Biotechnology (BS)

Arts and Sciences
HEGIS Number: 0499

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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).


Biotechnology BS


Major Discipline Requirements

69.5 - 71.5 

I. Required Foundation Courses

BIO201Biological Principles I* 
BIO202Biological Principles II* 
CHEM108Principles of Chemistry I* 3.5 
CHEM109Principles of Chemistry I Laboratory* 1.5 
CHEM111Principles of Chemistry II 3.5 
CHEM112Principles of Chemistry II Laboratory 1.5 
CHEM231Organic Chemistry I 
CHEM232Techniques in Organic Chemistry I 
CHEM233Organic Chemistry II 
MATH121Analytic Geometry Calculus I*@ 
PHYS113Physics Laboratory I 
PHYS114Physics Laboratory II 
PHYS115College Physics I 
PHYS116College Physics II 

II. Biotechnology Requirements

BIO301Molecular Biology and Biotechnology 
BTEC302Theory and Methods in Biotechnology and Biopharmaceuticals 
BTEC480Theory and Experimentation in Biotechnology** 
BTEC489Special Topics in Biotechnology** 

III. Biotechnology Options

Choose 7.5- 9.5 Credits chosen from the following: 
BIO320Cell Biology 4.5 
BIO415Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 
BIO444Genetics 4.5 
BIO452Developmental Biology 4.5 
BIO465Microbiology 4.5 
BIO466Immunology 4.5 
BTEC350Computational Biology and Molecular Design 

Total credits required for the biotechnology major: 69.5-71.5

Total Core Curriculum credits 25-42

Total free elective credits 6.5-25.5

Total credits for the BS in Biotechnology 120

* These courses can also be taken to satisfy Core Curriculum requirements.

** BTEC 480 and BTEC 489 are the upper division WI courses in the major.

@ Students that do not place directly into MATH 121 may need to take up to 8 credits of MATH prerequisites, MATH 120 (4 credits) and/or (MATH 102 (1 credit) or MATH 104 (3 credits) or MATH 115 (4 credits)). Those courses subtract from the free-electives total. Students that elect to take MATH 104 or MATH 115 as pre-requisites for MATH 120 risk exceeding 120 credits in the completion of their major.

NOTE: Students interested in graduate studies are strongly advised to take BIO 320, CHEM 234, 321, 322 and MATH122 and 221. Research experience is also strongly recommended.

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