2019-2020 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
    Jun 25, 2022  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biotechnology, BS

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Ramesh Raina
110 Life Sciences Complex
(315) 443-4546
Surabhi Raina
462 Life Sciences Complex
(315) 443-2057


David M. Althoff, Katie M. Becklin, Carlos A. Castañeda, Arindam Chakraborty, Heather D. Coleman, Steve Dorus, Robert P. Doyle, Scott E. Erdman, Thomas P. Fondy, Martin B. Forstner, Anthony Garza, Jeremy L. Gilbert, Paul Gold, Sarah E. Hall, Julie M. Hasenwinkel, Heidi Hehnly, James H. Henderson, James A. Hewett, Sandra J. Hewett, Bruce S. Hudson, Robin Jones, James Kallmerten, Donna L. Korol, George M. Langford, Katharine Lewis, Yan-Yeung Luk, Jessica MacDonald, Eleanor Maine, M. Cristina Marchetti, Mathew M. Maye,Alexander McKelvie, Liviu Movileanu, Davoud Mozhdehi, Melissa E. Pepling, Ruth Phillips, Ramesh Raina, Surabhi Raina, Dacheng Ren, Mark E. Ritchie, Robert B. Silver, James T. Spencer, Michael B. Sponsler, Nancy I. Totah, Roy Welch, Jason R. Wiles, Weiwei Zheng,and Jon Zubieta

Biotechnology is an interdisciplinary program that offers students an opportunity to take courses in biology, environmental sciences, chemistry, engineering, management, public policy and law that will be important for addressing biotechnology-related issues. This program will help students prepare for jobs in areas such as the biotechnology industry, health professions, pharmaceutical and agricultural industry, environmental conservation and research in academia. The program requires many of the same basic courses as the B.S. degree in Biology, with additional courses in engineering, management and public policy. A variety of elective courses in biology, engineering, law, management and public policy can be used to fulfill the major requirements as well. A senior year capstone class (Biotechnology Seminar) and valuable industry internships and research opportunities are also part of this major.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Be able to recognize and distinguish theories, concepts and principles from the major sub-fields of biology relevant to biotechnology

2. Recognize and practice methods and techniques of molecular biology that are often applied to problems in biotechnology

3. Identify and apply concepts and methods of Bioengineering and Materials Science and Public Policy and Management that can be relevant to biotechnology applications

4. Employ experimental design and practice, including presentation of data and findings in written and oral formats

5. Distinguish key concepts associated with selected areas of biological sciences, bioengineering and/or policy and management

6. Apply quantitative methods to solve problems in the biological sciences

B.S. Degree Requirements (57-66)

To Declare the B.S. in Biotechnology

To declare the B.S. in Biotechnology, students must:

Earn a C+ or better in a General Biology course (BIO 121  or BIO 123  or accepted AP);

- AND -

Either earn a C+ in one of the three 300-level core courses (BIO 305 BIO 326 , BIO 327 ) or have a 3.0 cumulative GPA any time after the first semester.

Introductory Biology (4 credits)

Upper-Division Courses (29 credits)

1. Biotechnology (8 credits)

2. Bioengineering/Biomaterial Sciences (3 credits)


ECN 301 ; PREREQ ECN 203 ) AND (MAT 285  or MAT 295 )

4. Elective courses (6 credits)

Choose two of the following courses:

Elective Courses by Petitioning to the Biology Department

In addition, other courses related to biotechnology from other departments (for example, Chemistry, Bioengineering, Physics, Psychology, Biomaterial Institute, Maxwell School, Law School, Whitman School, ESF and Upstate Medical University) can be used as elective courses by petitioning to the Biology Department.

5. Senior Capstone Seminar Course

6. Internship/Independent Research

This requirement can be fulfilled by a) completing an approved internship at a biotech-related company during spring and/or fall semester of junior or senior year or b) completing approved independent research in any of the biotech-related topics, including biology, chemistry, engineering, public policy, law or management. For example, if a student chooses to do independent research in biology, s/he can register for 3 credits of BIO 460  each semester. In addition, an approved internship at a biotech-related company over the summer after the junior year can be petitioned to fulfill this requirement. A student would need to register for BIO 461 for 0 credits to have the internship appear on her/his transcript. 

Distinction in Biotechnology

Students may earn a B.S. in Biotechnology degree with Distinction by meeting the following requirements:

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