Biotechnology is broadly defined as the application of principles of molecular and cell science to the production of biologically important or industrially useful products. Topics in biotechnology include genetic engineering, pharmaceutical development, and bio-manufacturing.
Students in the Biotechnology major will
- acquire a strong foundation in the life and chemical sciences,
- learn how fundamental science is applied to problems through biotechnology,
- develop basic laboratory skills, perform standard techniques, work with state-of-the-art instrumentation, describe and evaluate analytical methodology used in biotechnology, and
- become familiar with societal concerns and governmental regulations regarding the biotechnology industry.
One very important strength of this major is the extensive laboratory experience each student receives. In the General option, students are very strongly encouraged to consider Cooperative Education with industry as an integral part of their curriculum. In addition to the General option in Biotechnology, the major also offers the Clinical Laboratory Science option.
The General Option (GEN) of the Biotechnology major requires a strong foundation in the sciences and builds on that foundation with courses that teach many of the specialized culture, genetic and molecular techniques used in the biotechnology/ biopharmaceutical industries. The heart of the General Option consists of a lecture course in industrial microbiology and two laboratory courses that teach students how to initiate and maintain cell cultures and genetically modify animal and plant cells. A third laboratory course introduces students to the use of biofermentors and to the team approach that many industries use to develop new products for commercialization. Students who graduate from the General Option of the Biotechnology major quickly find employment in the industrial sector and discover that their undergraduate preparation makes the transition from student to employee quite easy.
- Graduates will have and be able to communicate an understanding of biotechnology sufficient to qualify for entry-level positions as industrial scientists or for graduate schools.
- Graduates will develop basic laboratory skills and be familiar with the standard techniques and equipment used in the modern biotechnology laboratory.
- Graduates will generate and interpret data with subsequent application to the solution of novel problems in biotechnology.
- Graduates will identify career opportunities and professional and ethical issues that concern scientists in the biotechnology field.
Requirements to Enter the Major
Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better and must complete Chem 110, 111, 112, and Math 140 with a grade of C or better.
Requirements to Graduate
To graduate, students must meet all three of the following requirements:
- 2.0 cumulative GPA.
- a grade of C or better in two of the following three courses: BMB/Micrb 251, BMB/Micrb 252 & Micrb 201.
- 400-level Biotc/Micrb/BMB lecture courses (for Biotc majors).
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