Curriculum

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Our main educational objective for students is the attainment of a common core of knowledge in biotechnology, with particular emphasis on their ability to integrate knowledge across disciplinary boundaries. Specific track objectives are to provide students with didactic and practical knowledge:

  • in protein analytical approaches and methodologies for activities and function of biopharmaceuticals (Biopharmaceutical Analytical Sciences)
  • in development and optimization of drug substance manufacturing of biopharmaceuticals (Process Sciences)
  • in formulation development and drug product manufacturing of biopharmaceuticals (Pharmaceutical Technologies)

Graduates of the PlusOne receive a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in biology or biochemistry and following a Master of Science (MS) degree with a major in biotechnology.

Thirty-four graduate credits are required in the PlusOne program; half of these (17 SH) can be taken as an undergraduate.

In essence, a fixed series of prescribed courses taken as an undergraduate (see below) replaces most of the science electives taken for the BS. While the student is an undergraduate, up to 17 credits of graduate courses can double count towards both the undergraduate and graduate degrees. Once the student graduate with his/her BS the student becomes a full-time graduate student, enrolling in the same courses as other second year graduate students in the PSM program, and taking a minimum of 17 credits of graduate courses.

Required courses to take as an undergraduate:

BIOL 3407 (4 SH) Molecular Cell Biology – this undergraduate course replaces the requirement (but not the credits) for the graduate version BIOL 6301 (3 SH)
BIOL 5579 (5 SH) Molecular Biology/Biochemistry Experimental Approaches
BIOT 5120 (3 SH) Introduction to Biotechnology
BIOT 5219 (2 SH) The Biotechnology Enterprise
BIOT 6214 (2 SH) Experimental Design & Biometrics
BIOT 5560 (3 SH) Bioprocess Fundamentals
CHEM 5620 (3SH) Protein Chemistry

Total: 4 SH undergraduate credits; 18 SH graduate credits