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- Course Descriptions
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The Biotechnology Program is an interdisciplinary major designed to provide academic, laboratory and research experiences to students with career interests in the biomedical sciences. The program serves as preparation for the pursuit of graduate degrees in biotechnology, molecular genetics, molecular biology, cellular biology, biochemistry and other related fields. It provides a strong academic program for students interested in further studies leading to careers in the medical professions. Graduates with the bachelor's degree may also seek jobs on the technician level in areas such as pharmaceutical, hospital and academic research laboratories. The Biotechnology major incorporates general courses in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, with upper level instruction in Biochemistry, Genetics and Biotechnology. The course of study emphasizes the structure, function and relationships of DNA, RNA and proteins in the regulation of gene expression. Methods used in teaching and research laboratories incorporate instruction and training on modern equipment employed in Biotechnology for processes such as gene cloning, DNA sequencing and RNA processing, with application to the improved analysis, diagnosis and treatment of inherited and acquired human diseases. Students interested in graduate studies are strongly advised to take Biology 320, Biology 415, Chemistry 234, 321, 322 and Mathematics 122 and 221. Biotechnology majors are strongly encouraged to participate in a research activity (e.g. independent study / research or co-op).
Major Discipline Requirements
|69.5 - 71.5|
I. Required Foundation Courses
|BIO201||Biological Principles I*||4|
|BIO202||Biological Principles II*||4|
|CHEM108||Principles of Chemistry I*||3.5|
|CHEM109||Principles of Chemistry I Laboratory*||1.5|
|CHEM111||Principles of Chemistry II||3.5|
|CHEM112||Principles of Chemistry II Laboratory||1.5|
|CHEM231||Organic Chemistry I||3|
|CHEM232||Techniques in Organic Chemistry I||2|
|CHEM233||Organic Chemistry II||3|
|MATH121||Analytic Geometry Calculus I*||4|
|PHYS113||Physics Laboratory I||1|
|PHYS114||Physics Laboratory II||1|
|PHYS115||College Physics I||4|
|PHYS116||College Physics II||4|
II. Biotechnology Requirements
|BIO301||Molecular Biology and Biotechnology||4|
|BTEC302||Theory and Methods in Biotechnology and Biopharmaceuticals||4|
|BTEC480||Theory and Experimentation in Biotechnology**||5|
|BTEC489||Special Topics in Biotechnology**||3|
III. Biotechnology Options
|Choose 7.5- 9.5 Credits chosen from the following:|
|BIO415||Biochemistry and Molecular Biology||2|
|BTEC350||Computational Biology and Molecular Design||3|
*These courses will satisfy both Pathways and Major requirements.
**Biotechnology 480 and Biotechnology 489 are the upper division WI courses in the Biotechnology major.
#Students interested in graduate studies are strongly advised to take Biology 320, Chemistry 234, 321, 322 and Mathematics 122 and 221.
+A research experience is strongly recommended.