Higher Education Opportunities in the Field of Biological Sciences

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Prof. M.J.S. Wijeyaratne
Vice-Chancellor and Senior Professor of Zoology
University of Kelaniya

Summary of the presentation made at the Seminar organized by Institue of Biology and Young Biologists Association, Sri Lanka on 23 April 2007 at Auditorium of the National Museum, Colombo 7.

Passing G.C.E. (A. L.) Examination is essential for Higher education. Probability of passing G.C.E. (A.L) Examination is higher among Biological Science students than among Physical Science students.

Subject

No. Sat

No. & % failed

No. & % Passed

Biology

35513

7552 (21 %)

27961 (79 %)

Combined Mathematics

25060

11584 (46 %)

13476 (54 %)

Biological Science intake (2007)

  • Medicine (P,R,C,K,SJP,Jf,Rj) 1155
  • Dental Surgery (P) 77
  • Veterinary Science (P) 75
  • Agricultural Technology Mgmt (P) 200
  • Agriculture (R,Rj,Sb,Wy) 595
  • Food Sc. & Nutrition (W) 80
  • Food Sc. & Tech. (P,SJP,S) 85
  • Ayurvedic Medicine (C,K) 200
  • Siddha Medicine (Jf) 50
  • Unani Medicine (C) 35
  • Biological Sc. (K P,R,C,SJP,Es,Jf) 925
  • Applied Science -Bio. Sc. (Sb,Rj,J) 145
  • Environmental Conservation & Mgmt (K) 50
  • Medical laboratory Science (P,SJP,Jf) 60
  • Radiography (P) 35
  • Health Promotion (Rj) 35
  • Nursing (P,SJP,Jf) 105
  • Pharmacy (P,SJP,Jf) 75
  • Physiotherapy (C,P) 60
  • Molecular Biology & Biochemistry (C) 60
  • Marine and Fisheries Science (R) 60
  • Animal Science (U) 45
  • Export agriculture (U) 45
    TOTAL 4252

Both Biological science and Physical Science students can follow following courses:

  • Law (C,Jf) 200
  • Built Environment (M) 55
  • Design (Architecture) (M) 40
  • Peace and Conflict Resolution (K) 35
  • Management Studies (T,V) 150 X 40 % 60
  • Information Technology (M) 100
  • Management & IT (K) 50
  • Textile & Clothing Design (M) 40
  • Town and Country Planning (M) 50
  • Information and Communication Tech. (C,Rj,Jf) 205
  • Science &Technology (U) 45
  • Computer Science and Technology (U) 45
  • Entrepreneurship & Management (U) 35

TOTAL 955

If 50% of these places are filled by Biological Science students, a total of 478 will get admitted. Then the total number of those who did Biology that will get admitted is 4252 + 478 = 4730
The Open University

If you are not selected to a conventional University, then you can enroll at the Open University of Sri Lanka to follow the B.Sc. Degree.
Subjects offered: Botany, Zoology and Chemistry. Even you can follow a B.Sc. Special degree course.

Admission requirements for Open University courses are 3 passes in G.C.E. A/L examination. However, if you havent got 3 passes, then you can follow the Foundation Level Courses and get admitted to the B.Sc. Degree programme.
Subjects offered in the University
There are many subjects offered in the Universities in addition to Botany, Zoology and Chemistry.
These subjects are

  • Molecular Biology & Biotechnology
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology and Plant Biotechnology
  • Fisheries Biology
  • Nutrition
  • Computer Studies
  • Microbiology
  • Forestry
  • Environmental Science
  • Food Science
  • Aquaculture
  • Natural Resources

Even in the traditional subjects such as Botany and Zoology, the syllabi are now changed to suit the present day demands.
Subjects that are offered under the subject of Zoology

  • Environmental Science
  • Fisheries Biology
  • Entomology
  • Nematology
  • Aquaculture
  • Genetics

Subjects that are offered under the subject of Botany

  • Horticulture
  • Tissue Culture
  • Export agriculture
  • Silviculture
  • Plant Biotechnology

The course modules that can be offered by Biological Science students in addition to main subjects

  • Management
  • Computer Studies
  • Personality development
  • Communication skills development
  • English


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