Biotechnology Engineering

Where advanced research and industrial innovation take place

The curriculum brings together exact and biological sciences courses and an approach that advocates quality of life and environmental protection

** Double Degree

At the beginning of the decade, there were only a few biotechnology companies. From then on, there has been a fast expansion of the field, which has led to a shortage of qualified professionals to manage such progress in a sustainable and ethical way.

The main fields in which a biotechnology engineer may work are: the biomedical sector (where vaccines and new diagnostic methods are developed); the pharmaceutical industry; the agribusiness (where professionals may work with cattle production improvement, bio pesticide development, and vegetable biotechnological improvement); the food industry (in production processes involving bacteria, fungi, and enzymes); environmental sanitation and control; bioinformatics; biomaterials; animal and vegetable cloning; and GM food production.

A professional in this area, therefore, may work both in the industry and research. Within the former, he may develop equipment, design industrial plants, work in quality control, create new technologies and biomolecules, and provide environmental solutions.

As a researcher, the graduate may work in bioengineering, especially in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Physiology, Transgenesis, and Bioinformatics. UNESP offers the Biotechnology Engineering major at the campus located in Assis. The university enables professionals to operate and develop technologies that may serve several industrial sectors and research institutions. Besides providing students with solid technical knowledge, the curriculum also gives them a great understanding of the integration between progress and environmental preservation and the importance of quality of life.

The major is divided into three branches: a basic (that includes subjects such as Differential and Integral Calculus, Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science, and Cell Biology); a professionalizing (which includes studies in Microbiology, Immunology, Physiology, Parasitology, Food Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, Thermodynamics, and Unit Operations); and a specific (that focus on subjects such as Bioethics, Biotechnology Projects Planning, Bioprocess Engineering Projects, Phytotherapic Products Technology, Animal Biotechnology and Enzymology, and Fermentation Technology).

Students are encouraged to attend conferences related to the field as a way of professional improvement. They may also take part in supervised internships and take some courses in foreign universities through several partnerships between UNESP and other institutions.

After graduating, the engineer will be able to coordinate entire work teams, perform analysis of technical and economic viability, implement and supervise technical projects and services, and perform supervisions and evaluations, providing technical reports afterwards. While doing his job, the biotechnology engineer will always take ethical, security, and environmental issues into account.

Where to study - Cities

Campus Period No. of Seats Duration
Assis Morning and Afternoon 45 5 years


Faculdade de Ciências e Letras - FCL

Av. Dom Antonio, 2100
Assis - SP - CEP 19806-900
Phone: (55) 18 3302-5800
Fax: (55) 18 3302-5804