About the Bachelor Program of Biotechnology and Food Nutrition

Bachelor Program of Biotechnology and Food Nutrition

    With today’s rapid development in agriculture, biotechnology and food science have become one of the important disciplines that lead the global economic development and are required in a wide range of fields. Modern agricultural biotechnology, which integrates genomics, genetics, high throughput data analysis, and newly developed technologies, including phenomics and artificial intelligence, to cope with livestock production, crop breeding, food processing, and agricultural production management, is a multidisciplinary science with great potential. It is of critical importance to food security and safety caused by global climate change and population increase. The disciplinary of food and nutrition, which involves "food technology" and "food nutrition", covers professional food processing, food chemistry and food microbiology, so as to provide consumers with products that are nutritious, healthy, and of good food quality and safety; whereas it comprises basic nutrients in food and their physiological functions, as well as the nutritional needs of individuals in different life stages and how to coordinate disease treatment and nutritional care through dietary therapy.

    The Program focuses on these two important core fields: Agricultural biotechnology and food nutrition, in hope of fostering new generation of talents in a cross- and inter-disciplinary fields.

    To cultivate students' professional ability, enhance new knowledge of science and technology and cross-disciplinary concepts, and raise the awareness of internationalization, the Program has designed the curriculum in basic disciplines such as biotechnology, omics (including genomics, proteomics, transcriptomics and metabolomics), bioinformatics, food nutrition, food processing, and food chemistry. With the rich teaching resources from various departments of College of Bioresources and Agriculture, students are trained to be equipped with professional knowledge of genetic technology, precision breeding, smart agriculture, precision nutrition, food engineering, etc., as well as comprehensive literacy such as cross-disciplinary research and development concepts and international vision.

The length of study for this bachelor's degree is generally 4 years. To meet the graduation requirement, it requests students to take 128 credits in total which include:
12 credits of general compulsory courses (Mandarin 6 credits; Foreign Language/English 6 credits; Advanced English I & II 0 credits)
15 credits of liberal education courses;
45 credits of  general compulsory courses set by the program;
36 credits of  specialized elective subjects (must choose from the program)

General Compulsory Courses and Liberal Education Courses 
These courses will be implemented in accordance with school regulations.
Refer to the website for more information about [General Compulsory Courses] and [Liberal Education Courses]http://coursemap.aca.ntu.edu.tw/course_map_all/english/ge.php.htm

General Compulsory Courses Set by the Program

Grade 1: General Chemistry (C) (3 credits); Chemistry Experiment (1 credit);  General Biology  (b)(1) (2 credits);  Calculus 1 (2 credits); Calculus 2 (2 credits); Introduction to Nutrition and Food (2 credits);  General Biology  (b)(2) (2 credits); Organic Chemistry (3 credits); Organic Chemistry Lab. (1 credit); Microbiology (3 credits); Introduction of Biotechnology (2)
Grade 2: Statistics (1) (3 credits); Biochemistry (a)(1) (2 credits);  Introduction to Food Processing (2 credits); Biochemistry (a)(2) (2 credits); Agriculture of Taiwan (2 credits); Genetics (3 credits); 
Grade 3: Biotechnology Core Techniques (4 credits); 
Seminar (I) (1 credit); Special Research (I)  (1  credit )
Grade 4: Seminar (II) (1 credit); Special Research (II) (1  credit )

Future career
This program aims to foster professionals in agricultural biotechnology and food nutrition with comprehensive knowledge in biotechnology and food nutrition expertise, interdisciplinary research and development concepts, technology ethics, and international perspectives. The industry scope of future employment is as follows (according to the statistics by the Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics, Executive Yuan):

*Food and feed manufacturing: engaged in the processing of agricultural, forestry, fishery, and animal husbandry products into food and feed, such as the processing and preservation of meat, aquatic products and fruits and vegetables, animal and vegetable oils and fats, dairy products, grain milling, flour milling and starch Manufacture of products and animal feed.
*Beverage manufacturing industry: the industry engaged in beverage manufacturing.
*Fertilizer and nitrogen compound manufacturing: the industry engaged in the manufacture of chemical fertilizers and nitrogen compounds, such as nitrogen fertilizers, phosphate fertilizers, potash fertilizers, urea, natural phosphates, natural potassium salts and ammonia water, nitrates, potassium nitrates, soil conditioners and organic fertilizers. Manufacture of related products.
*Pesticide and environmental medicine manufacturing industry: engaged in the manufacture of agricultural and environmental medicines, such as insecticides, acaricides, rodenticides, fungicides, herbicides, germination inhibitors, plant growth regulators, disinfectants, and pollution control medicines, Environmental medicine microbial preparations, etc.
Pharmaceutical and medical chemical products manufacturing industry: engaged in the manufacturing of raw materials, western medicines, medical biological products, traditional Chinese medicines, and medical chemical products.
*Environmental testing service industry: an industry engaged in physical, chemical and biological testing services for air, water, soil, and other environmental quality.

Faculty members and their expertise
This website is still under construction. For details on professors of the Bachelor Program, please refer to the websites of
The Institute of Biotechnology (https://iob.ntu.edu.tw/en/faculty/full)
The Institute of Food Science and Technology (https://www.fst.ntu.edu.tw/zh_tw/Facultymembers/Full_time)