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Indiana University Bloomington

BS in Biotechnology

The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biotechnology is designed for students that plan to obtain jobs as practicing laboratory scientists that perform experiments at the bench wearing white lab coats, goggles and gloves. The BS degree is also very suitable for students that plan to go to professional schools such as Medical, Pharmaceutical, Veterinary, Optometry or Dental schools or go onto MS and PhD graduate programs in the life sciences.


The BS degree offers a modern curriculum that provides broad and deep exposure to several life fields needed for individuals to excel in the rapidly expanding field of Biotechnology.  Students will be exposed to numerous lecture and lab courses in Biotechnology, Chemistry, Physics and Biology.

The degree requirements follows the guidelines for BS degrees as stipulated by the College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana University, Bloomington. Students must complete mandated College of Arts and Sciences requirements comprised of the foundation courses, intensive writing, four semesters of foreign language, critical approaches, breadth of inquiry, and public oral communication requirements.

In addition to mandated college requirements, there are 15 credit hours of chemistry, 4-6 credit hours of math, 3 credits of statistics, 10 credit hours of physics and 26 credit hours of biology and biotechnology.

The degree requirements for a BS in Biotechnology (effective in the fall of 2014) have the following degree requirements:

College 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). Intensive Writing (IW)
    requirement satisfied by an IW class of BIOT-T 322. Note: To avoid
    schedule conflicts, Biotechnology students should enroll in an IW class of T322 as soon as they complete course prerequisites.
  2. Mathematics, fulfilled by major.
  3. Foreign language, three 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, two courses.
  6. Social and historical studies, two courses.
  7. Natural and mathematical sciences, fulfilled by major.
  8. One Public Oral Communication course.

Major Requirements

Chemistry requirements (15 cr. total)

    • Introductory to Chemistry C117 (lect) (3 cr.) and C127 (lab) (2 cr.)
    • Organic lecture I (C341) (3 cr.)
    • Organic lecture II (C342) (3 cr.)
    • Analytical chemistry lecture (A314) (2 cr.)
    • Analytical chemistry lab (A316) (2 cr.)

Math requirements (4 to 6 cr. total)

    • Calculus I (M211) (4 cr.) or Calculus II (M215) (4 cr.)
      or Both survey of Calculus I and II (M119 + M120) (3 cr. each)

Statistics (3 cr. total)

    • One of the following classes in statistics is required:
      Math K310 or Psy K300 or LAMP L316 or Stat S300 or Stat S303 or SPEA K300.

Physics (10 cr. total)

    • Physics I and Physics II lectures for non majors (P201 and P202) (5 cr. each) or Physics I and Physics II lectures for majors (P221 and P222).

Biology and Biotech classes (total 26 cr.)

    • Biology L112 Foundations of Biology: Biological Mechanisms (3 cr.)
    • Biology L211 Molecular Biology (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-T425 Laboratory in Macromolecular Production
    • BIOT-T440 Structure Function and Regulation of Biomolecules (3 cr.)
    • Either: (a) Biol M M350: Microbiology Lecture and M355: Microbiology Lab or (b) Biol M430 Virology (3 cr.) and/or M435 Viral Tissue Culture Lab (3 cr.)

At least three additional courses, chosen from among the following, for a minimum of 12 credit hours

    • Anatomy A464
    • Biology L311, L312, L313, L317, L319, L321, L323, L324, L331, M350, M360,
      M430, M435, M440, M445, M460, M465, M480, M485, Z466, Z469.
    • Biotechnology T490, T415
    • Chemistry C343, C483, C484, or C362

Students must complete the above course work with a minimum grade of C– in each course