2018-2019 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
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2018-2019 Undergraduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biotechnology, BS

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Ramesh Raina;
464 Life Sciences Complex
(315) 443-4546
Surabhi Raina
462 Life Sciences Complex
(315) 443-2057


David M. Althoff, Katie Becklin, John M. Belote, Mark S. Braiman, Carlos Castañeda, Arindam Chakraborty, Samuel H.P. Chan, Heather Coleman, Steve Dorus, Robert P. Doyle, Scott E. Erdman, Thomas P. Fondy, Martin B. Forstner, Jannice Friedman, Anthony Garza, Jeremy L. Gilbert, Paul Gold, Sarah Hall, Julie M. Hasenwinkel, James H. Henderson, James A. Hewett, Sandra J. Hewett, Bruce S. Hudson, Robin Jones, James Kallmerten, Donna Korol, George M. Langford, Katharine Lewis, Yan-Yeung Luk, Jessica MacDonald, Eleanor Maine, M. Cristina Marchetti, Mathew M. Maye,Alexander McKelvie, Liviu Movileanu, Melissa Pepling, Ramesh Raina, Surabhi Raina, Dacheng Ren, Mark Ritchie, Robert Silver, James T. Spencer, Michael B. Sponsler, Melody Troeger Sweet, Nancy I. Totah, Roy Welch, Jason R. Wiles, Weiwei Zheng, Jon Zubieta

Biotechnology is an interdisciplinary program that offers students an opportunity to take courses in biology, environmental sciences, chemistry, engineering, management, public policy and law that will be important for addressing biotechnology-related issues. This program will help students prepare for jobs in areas such as the biotech industry, health professions, pharmaceutical and agricultural industry, environmental conservation and research in academia. The program requires many of the same basic courses as the B.S. degree in Biology, with additional courses in engineering, management and public policy. Additionally, a variety of elective courses in biology, engineering, law, management and public policy can be used to fulfill the major requirements. A senior year capstone class (Biotechnology Seminar) and valuable industry internship are part of this major.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Be able to recognize and distinguish theories, concepts and principles from the major sub-fields of biology relevant to biotechnology

2. Recognize and practice methods and techniques of molecular biology that are often applied to problems in biotechnology

3. Identify and apply concepts and methods of Bioengineering and Materials Science and Public Policy and Management that can be relevant to biotechnology applications

4. Employ experimental design and practice, including presentation of data and findings in written and oral formats

5. Distinguish key concepts associated with selected areas of biological sciences, bioengineering and/or policy and management

6. Apply quantitative methods to solve problems in the biological sciences

Total Credits (57-66)

Introductory Biology (4 credits)

To Declare the B.S. in Biotechnology

To declare the B.S. in Biotechnology, students must:

Earn a C+ or better in a General Biology course (BIO 121  or BIO 123  or accepted AP);

- AND -

Either earn a C+ in one of the four 300-level core courses (BIO 305  , BIO 326  , BIO 327  , BIO 345  ) or have a 3.0 cumulative GPA any time after the first semester.

Upper Division Requirements (Total 29 credits)

1. Biotechnology courses (8 credits)

2. Bioengineering/Biomaterial Sciences (3 credits)


ECN 203  is a prerequisite for ECN 301 

Elective Courses by Petitioning to the Biology Department

In addition, other courses related to biotechnology from other departments (for example, Chemistry, Bioengineering, Physics, Psychology, Biomaterial Institute, Maxwell School, Law School, Whitman School, ESF and Upstate Medical University) can be used as elective courses by petitioning to the Biology Department.

Senior Capstone Seminar Course

Internship/Independent Research

This requirement can be fulfilled by a) completing an approved internship at a biotech-related company during spring and/or fall semester of junior or senior year or b) by completed an approved independent research in any of the biotech-related topics, including biology, chemistry, engineering, public policy, law or management. For example, if a student chooses to do independent research in biology, s/he can register for 3 credits of BIO 460  each semester. In addition, an approved internship at a biotech-related company over the summer after the junior year can be petitioned to fulfill this requirement.

Distinction in Biotechnology

Students may earn a B.S. in Biotechnology degree with Distinction by meeting the following requirements:

  • An overall cumulative GPA of 3.4, and must also have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.4 in courses taken to satisfy the Biotechnology major at S.U.
  • The student must have taken a minimum of 6 credits of BIO 460 - Research in Biology  and four semesters of BIO 419 - Junior and Senior Thesis Seminar , plus BIO 495 - Distinction Thesis in Biology .
  • Before completion of the final semester at Syracuse University, the student must make a presentation (either poster or oral) based on his/her research.
  • The student must also complete a written thesis judged to be of high quality

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