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Bachelor of Arts in Biotechnology (BIOTECBA)Biotechnology Program

Students on Summer 2020, Fall 2020, or Spring 2021 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 31 credit hours (45 with the Addenda requirements), including the requirements listed below.

  1. Foundations.
    1. Foundations in Biology. One (1) course:
    2. Foundations in Biotechnology. One (1) course:
    3. Molecular Biology. One (1) course:
  2. Biotechnology.
    1. Seminar in Biotechnology. One (1) course:
    2. Biotechnology Lecture. One (1) course:
    3. Societal Issues in Biotechnology. One (1) course:
    4. Biotechnology Laboratory. One (1) course:
      • (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
    5. Biotechnology Writing and Communication. One (1) course:
    6. Structure, Function, and Regulation of Biomolecules. One (1) course:
  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")
    3. Statistics. One (1) course:
      • SPEA-K 300 Statistical Techniques
  7. GPA and Hours Requirements.
    1. 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.
    2. Major Upper Division Courses. At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    3. 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.
    4. 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.
    5. College Breadth. At least 58 credit hours must be completed in courses from College of Arts and Sciences disciplines outside of the major area.

Notes

  • * Courses used to fulfill addenda requirements require a grade of C- or higher and 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.
  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.

Most students must also succesfully complete the Indiana University Bloomington General Education program.