Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology

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Improve Lives through Science

Marked by rapidly changing technologies, techniques, and applications, biotechnology is one of the region’s most exciting and fastest-growing industries. Whether your interest lies in research and development, manufacturing, testing, or quality assurance, a Bachelor of Science degree in Biotechnology can help get you on your way.

Built on a solid foundation in biology and chemistry, this innovative bachelor's degree program includes studies in biology, biotechnology, genomics, and proteomics, upstream and downstream processing, and quality control and validation. Upon graduation, you will be equipped to pursue a career as a research associate in biotechnology or to launch a career in life sciences.

Career Outlook

Generally speaking, jobs in biotechnology companies, research institutions, local and state agencies, and private laboratories are expected to grow at an average to faster-than-average pace, with continued competition for basic research positions. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities in the biotechnology field are expected to be best for graduates who are well trained on equipment used in laboratories or production facilities.

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Please note: The College of Professional Studies undergraduate programs will operate on a semester academic calendar in fall 2016. Read more...

Students who started this program prior to Fall 2015 should follow the curriculum reflected on their manual degree audit, which can be obtained by contacting their academic advisor.


General Foundation Courses (24 s.h.)

Complete all of the following courses:

ENG 1105 College Writing 1 3 s.h.
ENG 1106 College Writing 1 Lab 1 s.h.
ENG 1107 College Writing 2 3 s.h.
ENG 1108 College Writing 2 Lab 1 s.h.
ENG 3105 Writing for the Professions – Science and Engineering 3 s.h.
ENG 3106 Writing for the Professions Lab – Science and Engineering 1 s.h.
  Exploring Creative Expression/Innovation 3 s.h.
  Interpreting Culture 3 s.h.
  Understanding Societies and Institutions 3 s.h.
  Engaging Difference and Diversity 3 s.h.


Foundation Courses (39 s.h.)

Complete all of the following courses:

MTH 2100 Calculus 1 3 s.h.
MTH 2105 Calculus 2 3 s.h.
MTH 2310 Statistics for the Social and Behavioral Sciences 3 s.h.
BIO 1100 Principles of Biology 1 3 s.h.
BIO 1101 Principles of Biology 1 Lab 1 s.h.
BIO 1200 Principles of Biology 2 3 s.h.
BIO 1201 Principles of Biology 2  Lab 1 s.h.
CHM 1100 General Chemistry 1 3 s.h.
CHM 1101 General Chemistry 1 Lab 1 s.h.
CHM 1200 General Chemistry 2 3 s.h.
CHM 1201 General Chemistry 2 Lab 1 s.h.
PHY 1200 Physics 1 (calculus based) 3 s.h.
PHY 1201 Physics 1 Lab 1 s.h.
PHY 2200 Physic 2 3 s.h.
PHY 2201 Physics 2 Lab 1 s.h.
ITC 1000
ITC 2016
Computer Applications
End User Data Analysis Tools
3 s.h.
PHL 2140 Ethical Issues in Science and Engineering 3 s.h.


Major Required Courses (36 s.h.)

BTC 1300 Introduction to Biotechnology 3 s.h.
CHM 2110 Organic Chemistry 1 3 s.h.
CHM 2111 Organic Chemistry 1 Lab 1 s.h.
CHM 2200 Organic Chemistry 2 3 s.h.
CHM 2201 Organic Chemistry 2 Lab 1 s.h.
CHM 2300 Analytical Chemistry 3 s.h.
CHM 2301 Analytical Chemistry Lab 1 s.h.
BIO 2100 Microbiology 3 s.h.
BIO 2101 Microbiology Lab 1 s.h.
BIO 2300 Cell Biology 3 s.h.
BIO 2500 Genetics & Molecular Biology 3 s.h.
BIO 2501 Genetics & Molecular Biology Lab 1 s.h.
BIO 3100 Biochemistry 3 s.h.
BIO 3101 Biochemistry Lab 1 s.h.
BTC 4450 Quality Control and Validation Issues 3 s.h.
BIO 4850 Biotechnology Senior Project 3 s.h.


Major  Electives (9 s.h.)

Choose three 3-credit courses (plus lab with BTC 4300 and BTC 4310 courses).

BIO 4230 Structured Biology 3 s.h.
BTC 3300 Biomaterials 3 s.h.
BTC 4200 Genomics and Proteomics 3 s.h.
BTC 4300 Biotechnology Processing 3 s.h.
BTC 4301 Biotechnology Processing Lab 1 s.h.
HSC 3300 Epidemiology 3 s.h.

Open Electives (15 s.h.)


Required minimum credit hours: 123 s.h.


Admissions Requirements

Below are the official Admissions Requirements for this program.

Student Profile

Who Will Your Classmates Be?

This biotechnology program is well suited for individuals who wish to pursue a research position or launch a career in the life sciences field.        

Job titles to consider include:

  • Biological technician
  • Agriculture and food scientist
  • Medical or pharmaceutical researcher
  • Lab assistant
  • Organic substance analyst
  • Clinical laboratory technologist or technician
  • Diagnostic medical sonographer
  • Engineering technician

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

  1. Specialized Knowledge
    Demonstrate mastery of basic scientific knowledge and state-of-the-art biotechnology applications and processes at career entry in diverse areas including but not limited to research and development in academic and private industry, plant production of high tech products, and regulatory governmental affairs.
  2. Broad Integrated Knowledge
    Apply effective oral and written communication skills to transmit technical biotechnology information to team members and managers, regulatory agencies, and associated organizations.
  3. Intellectual Skills
    Demonstrate mastery of the scientific method while exhibiting intellectual curiosity and professional biotechnology ethics.
  4. Applied Learning
    Exercise critical thinking skills to conform to correct protocol and problem-based assignments in the work environment.
  5. Civic Learning
    Analyze the ethical and economic impact of biotechnology on domestic and international health-care delivery.

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