Biotechnology

Requirements & Courses

  • Major Requirements
    1. Core: 54 credits. Each student must take 20 credits of CHM 115, 223, 224, 230 and BCM 321; 8 credits of BIO 121 and 204; 8 credits of PHY 112 or 121, and 113 or 122; 8 credits of Computation including 4 credits of MTH at 112 or higher, and Biostatistics; 4 credits of BTC Techniques; 6 credits of Journal Club BTC 101, 201, and 301.
    2. Successful completion of the capstone experience, BTC 401 (2 credits).
    3. Electives: 12 credits. Each student must take at least 4 additional credits from BTC offerings and 8 credits from BIO 207 or IPH 226; BIO 308, 330; BCM 430; IPH 340; PSY 201.
    4. Successful qualification for and completion of an intensive summer research experience in an academic or industrial setting.
    5. Integrative Electives: 12 credits. Students will take at least 12 biotechnology-related credits outside the natural sciences, which must be approved by the program (See item 6 under Program Considerations).
  • Program Considerations
    1. Students with AP Biology test scores of 5 may elect to receive four credits of BIO 121, thus fulfilling this requirement.
    2. Yearly enrollment in a Journal Club offering is the expectation. These are currently provided in the Winter Term.
    3. In order to ensure academic options within a four year plan, CHM 115/223 and BIO 121 are desirable first year courses.
    4. For maximum benefit, consider enrolling in BTC 180 Molecular Techniques in the first available Spring Term.
    5. An off-campus summer research experience is viewed as most valuable.
    6. Students are invited to petition the Biotechnology Steering Committee in writing if they encounter new or distinctive offerings that are relevant to the major.
  • BTC
    101
    .
    Biotechnology Journal Club
    2
    Gain familiarity with, and conversancy of current literature and developments in the biotechnology sector. Primary research literature articles of various thematic topics are discussed and presented in a student-directed format. Graduating seniors must enroll in BTC-401 and will receive advanced assignments consistent with a capstone experience.
  • BTC
    125
    .
    Molecular Techniques
    4
    Introduction to basic molecular biology laboratory techniques. Prepares students for upper level courses and summer research internships in the molecular sciences. Spring Term offering. Laboratory.
  • BTC
    *
    201
    .
    Biotechnology Journal Club
    2
    Gain familiarity with, and conversancy of current literature and developments in the biotechnology sector. Primary research literature articles of various thematic topics are discussed and presented in a student-directed format. Graduating seniors must enroll in BTC-401 and will receive advanced assignments consistent with a capstone experience.
  • BTC
    *
    301
    .
    Biotechnology Journal Club
    2
    Gain familiarity with, and conversancy of current literature and developments in the biotechnology sector. Primary research literature articles of various thematic topics are discussed and presented in a student-directed format. Graduating seniors must enroll in BTC-401 and will receive advanced assignments consistent with a capstone experience.
  • BTC
    *
    320
    .
    Medical Botany
    4
    BIO-121 and CHM-223
    Study of the contribution of plants to modern medicine. Topics include the botany, anthropology, chemistry, and pharmacology of plant derived drugs. Cross-listed with BIO-320. Course fee.
  • BTC
    *
    401
    .
    Biotechnology Journal Club
    2
    Gain familiarity with, and conversancy of current literature and developments in the biotechnology sector. Primary research literature articles of various thematic topics are discussed and presented in a student-directed format. Graduating seniors must enroll in BTC-401 and will receive advanced assignments consistent with a capstone experience.
  • BTC
    *
    430
    .
    Molecular Genetics
    4
    BCM-321 and BIO-204
    Study of the transmission of information at the molecular level and the techniques used in gene analysis. Topics include gene structure and function, gene expression, genetic mobility, genomics, transgenics and recombinant DNA methodology. Laboratory. Course fee.
  • BTC
    *
    500
    .
    Senior Thesis
    4
    Independent laboratory research of an original problem resulting in a thesis and public presentation. Required for departmental honors. Requires instructor permission.
  • BCM
    *
    321
    .
    Biochemistry
    4
    BIO-121, CHM-224 and CHM-230
    Overview of the major topics of biochemistry including the chemistry, structure, function, biological activity and molecular mechanisms of the major biological macromolecules. Introduction to bioenergetics and central metabolic pathways. Laboratory. Course fee.
  • BCM
    *
    430
    .
    Molecular Genetics
    4
    BCM-321 and BIO-204
    Study of the transmission of information at the molecular level and the techniques used in gene analysis. Topics include gene structure and function, gene expression, genetic mobility, genomics, transgenics and recombinant DNA methodology. Laboratory. Course fee.
  • BIO
    121
    .
