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Science Fundamentals & Professional Preparation

BIOT 600    Genomics and DNA/RNA Technologies (5)

Provides a foundation in basic principles of genomics and relevant current research in recombinant DNA technology.  Includes the relationship between structure, function and content of genes and genomes, the use of bioinformatics and tools used to discover and identify sequence elements.  Appreciation for the role of genomics and DNA/RNA technology in modern society will be obtained by dissecting seminal papers.  Laboratory reinforces key concepts and introduces fundamental techniques and technologies being applied today.*

BIOT 620    Bioengineering & Bioprocessing (3) 

Introduction to the theory and application of biotechnology processes for the development of biopharmaceutical and bio-based products.  Covers the spectrum of bioprocess engineering, starting from genetic concepts for producing pharmaceutical and other products.  The organisms considered range from simple bacteria to highly specialized animal cell cultures.  A basic understanding of fundamental bioprocess concepts such as fluid mechanics, mass transfer, unit operations, biochemical reaction kinetics, cell growth and metabolism, heterogeneous reactions and bioreactor analysis and design.*

BIOT 630    Experimental Design and Statistical Analysis in Biotechnology (3) 

Introduces advanced statistical concepts and analytical methods for the experimental needs and data encountered in biotechnology and biomedical sciences.  Experimental design/conduct, quantitative analysis of data and statistical inferences and interpretations are studied for scientific hypothesis testing, as well as clinical trials.  Explores methodological approaches to bioassay development/testing and provides a foundation for critically evaluating information to support research findings, product claims and technology opportunities.* 

BIOT 650    Regulatory Affairs and Quality Management in Life Sciences (3)

Overview of the laws and regulations enforced by the Food and Drug Administration and other regulatory agencies related to the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical device industries.  Included is the U.S. legal regulatory system, Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and related laws, Freedom of Information Act, regulation affecting foods, drugs, biologics, veterinary products, diagnostics and devices, FDA enforcement, product liability and import/export requirements.  Reviews the impact of quality systems and the functions, roles and responsibilities on Quality Assurance and Quality Control.* 

BIOT 655    Business Law & Intellectual Property in High Technology Enterprises (2) 

Understanding individual and organizational responsibility in commercial biotechnology and the role of intellectual property in a high-technology industry.  Business in a legal, social, political and regulated environment will be explored.  Topics include legal principles, contract law, and intellectual property and its protection.* 

BIOT 660    Scientific Communication in Industry (2)

Provides insight and practice in the forms of scientific communication including scientific papers, technical reports, presentations, proposals, organizational reporting/reports and other communication demands found in industry.  Students will differentiate between objectives of the various communication purposes and understand key steps and ingredients for effective communication.  The course will emphasize basic skills for both written and oral communications and provide practice of these principles.* 

BIOT 680A    Semester-in-Residence Project Writing Workshop (1)
Provides the individual student with a focused pathway to develop and complete the Semester-in-Residence Project. The processes learned in this course are essential in producing a comprehensive final project, the defense, and future presentations in industry. Five meetings over five weeks are scheduled for this required 1 unit class.

BIOT 690    Case Studies and Current Trends in Biotechnology (2)

 A colloquium and study in the emerging developments in biotechnology.  Explores new topics and methodologies in bioscience as determined by recent science presentations/publications and information networking.  Advanced study examines cutting-edge science, new discoveries and next-generation technology applications in biotechnology.* 

CHEM 450    Protein Structure and Function (3) 

The goal of this course is to introduce students to an in-depth analysis of protein structure and function.  Topics covered are: fundamentals of protein structure including structural motifs, domains, and folding, methods of representative proteins involved in important biological functions such as transport, enzyme catalysis, protein-nucleic acid interactions, signal transduction, immunity and membrane channels and receptors.  Prerequisite:  CHEM 341 or 351 with a minimum grade of C (2.0) or consent of instructor.*

Business Core

BA 627    Business Analytics & Project Management (3)

The course will provide an introduction to project management strategies, their limitations and possibilities. Topics will include best practices pertaining to stakeholder analysis, formulation of goals and targets, project structure, time and resource management, budget, follow-up, risk management, roles and responsibilities in project organization, line vs. matrix organization, project leadership, and communication. 

BA 504    Financial Accounting (3)  

To provide a basis for accounting vocabulary and structure.  This course will focus on financial accounting, which seeks to communicate the financial condition and results of operations to external users, primarily through the financial statements contained in the annual report.  The course will focus on a user perspective and will also focus on the accounting choices available to companies and the impact of these choices on financial statements. 

BA 505    Marketing (2) 

The course introduces students to the principles of marketing as a system of exchanges among individuals and organizations.  Emphasis will be placed on the elements of the marketing mix, consumer behavior and the role of marketing in organizations and society. 

BA 506    Managing Complex Organizations (2)

The study of individual and group behavior in organizational settings.  All organizations must function within the context of their internal and external environments.  Managing organization behavior in this context challenges individuals to understand and embrace workforce diversity, elements of change, effective communication and performance systems.Concepts include motivation, communication, group dynamics, power, conflict, decision-making and leadership.

Internship/Residency & Project

BIOT 680B    Internship/Semester in Residence/Project (4)  

Provides industry experience in commercial Research and Development under the guidance of faculty and direct supervision by a company manager. The student will establish/accomplish goals, communicate work/project progress, acquire broad organization insight and demonstrate core competencies required for the degree.  The experience will culminate in a written project document and an oral presentation to fellow students, faculty and company representatives on assigned work and project.*

Alternative Courses

BIOL 686    Graduate Topics in Biology (1-3)

Lecture and discussion of selected topics with emphasis on current problems and advances in subdisciplines of biological science.  Students should check the class schedule for listing of actual topics.  Prerequisite:  Graduate classification or consent of instructor with approval by the academic advisor and program director.

*Enrollment is restricted to students who have been admitted to the Master of Biotechnology program.