2021-2022 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
    Oct 01, 2023  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biotechnology BS/MS

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Lynn Fall, Program Administrator
107 College Place, Room 110, Syracuse, NY 13244



BIOLOGY: Yasir Ahmed-Braimah, Carlos Castañeda, Heather Coleman, Steve Dorus, Scott Erdman, Thomas Fondy, Anthony Garza, Paul Gold, Sarah Hall, Heidi Hehnly, James Hewitt, Sandra Hewitt, Donna Korol, George Langford, Katharine Lewis, Jessica MacDonald, Eleanor Maine, Melissa Pepling, Ruth Phillips, Ramesh Raina, Surabhi Raina, Mark Ritchie, Robert Silver, Roy Welch, Jason Wiles.

CHEMISTRY: Mark Braiman, Arindam Chakraborty, Robert Doyle, James Hougland, Olga Makhlynets, Bruce Hudson, James Kallmerten, Yan-Yeung Luk, Mathew Maye, James Spencer, Michael Sponsler, Rachel Steinhardt, Nancy Totah, Jon Zubeita

ENGINEERING AND COMPUTER SCIENCE: Jesse Bond, Eric Finkelstein, Jeremy Gilbert, Julie Hansenwinkel, James Henderson, Xiyuan Liu, Zhen Ma, Dana Radcliffe, Dacheng Ren, Pranav Soman

MATHEMATICS: Moira A. McDermott, Jeff Meyer,

PHYSICS: M. Lisa Manning, Liviu Movileanu

WHITMAN: Alejandro Amezcua, Robert Florence, Don Harter, Alexander McKelvie, Alexandra Kostakis, Peter Koveos, E. Scott Lathrop, C. A. Maritan, Ravi Shukla, John Torrens, Johan Wiklund, Zhengping Wu

Program Description

This 5-year BS/MS program combines two existing programs - the BS in Biotechnology and the MS in Biotechnology. 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. The BS/MS Biotechnology program provides students with advanced scientific training and education, customized to their career plans, as well as targeted professional development and networking experience. It will prepare students for jobs in areas such as the biotechnology industry, health professions, pharmaceutical and agricultural industry, environmental conservation and research in academia.


To be eligible for admission to the program, students must be admitted to the major Bachelor of Science Degree in Biotechnology according to the normal procedure for that major. Students are strongly encouraged to speak to a major advisor in the BS Biotechnology program as soon as possible upon admission to Syracuse University. Completing the program in 5 years requires careful planning.

BS Biotechnology students are eligible to apply to the 5-year BS/MS Biotechnology program at any time up until their fourth undergraduate year (have 2 semesters remaining). Interested students must submit an internal application packet, as described below. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis up until January 15th of the student’s fourth year as an undergraduate.

Acceptance into the program is based on academic performance, completion of a sufficient proportion of the required BS Biotechnology core courses, and completion of at least one upper-level Biology laboratory course. Notification will be sent to students within one month of receiving the application.

Students who are accepted into the 5 year BS/MS Biotechnology program will receive further application instructions at the time of acceptance.

Students who are not accepted into the 5 year BS/MS Biotechnology program may still be offered early admission into the regular Biotechnology MS program, at the discretion of the department.

Internal Application Packet. The application packet must consist of the following:

  • Two (2) faculty recommendation letters, submitted directly from faculty to the BS/MS Biotechnology Admissions Committee at biotechnology@syr.edu;
  • BS/MS Biotechnology Internal Application form;
  • The applicant’s CV or resume; and
  • Unofficial transcript.

Program Requirements

Over a period of 5 years, students in this program will complete all the requirements for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biotechnology found here: [BS-BTC program], as well as all of the requirements for a Master of Science Degree in Biotechnology found here: [MS-BTC Program]. Students accepted into the 5-year BS/MS program will be able to share up to 15 credits of 500-or 600-level coursework toward the completion of both degrees.

Students will receive both degrees, receiving the Bachelor’s after four years and the Master’s after the fifth year. For curriculum details, see each program.

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