The course consists of four semesters, each with a focal theme :

The first year comprising two semesters is extensively field oriented and the second year is lab intensive.

The first semester is devoted to taxonomy and diversity of various life forms and emphasizes on basic techniques of exploration of diversity.

Second semester focuses on natural history and is supplemented adequately with quantitative techniques in biology and ecology. Human ecology component which forms the key component in shaping up of natural systems has also been included here. This semester also includes important aspects such as Environmental Pollution and Climate Change that impact Biodiversity.

First and second semesters together emphasize on conceptual as well as empirical knowledge of the ways in which natural systems work.

The first two semesters can make a good naturalist and ecologist.

Third and fourth semester will expose students to various facets of environment, conservation and utilization of bioresources.

These two semester will help students understand the holistic approach towards assessing potential of bioresources and protection of natural resource base. Topics like Environmental laws & awareness form the core of the third semester. Dissertation & understanding research methodology is a vital component. Natural systems (Biodiversity), being dynamic, possess very high seasonality component. Several of the projects are directed to field level research.

Applied aspects like application of Molecular tools in Biodiversity and bioprospecting related subjects are dealt in the last semester. This semester will also expose students to modern techniques like RS-GIS and Wild Life Photography

Dissertation and understanding research methodology is a vital component. Natural systems (Biodiversity), being dynamic, possess very high seasonality component. Several of the projects are directed to field level research and need considerable time to be spent in the field.

Students shall attempt core/compulsory courses (TC) and some noncore/ optional courses (TNC) for theory and compulsory courses for Practical in the respective semesters. See detailed syllabus for further information.


Detail course structure of M.Sc. – Part I & II


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Name of the Subject



Semester I

BD - TC 101
Introduction to Plant and Animal Taxonomy and Diversity


BD - TC 102
Microbial Diversity and Molecular Biology 4 Core
BD - TC 103
Introduction to Ecology and Biodiversity Management 4 Core
BD - PC 111 Practical Taxonomy and Diversity: Field Methods 4 Core
BD - PC 112 Practical Taxonomy and Diversity: Lab Methods 4 Core

Semester II

BD – TC 201
Research Methodology and Quantitative Biology 4 Core
BD – TC 202 Theory Population Ecology and Evolutionary Biology 4 Core
BD – TNC 203 Theory Biogeography 4 Non Core
BD – TNC 204 Environmental Journalism and Media 4 Non Core
BD – PC 211 Practical Quantitative and Field Techniques in Ecology 4 Core
BD – PC 212 Practical Biodiversity Internship 4 Core
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Semester III

BD - TC 301 Theory Scientific Communication and Biostatistics 4 Core
BD - TNC 302 Theory Wildlife and Conservation Biology 4 Non Core
BD - TNC 303 Theory Introduction to environment laws and policies 4 Non Core
BD - TNC 304 Theory Agrobiodiversity and Livestock diversity 4 Non Core
BD – PC 311 Practical Quantitative techniques and GIS 4 Core
BD – PC 312 Practical Dissertation 4 Core

Semester IV

BD - TC 401 Theory Chemical Diversity 4 Core
BD - TNC 402 Theory Bioinformatics and Phylogenetics 4 Non Core
BD - TNC 403 Theory Socio-economic Aspects of Biodiversity 4 Non Core
BD - TNC 404 Theory Environment Management and Restoration 4 Non Core
BD – PC 411 Practical Bioactivity of Secondary Metabolites and Bioinformatics 4 Core
BD – PC 412 Practical Dissertation 4 Core
Total Credits   40  

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Thus with a previous background of field knowledge and laboratory techniques complemented with scientific communication, the entire course tends to make the right kind of biologists that can translate the potential of country’s Biodiversity into actual wealth.