Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between our Faculty and the Faculty of Biology?
Our syllabus includes 90% of compulsory biology courses, so in terms of biology education, there is not a big difference. The difference is that biology deals with the basic questions pertaining to the behavior of diverse living systems. In the area of biotechnology, greater emphasis is placed on the applied technology of biological systems. For example, if a biologist researches the activity or the relationship of a particular enzyme or protein, the biotechnologist will think about what could be produced using this enzyme. Biotechnology and food engineering is a four-year engineering degree program upon the completion of which the graduate has diverse employment opportunities.
What is the difference between our Faculty and the Faculty of Biochemical Engineering (chemical engineering)?
These are two engineering faculties that combine engineering and biology studies. In biochemical engineering, the emphasis is on engineering and chemical materials more than on biology. In biotechnology and food engineering, the emphasis is on organic materials, and most of the courses are given in the Faculty and are adapted to our comprehensive syllabus. Our faculty members deal with research in the areas of biotechnology and food engineering whereas most of the faculty members in biochemical engineering deal with chemical engineering, and supplementation of biological areas is given in the Faculty of Biology. In addition, certain aspects and examples given in engineering courses in our Faculty deal more with food and organic materials and less with chemicals. For example, the viscosity of salad dressings or sugar solutions of nitric acid are tested in the laboratory. Of course the engineering principles are identical in both.
What is the difference between our Faculty and the Faculty of Biomedical Engineering?
Emphasis in the Faculty of Biomedical Engineering is on the development of medical diagnosis and treatment, for example, designing devices to monitor blood flow in arteries noninvasively. There are also certain areas that overlap such as tissue engineering, which is being researched in both faculties.