BS 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

  • This program is offered as a "second major" meaning it is offered in conjunction with enrollment in a regular undergraduate major, ordinarily excluding interdisciplinary programs. A minor is also offered.
  • Ten courses of 3 semester-hour credits (SHUs) or more are required to complete the major.
  • No major course may be taken Pass/Fail.
  • No more than half the courses used to fulfill the requirements for one concentration may be used to satisfy the requirements for a second major.


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.

Course Requirements

The Biotechnology Second Major consists of 10 courses, specified as follows:

Five core courses:

  • Biology 13 w/Lab: Cells and Organisms OR Engineering Science 11: Fundamentals of Biological Systems
  • Biology 41: General Genetics
  • Biology 105: Molecular Biology
  • Biology 152: Biochemistry and Cellular Metabolism OR Biology/Chemistry 171: Biochemistry
  • Biomedical Engineering 162: Molecular Biotechnology

One laboratory course, chosen from the following list:

  • Chemical and Biological Engineering 163: Recombinant DNA Techniques
  • Chemical and Biological Engineering 168: Biotechnology Processing Projects Lab
  • Biomedical Engineering 175: Tissue Engineering Research Laboratory
  • Biology 50: Experiments in Molecular Biology

Four elective courses, chosen from the following list:

  • Biology 104: Immunology
  • Biology 106: Microbiology
  • Biology 132: Biostatistics
  • Biomedical Engineering 143: Biological Systems Analysis
  • Biomedical Engineering 165: Drug Delivery
  • Biomedical Engineering 153: Biomaterials and Regenerative Medicine OR Chemical and Biological Engineering 164: Biomaterials and Regenerative Medicine
  • Biomedical Engineering 154: Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
  • Chemical and Biological Engineering 159: Synthetic Biology
  • Chemical and Biological Engineering: 160: Biochemical Engineering
  • Chemical and Biological Engineering 161: Protein Purification
  • Chemical and Biological Engineering 166: Principles of Cell and Microbe Cultivation
  • Chemical and Biological Engineering 167: Metabolic and Cellular Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering/Chemical and Biological Engineering 185: Drug Product Formulation
  • Chemistry 135: Biophysical Chemistry

Note: Up to eight SHUs of research may be counted toward electives.