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Biotechnology (BIOTC) - Archive

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Begin Date: Summer Session 2001
End Date: Spring Semester 2004

Biotechnology (BIOTC) - Archive

University Park, Eberly College of Science

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. Therefore, students in the Biotechnology major 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.

In order to be eligible for entrance to the Biotechnology major, a student must have: (1) attained at least a 2.00 cumulative grade-point average, and (2) completed CHEM 012 GN(3), CHEM 013 GN(3), CHEM 014 GN(1), and MATH 140 GQ(4) and earned a grade of C or better in each of these courses.

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], CHEM 013 GN(3)[1], CHEM 014 GN(1)[1], CHEM 015 GN(1), MATH 140 GQ(4)[1], MATH 141 GQ(4), PSU 016(1)[1], (Sem: 1-2)
PHYS 250 GN(4), PHYS 251 GN(4) (Sem: 1-4)
B M B 251(3)[1], B M B 252(3), MICRB 201(3)[1], MICRB 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), B M B 221(2), B M B 342(3), MICRB 410(3) (Sem: 5-6)
BIOTC 416(2), BIOTC 459(3), BIOTC 479(3), BIOTC 489(3), STAT 250 GQ(3) (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (6-8 credits)
CHEM 034(3), CHEM 035(3); or CHEM 036(2), CHEM 038(3), CHEM 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), B M B 212(1), B M B 221(2), MICRB 410(3), MICRB 412(3), MICRB 422(2) (Sem: 5-6)
MICRB 405A(8), MICRB 405B(1), MICRB 405C(6), MICRB 405D(5), MICRB 405E(7), MICRB 405F(3) (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (6-8 credits)
CHEM 034(3), CHEM 035(3); or CHEM 036(2), CHEM 038(3), CHEM 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: Summer Session 2001

Blue Sheet Item #: 29-07-143A

Review Date: 6/12/02

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