The 36-semester hour master of science degree in Biotechnology provides a comprehensive work-oriented curriculum that explores the industrial, medical, and regulatory underpinnings of the biotechnology field.

The Master of Science in Biotechnology requires 6 core courses, 4 concentration courses, and 2 capstone courses. The core Biotechnology courses are described below. For a complete list of all course descriptions please refer to the Harrisburg University course catalog.

BTEC 502 Biomaterials (3 semester hours)
Prerequisites: None

Description: There is a constant need for new biomaterials in life sciences to support novel technologies. This course is designed to introduce the student to the various classes of biomaterials currently in use and their application in selected subspecialties of medicine/industrial processes.  The student will learn about the concepts behind developing materials for use in medical or industrial biotechnology field.  The student will gain an understanding of material properties, various biological responses to materials, and the clinical context of their use.  Aspects of manufacturing processes, cost, sterilization, packaging, and regulatory issues will be addressed.


BTEC 508 Omics for Life Sciences (3 semester hours)
Prerequisites: Bachelor of Science degree in Biotechnology, Life Science or other relevant field or by permission of instructor 

Description: Studies on cataloging and characterization of genome and proteome are on the forefront of research.  Recently, there has been a considerable amount of work happening with genome and proteome data for selective manipulation of metabolic pathways, the metabolomics.  All three fields are aggressively used in several areas for innovation in diagnostics, biomanufacturing, biomarker studies, and drug discovery to name a few.  This course covers the basics of these three “omics” fields from the standpoint of using the information for developing new biotechnologies, especially in personalized medicine.  The significance of next generation sequencing will be covered.


BTEC 522 Graduate BTEC Seminar (3 semester hours)
Prerequisites: None

Description: This course introduces the student to fundamental topics in innovation, regulatory practices and ethics for various biotechnology industries and communities.  The intention is to allow the student to learn about these diverse but inter-related areas that coalesce science and business disciplines.  With the help of industry experts, case studies, and current literature, the student explores the interrelationship of these areas for creating productive collaborations within biotechnology industry with respect to compliance, innovation, and ethical decision-making.


BTEC 540 Biostatistics (3 semester hours)
Prerequisites: Undergraduate level Math or by permission of the instructor

Description: This course introduces statistical concepts and analytical methods as applied to data encountered in biotechnology and biomedical sciences.  It emphasizes the basic concepts of experimental design, quantitative analysis of data, and statistical inferences.  Topics include probability theory and distributions, population parameters and their sample estimates, descriptive statistics for central tendency and dispersion, hypothesis testing and confidence intervals for means, variances, and proportions, the chi-square statistic, categorical data analysis, linear correlation and regression model, and analysis of variance.  The course provides the student a foundation to evaluate information critically to support research objectives and product claims and to gain better understanding of statistical design of experimental trials for biological products/devices.


BTEC 550 Instrumentation in Biotechnology Industry (3 semester hours)
Prerequisites: Bachelor of Science degree in Biotechnology, Life Science or other relevant field or by permission of instructor 

Description: Instrumentation and application of various equipment is central to research and commercial production in the biotechnology industry.  This course will familiarize the student with which instruments are used for which biotechnology applications and their principles of operation and limitations.  Different biomolecules require different and customized protocols for isolation, purification, and characterization.  The course offers an overview of instruments such sonicator, ultracentrifuges, spectrophotometers, etc.  The course also covers the significance of instrument validation and calibration.


BTEC 560 Design of Experiment (3 semester hours)
Prerequisites: BTEC 540 or by permission of instructor 

Description: This course allows the student to design an experiment and learn methodology for data analysis.  Components such as major characteristics of a scientific experiment, running statistical analyses to perform various tests to check validity of the data would be covered.  In a case-based manner, the student works on design of an experimental protocol for an assigned conceptual research project. Trouble-shooting strategies and analyzing data sets would be covered.