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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Biotechnology

University Park, Eberly College of Science (BIOTC)

PROFESSOR Wendy Hanna-Rose, 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 110 GN(3), CHEM 111 GN(1), CHEM 112 GN(3), 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 this bulletin.)

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

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

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

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 95 credits[87]
(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 110 GN(3)[1], CHEM 111 GN(1)[1], CHEM 112 GN(3)[1], CHEM 113 GN(1), MATH 140 GQ(4)[1], MATH 141 GQ(4), PSU 016(1) (Sem: 1-2)
PHYS 250 GN(4), PHYS 251 GN(4) (Sem: 1-4)
B M B 251(3)[85], B M B 252(3)[85], BIOL 322(3), MICRB 201(3)[85], MICRB 202(2) (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 442(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 202(3), CHEM 203(3); or CHEM 210(3), CHEM 212(3), CHEM 213(2) (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/BIOTC/MICRB lecture course, 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 ten-month clinical practicum (MICRB 405A-F) at an affiliate hospital for the senior year. (Current affiliations are with Mount Nittany Medical Center, State College and 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. The B.S. degree is awarded at the first commencement following completion of the clinical practicum.

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 202(3), CHEM 203(3); or CHEM 210(3), CHEM 212(3), CHEM 213(2) (Sem: 3-4)

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

Integrated B.S. in Biotechnology - Master of Biotechnology in Biotechnology

PROFESSOR Loida Escote-Carlson, in charge

The integrated B.S. in Biotechnology-Master of Biotechnology degree program is designed to enable qualified undergraduate students in the B.S. Biotechnology program to graduate in five years with the Master of Biotechnology degree. The requirements of the Master of Biotechnology degree are designed to prepare students for diverse career opportunities in the burgeoning biotechnology industry. The integrated B.S. Biotechnology-Master of Biotechnology program will enhance the preparation and qualifications of B.S. Biotechnology students seeking entry-level positions in biotechnology and related industries. At the same time, students develop a practical knowledge of the laboratory techniques that underlie current research in the life sciences that will serve as excellent preparation for those students in the Master of Biotechnology program who later decide to pursue further graduate degrees.

A maximum of 12 credits will be cross-counted towards the B.S. and Masters degrees, from the following courses:
B M B 400(2-3), BIOTC 479(3), IBIOS 571(2), IBIOS 591(1), and IBIOS 593(3).

B.S. Biotechnology Requirements:
Total credits required: 125
GENERAL EDUCATION: 46 credits (15 of these are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 94-95 credits

Prescribed courses: 67 credits
Additional courses: 6-9 credits
Supporting courses and related areas: 18-21 credits

Master of Biotechnology Requirements:
Total credits required: 30 (18 of which must be from 500-level courses)

Required courses: 16-19 credits
Electives: 11-14 credits

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.
[85] To graduate with a B.S. degree in Biotechnology, a grade of C or better is required in two of the following courses: MICRB 201, B M B/MICRB 251, B M B/MICRB 252.
[87] To graduate with a B.S. degree in Biotechnology, a grade of C or better is required in 9 credits of any BIOTC, B M B, or MICRB 400-level course except B M B 442, B M B 443W, B M B 445W, B M B 448, B M B 488, B M B 496, MICRB 421W, MICRB 422, MICRB 447.

Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2013

Blue Sheet Item #: 42-01-111

Review Date: 08/20/13

UCA Revision #1: 8/3/06

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