Biotechnology, B.S.

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120 Credits Required


48 Credits Required

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, some departments require that students select specific courses to complement their major. This major has specific Tier requirements/restrictions for the following:

Tier 1 - Critical Thinking
PHY 123 - Critical Thinking and Science for Future Leaders

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

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.



32 Credits Required


BIO 102 - Zoology
BIO 220 - Genetics
BIO 233 - Microbiology
BIO 296 - Genomics I
BIO 393 - Introduction to Bioinformatics
BIO 491 - Seminar in Biotechnology
BIO 497 - In-Service Training in Biotechnology

Choose 1 From:
BIO 386 - 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


24 Credits Required


CHE 121 - General Chemistry I
CHE 260 - Organic Chemistry I
CHE 261 - Organic Chemistry II
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).