Biotechnology

Requirements & Courses

  • Minor Requirements

    Twenty-four credits which must include:

    1. Core (12 credits): BIO 121, BCM 201, BCM 401, BCM 430;
    2. Electives (12 credits): Choose 12 credits from BIO 125, BCM 321, BCM 380, BCM 422, BIO 204, BIO 308, BIO 320, CHM 224, and either BIO 207 or IPH 227;
  • Program Considerations:
    • Note that some elective courses have additional prerequisites.
    • Students with AP Biology test scores of 5 may elect to receive four credits of BIO-121, thus fulfilling this requirement.
    • Students are invited to petition the Biotechnology Steering Committee in writing if they encounter new or distinctive course offerings that are relevant to the minor.
  • 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. Course fee.
  • 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
    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
    325M
    .
    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. Course fee.
  • 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
    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 or BCM-401
    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
    .
    Foundations of Biology
    4 credits
    Foundational concepts of biology are introduced through a combination of activities, case studies, presentations and discussions, and hands-on laboratory experiences. Students explore the essentials of metabolism, basic cell membrane and organelle structure and function, biosynthesis, DNA replication, cell division, reproduction, and Mendelian genetics within broader biological contexts such as human ecology and health, environmental issues, and evolution. The laboratory component provides students with practical experiences that develop laboratory skills and that employ the scientific method and basic data analyses. 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
    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
    .
    Physics of the Human Body I
    4 credits
    Prerequisite: MTH-112, 113, or 121 or Permission
    First half of an introductory couse on general physics with examples drawn from applications to the human body. Uses algebra and trigonometry, but not calculus. Physical principles are used to explain body functions such as muscles and human motion, with topics including mechanics, rotation, and conservation laws. Laboratory. Course fee.
  • PHY
    113
    .
    Physics of the Human Body II
    4 credits
    Prerequisite: PHY-112
    Second half of the introductory class started in PHY112. Uses algebra and trigonometry, but not calculus. General physical principles are introduced and used to explain body functions including: hearing and acoustics, vision and optics, and electric forces and signaling. 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-120 or 121
    Study of physiological processes and structures underlying behavior and development. Laboratory techniques for investigation of electrical and chemical brain activity. Laboratory. Course fee.