Biological Sciences

Biotechnology Option

This option offers biology majors a set of advanced courses designed to provide the conceptual background and practical training needed for an exciting and lucrative career in genetic engineering, bioinformatics, industrial microbiology, cell culture technology, and the manufacture and purification of diagnostics and other biologically relevant materials.

Many students in Biological Sciences take advantage of the unique resources of Research Centers affiliated with the Department of Biological Sciences. The Centers for Neurobiology and Bioprocess Development, offer courses and/or research opportunities to qualified undergraduates.

Option Requirements (in addition to the core requirements)

Required Courses – 21 to 23 credits

Complete a minimum of five (5) of the following lecture courses, three (3) with the corresponding lab component. In addition, complete one additional Biology course selected from any 300 or 400 level course in the Biological Sciences ("81" prefix).

COURSES with LECTURE ONLY
81.428 Molecular Biotechnology: Recombinant Protein Production 3 cr
81.442 Cell Biology 3 cr
81.465 Stem Cell Biology 3 cr
81.467 Molecular Biology 3 cr
81.472 Virology 3 cr
81.482 Cancer Biology 3 cr
81.488 Structural Biology 3 cr
81.490 Human Neurobiology 3 cr
COURSES with SEPARATE LECTURES & LABS
81.432 Genomics 3 cr
81.434 Genomics Lab 1 cr
81.493 Immunology 3 cr
81.495 Immunology Lab 2 cr
COURSES that are LECTURE/LAB COMBINED
81.429 Recombinant Protein Production Techniques 4 cr
81.469 Molecular Biology Lab 4 cr
81.476 Cell Culture 4 cr
81.489 Practical Protein Crystallography 4 cr

Although Calculus for Life Sciences II (92.139) is not required, students pursing post-graduate studies are strongly encouraged to take this course as a free elective. Consult with your advisor.

View the complete Biotechnology Option Curriculum Checksheet (pdf).