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Requirements for Graduation

Proficiency in Biotechnology (72-80 credits)

In addition to the SEBS core curriculum requirements, a set of required and elective courses must be taken to develop proficiency in Biotechnology as defined below. These fall into the categories of Biotechnology core courses (under "Required Courses" below), which all Biotechnology majors must take, as well as specific courses that are taken to satisfy the requirements of the particular option (under the "Options" section below) the student has chosen within the Biotechnology major (numbers in parentheses represent number of credit hours). Note that most (but not all) of the courses listed below have prerequisites, such as General Biology or General Chemistry, and some of those prerequisites can also satisfy learning goals within the SEBS core curriculum.

PLEASE look at the notes about prerequisite structure under the Illustrative Course Sequence link to make sure it is clear when certain Biotech courses need to be completed!

Required courses (all Biotech majors)

(numbers in parentheses represent credits)

Quantitative Skills (7-8 cr)
01:640:135 Calculus 1 (4) and 01:640:136, Calculus 2 (4)
OR
01:640:135 Calculus 1 (4) and 01:960:401Basic Statistics for Research* (3)

Computer and Information Technology Competence (3)
11:126:383
Nucleotide Sequence Analysis (3)

Professional Ethics (1.5)
11:126:110
Concepts and Issues in Biotechnology (1.5)

Other Required Biotechnology Core Courses (43.5-48.5)

01:160:307-308 Organic Chemistry (4,4)

01:447:380 Genetics (4)
OR
11:776:305 Plant Genetics (4) (only for Plant Biotechnology Option)

11:680:390 General Microbiology (4)

01:750:193-194 Physics for the Sciences (4,4) or equivalent*

11:115:403-404 General Biochemistry (4,3)

11:115:413 Experimental Biochemistry (3)
OR
11:115:313 Introductory Biochemistry Laboratory (1)

11:126:481 Molecular Genetics (3)

11:126:482 Molecular Genetics Laboratory (4)

11:126:401 Seminar in Biotechnology (1.5)

11:126:427 Methods and Applications in Molecular Biology (4)

*Students intending to apply to medical or dental school and certain Ph.D. programs should be aware that many professional schools and some graduate schools require two semesters of calculus and 01:160:311 Organic Chemistry Laboratory and a physics laboratory. If Basic Statistics for Research is chosen to satisfy the Quantitative Skills requirement, it cannot also be used as an option elective.

Options (14.5-19):

General Biotechnology (14-19)
5-7 Required Courses
Choose one of the following:
11:067:430 Animal Microtechniques and Tissue Culture (4)
or
11:776:452 Plant Tissue Culture (3)

 

Choose one of the following courses:
01:146:474 Immunology (3)
11:115:421 Biochemistry of Cancer (3)
11:115:422 Biochemical Mechanisms of Toxicology (3)
11:115:436 Molecular Toxicology Lab (2.5)
11:115:452 Biochemical Separations (3)
11:126:407 Comparative Virology (3)
11:126:410 Process Biotechnology (3)
11:126:484 Tools for Bioinformatic Analysis (3)
11:126:485 Bioinformatics (3)
11:126:486 Analytical Methods in Microbiology (3)
11:680:480 Microbial Genomics (3)
11:776:410 Plants for Bioenergy (3)
11:776:485 Functional Genomics for Research (3)

 

Electives (9-12)
Three additional electives from the required and elective courses listed in each of the
six biotechnology curriculum options. One to three credits of research in biotechnology may be substituted for an equal number of credits of elective work.

 

Animal Biotechnology (17.5-19)
Required Courses (9-10)
At least three of the following courses:

11:067:300 Integrative Physiology (3) or 01:146:356 Systems Physiology (3)
11:067:430 Animal Microtechniques and Tissue Culture (4)
11:146:474 Immunology (3)
11:709:400 Advanced Nutrition I (3)
11:709:401 Advanced Nutrition II (3)

 

Electives (8.5-9)

01:146:357 Systems Physiology Lab (1)
01:146:470 Advanced Cell Biology (3)
01:146:475 Immunology Lab (1)
01:447:451 Genomes (3)
01:447:481 Topics in Human Genetics (3)
01:447:486 Evolutionary Genetics (3)
01:447:495 Cancer (3)
01:694:412 Proteomics and Functional Genomics (3)
01:694:492 Gene Regulation of Cancer and Development (3)
01:960:401 Basic Statistics for Research (3)
11:067:327 Animal Reproduction (3)
11:067:450 Endocrinology (3)

11:067:492 Molecular and Cellular Physiology (3)
11:115:421 Biochemistry of Cancer (3)
11:115:422 Biochemical Mechanisms of Toxicology (3)
11:115:436 Molecular Toxicology Lab (2.5)
11:115:452 Biochemical Separations (3)
11:126:407 Comparative Virology (3)
11:126:410 Process Biotechnology (3)
11:126:484 Tools for Bioinformatic Analysis
11:126:485 Bioinformatics
11:776:485 Functional Genomics for Research

One to three additional credits of research in biotechnology may be substituted for an equal number of credits of elective work.

