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Bachelors of Arts (BA) in Biotechnology

The BA major in Biotechnology is tightly integrated with the needs of numerous life science businesses. The BA curriculum requires fewer chemistry labs, biology labs, and advanced chemistry lecture courses than the BS program, while retaining most of the biotechnology classes so students gain proficiency in the field. The reduced chemistry and biology course requirements allow the addition of several business school courses that are designed for life sciences students, which may provide a “Certificate in Life Sciences Business” to the BA Biotechnology degree. Completing the BA major in Biotechnology is beneficial to students who plan to pursue non-research oriented business or sales opportunities in the life sciences. Students can combine a BA major in Biotechnology with degrees in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Biochemistry, Human Biology, Psychology, Business, and more.

Required Course Work (42-43 credits)

  1. CHEM-C 117 and CHEM-C 127 Principles of Chemistry and Biochemistry Lecture and Lab (3 + 2 cr.), and CHEM-C 341 Organic Chemistry I lectures (3 cr.)
  2. One mathematics course chosen from MATH-M 118, MATH-M 119, MATH-M 211, MATH-M 212, or MATH-M 213 (3-4 cr.)
  3. STAT-S 303 Applied Statistical Methods for the Life Sciences (3 cr.)
  4. BUS-X 418 Life Sciences Global Events and Trends (1.5 cr.) and BUS-X 419 The Life Sciences Industry from Research to Patient (1.5 cr.)
  5. SPEA-H 352 Healthcare Finance I (3 cr.) or SPEA-H 432 Health Care Marketing (3 cr.)
  6. 22 credit hours of course work in Biology and Biotechnology to include:
    • BIOL-L 211 Molecular Biology (3 cr.)
    • BIOL-M 250 Microbiology (3 cr.)
    • BIOT-T 301 Seminar in Biotechnology (1 cr.)
    • BIOT-T 310 Biotechnology Lecture (3 cr.)
    • BIOT-T 312 Societal Issues in Biotechnology (3 cr.)
    • BIOT-T 315 Biotechnology Laboratory (3 cr.)
    • BIOT-T 322 Biotechnology Writing and Communication (3 cr.)
    • BIOT-T 440 Structure, Function, and Regulation of Biomolecules (3 cr.)

Students must also complete the degree requirements for the BA in the College of Arts and Sciences.
All students should check with the current College Bulletin for their year to be up-to-date on the requirements. These bulletins can be found here:

More information can be obtained from the BIOT Undergraduate Advisor:

Carlin C. Schrag, Academic Advisor, Indiana University, Simon Hall 102A.
E-mail:, Phone: 812-855-9511

Nancy Magill, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Indiana University, Classroom Office Building, 205

Email:, Phone:  812-856-5978