Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology Program (BIOT)

Biotechnology at HU is a multi-disciplinary program that incorporates the foundations of biology, microbiology, genetics, molecular biology, and chemistry.  Biotechnology focuses on the manipulation of living organisms, their products, and their processes to further knowledge, improve quality of life and engineer new tools and applications.  Biotechnology is applied to a broad range of industries including the pharmaceutical, chemical, agricultural, food development and manufacturing, to name but a few.  Biotechnology has impacted significantly in the fields of medicine, health, environment and new technology and will continue to do so far into the future.

Program Goals

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology program are able to:

  • Demonstrate a broad range of basic laboratory skills and technical competencies applicable to the field of biotechnology and to the workplace.
  • Develop a broad understanding of foundational concepts, mechanisms and principles which can be applied across the fields of applied biotechnology, molecular and microbial biotechnology, food biotechnology, and nanotechnology.
  • Demonstrate scientific reasoning and critical thinking skills including the ability to evaluate and integrate multiple sources of information, recognize problems, evaluate data, and draw conclusions.
  • Model independent and collaborative work environments in the classroom, the laboratory, the field, and the workplace.
  • Demonstrate the successful ability to communicate scientific information to a variety of audiences and incorporate multiple modes of technology to achieve that goal.
  • Provide ample experiences to connect the classroom to the world of work through engaging students in multimodal and interdisciplinary learning experiences.

Biotechnology Requirements This program requires a total of 48 to 55 semester hours: 
1) 23-27 semester hours from Core courses and
2) 25-28 semester hours completed in one of the following concentrations: 
Food Safety and Quality Assurance, General Biotechnology, Nanobiotechnology, Nanobiotechnology and Nanofabrication, and Pharmaceutical Design

The semester hour value of each course appears in parentheses ( ).


Complete all of the following Biotechnology Core courses – 23 semester hours:

BIOL 102
General Biology Lecture
(3 credits)
BIOL 103
General Biology Laboratory
(1 credits)
BIOL 281
Cell Biology Lecture
(3 credits)
BIOL 282
Cell Biology Laboratory
(1 credits)
BTEC 170
Introduction to Biotechnology
(3 credits)
CHEM 151
General Chemistry I Lecture
(3 credits)
CHEM 152
General Chemistry II Laboratory
(1 credits)
CHEM 161
General Chemistry II
(3 credits)
CHEM 162
General Chemistry II Laboratory
(1 credits)
CHEM 210
Organic Chemistry I
(4 credits)

Food Safety and Quality Assurance Concentration – 48 semester hours

Complete all of the following courses – 19 semester hours:

BIOL 330
Microbiology
(4 credits)
BIOL 370
Molecular Biology
(4 credits)
BTEC 350
Biotechnology Techniques
(4 credits)
BTEC 361
Food Biotechnology Seminar
(1 credits)
BTEC 362
General Biotechnology Seminar
(1 credits)
BTEC 363
Nanobiotechnology Seminar
(1 credits)
BTEC 371
Food Science and Technology
(4 credits)

Complete 6 semester hours from the following:

BTEC 200
Introduction to Quality and Food Safety
(3 credits)
BTEC 210
Food and Nutrition
(3 credits)
BTEC 370
Genetically Modified Foods
(3 credits)
BTEC 405
Applied Food Microbiology
(3 credits)
BTEC 420
Food Safety and Quality Assurance
(3 credits)
INSC 410
Epidemiology
(3 credits)

General Biotechnology Concentration – 50 semester hours

Complete all of the following courses – 20 semester hours:

BIOL 330
Microbiology
(4 credits)
BIOL 340
Biochemistry I
(4 credits)
BIOL 370
Molecular Biology
(4 credits)
BTEC 350
Biotechnology Techniques
(4 credits)
BTEC 351
Biotechnology Applications
(4 credits)

Complete 7 semester hours from the following:

