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Graduate Minor Requirements

Program Information

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 on 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.

Graduate Biotechnology Minor Requirements

  • BIT 510 (4 credits)*
  • BIT 5XX (2 credits) – any 2-credit BIT laboratory course qualifies
  • 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 Faculty 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

  • BIT 815 (1 credit) – Professional Development (offered in Fall, even-numbered years)
  • BIT 815 (1 credit) – Research Ethics (offered in Fall, odd-numbered years)
  • BIT 815 (3 credits) – Capstone Biotechnology (offered in Spring, even-numbered years)
  • BIT 815 (1 credit) – Rigor and Reproducibility in Research (offered in Spring, odd-numbered years)