Minor in Biotechnology

Biotechnology has applications in a number of diverse fields, including recent growth in gene and cell therapies, protein and tissue engineering, bioprocessing, bioinformatics and synthetic biology. The tools of biotechnology are now universally applied both to basic research efforts and to large-scale manufacturing processes, and the field is continuing to grow at a rapid pace.

Program Requirements and Policies

  • Five courses of 3 semester-hour credits (SHUs) or more are required to complete the minor. A BA/BS in Biotechnology (co-major) is also offered.
  • No course may be taken Pass/Fail.
  • If you have a minor, no more than two courses (worth at least 3 units each) used toward the minor may be used toward foundation, distribution, major, or other minor requirements.


All Biotechnology second majors/minors are advised by Emmanuel Tzanakakis, Chemical and Biological Engineering. Please contact Dr. Tzanakakis or view the Chemical and Biological Engineering website for further information.

Requirements for the Biotechnology Minor 

Students majoring in Biology, Biochemistry, or Biopsychology may add a minor in Biotechnology. Success depends on a detailed plan of courses to take in order to complete both programs in time to graduate, while keeping in mind double-counting rules.

For an updated list of courses, visit the Chemical and Biological Engineering website, and scroll down to the link with the degree sheet for the Biotechnology minor.