WAEC and JAMB Subject for Biotechnology – Under Science

Last updated on March 1, 2021


This page contains official 2020/2021 WAEC and JAMB subject combination (admission requirements) for Biotechnology, including the List of Nigeria Universities Offering this Course, A level requirements and much more.


Course Biotechnology – Under Science
Qualification (B.Sc. & B. Tech)
How many years 3 – 4 Years
Who can study this couse Science student
Cut off mark Varies
Entrance Very Competitive
Related courses Biotechnology related courses
Job Availability High and Competitive


On this page, I will guide you on the required O level subject combination to study Biotechnology. if you are a returning visitor, you can skip reading repetitive paragraphs.


You must be a science student with a good background science subjects for you to study Biotechnology in Nigeria Universities, and that’s can only be possible if you meet admission requirements. This page literally covers answers to questions related to O level and A-level admission requirement.

That is, the WAEC subject combination (requirements), JAMB UTME subject combination (requirements), Direct Entry requirements, Special consideration (waivers) and the required screening documents for admission into Nigeria universities. In other to help you avoid having difficulties with getting admission in Nigeria Universities, we have some post that will be of benefit to you. You can ignore.


WAEC subject combination (requirements) for Biotechnology

You’re expected to have at least 5 credits on the required WAEC subject combination needed to study Biotechnology in Nigeria universities. These subjects combination are also applicable to other O’level exams such as NECO AND GCE. The O level requirement, that is, the required WAEC subject combination for Biotechnology must include:

  1. English Language
  2. Mathematics
  3. Biology
  4. Chemistry
  5. Physics
  6. A trade subject

These listed subjects are compulsory for anyone writing WAEC and other O level examinations. I will advise you to include a Language in your O level subjects. For the record, if you are one of those students seeking admission into any universities, college or polytechnics in Lagos State, Yoruba Language is compulsory for Biotechnology. So now that you know the compulsory O level subject requirement to study Biotechnology, let also look at JAMB UTME and Direct requirements.


JAMB UTME subject combination (requirements) for Biotechnology

The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) is a body responsible for your admission into the University or other institutions. Now I’m going to show you the compulsory JAMB subjects for Biotechnology that you must register (English must be included because it is compulsory even though it may not be listed among the JAMB subjects below), and I will honestly advise you to aim for a score of 200 and above in JAMB UTME instead of 180 to be on a safe side because anything short of that may deny you of Admission/Post UTME. Of course, if you have a score below 180, you can consider the College of Education or Polytechnic… Read how to answer and pass JAMB once.

Please note– If Mathematics is not listed among the Jamb subject on this post, then Mathematics is not compulsory for this course. JAMB is not the only option to gain admission into Nigerian Universities to study Biotechnology. If you’re having troubles with JAMB UTME, maybe it’s time you pass through IJBM, JUBEB, ND, HND or Predegree!..

 JAMB UTME subject combination to study Biotechnology must include:

  1. Biology
  2. Chemistry
  3. Any other Science subject


Direct Entry requirement (required A-level result) to study Biotechnology

If you’re one of those seeking admission into the University to further your studies, in addition to the required WAEC subjects combination for Biotechnology, you are expected to have Two ‘A’ level passes in Biology/Botany/Zoology and Chemistry or Physics


If you have your O level result already and the subjects you have is not the same with the admission requirement that is the required O level subject combinations to study Biotechnology, don’t give up. You should consider other Biotechnology similar courses or take a look at Polytechnic or College of Education related courses.

