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Bachelor of Arts in Biotechnology (BIOTECBA)Biotechnology Program

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

Description

The Bachelor of Arts 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.

Major requirements

The major requires at least 35 credit hours (46–48 credit hours with the Addenda Requirements), 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 (1) course:
    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. Structure, Function, and Regulation of Biomolecules. One (1) course:
  2. Statistics. One (1) course:
    • SPEA-K 300 Statistical Techniques
  3. Life Sciences Global Events and Trends. One (1) course:
    • BUS-X 418 Life Science Global Events and Trends
  4. Life Sciences Industry. One (1) course:
    • BUS-X 419 Life Science Industry from Research to Patient
  5. Health Care. One (1) course:
    • MSCI-M 440 Health Care in America
    • SPEA-H 350 Fundamentals of Healthcare Financial Management
    • SPEA-H 352 Healthcare Financial Management I
    • SPEA-H 432 Health Care Marketing
  6. Addenda Requirements*.
    1. 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:
    2. Mathematics. One (1) course:
      • (approved topic: "Applied Brief Calculus I for the Life Sciences")
  7. 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.

Notes

  • *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 Arts requirements

The Bachelor of Arts 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. No more than 42 of these credit hours can come from the major.
  2. Upper Division Courses. At least 42 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: 4 courses
      2. Natural and Mathematical Sciences: 4 courses
      3. Social and Historical Studies: 4 courses
    3. CASE Culture Studies
      1. Diversity in the United States: 1 course
      2. Global Civilizations and Cultures: 1 course
    4. CASE Critical Approaches: 1 course
    5. CASE Foreign Language: Proficiency in a single foreign language through the second 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.