B.S. in Biology (Biotechnology Concentration)

The concentration in biotechnology is designed to provide the undergraduate student with a thorough background in molecular and cellular biology, with emphasis on current developments in areas including genetics, immunology, microbiology, cell physiology, recombinant DNA techniques and cell and tissue culture. This program prepares students for careers in research or the health care professions, as well as careers in business, law and scientific writing.

Candidates for a concentration in biotechnology must complete the courses required for the major in biology and include the following courses: BIOL3225, BIOL3226 General Microbiology; BIOL3345 Molecular Genetics; BIOL5306 Immunology; and BIOL6840 Cell Culture.

1st semester (12 credits)

BIOL1251       General Biology I 
BIOL1253       General Biology I Lab
CHEM1201    General Chemistry I
CHEM1203    General Chemistry Lab I
ENWR1101     Academic Writing
UNIV1001       Transitioning to University Life

2nd Semester (16 credits)

BIOL1252        General Biology II 
BIOL1254        General Biology II Lab
CHEM1202     General Chemistry II
CHEM1204     General Chemistry Lab II
ENWR1102     Academic Research & Writing
1 Math Sequence
UNIV1002        Preparing for Professional Life

3rd Semester (16 credits)

BIOL2250/BIOL2150      Ecology & Field Biology and Lab  (or)
MBIO2209/MBIO2219     Intro to Marine Biology
CHEM2261     Organic Chemistry I
CHEM2263     Organic Chemistry Lab I
Humanities Elective
Math Sequence 

4th Semester (15 credits)

BIOL2210/BIOL2211     Genetics and Lab
BIOL2300        Experimental Design
CHEM2262     Organic Chemistry II
CHEM2264     Organic Chemistry Lab II
2Humanities Elective

5th Semester (15 credits)

BIOL2237/BIOL2239     Human Structure & Function and Lab
BIOL3225/BIOL3226     General Microbiology & Lab
PHYS2203      University Physics I
PHYS2201      Physics Lab I
UNIV2001       Cross-cultural Perspectives

6th Semester (17 credits)

BIOL4240/BIOL4241     Molecular Cell Biology & Lab
PHYS2204     University Physics II
PHYS2202     General Physics Lab II
6Free Elective
6Free Elective
4Social & Behavioral Sciences Elective

7th Semester (16 credits)

BIOL3345       Molecular Genetics
BIOL4855       Molecular Biology Techniques
BIOL4900       Biology Seminar I
BIOL6720       Molecular Biotechnology
UNIV2002      Global Issues
6Free Elective 

8th Semester (13 credits)

BIOL4405     4Ethics in Science
BIOL4901     Biology Seminar II
BIOL5306     Immunology
BIOL6840     Cell culture
3Speech/Prof Communication Elective


WRITTEN COMMUNICATION:  ENWR1101 and 1102 will satisfy this requirement.

QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS (1MATHEMATICS SEQUENCE):  In the freshman year students are required to take either Precalculus or Calculus. The first-year course must be followed by a second mathematics course in sequence, i.e., Calculus I or Calculus II.

2HUMANITIES:  Take six credits of any course that has the prefix ENGL, HIST, HUMN, LANG, PHIL, or RELI, or the following ART courses:  ART1103, 1107, 1108, 1120, 1131, 1133, 1135, 1136, 1137, 2137, and 2238. Courses may be within the same discipline or different disciplines, but either way at least one course must be at the 2000 level or above.

3SPEECH/PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION:  Requirements consist of a three-credit Speech course.

4SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES:  Take three credits of coursework in COMM, CRIM, POLS, PSYC or SOCI.

5ETHICAL AND MORAL ANALYSIS:  Students must take BIOL4405 Ethics in Science to satisfy this requirement.

ART AND CULTURE:  This requirement is waived as it will be satisfied by UNIV2002 Global Issues.

SCIENTIFIC ANALYSIS:  This requirement will be satisfied by CHEM1201 and 1202.


6FREE ELECTIVES:  May be chosen from any courses offered at the University after consultation with an advisor, but may include no more than six credits of “1000” level Biology courses. (Students may not take BIOL1201-1202 and BIOL1101-1102). Physical Education is recommended for students to go on to schools of Veterinary Medicine.  Foreign language is recommended for students intending to go on to Graduate School.

The Program is designed for students who plan to attend Graduate school or who wish to prepare for admission to a School of Medicine, Dentistry, Chiropractic, Optometry, etc., as well as those interested in entering directly into the workforce.

A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation.