Biotechnology – Program of Study

BiotechnologyBiotechnology is a rapidly expanding field with career opportunities in diverse settings including start-up companies, established industries, government agencies, various health-care, environmental entities, law firms, and non-profit organizations. An understanding of the biochemical, genetic, and molecular aspects of biotechnology is paramount in guiding the future of the industry.

The Biotechnology Track is offered through the College of Science and focuses on the molecular, genetic, and biochemical aspects of biotechnology.

Graduate Students in the Biotechnology Track take advanced science courses in Bioanalytical Chemistry and Protein and Nucleic Acid Biochemistry and choose electives based on their professional goals. These areas of study include:

Advanced Biochemistry
Analytical Chemical Measurements
Analytical Spectroscopy and Optics
Basic Immunology
Biochemical Genetics
Bioinorganic Chemistry
Biophysical Chemistry
Cell Biology
Cell Structure and Function
Chemical Biology of Proteins and Nucleic Acids
Chemical Separations and Measurements
Clinical and Molecular Cancer Biology
Gene Expression
Genetic Engineering
Human Genetics
Macromolecular Therapeutics and Drug Delivery
Nanoscience
Nucleic Acid Chemistry
Principles and Applications in Molecular Diagnostics
Protein Chemistry
Regulation of Metabolism
Techniques of Biochemical Analysis in Laboratory Medicine

Curriculum

The Professional Master of Science and Technology Program consists of four parts, totaling 36 credit hours. Core Science courses are defined based on the focus area chosen (15-16 credits); courses that develop Advanced Quantitative Skills and Transferable (Business) Skills complete the required course work. The program incorporates a Professional Experience (3 credits as an internship project) for students to demonstrate their knowledge and skills.

Core Requirements (4 credits)

CHEM 6740 Bioanalytical Chemistry
MBIOL 6410 Protein and Nucleic Acid Biochemistry

Focus Area Electives (11 credits)

BIO C 6420 Advanced Biochemistry
BIO C 6600 Regulation of Metabolism

BIOL 5210 Cell Structure and Function

BLCHM 6400 Genetic Engineering
BLCHM 6460 Protein Chemistry

CHEM 6810 Nanoscience
CHEM 7150 Bioinorganic Chemistry
CHEM 7430 Chemical Biol of Proteins/Nucleic Acids
CHEM 7450 Biophysical Chemistry
CHEM 7470 Nucleic Acid Chemistry
CHEM 7700 Chemical Separations and Measurements
CHEM 7710 Analytical and Chemical Measurements
CHEM 7770 Analytical Spectroscopy and Optics
CHEM 7790 Lab on a Chip

HGEN 6500 Human Genetics
HGEN 7380 Biochemical Genetics

MBIOL 6440 Gene Expression
MBIOL 6480   Cell Biology

ONCSC 6500 Clinical/Molecular Cancer Biology

PATH 5030 Basic Immunology
PATH 5535 Prin. & App. in Molecular Diagnostics
PATH 6900 Tech. of Bio. Analysis in Lab. Medicine

PHCEU 7030 Macromol. Therapeutics and Drug Delivery

Advanced Quantitative Skills (6 credits)

MST 6600 Applied Statistical Techniques

AND one of the following six courses:

BIOL 5910 Mathematical Models in Biology
BIOL 6500 Advanced Statistical Modeling for Biologist

CHEM 7750 Information Processing
FP MD 6100 Biostatistics I

GEO 6340/CMP 6370 System Dynamics and Env. Policy

PH TX 6680 Stat. Methods for Pharm. Research

IconTransferable Skills (12 Credits)

MST 6010 Effective Communication (1)
MST 6012 Accounting and Finance (1)
MST 6020 Leadership and Management (1)
MST 6021 Strategic Planning and Marketing (1)
MST 6022 Production & Operations Management (1)
MST 6023 Entrepreneurship and New Product Development (1)

MST 6500 Scientific Reasoning (3)

electives: 3 credits of graduate coursework from the David Eccles School of Business or an approved elective (contact program director for a list of transferable skills electives)

(Note: course availability is subject to change.)