Undergraduate Course Catalog 2008-2009

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Minor Credit Hours: 18-20

Biotechnology can be loosely defined as the application of biological research for the production of goods and services. The study of biotechnology has recently taken off within the last decade; however, the origins of biotechnology can be traced back thousands of years, well before we had computers or understood how cells work. Jobs related to biotechnology are not limited to those in the research lab. As science expands the need for individuals in the periphery trained to sell, advertise, mass produce, patent, and regulate, these technologies also increase. The Biotechnology minor will provide students, particularly non-biology students, with an introduction to the basics of the scientific end of biotechnology and the broad scope and societal implications beyond the lab that come from the application of biology to society. Ideally, this additional skill set would make students of any major more marketable to potential employers in the biotechnology sector as well as in other areas where critical and ethical thinking skills are desirable. Students who demonstrate competence in Human Heredity and Introduction to Human Biology may be signed into 02-320 Biometry with permission of the instructor.

Biotechnology minors may take a biology class only two times. If a student does not achieve a minimum grade of a C after the second attempt, the student may not repeat the class.

Biotechnology is a minor for non-science majors; prerequisites required for entrance into other Biology programs do not apply.

I. Required Courses (12)
02-107 Human Heredity (3)
02-108 Introduction to Human Biology (3)
02-200 Introduction to Biotechnology (3)
02-201 Advanced Biotechnology (3)

II. Choose one of the following: (3-4)
02-320 Biometry (3)
13-315 Probability and Statistics (4)

III. Choose one elective from the following: (3-4)
02-435 Ethics Scientific Principles and Practices (3)
03-122 Introduction to Forensic Chemistry (3)
13-311 Mathematical Techniques for the Sciences (4)