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Courses in Biology After 12th Except MBBS


There are plenty of students who opt for biology in their class 11th and 12th but they do not intend on pursuing MBBS as their career option. Without pursuing MBBS, students can remain in the medical field by opting for courses like Veterinary doctor, Nurse, Dietician, etc.

There are plenty of job opportunities for students who pursue courses in biology like Junior Scientists, Research Associates, Dietician, Drug Inspector, Neurobiologist, and much more. Let us explore a range of different courses which require biology as a subject and are not MBBS.

Top 10 Courses After 12th in Biology

Choosing biology in classes 11th and 12th gives a comprehensive understanding of life and human interaction with the environment. The study of biology involves both practical and theoretical understanding of all sorts of life on the planet.

Following is the list of top 10 courses in Biology that can be pursued after 12th for a better career prospect:

  1. Bachelor in Biotechnology
  2. Bachelor of Pharmacy
  3. Bachelor of Veterinary Sciences
  4. Bachelors in Neuroscience
  5. Bachelors in Microbiology
  6. Bachelors in Food Technology
  7. BSc in Nutritional Biology
  8. BSc in Occupational Therapy
  9. BSc in Nursing
  10. Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery

Bachelor in Biotechnology

BSc in Biotechnology or B. Tech in Biotechnology are the two bachelor's degrees that can be pursued with biotechnology being the major subject. The major concepts covered in this course include chemistry, biology, biomathematics, biophysics, microbiology, genetics, and much more.

The course intends to improve the knowledge of the students about concepts like cellular and bi-molecular processes while studying them with the help of various technologies.

Course Fees: INR 50,000 - INR 10 Lakhs per annum

Course Duration: 3-4 years

Career Scope: Pharmaceuticals, Healthcare, Agriculture, Environmental Science, Bioprocessing industries Lab Technician, Biotech Researcher, Clinical Research Associate, Quality Assurance Officer, etc.

Bachelor of Pharmacy

B. Pharma course is based on pharmaceutical sciences and deals with medicinal chemistry, drugs, medicines, and pharmaceutical engineering. Admission to this course is usually done based on class 12th scores however, other entrance test scores may also be considered. Important subjects of class 12th like chemistry and biology are put to use when students pursue this course, and it can make the students earn a decent amount of INR 2.5-8 LPA.

Course Fees: INR 40,000 - INR 1 Lakhs per annum

Course Duration: 4 years/ 3 years (Lateral Entry)

Career Scope: licensed pharmacist, patient counsellor, drug informatics specialist, drug inspector, quality control, etc.

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Bachelor of Veterinary Sciences

The course of Bachelor of Veterinary Sciences deals with the study of animal husbandry and veterinary sciences. It teaches the students about ways to nourish the animals, their treatment, prevention, and diagnosis of various animal diseases, and much more.

To be eligible for admission in this course, students with biology in class 12 must secure at least 50% marks from any recognised board. Students who have cleared recognised entrance exams for Veterinary courses such as ICAR AIEEA, CG PAT, NEET, etc., can also apply for colleges that offer courses in the Veterinary science disciplines where admissions are conducted based on merit. Students with this degree can make on an average of INR 5 LPA, and their maximum salary can range up to INR 10 LPA considering it is a high-in-demand job in India.

Course Fees: INR 1-1.5 Lakhs per annum

Course Duration: 5.5 years

Career Scope: Animal research, Pharmaceuticals, Food Safety, Veterinarian, wildlife veterinarian, animal welfare advocate, public health veterinarian, Academia.

Bachelors in Neuroscience

A Bachelor in Neuroscience degree focuses on the in-depth study of the human nervous system and to be eligible for admission in this course, students with a biology background must secure at least 45% in the 10+2 level.

The study of this course includes topics like neurophysiology, neuroscience, microbiology, embryology, neuroanatomy, and much more. The study of neuroscience has a wide career scope across different sectors and it attracts a salary of INR 2 - 16 LPA for a graduate.

Course Fees: INR 2-4 Lakhs per annum

Course Duration: 3-4 years

Career Scope: Pharmacist, Neurosurgeon, research scientist, public health advisor, neuropsychologist, medical technician, forensic science technician, etc.

Bachelors in Microbiology

Biology students can pursue their undergraduate in microbiology which deals with the enhanced study of microorganisms like bacteria, viruses, fungi, protozoa, medical microbiology, environmental microbiology, industrial microbiology, microbial genetics, Immunology, Virology etc.

To acquire eligibility for admission under this course, the students must have passed class 12th with a minimum of 55-60% marks in subjects like Physics, Chemistry, and Biology.

Course Fees: INR 4,000 - INR 2 Lakhs per annum

Course Duration: 2-3 years

Career Scope: microbiologist, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, food and beverage industry, healthcare, and academia, research scientist, medical laboratory technologist, science writer, and much more.

Bachelors in Food Technology

A degree in food technology covers the concepts related to the preservation of food, its processing, and manufacturing. Under this course, the curriculum covers the chemical breakdown of food, its preservation, packaging, and storage. The average salary of a graduate in food technology is INR 3.8 LPA and can vary depending on personal skills. To get admission to this course, students are required to be from a science background with Biology as one of their core subjects and obtain at least 50% marks in their 10+2. Some colleges conduct their own entrance exams and admit students who have cleared exams through CUET UG.

Course Fees: INR 40,000 - INR 1.5 Lakhs per annum

Course Duration: 3 years

Career Scope: food safety officer, food research and development, food processing industries, regulatory agencies, and food product marketing, food quality control analyst, production manager, biochemist, food specialist, etc.

BSc in Nutritional Biology

This undergrad course deals with the relationship between food and body and provides knowledge about nutrition, principles of dietetics, etc. To get admission under this course, students must secure at least 50% marks in their Class 12 with one of the core subjects being Biology or Life Sciences.

An undergraduate in nutritional biology can earn an average of INR 3.4 LPA, as the course has a wide scope in medical institutions, hospitals, clinics, etc.

Course Fees: INR 1-5 Lakhs per annum

Course Duration: 3 years

Career Scope: Clinical Nutritionist, sports nutrition, Food product development, Nutrition counselling, Food Scientist, Nutrition Educator, Dietician, Food Researcher, Public Health Nutritionist, etc.


To conclude, there are a plethora of course options that are available for students who are not interested in MBBS but have Biology as a subject in class 12th. By pursuing these courses, as mentioned above, students who do not wish to be doctors can remain in the medical field and build a successful career. If you want to explore more about the different courses offered, reach out to our counsellors at AECC today!

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