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Biotechnology Program

Accelerated Bachelor of Science/Master of Science in Biotechnology

Students on Summer 2020, Fall 2020, or Spring 2021 requirements BIOTBSMSBS

The accelerated Bachelor of Science/Master of Science in Biotechnology is designed for those students interested in research jobs in the pharmaceutical and biotechnological industries and who are committed to earning a master's degree. Students earn their elective credits by performing research in a lab on campus. This research gives them a head-start on gaining the bench skill needed to secure gainful employment in research and development.


The major requires at least 40 credit hours (68 with the Addenda Requirements), including the requirements listed below.
  1. Foundations.
    1. Foundations in Biology. One (1) course:
      • BIOL-E 112 Basic Biology by Examination II
      • BIOL-L 112 Foundations of Biology: Biological Mechanisms
    2. Foundations in Biotechnology. One (1) course:
      • BIOT-T 105 Introduction to Biotechnology
    3. Molecular Biology. One (1) course:
      • BIOL-L 211 Molecular Biology
      • BIOL-S 211 Molecular Biology, Honors
  2. Biotechnology.
    1. Seminar in Biotechnology. One (1) course:
      • BIOT-T 301 Seminar in Biotechnology
    2. Biotechnology Lecture. One (1) course:
      • BIOT-T 310 Biotechnology Lecture
    3. Societal Issues in Biotechnology. One (1) course:
      • BIOT-T 312 Societal Issues in Biotechnology
    4. Biotechnology Laboratory. One (1) course:
      • BIOT-T 315 Biotechnology Laboratory
      • BIOT-X 150 ASURE Biotechnology Research Lab 1
      • BIOL-X 150 ASURE Biology Research Lab 1 (approved topic: "Genome Engineering")
    5. Biotechnology Writing and Communication. One (1) course:
      • BIOT-T 322 Biotechnology Writing and Communication
    6. Theory and Applications of Biotechnology. One (1) course:
      • BIOT-T 415 Theory and Applications of Biotechnology Laboratory I
      • BIOT-T 425 Laboratory in Macromolecular Production, Purification, and Characterization
    7. Structure, Function, and Regulation of Biomolecules. One (1) course:
      • BIOT-T 440 Structure, Function, and Regulation of Biomolecules
  3. Capstone.
    1. Independent Research. Nine (9) credit hours:
      • BIOT-X 498 Independent Research in Biotechnology
      • BIOT-X 499 Biotechnology Research Capstone
    2. Independent Research Capstone. Three (3) additional credit hours:
      • BIOT-X 499 Biotechnology Research Capstone
  4. Addenda Requirements*.
    1. Mathematics. One of the following options:
      • Calculus I. One (1) course:
        • MATH-M 211 Calculus I
        • MATH-S 211 Honors Calculus I
      • Brief Survey of Calculus. Both of the following:
        • One (1) course:
          • MATH-M 119 Brief Survey of Calculus I
        • One (1) course:
          • MATH-M 120 Brief Survey of Calculus II
    2. Chemistry.
      1. Principles of Chemistry and Biochemistry I. One (1) course:
        • CHEM-C 117 Principles of Chemistry and Biochemistry I
        • CHEM-H 117 Principles of Chemistry and Biochemistry I, Honors
        • CHEM-J 117 Principles of Chemistry and Biochemistry for Science Majors
      2. Principles of Chemistry and Biochemistry I Laboratory. One (1) course:
        • CHEM-C 127 Principles of Chemistry and Biochemistry I Laboratory
        • CHEM-H 127 Principles of Chemistry and Biochemistry I Laboratory, Honors
        • CHEM-X 150 ASURE Chemistry Research Lab I
      3. Organic Chemistry I. One (1) course:
        • CHEM-C 341 Organic Chemistry I Lectures
        • CHEM-S 341 Organic Chemistry I Lectures, Honors
      4. Organic Chemistry II. One (1) course:
        • CHEM-C 342 Organic Chemistry II Lectures
        • CHEM-S 342 Organic Chemistry II Lectures, Honors
    3. Statistics. One (1) course:
      • LAMP-L 316 Junior Seminar: Analytical Problem Solving
      • PSY-K 300 Statistical Techniques
      • STAT-S 300 Introduction to Applied Statistical Methods
      • STAT-S 303 Applied Statistical Methods for the Life Sciences
    4. Physics.
      1. Physics I. One (1) course:
        • PHYS-P 201 General Physics I
        • PHYS-P 221 Physics I
        • PHYS-H 221 Honors Physics I
      2. Physics II. One (1) course:
        • PHYS-P 202 General Physics II
        • PHYS-P 222 Physics II
        • PHYS-H 222 Honors Physics II
  5. M.S. Requirements.
    • All requirements for the M.S. in Biotechnology must be completed with a grade of B- or higher.
    • All University Graduate School policies and procedures must be followed for the graduate portion of the degree program.
  6. Major GPA, Hours, and Minimum Grade Requirements.
    1. Major GPA. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the major—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
    2. Major Minimum Grade. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the major.
    3. Major Upper Division Credit Hours. At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    4. Major Residency. At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.

Major Area Courses

Unless otherwise noted below, the following courses are considered in the academic program and will count toward academic program requirements as appropriate:

  • Any course at the 100-499 level with the BIOT subject area prefix--as well as any other subject areas that are deemed functionally equivalent
  • Any course contained on the course lists for the academic program requirements at the time the course is taken--as well as any other courses that are deemed functionally equivalent--except for those listed only under Addenda Requirements
  • Any course directed to a non-Addenda requirement through an approved exception

    This program of study cannot be combined with the following:

    • Bachelor of Arts in Biotechnology (BIOTECBA)
    • Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology (BIOTECBS)
    • Minor in Biotechnology (BIOTECMIN)

    Exceptions to and substitutions for major requirements may be made with the approval of the unit's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.