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(ARCHIVE) Biotechnology (BIOTC)

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Begin Date: Fall Semester 1999
End Date: Spring Semester 2001

Biotechnology (BIOTC) - (ARCHIVE)

PROFESSOR PHILIP W. MOHR, in charge

Biotechnology may be broadly defined as the application of principles of molecular and cell science in the production of biologically-important or industrially-useful products. Students in the Biotechnology major, therefore, will (1) acquire a strong foundation in the life and chemical sciences, (2) learn how fundamental science is applied to problems through biotechnology, (3) develop basic laboratory skills, perform standard techniques, work with state-of-the-art instrumentation, describe and evaluate analytical methodology used in biotechnology, and (4) become familiar with societal concerns and governmental regulations regarding the biotechnology industry. One very important strength of this major is the extensive laboratory experience each student receives. In the General option, students are very strongly encouraged to consider Cooperative Education with industry as an integral part of their curriculum. In addition to the General option in Biotechnology, the major also offers the Clinical Laboratory Science option.

For the B.S. degree in Biotechnology, a minimum of 125 credits is required.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(15 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

INTERCULTURAL AND INTERNATIONAL COMPETENCE:
(Included in GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 95 credits
(This includes 15 credits of General Education courses: 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses.)

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 42 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (42 credits)
CHEM 012 GN(3)[1], 013 GN(3)[1], 014 GN(1), 015 GN(1), MATH 140 GQ(4), 141 GQ(4), PSU 016(1)[1], (Sem: 1-2)
PHYS 215 GN(4), 265 GN(4) (Sem: 1-4)
B M B 251(3)[1], 252(3), MICRB 201(3)[1], 202(2)[1], BIOL 222(3) (Sem: 3-4)
MICRB 421W(3) (Sem: 5-6)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 53 credits

GENERAL BIOTECHNOLOGY OPTION: 53 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (25 credits)
B M B 211(3), 221(2), 342(3), MICRB 410(3) (Sem: 5-6)
BIOTC 416(2), 459(3), 479(3), 489(3), STAT 250 GQ(3) (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (6-8 credits)
CHEM 034(3), 035(3); or CHEM 036(2), 038(3), 039(3) (Sem: 3-4)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (20-22 credits)
Select 14-16 credits from department list (Sem: 3-8)
Select 6 credits from any 400-level B M B/MICRB lecture course, BIOL 422W(3) or FD SC 408(2) (Sem: 5-8)

CLINICAL LABORATORY SCIENCE OPTION: 53 credits
This option provides both the academic and clinical preparation for students interested in a career as a clinical laboratory scientist. Positions are found in hospital, physician-office, reference, industrial, and research laboratories. To complete baccalaureate degree requirements, students enter a twelve-month clincial practicum (MICRB 405A-F) at an affiliate hospital for the senior year. (Current affiliation is with Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia.) Students are recommended for a fixed number of hospital positions on a competitive basis. Cumulative grade-point average and hospital school admission requirements serve as criteria for recommendation.

PRESCRIBED COURSES (44 credits)
B M B 211(3), 212(1), 221(2), MICRB 410(3), 412(3), 422(2) (Sem: 5-6)
MICRB 405A(8), 405B(1), 405C(6), 405D(5), 405E(7), 405F(3) (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (6-8 credits)
CHEM 034(3), 035(3); or CHEM 036(2), 038(3), 039(3) (Sem: 3-4)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (1-3 credits)
Select 1-3 credits from department list (Sem: 3-8)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 1999

Blue Sheet Item #: 28-01-073

Review Date: 01/25/00 (General Education information updated)

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