Biotechnology

Requirements & Courses

  • Major Requirements

    Eighty-credits, which must include:
    Core Courses:

    1. CHM-115, 223, 224, 230 and BCM-321
    2. BIO 121 and 204
    3. PHY-112 and 113 or PHY-121 and 122
    4. Computation (8 cr): MTH 112 or higher and Biostatistics (MTH-118)
    5. Four credits of BTC Techniques
    6. Six credits of Journal Club BTC-101, 201, and 301.
    7. Capstone (2 cr): BTC-401


    General and Integrative Electives:

    1. At least four additional credits from BTC offerings

    2. Eight credits from BIO-307 or IPH-226; BIO-308, 330; BCM-430; IPH-340; PSY-201

    3. At least twelve biotechnology-related credits outside the natural sciences, which must be approved by the program (See item 6 under Program Considerations).

    4. Successful qualification for and completion of an intensive summer research experience in an academic or industrial setting.

  • 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. Winter Term only.
    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 credits
    Gain familiarity with, and be conversant in 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
    125M
    .
    Protein Expression Techniques
    4 credits
    This hands-on course focuses on various protein expression models in today’s molecular research laboratory. Expression of recombinant proteins in bacterial and animal cell culture has become a critical skill set for work in modern academic and applies industrial research settings. Instrumentation experience will include but not be limited to: Biosafety Level-2 in vitro cell culture, fluorescence microscopy, UV-VIS Spectrophotometry, SDS-PAGE, and affinity chromatography. Brief morning planning sessions coordinated by the instructor and upper level students will be followed by a full day in the laboratory.
  • BTC
    201
    .
    Biotechnology Journal Club
    2 credits
    Gain familiarity with, and be conversant in 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
    280
    .
    Biostatistics
    4 credits
    Introduction to the analytical methods commonly used in biotechnology and biomedical sciences. Emphasis on the basic concepts of experimental design, quantitative analysis of data and hypothesis testing. Provides a foundation to evaluate information critically to support research objectives and a better understanding of statistical design of experimental trials for biological products/devices.
  • BTC
    299
    .
    Research in Biotechnology
    1 credit
    Prerequisite: Permission
    Students will work independently on a faculty-mentored research project. This typically involves conducting experiments, gathering data and analyzing data.
  • BTC
    301
    .
    Biotechnology Journal Club
    2 credits
    Gain familiarity with, and be conversant in 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 credits
    Prerequisite: 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. Course fee. (Cross-listed as BIO-320.)
  • BTC
    399
    .
    Research in Biotechnology
    1 credit
    Prerequisite: Permission
    Students will work independently on a faculty-mentored research project. This typically involves conducting experiments, gathering data and analyzing data.
  • BTC
    401
    .
    Biotechnology Journal Club
    2 credits
    Gain familiarity with, and be conversant in 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 credits
    Prerequisite: 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
    499
    .
    Research in Biotechnology
    1 credit
    Prerequisite: Permission
    Students will work independently on a faculty-mentored research project. This typically involves conducting experiments, gathering data and analyzing data.
  • BTC
    500
    .
    Senior Thesis
    4 credits
    Prerequisite: Permission
    Independent laboratory research of an original problem resulting in a thesis and public presentation. Required for departmental honors.
  • BCM
    321
    .
    Biochemistry
    4 credits
    Prerequisite: 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 credits
    Prerequisite: 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. (Offered Winter, Even numbered years)
  • BIO
    121
    .
    Introduction to Cell Biology
    4 credits
    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. Required for BIO, BCM, BTC, and IPHS majors. Laboratory. Course fee.
  • BIO
    204
    .
    Genetics
    4 credits
    Prerequisite: 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
    207
    .
    General Physiology
    4 credits
    Study of the function of various animal organ systems, especially the ways in which they interact to maintain homeostasis of the individual. Most examples are from mammalian systems. Laboratory. Course fee.
  • BIO
    308
    .
    Microbiology
    4 credits
    Prerequisite: Junior or Senior Standing or Permission
    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. Laboratory. Course fee.
  • BIO
    330
    .
    Immunology
    4 credits
    Prerequisite: BIO-121 or permission
    The basic elements of the immune system that govern the innate and adaptive immune responses will be covered. Emphasis will be spent on B and T lymphocyte functions and the mechanisms of immune defense against pathogens. Course fee.
  • CHM
    115
    .
    Chemical Analysis
    4 credits
    Prerequisite: MTH-110 or Placement
    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 credits
    Prerequisite: 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 credits
    Prerequisite: 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 credits
    Prerequisite: 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 credits
    Prerequisite: BIO-121 and IPH-225, may take IPH-344 concurrently
    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 credits
    Prerequisite: IPH-226 or BIO-307
    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 credits
    Prerequisite: 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 credits
    Prerequisite: 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 credits
    Prerequisite: MTH-113 or MTH-121 previously or concurrently
    Calculus-based treatment of one and two-dimensional mechanics, vectors, force, work, energy, momentum, torque, and static equilibrium. Offered every Fall. Laboratory. Course fee.
  • PHY
    122
    .
    Introduction to Physics II
    4 credits
    Prerequisite: PHY-121
    Continuation of PHY 121. Topics include oscillations and waves, sound, Doppler effect, introductory electricity and magnetism, introductory optics. Offered every Winter. Laboratory. Course fee.
  • PSY
    201
    .
    Physiological Psychology
    4 credits
    Prerequisite: 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.