You can also study online with a foreign university right from your bedroom or apply for a scholarship to study abroad. Education is now a choice. And please before you make a decision on which University to choose, please read useful guides on how to choose a course and university

These are the list of Universities offering Biotechnology in Nigeria

  1. Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti – Ekiti State
  2. Bells University of Technology, Otta
  3. Crawford University Igbesa
  4. Elizade University, Ilara-Mokin
  5. Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State (FUD)
  6. Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO)
  7. Federal University of Technology, Akure
  8. Godfrey Okoye University, Ugwuomu-Nike – Enugu State
  9. Micheal & Cecilia Ibru University

I know some of you will start searching for the best university to study Biotechnology. Listen, I don’t encourage such but if you’re bent on knowing the best universities or top universities to study Biotechnology in Nigeria, Check here


Course description: Biotechnology means any technological application that uses biological systems or living organisms to make or modify products or processes for specific use. It refers to the use of microorganisms such as bacteria, yeasts, or biological substances such as enzymes, to perform specific industrial or manufacturing processes. Applications include production of certain drugs, synthetic hormones, and bulk foodstuffs as well as bioconversion of organic waste.

Bio- Technology is concerned with variety of subjects including Biochemistry, Genetics, Microbiology, Chemistry and Engineering. Biotechnology has wide areas of application in Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, development of Medicines and Vaccine, treatment of prolonged disease, pollution control and waste management and ecological conservation, energy production and conservation and many more.

Bio-Tech Engineers involves the use of medical processes such as getting organisms to produce new drugs, or using stem cells to regenerate damaged human tissues and re-grow entire organs.They also involves industrial processes such as the production of new chemicals or the development of new preservative that can be used for food storage.

Bio- Tech Engineers deal with medical devices, instruments used in hospitals & medical labs.
Bio Tech Engineers also deal with bioinformatics which involves the use applied mathematics, informatics, statistics, computer science, artificial intelligence, chemistry, and biochemistry.
Biotechnology experts develop a hybrid plants and involves such processes as the development of pest-resistant grains or the accelerated evolution of disease-resistant animals.


Where can I work with a Degree in Biotechnology 
A biotechnologist may find jobs in various quarters Students can explore job options in the following fields:

  • Drug and pharmaceutical research
  • Public funded laboratories
  • Chemicals
  • Environment control
  • Waste management
  • Energy
  • Food processing industries
  • Bio-processing industrie


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Cut-off Mark for Biotechnology course

As you can see, more than one University offers Biotechnology. This means the cut-off mark for Biotechnology varies. You can check these universities JAMB UTME cut off marks here. Biotechnology is a good course and you can also check the top best science courses. This should not influence you. Follow your heart or seek my counsel.


Biotechnology is how many years course?

In Nigeria, if you gain admission to study Biotechnology at the university through JAMB UTME, you will study Biotechnology for four years. If you gain admission through direct entry, you will study this course for three years. And of course there is room for more years if you have extension; the aftermath of carryover courses.


Biotechnology is under which faculty in Nigeria?

According to JAMB, a body responsible for your admission into the University or other institutions, Biotechnology is under the Faculty/School/College of Science but may be under a different faculty in some universities in Nigeria.


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Can a commercial or an art student study Biotechnology?

No! If you are a Commercial or an Art student, you cannot Biotechnology at the university because it is a pure science course which need a good background on science subjects. To avoid discouragement, you can go for this course if you wish provided you have the required subjects combination in your O level result. If you’re still in secondary school, you may find it difficult to change subjects to fit your desired course during WAEC registration because some schools may go against it.

Also, during WAEC or NECO registration make sure you know which subjects are been registered for you because some secondary schools are ignorant about the importance of O level requirements for university courses. Another alternative way to register the required subject combinations for Biotechnology is through GCE.

Learn more about Biotechnology

Special Consideration

Now I am confident that you know the compulsory subjects needed to study Biotechnology in WAEC. But note this — Some Universities may accept D7 or E8 in some a compulsory subject instead of Credit. And some may accept or reject two sittings. That is combinations of WAEC, NECO, or GCE results.

You will know more when you take a look at the special consideration (waiver) for Biotechnology below if available. Please take note that when you see Check, it simply means the special consideration for Biotechnology had been merge with a related course to save space. So it is advisable to click the link or search with the search bar….

Check Botany Admission Requirement

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2 thoughts on “WAEC and JAMB Subject for Biotechnology – Under Science”

  1. Pls can i study microbiology with this waec result?

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