The Minor in Biotechnology will introduce students to the field of biotechnology in a five-course sequence that will provide substantial education and training in bioethics, as well as the central content areas of biology and biotechnology, with a focus on modern genetics and laboratory techniques. Students adding the biotechnology minor will be adding a valuable credential to their major, indicating a substantial additional skill set in the laboratory-focused and forward-looking field of biotechnology.
To ensure a course counts in the minor, it is required that students consult the minor coordinator, Dr. Kristen Johnson, before enrolling in the course.
Students must complete five courses (20-21 credits, depending on the courses chosen). The minimum acceptable grade in these courses is a C-, and the average grade for these courses must be a C or better. Transfer course approval for the minor is limited to, at most, two relevant courses successfully completed at another accredited institution, subject to syllabi review and approval. Courses for non-majors will not count towards the minor.
|BIOT 501||Ethical Issues in Biology||4|
|GEN 604||Principles of Genetics 1, 3||4|
|Biotechnology lab techniques course 1, 2||4-5|
|Select one of the following:||8|
|Introductory Biology: Molecular and Cellular|
and Introductory Biology: Evolution, Biodiversity and Ecology
| Principles of Biology I|
and Principles of Biology II
Biotechnology majors-level course.
Students in majors with 3+ course overlap (e.g., Neuropsychology) will need a different course than GEN 604 Principles of Genetics within the Biotechnology major. BMS 503 General Microbiology/BMS 504 General Microbiology Laboratory is a recommended alternative.