Biological Engineering Career

Thursday, 3. December 2009

It is a broad based engineering discipline that deals with bio-molecular and molecular processes, product design, sustainability and analysis of biological systems. Generally, bioengineering encompasses other engineering disciplines when they are applied to living organisms (e.g., prosthetics in mechanical engineering). Bioengineering is often synonymous with biomedical engineering. Biological engineering is called Bioengineering by some colleges and Biomedical Engineering is called Bio- Engineering by others. Since biological engineering covers a wide spectrum, many departments offer specialization options in Land and water resources engineering, Food and bio process engineering, Machinery systems engineering, Natural resources and environmental engineering.

A biological systems engineer has a background in what both environmental engineers and biologists do, thus bridging the gap between engineering and the biological sciences. For this reason, biological systems engineers are becoming integral, valuable parts of many environmental engineering firms, consulting firms, federal agencies, and biotechnology industries.

Eligibility, Entrance Exams and Courses:

In order to pursue a B.E. or B.Tech Course in Biological Engineering, a candidate must qualify in the higher secondary examination with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics as compulsory subjects with a high percentage of marks.

IIT-JEE is one of the important entrance examinations for engineering courses.

A candidate must fulfill each of the following conditions:

  • Can attempt JEE only twice, in consecutive years.
  • Should have passed (10+2) or equivalent qualifying examination in 2008 or should be appearing in 2009, and secure at least 60% (55% for SC/ST & Physically disabled )
  • Minimum age limit of 25 yrs as on 1st October (30 yrs for SC/ST and PD candidates).

Each State has its own particular eligibility criteria and entrance exams. Some famous Engineering Institutions have their own entrance exams like EAMCET for A.P, KCET for Karnataka and TCET for Tamil Nadu which are usually conducted in the month of May-June. Candidates should ascertain precise details directly from these Institutions.

Top Colleges for Courses in Biological Engineering:

  • Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai-600036
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur-208016
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur-721302
  • Indian Institute of Technology,Delhi,Hauz Khas, New Delhi-110016.  Ph: 011-26582020, Fax 011-26857659
  • Indian Institute of Technology,Mumbai,Powai, Mumbai,Maharashtra – 400076  Ph: +91-22-2572-2545, Fax:+91-22-2572-3480
  • Indian Institute of Technology,Guwahati, Guwahati 781001 (Assam)  Ph: 0361-2697088
  • Regional Engineering College, Durgapur-713209
  • Zakir Hussain College of Engineering & Technology, Aligarh Muslim University Aligarh-202002
  • Banaras Hindu University, Institute of Technology, Varanasi-221005
  • Andhra University College of Engineering, Visakhapatnam-530003)
  • The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Faculty of Technology & Engineering ,Vadodara-390002
  • Anna University, Sardar Patel Road, Chennai 600025 (T.N.)  Ph:044-22351126, Fax:044-22351956
  • Birla Institute of Technology BIT (Deemed University), BIT Extension Center, BISR Campus, 27, Malviya Industrial Area, Jaipur, Rajasthan – 302017
    Tel: 0141–2751567 / 2751178

Career Opportunities and Job Prospects:

Biological Engineering is an exotic branch which is a rapidly expanding field. Biological engineers are required to design, manufacture, test and evaluate newer and unheard of devices, systems and appliances in Bio-medicine, food processing & preservation and bio-agriculture. Hence, their services are in high demand in non-conventional methods of engineering.


The average starting salary of biological engineering graduates is about Rs 20,000- Rs 30, 000 pm. Graduates from elite technological institutions like Indian Institutes of Technology, National Institutes of Technology and Birla Institute of Technology get more remuneration as compared to others. MNCs in the fields of medicine, pharmaceuticals, and medical equipment pay a much higher remuneration which is not openly advertised.

One Response to “Biological Engineering Career”

  1. Saurabh Pakhare Says:

    I have got admission in IIT MADRAS for Biological Engineering.And through CET I am getting admission in VIT for E&TC, COMPUTER.IT.etc….
    I am not having idea about biological engg. and i wanted to do MECH or E&TC.. but since i am getting admission in IIT I am confused whether to go for IIT or the branch in which i have interest i.e in VIT..
    or will i further develope interest in BIO ENGG..
    pls give me proper guidance…and send it on my email

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