Professors Ball, Beckmann and McNally; Associate Professors Keeton and Turk; Assistant Professors Calhoun and Doyle.
The science of biotechnology combines content and techniques from multiple disciplines in pursuit of a common goal; the solution of problems in medical science and health care, pharmaceutical science, agriculture and environmental science. Curricular components of distinction are extensive laboratory work that includes a summer research fellowship/internship, immersion in critical analysis of current research literature, and integration of coursework from the humanities and social sciences. The curriculum has been developed to prepare students for graduate work in biomedical sciences as well as employment in academic and commercial research laboratories, the underlying philosophy including an emphasis on experiential learning as well as placement of biotechnology into the appropriate social and ethical context.
- 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.
- Successful completion of the capstone experience, BTC 401 (2 credits).
- 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.
- Successful qualification for and completion of an intensive summer research experience in an academic or industrial setting.
- 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).
- Students with AP Biology test scores of 5 may elect to receive four credits of BIO 121, thus fulfilling this requirement.
- Yearly enrollment in a Journal Club offering is the expectation. These are currently provided in the Winter Term.
- In order to ensure academic options within a four year plan, CHM 115/223 and BIO 121 are desirable first year courses.
- For maximum benefit, consider enrolling in BTC 180 Molecular Techniques in the first available Spring Term.
- An off-campus summer research experience is viewed as most valuable.
- Students are invited to petition the Biotechnology Steering Committee in writing if they encounter new or distinctive offerings that are relevant to the major.