Departments & Programs


Major in Biotechnology—B.A.

The B.A. major in Biotechnology is tightly integrated with the needs of numerous life science businesses. The B.A. curriculum is designed for students who will receive rigorous training to pursue aspects of biotechnology such as pharmaceutical sales, marketing, technical writing or data specializations. Completing a major in Biotechnology would be advantageous to those who are planning to undertake non-research-oriented business or sales opportunities in the life sciences. Students may combine a major in Biotechnology with degrees in Biology, Chemistry, or Biochemistry.


  1. CHEM-C 117 and CHEM-C 127 Principles of Chemistry and Biochemistry Lecture and Lab (3 + 2 cr.), and CHEM-C 341 Organic Chemistry I Lectures (3 cr.)
  2. One mathematics course chosen from MATH-M 118, MATH-M 119, MATH-M 211, MATH-M 212, or MATH-M 213 (3-4 cr.)
  3. STAT-S 303 Applied Statistical Methods for the Life Sciences (3 cr.)
  4. BUS-X 418 Life Sciences Global Events and Trends (1.5 cr.) and BUS-X 419 The Life Sciences Industry from Research to Patient (1.5 cr.)
  5. SPEA-H 352 Healthcare Finance I (3 cr.) or SPEA-H 432 Health Care Marketing (3 cr.)
  6. 22 credit hours of course work in Biology and Biotechnology to include:
    • BIOL-L 211 Molecular Biology (3 cr.)
    • BIOL-M 250 Microbiology (3 cr.)
    • BIOT-T 301 Seminar in Biotechnology (1 cr.)
    • BIOT-T 310 Biotechnology Lecture (3 cr.)
    • BIOT-T 312 Societal Issues in Biotechnology (3 cr.)
    • BIOT-T 315 Biotechnology Laboratory (3 cr.)
    • BIOT-T 322 Biotechnology Writing and Communication (3 cr.)
    • BIOT-T 440 Structure, Function, and Regulation of Biomolecules (3 cr.)

Students must also complete the degree requirements for the B.A. in the College of Arts and Sciences.