields of Biotechnology and Biochemical Engineering include genomics, applied immunology, development of pharmaceutical therapies and diagnostic tests to name a few. This discipline has its applications in health care, crop production and agriculture, crops and other products and environmental uses. Biochemical engineering is taught as a supplementary option to chemical engineering o biological engineering owing to the similarity in the discipline. This discipline is an amalgamation of Biotechnology and Biochemical Engineering.
Core subjects – The core subjects include the following:
Inorganic and organic chemistry
Molecular Biology and Genetics
Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
Further Education – After completing B. Tech in Biotechnology and Biomedical Engineering, you can opt for M. Tech and Research.
Job profiles – For Biotechnology, you can work for development of various medicines, vaccines, increase of productivity, improvement of quality of seeds, fertilizers etc. Biochemical Engineers can work in the industries of food, specialty chemicals, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, medicines etc.
Top recruiters – Some of the top recruiters include the following:
Hindustan Lever Ltd
Biocon India Ltd
India Vaccines Corporation
Tata Engineering Research Institute
Dr. Reddy’s Laboratory