Biotechnology, Bachelor of Science

122 credits

This major focuses on biology at the molecular level and reflects the importance of science at the biology/chemistry interface. Independent laboratory work is emphasized and the senior research project is mandatory. The program prepares students for work in the field of biotechnology as well as industries such as chemical companies, pharmaceutical companies, and environmental firms. This major also provides students with the core courses required for admission to professional and graduate schools.

Degree Requirements


BI 1110 Biological Science I (TECO) 4
BI 1120 Biological Science II 4
BI 3040 Microbiology 4
BI 3050 Biotechnology (WRCO) 4
BI 3060 Genetics 4
BI 4100 Cell Structure and Function 4
BI 4200 Senior Research 4
BI/CH Major electives [not BIDI/CHDI] 8
Introduction to Research - complete one of the following: 2
BI 4190 Introduction to Research
CH 4190 Introduction to Research
CH 1050 Laboratory Safety 1
CH 2250 Techniques in Laboratory Chemistry 2
CH 2335 General Chemistry I (QRCO) 4
CH 2340 General Chemistry II 4
CH 3020 Biochemistry I 4
CH 3370 Organic Chemistry I 4
CH 3380 Organic Chemistry II 4
Mathematics requirement - complete two of the following: 7-8
MA 2140 Precalculus (QRCO) (TECO)
MA 2300 Statistics I (QRCO)
MA 2490 Applied Calculus I (QRCO)
MA 2500 Applied Calculus II (QRCO)
MA 2550 Calculus I (QRCO)
MA 2560 Calculus II (QRCO)
Physics - complete (PH 2130 and PH 2140) or (PH 2410-PH 2440): 8
PH 2130 Physics I
PH 2140 Physics II
PH 2410 University Physics I
PH 2420 University Physics II
PH 2430 University Physics Laboratory I
PH 2440 University Physics Laboratory II
General Education:
EN 1200 Composition 3
IS 1111 The First Year Seminar: Critical Thinking and the Nature of Inquiry 3
CTDI Creative Thought Directions 6
PPDI Past and Present Directions 6
SSDI Self and Society Directions 6
DICO Diversity Connection 3
GACO Global Awareness Connection 3
INCO Integration Connection 3
WECO Wellness Connection 3
Electives 10-9

Those who satisfy the Biological Science requirement by exam or Advanced Placement must choose eight credits from introductory Zoology or Botany courses (BI 2030, BI 2040, BI 2070). Biotechnology majors may not declare the Biology minor.

*All course information is from the 2014-2015 Catalog.