Biochemical engineering is a branch of chemical engineering or biological engineering. It mainly deals with the design and construction of unit processes that involve biological organisms or molecules. The discipline is similar in nature with chemical engineering or biological engineering. The course mainly focuses on the interaction between chemical engineering, bio chemistry and microbiology. Its applications are found in pharmaceutical, biotechnology, food and water treatment industries. This objective of this branch is to train the students in biochemical engineering, biotechnology, microbial and enzyme system and developing understanding of the biological or biochemical phenomena underlying in these systems. It also deals with the engineering analysis and optimal design of various biological systems and processes. The students are also taught the kinetics of growth, death and metabolism, fermentation, agitation, mass transfer and enzyme technology constitute the other parts of the course.
Core Subjects – The core subjects of this discipline are as follows:
Molecular biology and genetics
Enzyme Engineering and Technology
Chemical Engineering Thermodynics
Metabolic Regulation and Engineering
Further education – After completing B. Tech in Biochemical Engineering, you can go for M. Tech or opt for Research (M.S).
Job profiles – Biochemical Engineers can work in the industries of food, specialty chemicals, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, medicines etc.
Top recruiters – The top recruiters are mainly food processing or fermentation companies, healthcare diagnostics, medical instrumentation and related industries. Some of the top companies are as follows:
Dr. Reddy’s Laboratory
Apollo Hospitals and diagnostics
Government and private hospitals and medical centers