2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Oct 02, 2022  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biotechnology, B.S.


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Biotechnology is a multi-disciplinary program that incorporates the foundations of biology, microbiology, genetics, molecular biology, and chemistry. Biotechnology focuses on the manipulation of living organisms, their products, and their processes to further knowledge, improve quality of life and engineer new tools and applications. Biotechnology is applied to a broad range of industries including the pharmaceutical, chemical, agricultural, food development and manufacturing, to name but a few. Biotechnology has impacted significantly in the fields of medicine, health, environment and new technology and will continue to do so far into the future.

Program Goals

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology program are able to:

  • Demonstrate a broad range of basic laboratory skills and technical competencies applicable to the field of biotechnology and to the workplace;
  • Develop a broad understanding of foundational concepts, mechanisms and principles which can be applied across the fields of applied biotechnology, molecular and microbial biotechnology, food biotechnology, and nanotechnology;
  • Demonstrate scientific reasoning and critical thinking skills including the ability to evaluate and integrate multiple sources of information, recognize problems, evaluate data, and draw conclusions;
  • Model independent and collaborative work environments in the classroom, the laboratory, the field, and the workplace;
  • Demonstrate the successful ability to communicate scientific information to a variety of audiences and incorporate multiple modes of technology to achieve that goal; and,
  • Connect the classroom to the world of work through multi-modal and interdisciplinary learning experiences.

Biotechnology Requirements


This program requires a total of 48 to 55 semester hours: 1) 23 semester hours from Core courses and 2) 25-32 semester hours completed in one of the following concentrations: Food Safety and Quality Assurance, General Biotechnology, Medical Biotechnology, Nanobiotechnology, Nanobiotechnology and Nanofabrication, and Pharmaceutical Design. The semester hour value of each course appears in parentheses ( ).

Complete all of the following Core courses - 23 semester hours:


Complete one of the following Concentrations:


Six concentrations are offered:

  • Food Safety and Quality Assurance (25 semester hours)
  • General Biotechnology (27 semester hours)
  • Medical Biotechnology (27 semester hours)
  • Nanobiotechnology (29 semester hours)
  • Nanobiotechnology and NanoFabrication (32 semester hours)
  • Pharmaceutical Design (27 semester hours)

Food Safety and Quality Assurance Concentration (25 semester hours)


Complete all of the following courses - 19 semester hours:

Complete 6 semester hours from the following courses:

General Biotechnology Concentration (27 semester hours)


Complete all of the following courses - 16 semester hours:

Medical Biotechnology Concentration (27 semester hours)


Complete all of the following courses - 14 semester hours:

Nanobiotechnology Concentration (29 semester hours)


Complete all of the following courses - 25 semester hours:

Complete one of the following courses - 4 semester hours:

Nanobiotechnology and NanoFabrication Concentration (32 semester hours)


Complete all of the following courses - 14 semester hours:

Complete all of the following courses at the University Park Campus of The Pennsylvania State University - 18 semester hours:

Note:

The student completing the Biotechnology - Nanobiotechnology and NanoFabrication Concentration may substitute successful completion of NANO 216  for Project I.

Pharmaceutical Design Concentration (27 semester hours)


Complete all of the following courses - 22 semester hours:

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