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Indiana University Bloomington

Bachelors of Arts (BA) In Biotechnology

(Pending approval)

The BA in Biotechnology has fewer chemistry and biology laboratory courses and fewer advanced chemistry lecture courses then does the BS program but retains most of the biotechnology classes so as to be proficient in the field of biotechnology.  The reduced chemistry and biology course requirements allows the addition of several business school courses that are designed for life sciences students that will provide a “Certificate in Life Sciences Business” to the BA biotechnology degree. The BA curriculum is thus designed for students that do not want a career as a wet bench scientist but instead plan to pursue other aspects of biotechnology such as pharmaceutical sales or marketing.  Furthermore, the lower “core” credit requirements of the BA degree also allows the ability to obtain a second major in a variety of fields such as Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Biochemistry, Human Biology, Psychology, Business, Prelaw etc.

College BA Course Requirements

Students must complete the following Foundations, Mathematics, Intensive Writing, Foreign Language, Critical Approaches, Breadth of Inquiry, and Public Oral Communication requirements:

  1. Writing (English Composition, Intensive Writing). The Intensive Writing (IW) requirement is satisfied by BIOT-T322.
  2. Mathematics, fulfilled by major.
  3. Foreign language, four semesters in the same language or equivalent proficiency. Culture studies courses are not required.
  4. One Critical Approaches to the Arts and Sciences course—students are advised to choose a course that will serve as one of the required arts and humanities or social and historical studies courses listed below.
  5. Arts and humanities, four courses.
  6. Social and historical studies, four courses.
  7. Natural and mathematical sciences, fulfilled by major.
  8. Diversity in the US classes or Global Civilizations and Culture classes.
  9. One Public Oral Communication course.

BA Core Major Requirements (40 credits)

Chemistry Requirements  (6 cr. total)

  • Introductory to Chemistry (C117) (lecture) (3 cr.)
  • Organic lecture I (C341) (3 cr.)

Math Requirements (3 or 4 cr. total)

  • Finite Math (M118) (3 cr.), or Survey of Calculus (M219) (3 cr.) or Calculus I (M211) (4 cr.) or Calculus II (M212) (4 cr.), or Accelerated Calculus (M213) (4cr.)

Statistics  (3 cr.)

  • Stat (S303) (3 cr.) Applied Statistical Methods for the Life Sciences

Business Classes (3 cr.)

  • X418: Life Sciences Global Events and Trends (1.5 cr.)
  • X419: The Life Sciences Industry from Research to Patient (1.5 cr.)

School of Public and Environmental Affairs (3 cr.)

  • One of the following: SPEA H352 Healthcare Finance I , (3 cr.) or H432 Health Care Marketing (3 cr.)

Biology and Biotech Classes (for at least 22 cr. total)

  • BIOL-L211 Molecular Biology (3 cr.)
  • BIOL-M350 Microbiology Lecture (3 cr.)
  • BIOT-T301 Seminar in Biotechnology (1 cr.)
  • BIOT-T310 Biotechnology Lecture (3 cr.)
  • BIOT-T312 Societal Issues in Biotechnology (3 cr.)
  • BIOT-T315 Biotechnology Laboratory (3 cr.)
  • BIOT-T322 Biotechnology Writing and Communication (3 cr.)
  • BIOT-T440 Structure Function and Regulation of Biomolecules (3 cr.)

