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Accelerated Bachelor of Science/Master of Science in Biotechnology (BIOTBSMSBS)Biotechnology Program

Students on Summer 2018, Fall 2018, or Spring 2019 requirements.


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.

Major requirements

The major requires at least 42 credit hours*, including the requirements listed below.

  1. Biology and Biotechnology.
    1. Foundations of Biology. One (1) course:
    2. Molecular Biology. One (1) course:
    3. Microbiology. One of the following options:
      • Microbiology. Two (2) courses:
      • Virology. Two (2) courses:
    4. Seminar in Biotechnology. One (1) course:
    5. Biotechnology Lecture. One (1) course:
    6. Societal Issues in Biotechnology. One (1) course:
    7. Biotechnology Laboratory. One (1) course:
      • (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
    8. Biotechnology Writing and Communication. One (1) course:
    9. Theory and Applications of Biotechnology. One (1) course:
    10. Structure, Function, and Regulation of Biomolecules. One (1) course:
    11. Independent Research. 12 credit hours:
  2. Addenda Requirements**.
    • Mathematics. One of the following options:
      • Calculus I. One (1) course:
      • Brief Survey of Calculus. Two (2) courses:
    • Chemistry.
      1. Principles of Chemistry and Biochemistry I. One (1) course:
      2. Principles of Chemistry and Biochemistry I Laboratory. One (1) course:
      3. Organic Chemistry I. One (1) course:
      4. Organic Chemistry II. One (1) course:
      5. Biological and Environmental Chemical Analysis. One (1) course:
      6. Bioanalytical Chemistry Laboratory. One (1) course:
    • Statistics. One (1) course:
      • SPEA-K 300 Statistical Techniques
    • Physics.
      1. Physics I. One (1) course:
      2. Physics II. One (1) course:
  3. GPA and Hours Requirements.
    1. 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.
    2. At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    3. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the major.
    4. 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.
    5. Exceptions to major requirements may be made with the approval of the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.


  • * Students who need to satisfy the Foundations, Mathematics, Intensive Writing, Foreign Language, Breadth of Inquiry, Critical Approaches, and Public Oral Communication requirements through coursework will need approximately 98 credit hours to complete all of the requirements listed in the statement above. Students who bring to college study a proficiency in foreign language and completion of the English Composition requirement may be able to satisfy all requirements with 90 credits. Students who bring other competencies that would result in prerequisites being waived might be able to complete these requirements with fewer than 90 credits. In all cases, however, a student must have completed a minimum of 90 credit hours in the College (including electives if necessary) and all requirements listed above before beginning graduate-level coursework.
  • * In addition to the above undergraduate course requirements for the B.S. component of this program, accelerated B.S./M.S. degree students must complete all graduate coursework with a minimum grade of B- or above. A minimum grade of B is necessary to remain in good standing in the Graduate School.
  • * For specific graduate course requirements for the M.S. in Biotechnology, please see the University Graduate School Bulletin.
  • ** Courses used to fulfill addenda requirements require a grade of C- or higher and, unless otherwise noted, do not count toward the Major GPA or Major Hours.

Bachelor of Science requirements

The Bachelor of Science degree requires at least 120 credit hours, to include the following:

  1. College of Arts and Sciences Credit Hours. At least 100 credit hours must come from College of Arts and Sciences disciplines.
  2. Upper Division Courses. At least 36 credit hours (of the 120) must be at the 300–499 level.
  3. College Residency. Following completion of the 60th credit hour toward degree, at least 36 credit hours of College of Arts and Sciences coursework must be completed through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
  4. College GPA. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.000 is required for all courses taken at Indiana University.
  5. CASE Requirements. The following College of Arts and Sciences Education (CASE) requirements must be completed:
    1. CASE Foundations
      1. English Composition: 1 course
      2. Mathematical Modeling: 1 course
    2. CASE Breadth of Inquiry
      1. Arts and Humanities: 2 courses
      2. Natural and Mathematical Sciences: 4 courses
      3. Social and Historical Studies: 2 courses
    3. CASE Culture Studies
      1. Diversity in the United States: Not required
      2. Global Civilizations and Cultures: Not required
    4. CASE Critical Approaches: 1 course
    5. CASE Foreign Language: Proficiency in a single foreign language through the first semester of the second year of college-level coursework
    6. CASE Intensive Writing: 1 course
    7. CASE Public Oral Communication: 1 course
  6. Major. Completion of the major as outlined in the Major Requirements section above.