Undergraduate Minor Requirements

To declare your intent to minor in Biotechnology, please email your name, student ID number, major, and anticipated graduation semester to Dr. Laura Schenkman BEFORE applying to graduate. 

Complete the Certification form and send it electronically to Dr. Laura Schenkman by November 15 for Fall Graduation or April 15 for Spring Graduation.

Group A (Preparatory Courses)

  • BIO 183 -Introduction to Biology I: Cellular and Molecular Biology (4 credits)
  • CH 223 – Organic Chemistry II (4 credits)

Group B (4 credits)

One of these courses should be taken during the junior or senior year, prior to or concurrently with the research internship in Group D. BIT 410 is the preferred course for students to take and will be offered in both fall and spring semesters.

  • BIT 410 – Manipulation of Recombinant DNA (4 credits)
  • BCH 454 – Advanced Biochemistry Lab (4 credits) may be substituted for BIT 410 as a pre-requisite for some advanced modules.

Group C (4-5 credit hours)

These courses will be offered in pairs of 7.5-week modules during the Fall and Spring semesters. You may combine any two of these advanced laboratory module courses.  BIT laboratory courses are regularly added and updated to cover new biotechnology techniques.  Use the COURSES tab at the top of the page to view the courses available by semester.  MB 451 Microbial Diversity (3 cr) may be substituted for one module.

*Note that some of the advanced laboratory module courses will count towards the minor, but will not appear to be designated as Group C on a student’s degree audit automatically.  If this needs to be modified, please contact Dr. Schenkman.

Group D (3 credit hours)

A 3 credit (or equivalent) research experience in a field related to biotechnology is strongly recommended. This should be done through your major department if possible. Most majors have 492- or 493-level courses for an independent research experience. Requirement MUST include molecular biotechnology laboratory research. Some of the existing courses that fulfill this requirement include:

  • Many 492 or 493 courses in science departments or
  • 498-9 Honors Research CHE 497 or
  • 498 Undergraduate Research (3 cr) – must be related to biotechnology.

There are many opportunities for summer internships in the Research Triangle Park. Please consult with your advisor, the coordinator of advising for your major, Marcy Bullock (Marcy_Bullock@ncsu.edu) or Tricia Buddin (Tricia_Buddin@ncsu.edu) in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Career Services Office at 515-3249, or a BIT advisor:  Dr. Carlos C. Goller (ccgoller@ncsu.edu), Dr. Melissa Srougi (mcsrougi@ncsu.edu), or Dr. Stefanie Chen (slchen2@ncsu.edu)

An additional 2 credit biotechnology-related laboratory course (Group C) plus a 1 credit Biotechnology Professional Development course (BIT 402/502) may replace this research requirement.

COVID-19 provision: A remote research option is available in special circumstances after discussion with BIT Faculty. 

Group E (1-3 credits)

You must enroll for 1-3 credits of courses that include ethical discussions of biotechnology.
Any of the following courses will fulfill this requirement. Other courses may be used with departmental approval.

  • IDS 201 – Environmental Ethics (3 credits)
  • STS 302 – Contemporary Science, Technology & Human Values (3 credits)
  • IDS 303 – Humans and the Environment (3 credits)
  • STS 304 – Ethical Dimensions of Progress (3 credits)
  • PHI 325 – Bio-Medical Ethics (3 credits)
  • STS 325 – Bio-Medical Ethics (3 credits)
  • CS 224 – Seeds, Biotechnology, and Society
  • BIT 501 – Issues in Biotechnology

To declare your intent to minor in Biotechnology, please email your name, student ID number, major, and anticipated graduation semester to Dr. Laura Schenkman BEFORE YOU APPLY TO GRADUATE.

Complete the Certification form and send it electronically to Dr. Laura Schenkman by November 15 for Fall graduation or April 15 for Spring graduation.