Details of Required Classes

  1. CHEM-C117 Principles of Chemistry and Biochemistry I (3 cr.) CASE N&M P: Chemistry and math placement examinations and consent of department. Lecture course covering basic principles of chemistry and biochemistry, basic mathematical and conceptual principles in atomic structure and periodic properties, molecular structure, chemical bonding, energy (thermochemistry), kinetics, equilibrium and thermodynamics.
  2. CHEM-C341 Organic Chemistry I Lectures (3 cr.) CASE N&M P: C117, S117, C106, or C243. Chemistry of carbon compounds. Nomenclature; qualitative theory of valence; structure and reactions. Syntheses and reactions of major classes of monofunctional compounds.
  3. MATH-M118 Finite Mathematics (3 cr.) CASE MM, CASE N&M P: Two years of high school algebra or M014 or M018. Sets, counting, basic probability, including random variables and expected values. Linear systems, matrices, linear programming, and applications.
  4. STAT S303 Applied Statistical Methods for the Life Sciences (3 cr.) CASE N&M P: MATH-M 014. Introduction to methods for analyzing data arising in the life sciences, designed for biology, human biology, and pre-medical students. Graphical and numerical descriptions of data, probability models, fundamental principles of estimation and hypothesis testing, inferences about means, correlation, linear regression.
  5. X418 Life Sciences Global Events and Trends (1.5 cr): The course exposes students to a variety of trends driving change within the life sciences industry. Topics to be reviewed include increasing worldwide cost pressures, shifts in population demographics, regulatory compliance and approvals, privacy and data protection, emerging market opportunities and ethical issues currently being faced. Discussions will include how different companies are responding to these trends.
  6. X419 The Life Sciences Industry from Research to Patient (1.5 cr): The course introduces students to the different parts of the life sciences industry and highlights some of the challenges and opportunities currently being faced. Sections of the industry included are basic science, medical devices, pharmaceuticals/ generic/biologics , distributors, health care providers, insurers, contract services and specialized suppliers. The business of life sciences is made more successful when those involved in the industry recognize and understand the value added at each stage.
  7. H352 Health Finance and Budgeting (3 cr.): A study of the financial management of health care facilities, based on generally accepted business principles. Accounting and managerial control of cash, accounts receivable, inventory control, budgeting, and cost control, as well as accounting and evaluation of short- and long-term debt will be examined.


  8. H432 Health Care Marketing (3 cr.): A practical study of marketing in health care institutions, health service organizations, and health insurers. A basic foundation in marketing principles, new methods in marketing products and services, and inexpensive marketing techniques will be examined.
  9. BIOL-L211 Molecular Biology (3 cr.) CASE N&M P: L112 and CHEM C117. This course deals with the structure and function of nucleic acids and protein, cellular processes such as, DNA replication, mutagenesis, repair, recombination, and transposition, regulation of gene expression. The course also introduces bacteriophages, plasmids, and recombinant DNA technology.
  10. BIOL-M350 Microbiology (3 cr.) CASE N&M P: Two semesters of college chemistry; L211 recommended prior or concurrently. Application of fundamental principles to the study of microorganisms. Significance of microorganisms to humans and their environment.
  11. T301 Seminars in Biotechnology (1 cr.): Outside speakers from the biotechnology industry present students with the latest research developments, information about career opportunities, and internship possibilities. Students will write a paper on each seminar, discussing what they have learned and how this knowledge affects their career decisions.
  12. T310 Biotechnology Lecture (3 cr.) P: BIOL- L211. C: BIOT-T315. This course teaches application of microbial diversity in biotechnology, applications for the synthesis of macromolecules, gene expressions, gene cloning, protein engineering, genomics, proteomics and bioinformatics.
  13. T312 Societal issues in Biotechnology (3 cr.): Consideration of the effects of recent advances in biotechnology on human affairs and the environment.
  14. T315 Biotechnology Laboratory (3 cr.) P: BIOL- L211 C: BIOT-T 310. Students use a problem-based approach to gene cloning, purification of industrially important enzyme, and characterization of its activity.
  15. T322 Biotechnology Writing and Communication (3 cr) P: Completion of the English composition requirement; BIOL L211 or CHEM C343. Students learn oral and written scientific communications as appropriate in biotechnology. Topics include figures and tables, technical talks, reading and writing scientific publications, and writing industrial-style documents, including standard operating procedures and study protocols.
  16. T440 Structure, Function, and Regulation of Biomolecules (3 cr.) P: CHEM-C 341. Survey of the structure, function, and regulation of biomolecules as related to the pharmaceutical and biotechnological industries. Some focus on problem solving, scientific innovation, and biomedical product development.