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 second major in Biotechnology 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.

Course Requirements

The Biotechnology Minor consist of 5 courses, described below:

  1. One course from the following
    • Biology 152: Biochemistry and Cellular Metabolism
    • Biology/Chemistry 171: Biochemistry
  2. Two courses from the following
    • Chemical and Biological Engineering 161: Protein Purification
    • Chemical and Biological Engineering 166: Principles of Cell and Microbe Cultivation
    • Biomedical Engineering 162: Molecular Biotechnology
  3. One course from the following
    • Biology 50: Experiments in Molecular Biology
    • Biomedical Engineering 175: Tissue Engineering Research Laboratory
    • Biomedical Engineering/Chemical and Biological Engineering 163: Recombinant DNA Techniques
    • Chemical and Biological Engineering 168: Biotechnology Processing Projects Lab
  4. One Elective- Chosen from the list below
    • Biology 104: Immunology
    • Biology 105: Molecular Biology
    • Biology 106: Microbiology
    • Biology 132: Biostatistics
    • Biomedical Engineering/Chemical and Biological Engineering 185: Drug Product Formulation
    • Biomedical Engineering 143: Biological Systems Analysis
    • 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
    • Chemistry 135: Biophysical Chemistry