Graduate Minor

M.S and Ph.D. minors in biotechnology are available to students who successfully complete at least eight credit hours in selected laboratory core courses and conduct their graduate thesis research in an area of biotechnology. At least one member of the student's thesis committee must be a member of the Biotechnology faculty.  Research in biotechnology is focused in three main areas: recombinant DNA technology, bioprocessing/bioanalytical techniques, and in vitro culture techniques. The multidisciplinary nature of biotechnology means that a wide range of research topics and techniques are applicable. For more information contact Dr. Robert Kelly.

Students wishing to pursue graduate studies leading to either a M.S. or Ph.D. minor in biotechnology must enroll and conduct their research in a participating department. For specific information about enrollment requirements, contact the participating departments of interest to you directly. For general information about graduate education at NCSU contact the Graduate School, 1000 Main Campus Drive, Box 7102, NCSU, Raleigh, NC 27695.

Graduate Biotechnology Minor Requirements
  1. BIT 510 (4 credits)*
  2. BIT 5XX (2 credits) - any 2-credit BIT laboratory course qualifies
  3. BIT 5XX (2 credits) - any 2-credit BIT laboratory course qualifies

*Students may place out of BIT 510 if they have had either a similar course as an undergraduate or if they have substantial practical experience and conceptual knowledge of the material covered.  The approval to place out of BIT 510 is made by the Academic Advisor of the Biotechnology Program, in conjunction with consultation with the student's thesis advisor.  If placing out of BIT 510, the student will instead take one additional 2-credit BIT lab course (and will complete the minor requirements with 6 credits of coursework rather than 8).

Graduate students must include the minor in their Plan of Work to be approved by the Biotechnology Program Director

Additional Optional Courses Available to Graduate BIT minors:
  1. BIT 815 (2 credits) - Professional Development
  2. BIT 815 (2 credits) - Research Ethics
  3. BIT 815 (3 credits) - Capstone Biotechnology