The Bachelor of Science Program in Biotechnology is intended to provide students with strong core science concepts and an application-oriented undergraduate education. Strongly interdisciplinary, this innovative program strives to help students develop critical-thinking skills and increased interest and /or persistence in STEM related courses. The program's objective is to prepare students for employment opportunities in the critically important and dynamic biotechnology industry. In addition, the curriculum will provide students with knowledge and core set of skills that span across basic sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. With an emphasis on environmental biotechnology, this is the first program in the state of Texas that integrates bioprocessing, nanobiotechnology, bioinformatics and environmental biotechnology into the undergraduate curriculum.
The program recognizes the need for cross-disciplinary training and fosters collaborative interactions that will strengthen undergraduate education.
The program is specifically designed to:
Two curriculum tracks: 1) Bioprocessing, and 2) Bioinformatics give students the flexibility to tailor their degree based on their interest, educational background and career goals. These tracks, in combination with core courses, will provide our students with a broad exposure to the field of biotechnology. The presence of the Texas Medical Center in the greater Houston area and a growing biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry, places this program at the forefront of Biotechnology Education.
Students pursuing the Biotechnology major must complete the following requirements in addition to the university core and general college requirements.
|BCHS 3304, 3201. General Biochemistry I, Laboratory|
|BIOL 1362, 1162. Introduction to Biological Science, Laboratory|
|BIOL 2333, 2133. Elementary Microbiology, Laboratory|
|BIOL 3301. Genetics|
|BIOL 4320. Molecular Biology|
|BTEC 1322. Introduction to Biotechnology|
|BTEC 2320. Biotechnology Regulatory Environment|
|BTEC 2321. Good Manufacturing Practices|
|BTEC 3100. Instrumentation and Measurement Laboratory|
|BTEC 3301. Principles of Genomics/Proteomics and Bioinformatics|
|BTEC 4350. Biotechnology Capstone Experience|
|CHEM 1332, 1112. Fundamentals of Chemistry, Laboratory|
|CHEM 3331, 3321. Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry, Laboratory|
GPA for major will be calculated upon the following major requirements including Biomanufacturing or Bioinformatics track.
|BIOL 4319. Microbial Genetics|
|BTEC 3320. Introduction to Quality Control/Quality Assurance|
|BTEC 4101. Principles of Bioprocessing Laboratory|
|BTEC 4301. Principles of Bioprocessing|
|Approved Electives (3 SH)|
|BTEC 4300. Principles of Bioinformatics|
|CIS 3343. Information Systems Analysis and Design|
|CIS 3365. Database Management|
|Approved Elective (3 SH):|
(10 semester hours which includes university core)
Students are required to have credit for College Algebra through Math Placement Exam, CLEP, or completion of course.
|MATH 1330. Precalculus|
|MATH 1431. Calculus I|
|TMTH 3360. Applied Technical Statistics or PSYC 3301. Introduction to Psychological Statistics|
(12 semester hours which includes university core)
|BIOL 1361, 1161. Introduction to Biological Science, Laboratory|
|CHEM 1331, 1111. Fundamentals of Chemistry, Laboratory|
|PHYS 1301, 1101. Introductory General Physics I, Laboratory|
(3 semester hours) selected from core approved list.
|COMM 1302. Introduction to Communication Theory, preferred|
|PHIL 1305. Ethics|
|ELET 2300. Introduction to C++ Language Programming|
|CIS 2334. Information Systems Applications|
TELS 3340. Organizational Decisions in Technology
orHDCS 3300. Organizational Decisions in Technology
|TELS 3363. Technical Communications|
Degree awarded: Bachelor of Science
Catalog Publish Date: August 18, 2011
This Page Last Updated: June 6, 2011
Effective Date of Archive: December 19, 2011