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How is Biology different from Biotechnology and Food Engineering?

Biology seeks to uncover the mysteries of life and to understand the mechanisms and principles that allow it to exist. Biology is a science that studies all the processes of life in the world, from molecular processes that occur in microorganisms to developmental and pathogenic processes in the body, including the relationships between organisms and their environments.
The purpose of the undergraduate studies is to arouse curiosity and reveal some of the tremendous potential that lies in life sciences; this is achieved through a combination of theoretical courses, seminars, and laboratory work, as well as personal mentoring projects in advanced research labs for outstanding students.

The main difference between biology and biotechnology is that biology is a science, while biotechnology concentrates on the industrial side. While Biology is a three-year degree which focuses on major questions and discoveries and the study of complex systems, Engineering is a four-year degree with an emphasis on developing technological solutions.

For example, at the Faculty of Biotechnology students learn various aspects of food technology and engineering, packaging, industrial planning and control, and functional foods.

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How is Biology different from Biochemical (Chemical) Engineering?

While Biology is a three-year degree which focuses on major questions and discoveries and the study of complex systems, Engineering is a four-year degree with an emphasis on developing technological solutions. For example, Biochemical Engineering students learn about engineering and handling chemical materials, and are trained to become chemical engineers who additionally have understanding of biological processes. Their studies also include more math and physics courses.

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How is Biology different from Biomedical Engineering?

While Biology is a three-year degree which focuses on major questions and discoveries and the study of complex systems, Engineering is a four-year degree with an emphasis on developing technological solutions. For example, Biomedical Engineering concentrates on developing diagnostic tools and medical devices. Therefore, it might appeal to students who are interested in learning how to develop and maintain medical and lab equipment such as radiograms, monitors, surgical equipment, auxiliary equipment for patients, prosthetics, and more.

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What are my options after graduation?
  • Research at academic and research institutions in Israel and abroad:
    Postgraduate studies followed by a career in science (Master’s degree or four-year medical school).
    Working at research labs, universities, colleges, or government organizations
  • Working in the Life Science industry: Biotech and biopharmaceutical industries, startups, ecology, diagnostic and pharmaceutical companies, biodata, medical devices.
  • Working in medical labs and public organizations: Hospitals and healthcare organizations, forensic labs, patent offices, genetic testing, development of diagnostic tests.
  • Teaching – You can obtain a teaching certificate along with your degree (through the Faculty of Education in Science and Technology). Primary and secondary schools, training and instruction centers.
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