Biotechnology - BT

The objective of training in the Bachelor's degree is to introduce to students the variety of processes that are carried out by micro-organisms, plants, and animals, and/or by their metabolic products. Those are all at the basis of technologies which are of particular economic, social, and ecological interest. Special attention is paid to the biotechnologies connected with the processing of various minerals (extraction of non-ferrous and precious metals and rare elements from ores, concentrations, and mineral wastes; removal of harmful substances from quartz sand, kaolin, bauxite, coal; improvement of the ceramic qualities of clayey minerals; stimulation of oil production); the purification of water and soils contaminated with heavy and radioactive metals, arsenic, and toxic organic substances; toxic and domestic waste processing; production of biogas; reclaiming of degraded landscapes and various types of ecosystem; improving soil fertility; enhancing soil-formation processes; biological diversity and sustainable development in natural and anthropogenic eco-systems. The graduates of this course of studies can be occupationally fulfilled as engineers and biotechnologists in the mining and energy branches of industry, in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries, in ecological biotechnology, agriculture, environmental protection, and eco-tourism.
Education in the Master's degree expands and broadens students' knowledge. This is facilitated by the opportunity to obtain specialised training in some of the above subjects through a suitable set of optional course units. Training in this degree also improves and enriches both students' knowledge in the fields of biotechnology and technical sciences and the practical skills of biotechnologists. This guarantees the effective preparation of highly-qualified personnel for work in the research area. The graduates of the course of study in Biotechnology can perform as engineers and biotechnologists in various branches of industry (power supply, geoexploration and mining activities, chemical industry, food processing industry, pharmaceutical industry), ecology, and environmental protection, in agriculture, and as experts in state institutions, non-governmental organisations, and commercial companies whose object of activity is in the area of biotechnology, and also as researchers in the field of applied biotechnology.