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Indiana University Bloomington

BA in biotechnology

Full requirements for the Biotechnology major are listed in the College of Arts and Sciences Bulletin.  A total of 122 credit hours are required to complete the B.S. in Biotechnology. The requirements are distributed as follows in this basic model with slight variations possible depending on course selections.
For questions about the major, please contact Nancy Magill, PhD at
For questions for advising and other requirements, please schedule an appointment with Kate Emblom, the advisor for the Biotechnology major using the scheduler at
This information is correct as of August 2012.  Please check the Bulletin at the link above.

General Requirements

Please consult the College of Arts and Sciences Bulletin for  Foundations, Breadth of Inquiry, Intensive Writing, and Foreign Language requirements,

Major Requirements


  • CHEM–C117
  • CHEM–C341
  • CHEM–C342
  • CHEM–C343
  • CHEM–N330
  • CHEM–A314/A316
  • CHEM–C483 or C484


    • MATH–M211 or M119 and M120


    • PSY–K300, SPEA–K300, or approved equivalent


    • PHYS–P201and PHYS–P202. or PHYS-P221 and PHYS-P222

Biotechnology and Related Fields

    • BIOL–L112
    • BIOL–L211 (P: L112 and CHEM–C117)
    • BIOL–M250/M255 (preferred) (fall) or BIOL–M430/M435 (spring)
    • BIOL–T301 (fall)
    • BIOL–T310 (fall)
    • BIOL–T315 (fall)
    • BIOL–T312 (spring)
    • BIOL–T322 (spring)
    • Four additional Biology or Chemistry approved elective courses (12 hrs total).

Minimum Total credit hours: 122

Popular Electives: Please consult course catalog for the complete list

  • BIOL-L311 Genetics
  • BIOL-L312 Cell Biology
  • BIOL-L321 Immunology
  • BIOL-L490 Individual Study
  • BIOL-M350 Microbial Physiology and Biochemistry
  • BIOL-M360 Microbial Physiology lab
  • BIOL-M430 Virology **
  • BIOL-M435 Virology lab **
    **Can count as an elective if M250 and M255 are taken is the required lecture/lab courses above

Courses for a Degree in Biotechnology—B.S.

    • BIOL-T301 Seminar in Biotechnology:  Outside speakers from the biotechnology industry present students with the latest research developments, information about career opportunities, and internship possibilities.
    • BIOL-T310 Biotechnology Lecture:  Application of microbial diversity in biotechnology; synthesis of macromolecules; principles of gene expressions; gene cloning; protein engineering, overexpression and purification; genomics; proteomics; bioinformatics.
    • BIOL-T312 Societal Issues in Biotechnology:  Consideration of the effects of recent advances in biotechnology on human affairs and the environment.
    • BIOL-T315 Biotechnology Laboratory:  Students use a problem-based approach to proteins and gene cloning; for example, cloning the gene for an industrially important enzyme, a-amylase from Bacillus licheniformis.
    • BIOL-T322 Biotechnology Writing and Communication:  Students learn oral and written scientific communications as appropriate in biotechnology.
    • BIOL-T415 Theory and Applications of Biotechnology Laboratory I: In-depth application of advanced laboratory techniques currently used in biotechnology.

(New for 2012-2013)

    • BIOL-T425 Laboratory in Macromolecular Production, Purification, and Characterization:  Develops a working knowledge of a variety of fundamental and advanced protein techniques used in industry, focusing on expression, purification, and characterization.
    • BIOL-T440 Structure, Function, and Regulation of Biomolecules: Survey of the structure, function, and regulation of biomolecules as related to the pharmaceutical and biotechnological industries. Some focus on problem solving and applications for product development.