 

Bioinformatics (17)
Required Courses (17)
01:198:111 Introduction to Computer Science (4) or equivalent
01:198:112 Data Structures (4)
01:960:379 Basic Probability and Statistics OR 01:960:401Basic Statistics for Research (3)
11:126:484 Tools for Bioinformatic Analysis OR 11:776:485 Functional Genomics for Research (3)
11:126:485 Bioinformatics (3)

 

Bioscience Policy and Management (18)
Note in the College Area Requirements (V) that students electing this option must take Principles and Applications of Microeconomics 11:373:121 or equivalent.

Required Courses (12)
11:373:231 Introduction to Marketing (3)
11:373:241 Introduction to Management (3)
11:373:403 Innovation and Entrepreneurship (3)
11:373:404 Bioscience Policy (3)

 

Electives (6)
Two courses from either of the following areas of concentration:

Business Management Concentration:
11:373:351 Business Finance I (3)
11:373:352 Economics of Futures Markets (3)
11:373:402 Global Marketing (3)
11:373:451 Business Finance II (3)
OR
Bioscience Policy Concentration:
11:373:323 Public Policy toward the Food Industry (3)
11:374:341 Social and Ecological Aspects of Health and Disease (3)
11:373:371 Food Health and Safety Policy (3)

 

Microbial Biotechnology (15.5-17)
Required courses (7)

11:680:494 Applied Microbiology (4)

and at least one from the list:
11:680:480 Microbial Genetics and Genomics (3)
or
11:680:481 Microbial Physiology (3)
or
11:680:491 Microbial Ecology and Diversity (3)

 

Electives (8.5-10)

01:146:328 Human Parasitology (3)
01:146:329 Human Parasitology Laboratory (1)
01:146:470 Advanced Cell Biology (3)
01:146:474 Immunology (3)
01:146:475 Laboratory in Immunology (1)
01:447:495 Cancer (3)
11:067:430 Animal Microtechniques and Tissue Culture (4)

11:067:492 Molecular and Cellular Physiology (3)
11:115:452 Biochemical Separations (3)
11:126:407 Comparative Virology (3)
11:126:410 Process Biotechnology (3)
11:126:486 Analytical Methods in Microbiology (4)
11:375:411 Environmental Microbiology (3)
11:400:419 Food Physical Systems (3)
11:400:423 Food Microbiology (3)
11:400:424 Food Microbiology Laboratory (1)
11:680:480 Microbial Genomics (3)
11:680:481 Microbial Physiology (3)
11:680:491 Microbial Ecology and Diversity (3)
11:680:492 Microbial Ecology and Diversity Laboratory (2)
11:126:484 Tools for Bioinformatic Analysis
11:126:485 Bioinformatics
11:776:485 Functional Genomics for Research

One to three additional credits of research in biotechnology may be substituted for an equal number of credits of elective work.

 

Plant Biotechnology (15-16)
Required courses (6)

11:776:242 Plant Science (3)

AND

11:126:413 Plant Molecular Biology (3) OR 11:776:452 Plant Tissue Culture and Engineering (3)

Electives (9-10)
01:146:470 Advanced Cell Biology (3)
01:694:492 Gene Regulation of Cancer and Development (3)
01:960:401 Basic Statistics for Research (3)
11:115:452 Biochemical Separations (3)
11:126:407 Comparative Virology (3)
11:126:410 Process Biotechnology (3)
11:126:413 Plant Molecular Biology (3)
11:126:486 Analytical Methods in Microbiology (3)
11:400:419 Food Physical Systems (3)
11:680:491 Microbial Ecology and Diversity (3)
11:776:310 Plant Propagation (3)
11:776:312 Medicinal Plants (3)
11:776:406 Plant Physiology (4)
11:776:405 Plant Biosecurity (3)
11:776:406 Plant Breeding (3)
11:776:410 Plants for Bioenergy (3)
11:776:452 Plant Tissue Culture and Engineering (3)
11:776:485 Functional Genomics for Research (3)

 

One to three additional credits of research in biotechnology may be substituted for an equal number of credits of elective work.