Majors, minors + certificates

Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology (BIOTECBS)Biotechnology Program

Students on Summer 2019, Fall 2019, or Spring 2020 requirements.


The Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology provides students with fundamental training in basic scientific principles as well as specific concepts, techniques, and applications used in biotechnology. B.S. in Biotechnology graduates will be trained to work in biotechnology and related industries, including the pharmaceutical and agricultural industries; enroll in graduate programs (M.S. or Ph.D.) in Biotechnology or related fields such as Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Genetics, and Biochemistry; or pursue advanced professional degrees such as M.D. (Medicine), M.B.A. (Business), or J.D. (Law) with an emphasis on Biotechnology issues. The B.S. is a rigorous degree that provides an excellent preparation for medical school, dental school and graduate school, as well as jobs in the life sciences.

Major requirements

The major requires at least 39 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. Seminar in Biotechnology. One (1) course:
    4. Biotechnology Lecture. One (1) course:
    5. Societal Issues in Biotechnology. One (1) course:
    6. Biotechnology Laboratory. One (1) course:
      • (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
    7. Biotechnology Writing and Communication. One (1) course:
    8. Theory and Applications of Biotechnology. One (1) course:
    9. Structure, Function, and Regulation of Biomolecules. One (1) course:
  2. Electives. Five (5) courses:
    • (Biotechnology-related sections only; requires approval of Director of Undergraduate Studies)
    • ANAT-A 464 Human Tissue Biology
  3. Addenda Requirements*.
    1. Mathematics. One of the following options:
      • Calculus I. One (1) course:
      • Brief Survey of Calculus. Two (2) courses:
    2. 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:
    3. Statistics. One (1) course:
      • SPEA-K 300 Statistical Techniques
    4. Physics.
      1. Physics I. One (1) course:
      2. Physics II. One (1) course:
  4. 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.


  • * Courses used to fulfill addenda requirements require a grade of C- or higher and do not count toward the Major GPA or Major Hours.
  • * Students who wish to complete a business minor or the Liberal Arts and Management Program (LAMP) certificate as part of their degree program are advised that they may need to take some of the relevant courses in the summer or in an additional semester. The College of Arts and Sciences requires students to take 100 credit hours inside the College that will count toward graduation. This should be taken into account when considering the business minor or the LAMP certificate.

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.