Curriculum - Biotechnology, MS

Degree Requirements

The 30-credit curriculum of the Biotechnology, MS program consists of 3 parts:

  1. 5 required courses in biotechnology, protein and tissue engineering, enzyme catalysis, and biosensors (15 credits)
  2. 3 elective courses in biotechnology and related fields (9 credits)
  3. 2 more elective courses or Guided Studies in Biotechnology, involving laboratory or literature work (6 credits)

To meet graduation requirements, you must have an overall average of a B in all courses.

Required Courses (15 Credits)

BT 6013 Biotechnology and the Pharmaceutical Industry, Credits: 3.00
BT 6023 Biotechnology and Health Care, Credits: 3.00
BT 6033 Biosensors and Biochips, Credits: 3.00
BT 9053 Enzyme Catalysis in Organic Synthesis, Credits: 3.00
BT 9433 Protein Engineering, Credits: 3.00
or
BT 9443 Tissue Engineering, Credits: 3.00

Elective Courses (9-15 Credits)

You must take from 3 to 5 courses from the list shown:

BT 6053 Introduction to Neuroscience For Biotechnologists, Credits: 3.00
BT 6063 Immunology: Concepts, Mechanisms and Applications in Biotechnology, Credits: 3.00
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.

BE 6703 Materials in Medicine, Credits: 3.00
CM 8213 Bioanalytical Chemistry, Credits: 3.00
BT 6043 Biocatalysis in Industry, Credits: 3.00
CM 9423 Biochemistry II, Credits: 3.00
JW 6003 Introduction to Technical Communication, Credits: 3.00
BT 7013 Special Topics in Biotechnology, Credits: 3.00
BE 6601 Introduction to Drug Delivery, Credits: 1.50
MG 7871 Introduction to Managing Intellectual Property, Credits: 1.50
BT 7011 Special Topics in Biotechnology, Credits: 1.50

Guided studies (Up to 6 Credits)

You may take up to 2 guided studies courses (1 per semester), which involve laboratory or literature work, as arranged with your adviser:

BT 8713 Guided Studies in Biotechnology I, Credits: 3.00
BT 8723 Guided Studies in Biotechnology II, Credits: 3.00