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2013-2015 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2013-2015 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biotechnology Major, BS


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The program in biotechnology prepares graduates for entry-level positions in drug discovery and development sciences, advanced biotechnology laboratory methodologies, and regulatory and managerial policies related to the approval process for new chemical entities and devices. Graduates will be sought after for positions in bio-manufacturing, environmental remediation, food sciences, and biopharmaceutical sectors of the biotechnology industry. The programs provides detailed training in recombinant DNA technology, proteomics, receptor-based assays, bioanalysis, molecular modeling, and a basic understanding of social and ethical issues surrounding new product development.  

Student Learning Outcomes

Students should be able:

  1. Demonstrate basic laboratory skills, laboratory safety skills, time management skills, utilization of scientific protocols, and maintaining a laboratory notebook.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the various sectors, products, and jobs related to biotechnology.
  3. Demonstrate effective written and verbal communication skills.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of the social and ethical issues pertaining to biotechnology in everyday life
  5. Identify, describe, and explain the essential concepts of molecular biology.  
  6. Use appropriate laboratory procedures to conduct experiments in molecular biology and analyze research data.
  7. Communicate information about molecular biology in the appropriate scientific format.
  8. Apply critical thinking skills to evaluate problems in molecular biology.

Major Requirements

For the program in biotechnology, students must successfully complete the following core biology courses (37 credit hours):  BIO 2303, 3147, 3201, 3305, 3334, 3335, 3347, 3366, 4147, 4164, 4176, 4347, 4364, 4376, and 4406.  BIO 4406 will be completed through an off-campus or on-campus internship experience.  In addition, students must complete 1) the following science and math courses (15 credit hours): CHE 3126, CHE 3326, CHE 3127, CHE 3327, MAT 2326, PHY 2122, and PHY 2322 and 2) one year of a foreign language.  For the foreign language requirement, the first semester is a pre-requisite and helps fulfill general education requirements and the second semester counts as a major course.

A minimum grade of C or better in each biology or chemistry course is required of majors.  After fulfilling general education and major requirements, students may take courses from any department to reach the required 120 hours necessary for graduation; at least 40 of the 120 total hours must be at the 3000-level or higher. 

Courses

Pre-Requisite Courses (26 credit hours)

BIO 1115 Introduction to Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Laboratory (recommended during freshman year)

BIO 1315 Introduction to Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Lecture (recommended during freshman year)

BIO 2101 Principles of Biology I Laboratory (recommended during freshman year)

BIO 2301 Principles of Biology I Lecture (recommended during freshman year)

CHE 2111 General Chemistry I Laboratory (recommended during sophomore year)

CHE 2112 General Chemistry II Laboratory (recommended during sophomore year)

CHE 2311 General Chemistry I (recommended during sophomore year)

CHE 2312 General Chemistry II (recommended during sophomore year)

MAT 2317 Calculus I (recommended during freshman year)

PHY 2121 Physics I Laboratory

PHY 2321 Physics I Lecture

One semester of foreign language

Major Courses (55 credit hours)

BIO 2303 Scientific Writing

BIO 3147 Industrial Microbiology Laboratory

BIO 3201 Tissue Culture

BIO 3305 Topics in Bioinformatics

BIO 3334 Molecular Biology and Biotechniques I

BIO 3335 Molecular Biology and Biotechniques II

BIO 3347 Industrial Microbiology

BIO 3366 Genetics     

BIO 4147 Molecular Genetics Laboratory   

BIO 4164 Cell Biology Laboratory

BIO 4176 Biochemistry Laboratory

BIO 4347 Molecular Genetics

BIO 4364 Cell Biology

BIO 4376 Biochemistry

BIO 4406 Internship in Biotechnology

CHE 3126 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory

CHE 3127 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory

CHE 3326 Organic Chemistry I Lecture

CHE 3327 Organic Chemistry II Lecture

MAT 2326 Elementary Statistics

PHY 2122 Physics II Laboratory

PHY 2322 Physics II Lecture

Second semester of foreign language

Related/Suggested Electives

The following courses are suggested as possible courses for open elective courses, but do not count toward the biology electives.  These or other courses may be used to complete the required 120 total credit hours. Students must meet any prerequisites for these courses prior to enrolling.

BIO 3111 Fundamentals of Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory*

BIO 3126 Parasitology Laboratory

BIO 3143 Histology Laboratory

BIO 3311 Fundamentals of Anatomy & Physiology*

BIO 3326 Parasitology

BIO 3343 Histology

BIO 4352 Introduction to Medical Physiology & Pharmacology I*

BIO 4375 Management of Biotechnology Enterprise

ECO 2311 Principles of Microeconomics**

JUS 2320 Introduction to Forensic Science***     

PHI 2303 Introduction to Logic

POS 2311 American Government  

SOC 2341 Sociology of Religion             

Course Notes

* This course is recommended for biotechnology students desiring greater background in medicine (M.D./Ph.D.).

** This course is recommended for biotechnology students desiring greater background in starting a business.

*** This course is recommended for biotechnology students desiring greater background in forensic science.                                                                                              

Major Course Sequence

MAT 2317 Calculus I

BIO 3347 Industrial Microbiology

BIO 3147 Industrial Microbiology Laboratory

CHE 2311 General Chemistry I

CHE 2111 General Chemistry I Laboratory

BIO 2303 Scientific Writing

CHE 2312 General Chemistry II

CHE 2112 General Chemistry II Laboratory

BIO 3334 Molecular Biology and Biotechniques I

BIO 3366 Genetics

CHE 3326 Organic Chemistry I Lecture

CHE 3126 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory

PHY 2321 Physics I Lecture

PHY 2121 Physics I Laboratory

BIO 3335 Molecular Biology and Biotechniques II

CHE 3327 Organic Chemistry II Lecture

CHE 3127 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory

Foreign Language II

PHY 2322 Physics II Lecture

PHY 2122 Physics II Laboratory

BIO 4406 Internship in Biotechnology

BIO 3305 Topics in Bioinformatics

BIO 4376 Biochemistry

BIO 4176 Biochemistry Laboratory        

MAT 2326 Elementary Statistics

BIO 4364 Cell Biology

BIO 4164 Cell Biology Laboratory

BIO 4347 Molecular Genetics

BIO 4147 Molecular Genetics Laboratory

BIO 3201 Tissue Culture

 

 

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