BIOL 210
Introduction to Bioinformatics
(4 credits)
BIOL 214
Anatomy and Physiology I
(4 credits)
BIOL 215
Anatomy and Physiology II
(4 credits)
BIOL 320
Genetics
(3 credits)
BIOL 375
Immunology
(4 credits)
BTEC 100
Nanobiotechnology Explorations
(2 credits)
BTEC 210
Food and Nutrition
(3 credits)
BTEC 220
Applied Nanobiotechnology
(4 credits)
BTEC 222
Emerging Laboratory Techniques
(4 credits)
BTEC 361
Food Biotechnology Seminar
(1 credit)
BTEC 362
General Biotechnology Seminar
(1 credit)
BTEC 363
Nanobiotechnology Seminar
(1 credit)
BTEC 370
Genetically Modified Foods
(3 credits)
BTEC 371
Food Science and Technology
(4 credits)
BTEC 420
Food Safety and Quality Assurance
(3 credits)
FORS 125
Introduction to Forensic Science
(3 credits)
PHAR 311
Pharmacology I
(3 credits)
PHAR 320
Drug Design and Development
(3 credits)
PHAR 435
Computer-Aided Drug Design
(4 credits)
PHYS 210
General Physics I
(4 credits)

Nanobiotechnology Concentration – 52 semester hours

Complete all of the following courses – 25 semester hours:

BIOL 340
Biochemistry I 
(4 credits)
BTEC 100
Nanobiotechnology Explorations
(2 credits)
BTEC 220
Applied Nanobiotechnology
(4 credits)
BTEC 350
Biotechnology Techniques
(4 credits)
BTEC 361
Food Biotechnology 
(1 credit)
BTEC 362
General Biotechnology
(1 credit)
BTEC 363
Nanobiotechnology
(1 credit)
BTEC 401
Biosensor Technology
(4 credits)
PHYS 215
Principles of Physics for Nanobiotechnology
(4 credits)

Complete one of the following courses – 4 semester hours:

BIOL 370 
Molecular Biology
(4 credits)

or

BTEC 351
Biotechnology Applications
(4 credits)

Nanobiotechnology and NanoFabrication Concentration – 55 semester hours

Complete all of the following courses – 14 semester hours:

BIOL 340
Biochemistry I
(4 credits)
BTEC 100
Nanobiotechnology Explorations
(2 credits)
BTEC 350
Biotechnology Techniques
(4 credits)
PHYS 215
Principles of Physics for Nanobiotechnology
(4 credits)

Complete all of the 18 semester hours at the University Park Campus of The Pennsylvania State University:

NANO 211
Materials, Safety and Equipment Overview for Nanotechnology
(3 credits)
NANO 212
Basic Nanotechnology
(3 credits)
NANO 213
Materials in Nanotechnology
(3 credits)
NANO 214
Patterning for Nanofabrication
(3 credits)
NANO 215
Materials Modification in Nanotechnology Applications
(3 credits)
NANO 216 
Characterization, Testing of Nanofabricated Structures and Materials
(3 credits)

Pharmaceutical Design Concentration – 50 semester hours

Complete all of the following courses – 22 semester hours:

BIOL 210
Introduction to Bioinformatics
(4 credits)
BIOL 340
Biochemistry I
(4 credits)
BTEC 351
Biotechnology Applications
(4 credits)
PHAR 311
Pharmacology I
(3 credits)
PHAR 320
Drug Design and Development
(3 credits)
PHAR 435
Computer-Aided Drug Design
(4 credits)

Complete 5 semester hours from the following:

BIOL 214
Anatomy and Physiology I
(4 credits)
BIOL 215
Anatomy and Physiology II
(4 credits)
BIOL 320
Genetics
(3 credits)
BIOL 330 
Microbiology 
(4 credits)
BIOL 370
Molecular Biology
(4 credits)
BIOL 375
Immunology
(4 credits)
BTEC 100
Nanobiotechnology Explorations
(2 credits)
BTEC 220
Applied Nanobiotechnology
(4 credits)
BTEC 222 
Emerging Laboratory Techniques
(4 credits)
BTEC 350
Biotechnology Techniques
(4 credits)
BTEC 361
Food Biotechnology Seminar
(1 credit)
BTEC 362
General Biotechnology Seminar
(1 credit)
BTEC 363
Nanobiotechnology Seminar
(1 credit)
BTEC 370
Genetically Modified Foods
(3 credits)
BTEC 420
Food Safety and Quality Assurance
(3 credits)
CHEM 220
Organic Chemistry II
(4 credits)
FORS 125
Forensic Science
(3 credits)
PHYS 210 
General Physics I
(4 credits)