Monday, 3 July 2017

NUCSER to offer B.Sc. (Honors) Biomedical Science

Nitte University Centre for Science Education and Research (NUCSER), a constituent college under Nitte University is all set to offer B.Sc. (Honors) Biomedical Science from the academic year 2017-18 under the newly adopted choice based credit system (CBCS) prescribed by the University Grants Commission (UGC). Nitte University is the first University in Karnataka to offer this unique course, designed to provide wider career options and increased employability to the students. The focus in CBCS is on a student-centric approach in education. It provides an opportunity for the students to choose from the prescribed courses comprising core, elective (generic and discipline specific) or skill based courses according to their learning needs, interests, and aptitude.

Biomedical Science is an interdisciplinary course that involves the study of human health and disease. In the first year, the core courses enable the students to have a glimpse on the introductory subjects such as chemistry relevant to biology, cell biology, basic building units of an organism, and coordinated functioning of the organ systems. In the second year, the students would build on what they have learnt in the first year and the subjects are more advanced and relevant to the field of biomedicine such as clinical biochemistry, medical microbiology, fundamentals of immunology, molecular biology, and biotechnology. In addition, the students will get hands-on training on the tools used in medical lab techniques, epidemiology, forensic science, and modern biology under the skill enhancement courses. The third year will have subjects that are highly specialized including courses like pharmacology, toxicology, cancer biology, human genetics, biophysics, as part of the discipline specific electives. 

The most unique feature in B.Sc. Honors Biomedical Science is the provision of a project work/dissertation that a student can opt for in lieu of a discipline specific elective paper. The introduction of the Research Component at UG level provides a perfect platform for a career in advanced research and development.

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