Biotechnology, B.S.

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The program course outline and graduation requirements for this catalog year are listed below.  The department website provides an overview of the program, admission requirements (when applicable), faculty biographies, learning outcomes, and careers: 

120 Credits Required


Liberal Education Program

Students must complete a comprehensive three-tiered Liberal Education Program (LEP). View all requirements of the tiers on the Liberal Education Program.  

While the choice of courses that fulfill the requirements is generally left up to students, courses in the major and/or cognate may also satisfy LEP requirements.  These shared courses are recommended below to fulfill both areas, although the course credits are only counted once towards the 120 credits required for graduation.

Tier 1 - Quantitative Reasoning
MAT 150 - Calculus I

Tier 2 - Natural World I: Physical Real
CHE 120 - General Chemistry I

Tier 2 - Natural World II: Life and Environment
BIO 103 - Biology II ('C' or better)

Tier 3 - Capstone
BIO 396 - Synthetic Biology: Engineering Life

Writing Requirements (“W-Courses”)

Three W-courses are required. These may not be taken until after a student has passed ENG 112 — Writing Arguments. W-courses may count toward LEP, major, or cognate requirements, as well as free electives. Course sections that meet this requirement are designated by section numbers ending in “W”.

Transfer students who enter with 60 to 89 credits are required to pass two W-courses, while transfer students who enter with 90 credits or more must pass one W-course.


40 Credits Required


GPA of at least 2.3 in the following major courses:

BIO 102 - Biology I ('C' or better)
BIO 103 - Biology II ('C' or better)
BIO 220 - Genetics ('C' or better)
BIO 233 - Introductory Microbiology
BIO 296 - Genomics I
BIO 393 - Introduction to Bioinformatics
BIO 396 - Synthetic Biology: Engineering Life
BIO 491 - Seminar in Biotechnology
BIO 497 - In-Service Training in Biotechnology

Choose 1 From:
BIO 386 - Practical Bioinformatics: Genomics II 
BIO 436 - Molecular Biology
BIO 467 - Lab Course in Biotechnology

Choose 1 From:
BIO 466 - Advanced Cell Molecular Biology
BIO 451 - Tissue Culture Workshop


31 Credits Required


CHE 120 - General Chemistry I
CHE 121 - General Chemistry II
CHE 260 - Organic Chemistry I
CHE 261 - Organic Chemistry II
MAT 150 - Calculus I
MAT 221 - Intermediate Applied Statistics
PHY 230 - Physics for Scientists and Engineers I

Choose 1 From:
CHE 450 - Biochemistry I
CHE 465 - Medicinal Chemistry
CHE 458 - Drug Discovery


Remaining credits to reach Overall Credits Required (listed above).