    General Cell Biology
    4
    Study of basic biological processes, mostly at the cellular level, including the chemical basis of life, cellular structure and function, heredity, reproduction and the genetic basis of evolution. Offered Winter Only! Required for BIO, BCM, BTC, and IPHS majors. BIO majors should have already taken BIO-120 in Fall. Laboratory. Course fee.
  • BIO
    *
    204
    .
    Genetics
    4
    BIO-121 and Sophomore Standing
    The mechanics of inheritance at the molecular and cellular levels and the relationship of this phenomenon to gene action, organismal development, population changes and evolution. Laboratory. Course fee.
  • BIO
    *
    308
    .
    Microbiology
    4
    Survey of the bacteria, viruses and other protists emphasizing their structure, physiology, systematics, ecology and genetics. Focuses on microbes important to humans including disease and the immune response. Requires junior or senior standing or permission. Laboratory. Course fee.
  • BIO
    *
    330
    .
    Immunology
    4
    BIO-204
    Examination of the immune system and its role in disease. Emphasizes current research articles and experimental procedures. Laboratory. Course fee.
  • CHM
    115
    .
    Chemical Analysis
    4
    Introduction to the basic principles of chemistry in a context of chemical analysis. Intended for students in the sciences. Includes the periodic table, elements, ionic and covalent compounds, stoichiometry, atomic and molecular structure, spectroscopy, gases, pH and acid-base and oxidation-reduction reactions. DR and academic credit will only be awarded to one of CHM-103 or CHM-115. Laboratory. Course fee.
  • CHM
    *
    223
    .
    Organic Chemistry I
    4
    CHM-115
    Study of the chemistry of carbon-containing compounds, emphasizing the various functional groups and their transformations, reaction mechanisms and stereochemistry, and the development of synthetic schemes. Laboratory. Course fee.
  • CHM
    *
    224
    .
    Organic Chemistry II
    4
    CHM-115, 223
    Study of the chemistry of carbon-containing compounds, emphasizing the various functional groups and their transformations, reaction mechanisms and stereochemistry, and the development of synthetic schemes. Laboratory. Course fee.
  • CHM
    *
    230
    .
    Inorganic Chemistry
    4
    CHM-224 or Permission
    Study of the chemistry of the metals and non-metals emphasizing periodic behavior, elementary thermodynamics, ionic and covalent structures, oxidation and reduction reactions, acid-base chemistry, equilibria, transition metal complexes and reaction kinetics. Laboratory. Course fee.
  • IPH
    *
    226
    .
    Human Physiology II
    4
    BIO-121 and IPH-225
    Study of physiological functions of the human body and the relationship of systems to the maintenance of homeostatic balance. Includes applications of physiological principles to practical issues in medicine and physical performance. Laboratory. Course fee.
  • IPH
    *
    340
    .
    Pharmacology
    4
    IPH-226 or BIO-207
    Overview of the major concepts of pharmaceutical sciences. Includes the study of basic pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic principles as related to the major classes of drugs used in the clinical setting today.
  • PHY
    112
    .
    General Physics I
    4
    MTH-112, 113, or 121 or Permission
    First half of an introductory survey of physics with emphasis on problem-solving. Uses algebra and trigonometry but not calculus. Appropriate for students who plan no further study in physics. Topics include motion, forces, rotation, conservation laws and thermal physics. Laboratory. Course fee.
  • PHY
    113
    .
    General Physics II
    4
    PHY-112
    Second half of the introductory survey of physics started with PHY 112. Uses algebra and trigonometry but not calculus. Topics include vibrations and waves, sound, electricity and magnetism, optics and modern topics. Laboratory. Course fee.
  • PHY
    121
    .
    Introduction to Physics I
    4
    First half of introductory survey of physics with emphasis on problem-solving. Uses calculus. Appropriate for physics, chemistry or mathematics majors, pre-engineering students, and pre-medical students who have had calculus. Includes mechanics,dynamics and rotation. Requires MTH-121 concurrently or permission. Permission will be granted immediately to students who already have credit for MTH-112 or 113. Laboratory. Course fee.
  • PHY
    122
    .
    Introduction to Physics II
    4
    PHY-121
    Second half of the introductory survey of physics started with PHY 121. Uses calculus.Includes oscillations, gravity, waves, sounds,fluids and thermal physics. Completion of MTH-122 or concurrent enrollment in MTH-122 is strongly recommended. Laboratory. Course fee.
  • PSY
    *
    201
    .
    Physiological Psychology
    4
    PSY-121
    Study of physiological processes and structures underlying behavior and development. Laboratory techniques for investigation of electrical and chemical brain activity. Laboratory. Course fee.