Course Description

Biotechnology is a scientific field that deals with the use of living organisms to make new useful products(food and medicine).
A Hungarian agricultural engineer Károly Ereky, the father of biotechnology, in the year 1919 coined the term biotechnology.
people discovered the usefulness of one-celled organisms which includes; yeasts and bacteria. In Mesopotamia, people used bacteria to convert wine into vinegar.
1. Genetic analysis in animals so that human diseases can be modeled and studied can be learnt in biotechnology.
2. Biotechnology is a broad field in science that comprises of basic and an applied science.
3. Apart from being a broad field of study, it is also a highly paid job.
4. Graduates has a lot of career prospects to choose from, like working in research laboratories, professional careers in health science.
1. Biotechnologists, are involved in the creation and improvement of products and processes for agriculture, medicine and conservation using biological organisms.
2. Biotechnologists study the genetic, chemical and physical attributes of cells, tissues and organisms, and give the industrial benefits of these products.
3. They make reports on the developments of projects.
4. They make researches on micro organisms.
1. Biomedical Engineer.
2. Biochemist.
3. Medical Scientist.
4. Biological/Clinical Technician.
5. Microbiologist.
6. Process Development Scientist.
7. Biomanufacturing Specialists.
8. Business Development Manager.
1. Biology.
2. Bioinformatics.
3. Research design.
4. Immunology.
5. Applications.
6. Epidemiology.

Subject Combination for JAMB

Here are the courses to combine when filling this course for JAMB UTME

Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics or Biology.

Course Cut of Point

is the minimum cut off point for BIOTECHNOLOGY as specified by JAMB.

Also, the required cut-of-points for this course (BIOTECHNOLOGY) depends on the school you are applying for, basically many schools have a different minimum cut of marks for accepting students in this area, which may be higher or even lower than JAMB recommend. Also, it is important to note that your O'level result (WAEC, NECO, GCE etc) is a primary criteria for screening, continue reading to know the required subjects you must have on your O'Level result


Five (5) SSCE credit passes to include Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, English Language and any other Science subject.

BIOTECHNOLOGY Requirements Direct Entry

(i) 'A' Level passes in two (2) of Physics Chemistry, and Mathematics. (ii) ND/HND upper credit in relevant programmes.

Schools offering BIOTECHNOLOGY

School Cut-of-points
Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State
Nigerian Defence Academy Kaduna, Kaduna State
Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo State.
Federal University of Technology, Owerri
Modibbo Adama University of Technology
Kaduna State University
Afe Babalola University
Anchor University
Arthur Jarvis University
Baze University
Bells University of Technology
Crawford University of Apostolic Faith Mission
Elizade University
Evangel University
Godfrey Okoye University
Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu Alike Ikwo
Kings university
Michael and Cecilia Ibru university
Mountain top University
Mcpherson University
Nile University of Nigeria
Salem University

Biotech. Special Consideration


(i) BELLS accepts

a) two (2) 'A' Level passes in Chemistry/Physics/ Biology/ Mathematics.

b) ND/HND/ IJMB in relevant programmes.

(ii) FUTO requires;

a) At least two (2) 'A' level passes not below Grade C from Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry.

b) ND/HND at Upper Credit level in Physics, Mathematics, Statistics, Chemistry, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Biology, Computer Science or Engineering.

c) First Degree in Physics, Mathematics, Statistics, Chemistry, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Biology, Computer Science or Engineering.

d) Very good passes in three JUPEB subjects namely Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics. It does not accept NCE. Candidates must in addition meet UTME 'O' Level requirements.

(iii) IBADAN - as in Agricultural and Environmental Engineering. Accepts 'A' Level passes in Mathematics and Chemistry plus UTME requirements.

(iv) LAUTECH accepts ND/HND upper credit in relevant programmes into 200 level and 'A' Level passes in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry. LAUTECH may accept 'A' Level Biology in lieu of Physics.

(v) MAIDUGURI accepts 'O' Level credit pass in Biology.

(vi) MOUNTAIN TOP in addition to 'O' Level requirements requires:

a) a minimum of ND Upper Credit or equivalent from a recognized institution

b) G.C.E ('A' Level) or equivalent in at least two science subjects including Biology or Agricultural Science

c) Foundation/JUPEB obtained from Mountain Top University or other recognized Universities.

(vii) OAU accepts

a) ND upper credit in Food Science and Technology.

b) ND/HND upper credit plus five (5) 'O' Level credit passes.

(viii) WESLEYUNI accepts

a) at least 2 A' level passes in Chemistry, Agricultural Science or Biology, Physics or Home Economics.

b) NCE merit/credit and ND upper credit in addition to five (5) 'O' Level credit passes or equivalents.


(i) BELLS requires five (5) 'O' Level credit passes in English Language, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology, Physics/ Agricultural Science/ Geography or Economics/ Food and Nutrition. May consider 'O' Level pass in Physics.

(ii) FUTO requires at least five (5) 'O' Level credit passes in English Language, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics and Biology in not more than two (2) sittings.

(iii) IBADAN - As in Agricultural and Environmental Engineering.

(iv) LAUTECH accepts Agricultural Science in lieu of Biology.

(v) OAU does not accept Biology in lieu of Physics.

(vi) MOUNTAIN TOP requires five (5) credit passes at SSC or its equivalent at not more than two sittings to include Mathematics, English, Chemistry, Biology/Agricultural Science and Physics.


(i) BELLS accepts physics/mathematics.

(ii) FUTO requires Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics.

(iii) IBADAN does not accept Biology.

(iv) LAUTECH requires Physics.

(v) MAIDUGURI requires Chemistry, Biology/Agriculture and any one of Physics and Mathematics.

(vi) MOUNTAIN TOP requires Chemistry, Physics and any one of Mathematics, Biology/Agricultural Science.


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