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Biotechnology

Gain experience with cutting-edge scientific techniques.

Biotechnology is an applied interdisciplinary science that puts you in the forefront of biomedical, genomic, and proteomic research. 

  • Overview

    Overview

    Bachelor of Science

    Through Stevenson's Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology program, you gain experience with cutting-edge scientific instrumentation and techniques in biological and chemical fields. In addition, you are exposed to business and regulatory concepts that are involved in bringing a product from development in the research laboratory to production for diagnostic or treatment purposes. Critical thinking and teamwork skills are emphasized at all levesl of the curriculum.

    You choose electives that enable you to tailor the program of study to the areas that most interest you. A B.S. to M.S. Option allows you to earn a bachelor's in Biotechnology and a master's in Forensic Science in as little as one additional year.

    What Will You Learn?

    • Describe the documentation practices and regulatory processes that govern the biotechnology industry, including research and development, quality assurance, and manufacturing.
    • Describe how genetic processes underlie all of biological function and can be manipulated for product development.
    • Describe how chemical processes impact biological function and can be manipulated for product development.
    • Demonstrate proficiency in standard techniques for the isolation, analysis and manipulation of nucleic acids.
    • Demonstrate proficiency in standard techniques for the purification and analysis of proteins.
    • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of bioinformatics applications for the analysis and comparison of nucleic acids and proteins.
    • Demonstrate the ability to implement standard safety protocols in the laboratory.
    • Plan, execute, and interpret an experiment following the scientific method.
    • Apply statistical and instrumental analysis to judge the accuracy and precision of collected data.
    • Demonstrate professional ethics, conduct, and strong interpersonal communication skills; work effectively in a team environment.

    A complete listing of learning outcomes for the Biotechnology program can be found in our Academic Catalog.
    Learning Outcomes

    Why Study Biotechnology?

    The Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology prepares you to become a member of a team working in biomedical, forensic, or industrial research laboratories and pharmaceutical and biological production facilities. You are also well prepared for admission to graduate school in biology or related fields and admission to medical, dental, veterinary, physical therapy, or health profession schools.

  • Courses & Requirements

    Courses and Requirements

    The courses listed below are required for completion of the bachelor's degree in Biotechnology. Students must also complete the requirements for the Stevenson core curriculum. Specific pre- and co-requisites for each course are listed in the course descriptions.

    Major Requirements

    • BIO 113 General Biology I: Cell Biology and Genetics
    • BIO 113L General Biology I: Cell Biology and Genetics Laboratory
    • BIO 114 General Biology II: Structure and Function of Organisms
    • BIO 114L General Biology II: Structure and Function of Organisms Laboratory
    • BIO 115 General Biology III: Ecology and Evolution
    • BIO 115L General Biology III: Ecology and Evolution Laboratory
    • BIO 217 Principles of Biochemistry
    • BT 201 Introduction to Biotechnology
    • BT 205 Biosafety and Quality Assurance
    • BT 255 Techniques in Molecular Biology
    • BT 355 Advanced Techniques in Molecular Biology
    • CHEM 310 Analytical Chemistry
    • CHEM 310L Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
    • CHEM 410 Instrumental Analysis
    • CHEM 410L Instrumental Analysis Laboratory
    • CHEM 115 General Chemistry I
    • CHEM 115L General Chemistry I Laboratory
    • CHEM 115S General Chemistry I SoLVE
    • CHEM 116 General Chemistry II
    • CHEM 116L General Chemistry II Laboratory
    • CHEM 116S General Chemistry II SoLVE
    • CHEM 210 Organic Chemistry I
    • CHEM 210L Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
    • CHEM 211 Organic Chemistry II
    • CHEM 211L Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
    • MATH 220 Calculus I*
    • MATH 235 Statistical Methods
    • PHIL 415 Topics in Professional Ethics*
    • PHYS 210 General Physics I
      or
    • PHYS 215 General Physics I with Calculus*
    • PHYS 211 General Physics II
      or
    • PHYS 216 General Physics II with Calculus*
    • SCI 100 School of the Sciences New Student Seminar

    Senior Capstone

    Select one:

    • BT 465 Senior Internship Capstone
    • BT 465H Honors Senior Internship Capstone

    Elective Courses

    Group 1: Two additional biology or chemistry courses

    Group 2: Two additional biology or chemistry laboratory courses

    At least two of the elective courses must be at the 300- or 400-level. Students may also take up to two environmental science or medical technology courses to fulfill the electives.

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    Biotechnology Resource Guide

  • Tracks & Minors

    Tracks and Minors

    Biology Department Honors Requirements

    Eligible students majoring in Biotechnology may elect to pursue honors within the biology department. The intention to pursue biology department honors must be declared no later than the end of the first semester of the junior year. To declare the intent to pursue departmental honors, a student must have earned a science GPA of 3.50 or higher.

    Students graduating with biology department honors will have this distinction noted on their official university transcript. In order to graduate with departmental honors, the following requirements must be met:

    • Completion of a 400-level capstone experience with a grade of "B" or better.
    • Completion of BIO 440 Seminar Topics in Biology with a grade of "B" or better.
    • Completion of an Honors Contract Project in an upper-level biology or biotechnology course. A grade of "B" or better must be earned in the course in which an Honors Contract Project is completed. The student must submit a contract project proposal to be approved by department faculty before beginning the project. The final project must be approved by department faculty in order to receive honors credit.
    • A science GPA of 3.50 or higher at the time of graduation.

    B.S. to M.S. Option

    The BS/MS option is available for students majoring in Biotechnology who wish to combine their bachelor's coursework with work for a master's degree in Forensic Sciences in the Biology, Chemistry or Crime Scene Investigation track. Students choosing this option may earn their master's degree in as little as one year after their bachelor's degree. Students must formally apply for entrance into this BS/MS option in their junior year. Once admitted to this program, students develop an educational plan in consultation with their advisor.

    Minor

    A minor is not offered in Biotechnology. Students majoring in Biotechnology may not earn a minor in biology or chemistry.

    Articulation Agreements

    Frederick Community College, Associate of Applied Science, Bioprocessing Technology. It is possible for students to transfer 60-64 credits from FCC that count in the SU core curriculum and the biotechnology curriculum.

    Montgomery College, Associate of Applied Science in Biotechnology. It is possible for students to transfer 63-68 credits from Montgomery College that count in the SU core curriculum and the biotechnology curriculum.

What Can You Do With This Degree?

Graduates of our Biotechnology program embark on many rewarding career choices, including:

• Research and Development
• Environmental Monitoring and Remediation
• Production and Manufacturing
• Quality Control
• Clinical Trial Design, Monitoring and Analysis
• Phamaceutical Design and Production

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