CAO CODE: DC181 B.Sc. in Biotechnology (Bachelor Honours Degree) Contact: Dr Thecla Ryan, email@example.com Tel: +353 1 700 5394 Room: X2-07 Applying Biology to improve the quality of human life. Biotechnology is making significant contributions to the world we live in and global society as a whole. By studying the components of living cells, we can learn how to control, fix and modify them to our benefit. This knowledge is already leading to the creation and manufacture of products that help in the diagnosis and treatment of disease (e.g. the production of antibiotics, insulin, and other genetically engineered medicines such as safer recombinant vaccines), and the provision of services to areas like healthcare, food, agriculture, energy and the environment. A biotechnologist finds new and innovative solutions to problems encountered in society or finds better, more acceptable ways of doing and producing things. Such a person needs a good fundamental grasp of the biochemistry underlying biological systems, and a good knowledge of the exciting innovations occurring in genetics, immunology and bioinformatics. To understand how solutions then progress to a commercial industrial scale, you will also need a good basic understanding of the underlying physical and chemical engineering principles pertaining to living cells.