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There has been a drastic change in the way things are been done within the 20th and 21st century due to the changes that have taken place in science and technology.

Biological Engineering is seen as an interdisciplinary area of study that focuses on the application of engineering principles to analyse different biological systems and to solve the different problems. This involves the interfacing of such systems like animals, plants, or microbes with human-designed machines, processes, structures, and instrumentation.

The world had really moved ahead as a result of improvement in technology. Humans had successfully sent rockets into space, developed telescopes that have succeeded in seeing telescopes in far-away galaxies, developed easier and effective ways to treat sicknesses with the aid of modern technology, and provides us with the opportunity to communicate with our friends, business partners, and loved ones living in different parts of the world!

Of truth, modern technology has done a lot for us

Due to this innovation in different areas of study, biological engineering also known as bio-engineering is also seen as an academic discipline changing the narratives in modern society and getting popular in Nigeria.

Bioengineering utilizes biological systems in the creation of usable and economically viable products in society.

In today’s article, Superprof will help interested students to know some of the basic information and description of what Bioengineering entails. Also, we would show you some of the reputable universities in Nigeria where you can study Biological Engineering and the available work opportunities for individuals that study this engaging and timely course.

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What Really Is Biological Engineering

Most people get really confused when they hear the term biological engineering for the first time since this is not the everyday course for students in the universities.

There are different types of biologists and biological courses one can study at the university. To help bring you to speed to what the term rightly means, we would briefly analyze what the concept of biological engineering really is and the task of a biological engineer.

Bioengineering is an interdisciplinary course that applies the principles of engineering and designs and the analysis of biological systems and biomedical technologies.

The biological revolution in recent years has continued to improve and impact all of us. Human-based gene manipulation has now affected nearly all areas of Nigerian food supplies.

Plants and animals are now being defined on a molecular basis. Living organisms can now be measured, analyzed, and engineered as never before. Some devices created by biotechnology includes disease diagnostic devices, medical imaging technology, tissues engineering organs, and bacteria engineered to produced chemicals

These changes and devices have continuously redefined our research and graduate programs at the University.

To do well in the field of biological technology, students in the Universities are trained on the fundamentals of biology and engineering. There are also trained in the field of material science, chemistry, and computer science.

The job of a biological engineer differs from one job-to-another and can be intriguing.

These bioengineers are known in different sectors of the economy as scientists, design engineers, clinical engineers, or biomedical engineers.

These professionals perform different tasks such as

  • Conducting up-to-date researches in other to solve clinical problems
  • Arranging clinical trials in relation to new medical products and medical devices
  • Making use of computer software to design, develop and test new devices, materials, and equipment
  • Development of energy-efficient technologies that can support year-round local vegetable production and the production of high-value chemicals such as pharmaceuticals from plants
  • The generation of bioelectricity from waste products using microbial fuel cells
  • Attending seminars to keep to date on the newest innovation and technological advancement
  • Writing reports about observation and researches conducted

Interested individuals in this field of study need to know that biological engineering can take place in a workshop, a laboratory, a clinic, or in an office.

For one to be highly successful as a biological engineer some important skills need to be developed and honed.

Here are some of the best skills one needs to develop as a biological engineer

  • Ability to pay attention to details
  • A love for biology and engineering
  • Great problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Excellent communication skills that will aid you in sharing your research finding with people from different background
  • Ability to combine creativity and technical knowledge.

Why Should I Study Biological Engineering

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New diagnostic equipment in a pathology laboratory. Source: Pinterest Image

Natural species are the library from which genetic engineers can work. Genetic engineers don’t make new genes, they rearrange existing ones.

— Thomas E. Lovejoy

Bioengineering is the course for the future! It is the ideal course for individuals seeking to get involved with innovative ways of doing things.

The study of bioengineering is on the rise and it’s required for people seeking to find solutions to the many problems besieging our world such as within the agricultural and chemical industry.

The following are some of the reasons why you should study bioengineering as a course of study at the university level

  • You are sure of employment: The job need of a bioengineer is on the rapid increase due to the need for their expertise for the technological improvement in medical technology. Due to the increase in the need for this skill-set, individuals who possess a degree in this field will never be out of work. It also allows you to choose the best job for them.
  • Crete different Implants: With the knowledge of bioengineering, you can design different implants for impaired people around. Your knowledge of biology and engineering can be useful in creating state-of-the-art technology for handicapped patients
  • Make a difference: You have the opportunity of making a great difference in the world. You are trained to find a practical solution to the rise in life complex problems. You can create life-changing and saving technologies such as different kinds of hospital equipment, new stimulators, and inventing revolutionary drug delivery methods

Best Universities to Study Biological Engineering in Nigeria

University of Ilorin
The University of Ilorin, Department of Bio-Engineering. Pinterest Image

Different Universities in Nigeria now offer you the chance to study Biological Engineering at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Here we would be showing you some private and public universities in Nigeria where you can comfortably study the course and graduate from the various areas of speciality that the different schools offer.

Therefore, without further delay, we would be showing you some of the best academic institutes in Nigeria to study bioengineering

  • University of Ilorin

The department was established in 2010 to provide modern biological and engineering principles. Candidates seeking admission into the department are expected to possess a minimum of five credits in Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSCE) or it's equivalent.

These courses include English, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, and Biology. Those coming in as direct entry students are expected to possess at least five credits in SSCE or its equivalent.

There are also expected to possess GCE ‘A’ Level or its equivalent in Physics, Mathematics and Biology/Chemistry not below ‘C’ or OND with a minimum of Upper Credit in Biomedical Engineering or Chemical Engineering or Electrical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering.

For direct Entry admission into 300 Level of the B/Eng. Degree in Biomedical Engineering, the candidate is expected to possess at least five credits in SSCE or its equivalent and HND with a minimum of Upper Credit in Biomedical Engineering or others as listed above.

The department offers a B/Eng. Degree at a duration of five academic sessions for students that entered through UTME. Four academic sessions for Post ‘A’ Level and OND and three academic sessions for HND direct entry.

The department focuses its speciality on Biomedical Instrumentation and Micro/Nano Systems, Cell and Tissue Engineering and Computational Bioengineering

  • The Technical University Ibadan

The department is under the faculty of Natural Science of the School. The department initially houses two programs known as the Electrical/Electronic Engineering and the Biomedical Engineering. Until recently, the two programs were merged to form a full-fledged academic department.

The department was set-up to help teach students of the department introductory biology and the best ways to develop and fabricate clinically certified and translatable devices and equipment for medical applications. This is done through the integration of knowledge of science, biology, medicine, and engineering centred system. The University offers a B.Eng. Biomedical Engineering degree

The above-mentioned institutions are just two of the other Universities in Nigeria that offers biological science courses such as the Federal University of Technology, Minna, Bell University of Technology, and the University of Nigeria Nsukka.

For more information on biological courses that one can study in Nigeria, check out the Superprof informative articles about concepts of forensic biology, duties of a microbiologist, and wildlife biology.

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Job Opportunities for a Biological Engineer. Source: Pixabay Image

Job Opportunities for People that Studied Biological Engineering

Bioengineering involves the application of concepts, knowledge, and approaches of most engineering courses to solve biological and healthcare-related problems.

Recent graduates of bioengineering or biomedical engineering are hot commodities in the Nigeria labour market as they don’t often spend much time looking for a job.

Career opportunities for individuals with bioengineering degrees are numerous as they can work both in the academic as a researcher, medical equipment manufacturers, private or government research institutes, and the healthcare sector.

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