Coursework

The program places particular emphasis on practical training and includes laboratories in general chemistry, cell biology,   microbiology, biological chemistry, and molecular biology.

Most of the courses for this interdisciplinary degree program in biotechnology are taught by faculty from the Department of Biological Sciences and the Department of Chemistry. Many of the faculty in these departments employ biotechnology methods (e.g. cell culture, antibody technologies, recombinant DNA technologies, gene targeting, protein engineering technologies, bioimaging, etc.) and/or are involved in the development of such methods as part of their research. 

A number of the faculty have been honored with teaching awards, including the Alumni Association’s Distinguished teaching Award and the College of Arts and Sciences Student Advisory Council Award for Outstanding Teaching.

Biotechnology Student 11

Typical Course of Study:

Year 1: biological foundations, cell biology (lecture/lab), general chemistry (lecture/lab), calculus, probability and statistics for life sciences.

Year 2: microbiology (lecture/lab), genetics (lecture), organic chemistry (lecture/lab), aqueous equilibrium (lecture), biological chemistry (lecture/lab), general physics, computer science, ethics.

Year 3: molecular biology (lecture), analytical chemistry (lecture/lab), advanced biological chemistry (lecture/lab), immunology, business, bioethics.

Year 4: case studies in biotechnology (lecture/seminar) research experience and/or internship, bioinformatics, electives.

General University Requirements:

All students seeking a bachelor’s degree at Kent State University complete a series of liberal education requirements. In addition to the course work specific to their major, students pursuing a B.S. degree in biotechnology take courses in English composition, foreign language, humanities, fine arts, and social sciences.

Specific Biotechnology Courses:

BTEC 10210 - INTRODUCTION TO BIOTECHNOLOGY

Basic principles and applications of modern biotechnology, including recombinant DNA technology, microbial technology, fermentation, genetic engineering, plant and animal tissue culture and medical biotechnology.  3 Credit Hours.

BTEC 40191 - SEMINAR: RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN BIOTECHNOLOGY

Recent developments in biotechnology explored through the presentation and discussion of research articles and reviews in the biotechnology literature. 1 Credit Hour.

BTEC 40210 - CASE STUDIES IN BIOTECHNOLOGY

Case studies used to explore biotechnology practice and the application of various technologies in industry and medicine. Emphasis placed on developing problem solving, information gathering, inductive reasoning and technical communication skills. 3 Credit Hours

BTEC 40220 - BIOINFORMATICS

Analysis of biological databases including nucleic acid and protein sequence searching, multiple sequence alignments, protein classification, phylogenetic analysis, comparative genomics, proteomics, and protein structure analysis. 3Credit Hours.

Additional information and links:

College of Arts and Sciences degree requirements,

Suggested 4-year plan for scheduling courses,

Blank, individual 4-year planning sheet.

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