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 functions 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 receive a Master of Science (MS) degree with a major in biotechnology.

Sample Curriculum Map for Full-time Students Entering AY13/14 (subject to change)

Biopharmaceutical Analytical Sciences Track (34 SH credits) (sample, subject to change)

First Year

Fall Semester
BIOT5120 Introduction to Biotechnology (3 SH)
BIOT5560 Bioprocess Fundamentals (3 SH)
BIOT5219 The Biotech Enterprise (2 SH)
BIOT5145 Basic Biotechnology Lab Skills (1 SH)

Spring Semester
CHEM5620 Protein Chemistry (3 SH)
BIOL6299 Molecular Cell Biology for Biotechnology (3 SH)
BIOT6214 Experimental Design and Biometrics (2 SH)

Second Year

Fall Semester
CHEM5550 Introduction to Glycobiology and Glycoprotein Analysis (3 SH)
BIOT5130 Team Skills in Biotechnology (2 SH)
Elective (3 SH)

Spring Semester
CHEM5660 Analytical Biochemistry (3 SH)
CHEM5616 Protein Mass Spectrometry (3 SH)
BIOT7245 Biotechnology Applications Laboratory (3 SH)

Summer
BIOT6964 Co-op Work Experience in Biotechnology (0 SH)

Process Sciences Track (34 SH credits) (sample, subject to change)

First Year

Fall Semester
BIOT5120 Introduction to Biotechnology (3 SH)
BIOT5560 Bioprocess Fundamentals (3 SH)
BIOT5219 The Biotech Enterprise (2 SH)
BIOT5145 Basic Biotechnology Lab Skills (1 SH)

Spring Semester
CHEM5620 Protein Chemistry (3 SH)
BIOL6299 Molecular Cell Biology for Biotechnology (3 SH)
BIOT6214 Experimental Design and Biometrics (2 SH)

Second Year
* Students take 2 of 3: BIOT5631, BIOT5635, BIOT5640

Fall Semester
BIOT5631 Cell Culture Processes for Recombinant Protein Production* (3 SH)
or
BIOT5635 Downstream Processes* (3 SH)
BIOT5130 Team Skills in Biotechnology (2 SH)
Elective (3 SH)

Spring Semester

CHEM5660 Analytical Biochemistry (3 SH)
BIOT5640 Drug Product Processes for Biopharmaceuticals* (3 SH)
BIOT7245 Biotechnology Applications Laboratory (3 SH)

Summer
BIOT6964 Co-op Work Experience in Biotechnology (0 SH)

Pharmaceutical Technologies Track (34 SH credits) (sample, subject to change)

First Year

Fall Semester
BIOT5120 Introduction to Biotechnology (3 SH)
BIOT5560 Bioprocess Fundamentals (3 SH)
BIOT5219 The Biotech Enterprise (2 SH)
BIOT5145 Basic Biotechnology Lab Skills (1 SH)

Spring Semester
CHEM5620 Protein Chemistry (3 SH)
BIOL6299 Molecular Cell Biology for Biotechnology (3 SH)
BIOT6214 Experimental Design and Biometrics (2 SH)

Second Year

 Fall Semester
BIOT5700 Molecular Interactions of Proteins in Biopharmaceutical Formulations (3 SH)
BIOT5130 Team Skills in Biotechnology (2 SH)
Elective (3 SH)

Spring Semester
CHEM5660 Analytical Biochemistry (3 SH)
BIOT5640 Drug Product Processes for Biopharmaceuticals (3 SH)
BIOT7245 Biotechnology Applications Laboratory (3 SH)

Summer
BIOT6964 Co-op Work Experience in Biotechnology (0 SH)