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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
Clinical and Molecular Cancer Biology
Genetic Engineering
Human Genetics
Macromolecular Therapeutics and Drug Delivery
Nucleic Acid Chemistry
Principles and App. in Molecular Diagnostics
Protein Chemistry
Regulation of Metabolism
Techniques of Biochemical Analysis in Laboratory Medicine
Lab on a Chip
Transport and Chemical Analysis


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 (11-12 credits)

BIO C 6420 Advanced Biochemistry
BIO C 6600 Regulation of Metabolism

BIOL 5140 Genome Biology

BIOL 5210 Cell Structure and Function

BLCHM 6400 Genetic Engineering
BLCHM 6460 Protein Chemistry

CHEM 6810 Nanoscience:  Where Biology, Chemistry and Physics Intersect
CHEM 7150 Bioinorganic Chemistry
CHEM 7430 Chemical Biol of Proteins/Nucleic Acids
CHEM 7450/BLCHM 6450 Biophysical Chemistry
CHEM 7470 Nucleic Acid Chemistry
CHEM 7700 Transport and Chemical Analysis
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 6480   Cell Biology

ONCSC 6500 Clinical/Molecular Cancer Biology

PATH/BIOL 5030 Basic Immunology
PATH 5535 Prin. & App. in Molecular Diagnostics

PATH 6410 Molecular Virology
PATH 6900 Tech. of Bio. Analysis in Lab. Medicine

PHCEU 7030 Macromol. Therapeutics and Drug Delivery

Advanced Quantitative Skills (5-6 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

GEO 6340/CMP 6370 System Dynamics and Env. Policy

        PBHLT 6100 Biostatistics I

PH TX 6680 Stat. Methods for Pharm. Research

IconTransferable Skills (12 Credits)

MST 6100 —Policy and Regulatory Considerations for Scientist and Engineers
(3 credits)

MST 6110 Business Development for Scientist and Engineers
(3 credits)

MST 6200 Professional Development for Scientist and Engineers
(3 credits)

MST 6210 Operations and Project Management for Scientist and Engineers

electives: students can request to take 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)

(Notes: Course availability is subject to change. Substitute classes may be taken upon approval. Courses may have pre-requisites that are published in the University Course Catalog; students are responsible for confirming they meet course requirements and pre-requisites.)