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Biotechnology Program

Mission Statement

In cooperation with the Department of Integrated Science and Technology and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, the Department of Biology offers a four-year, cross disciplinary B.S. degree program for a major in biotechnology. Students majoring in biotechnology will be prepared to either enter the biotechnology workforce or pursue graduate education in a wide array of fields including medical, agricultural or industrial biotechnology. Fields of research in biotechnology include applied molecular biology, bioinformatics and genomics.

Biotechnology majors must complete 47-50 credit hours of science foundation courses, 17 credit hours of biotechnology transition and core courses, and 15 credit hours of elective courses. Students may not receive dual credit toward the biotechnology major for 300- and 400-level biology courses that are applied toward the biology major. Biotechnology majors are not eligible for the biochemistry and molecular biology minor.

Degree and Major Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology

Degree Requirements      

Credit Hours

General Education1

            41

Quantitative requirement2

            3

Scientific Literacy requirement2

            3-4

Major requirements (listed below) and electives

            79


 

            126

1 The General Education program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary.

2 In addition to General Education.

Major Requirements

Science Foundation Courses          

Credit Hours

BIO 140. Foundations of Biology I

            4

BIO 150. Foundations of Biology II

            4

BIO 240. Genetics

            4

BIO 250. Ecology and Evolution

            4

CHEM 131+132. General Chemistry I-II

            6

CHEM 131L+132L. General Chemistry Lab I-II

            2

CHEM 241+242. Organic Chemistry Lecture I-II

            6

CHEM 242L. Organic Chemistry Lab

            2

PHYS 140+140L-150+150L. College Physics I-II + Labs

            8

Choose one of the following sets of courses:

           

MATH 231. Calculus with Functions I

            3

MATH 232. Calculus with Functions II

            3

or MATH 235 Calculus I

            4

Choose one of the following courses:

           

MATH 220. Elementary Statistics

            3

MATH 285. Data Analysis

            4


 

            47-50

 

Biotechnology Transition and Core Courses              

Credit Hours

BIOT 260. Biotechnology Seminar

            1

ISAT 305. Biotechnology Lab

            1

ISAT 451. Biotechnology in Industry and Agriculture

            3

ISAT 456. Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of Biotechnology

            3

CHEM 361. Biochemistry I

            3

CHEM 366L. Biochemistry Lab

            2

BIO 480. Advanced Molecular Biology

            4


 

            17

 

Biotechnology Elective Courses    

Credit Hours

Select 15 credit hours:

           

BIO 316. Principles of Animal Development

            4

BIO 324. Human Genetics

            3

BIO/MATH 342. Mathematical Models in Biology

            3

BIO 343. Immunology

            3

BIO 343L. Immunology Laboratory

            1

BIO 348. Medical Microbiology

            3

BIO 348L. Medical Microbiology Lab

            1

BIO 364. Human Uses of Plants

            3

BIO 364L. Lab in Human Uses of Plants

            1

BIO 370. Animal Physiology

            4

BIO 380. General Microbiology

            4

BIO 416. Human Embryology

            4

BIO 420. Medical Parasitology

            3

BIO 420L. Medical Parasitology Lab

            1

BIO 444. Virology

            3

BIO 445. Neurobiology

            4

BIO 451. Current Topics in Human Development and Evolution

            3

BIO 454. Introduction to Biometrics

            4

BIO 455. Plant Physiology

            4

BIO 460. Plant Biotechnology

            4

BIO 465. Environmental Toxicology

            4

BIO 466. Toxicology Seminar

            3

BIO 472. Human Metabolism

            3

BIO 475. Advanced Cell Biology

            3

BIO 481. Genomics

            4

BIO 482. Human Histology

            4

BIO 490. Biomechanics

            4

CHEM 270. Inorganic Chemistry I

            3

CHEM 331. Physical Chemistry I

            3

CHEM 336L. Applied Physical Chemistry Lab

            2

CHEM 351. Analytical Chemistry

            4

CHEM 352. Instrumental Analysis

            3

CHEM 352L. Instrumental Analysis Lab

            2

CHEM 362. Biochemistry II

            3

CHEM 440. Intermediate Organic Chemistry

            3

CHEM 445. Polymer Chemistry

            4

ISAT 450. Biotechnology and the Environment

            3

ISAT 452. Medical Biotechnology

            3

ISAT 454. Computer Applications in Biotechnology

            3

ISAT 455. Regulatory Issues in Biotechnology

            3

ISAT 457. Business of Biotechnology

            3

ISAT 459. Awareness and Understanding of Chemical, Biological and Radiological Weapons of Mass Destruction

            3

MATH 318. Introduction to Probability and Statistics

            4

MATH 321. Analysis of Variance and Experimental Design

            3

MATH 322. Applied Linear Regression

            3

MATH 421. Applied Multivariate Statistical Analysis

            3

Other 300- and 400-level courses may meet the requirement but permission must be sought from the program director.

Students are highly encouraged to include academic credit for research, up to 8 credits of which may be applied to the elective requirement.

Recommended Schedule for Majors

First semester, first year biotechnology majors are encouraged to start with a 14-15 hour course load. This will generally include a biology course (four credit hours), CHEM 131 and CHEM 131L, and/or a math course, plus General Education. The work load will then be increased in the second semester based on the level of success during the first semester.

First Year             

Credit Hours

BIO 140. Foundations of Biology I

            4

BIO 150. Foundations of Biology II

            4

CHEM 131+CHEM 131L. General Chemistry I1

            4

CHEM 132+CHEM 132L. General Chemistry II

            4

Quantitative course1

            4-6

General Education: Cluster One

            9


 

            29-31

1 Fulfills General Education: Cluster Three.

Second Year        

Credit Hours

BIOT 260. Biotechnology Seminar

            1

ISAT 305. Biotechnology Lab

            1

BIO 240. Genetics

            4

BIO 250. Ecology and Evolution

            4

CHEM 241+242. Organic Chemistry Lecture

            6

CHEM 242L. Organic Chemistry Laboratory

            2

Quantitative course

            3-4

General Education: from Clusters Two, Four and Five

            9


 

            30-31

 

Third Year            

Credit Hours

CHEM/BIO 361+CHEM 366L. Biochemistry Lab

            5

BIO 480. Advanced Molecular Biology

            4

Biotechnology Electives

            4

Physics courses

            8

General Education: from Clusters Two, Four and Five

            7

Electives

            4


 

            32

 

Fourth Year         

Credit Hours

ISAT 456. Social and Ethical Issues

            3

ISAT 451. Biotechnology in Industry

            3

Biotechnology Electives

            11

General Education: from Clusters Two, Four and Five

            6

Electives

            6


 

            29