Degree Requirements

The 30-credit curriculum of this program comprises 3 parts:

  1. 4 required courses offering a broad overview of cutting-edge areas of biotechnology: biocatalysis and biomaterials, biotechnology and health care, biosensors and biochips, biotechnology, and the pharmaceuticals industry (12 credits)
  2. 1 required and a wide choice of elective 1.5- and 3-credit courses on technology innovation, intellectual-property management, finances, marketing, business-plan preparation, and fund-raising (12 credits)
  3. 2 more electives up to 6 credits or an optional project involving either technology-competition analysis and business-plan preparation or a placement in an early-stage start-up company (6 credits)

To meet graduation requirements, students must attain an overall GPA of 3.0 (average of a B) in all their courses and at least a B- in each of the required courses.

Required Courses (15 Credits)

Elective Courses (6-15 Credits)

You must take courses from the list below, which will amount to at least 6 credits in total, e.g., two 3-credit or four 1.5-credit courses:

BT 6073 Genetic Engineering (with labs), Credits: 3.00
Course information:
Genetic engineering underpins practically every aspect of modern biotechnology. This course aims at familiarizing students with the current methods of DNA manipulation and practical applications of recombinant DNA technology, including the use of vectors, construction of libraries, PCR, restriction digests, mapping, and cloning. The class includes lectures as well as a semester-long 3h/week lab.

BT 6083 Advanced Cell and Molecular Biology (with labs), Credits: 3.00
Course information:
The course aims to advance students’ knowledge in key areas of cell and molecular biology. Topics covered include cell-cell communications, organization of the cytoskeleton, mechanisms of cell signaling and signal transduction, chromatin organization and structure and genome regulation, maintenance and repair. The lab component of the class is designed to provide students with advanced bench-top skills used in modern cell and molecular biology experimentation.  

BT 6093 Biomedical Materials and Devices, Credits: 3.00
Course information:
The main objective of this multidisciplinary course is to provide students with a broad survey of currently used biomaterials and their use in medical devices for reconstructing or replacing injured, diseased, or aged human tissues and organs. Topics include a broad introduction to the materials used in medicine and their chemical, physical, and biological properties, basic mechanisms of wound healing and materials-tissue interactions.


You may take up to 3 Projects in Biotechnology and Entrepreneurship:

Subject to advisor’s approval students can also take an elective course at other Schools of NYU. For example, Biotechnology and Entrepreneurship students can select a course at NYU Stern School of Business.