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Indiana University Bloomington

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:

  1. BIOL-M350 Microbiology (3 cr.)
  2. BIOT-T310 Biotechnolgoy Lecture (3 cr.)
  3. 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).