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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 (14.5-17.5)
Required courses (3)

11:776:242 Plant Science (3)

 

Electives (12-15)
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 (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.