Minor in Biotechnology
A “Minor in Biotechnology” curriculum has been designed to offer exposure of the field of Biotechnology to individuals that are majoring in other areas of science as well as in areas outside of the sciences. Effective the Fall of 2014 the Biotechnology Minor Degree requirements are as follows:
- BIOL-M350 Microbiology (3 cr.)
- BIOT-T310 Biotechnolgoy Lecture (3 cr.)
- At least 10 additional credit hours chosen from the following:
- BIOT-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.
- BIOT-T312 Societal Issues in Biotechnology (3 cr.) Consideration of the effects of recent advances in biotechnology on human affairs and the environment.
- BIOT-T315 Biotechnology Laboratory (3 cr.) P: BIOL- L211 C: BIOT-T310.
Students use a problem-based approach to gene cloning, purification of
industrially important enzyme, and characterize its activity.
- BIOT-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.
- BIOT-T425 Laboratory in Macromolecular Production, Purification, and
Characterization (3 cr.) P: BIOL-L 112 one of BIOT-T315, BIOL-T 315,
BIOL-M250, or BIOL-M 435. Develops a working knowledge of a variety
of fundamental and advanced protein techniques used in industry, focusing
on expression, purification, and characterization. Increases competence in
quantitative analysis, data interpretation, problem-solving, scientific writing, and time management.
- BIOT-T440 Structure, Function, and Regulation of Biomolecules (3 cr.) P:
CHEM-C341. 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.
- BIOT-T490 Independent Research in Biotechnology (1 to 3 cr.). Offers directed
research opportunities to undergraduates in faculty research laboratories to
provide exposure to state-of-the-art methodologies, instrumentation and
approaches in Biotechnology. (pending approval).