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Program Requirements

Degree Requirements and Courses

The Master's in Biotechnology requires thirty-eight (38)* semester hours of coursework and project-oriented work experience with a local life-science entity.  Students must complete the set of courses and project work experience with a 3.0 GPA and earn at least a "C" (2.0) in each course.    

Internship/Residency & Project

BIOT 680A or 680B    Semester in Residence Project Writing Workshop (1-2)

Provides the student with tools and a focused pathway to develop and complete their Semester in Residence Project proposal. This process is imperative to the student’s ability to produce a comprehensive final project, defense, and future industry presentations. Units vary according to depth of content and instructional needs.

A student with demonstrated expertise in a required course that would make the course a repeat of attained knowledge or previous coursework may take other electives (up to 2 courses or 6 hours) offered at the graduate level as approved by the Advisory Committee.

BIOT 681    Internship/Semester in Residence/Project (4-5)

In lieu of a thesis, the candidate must successfully complete a Project Abstract, project/work assignment with performance assessment, a written report/paper and pass an oral defense.  It is intended that the "Internship/Residency/Project" be completed in a 16-week semester period according to established guidelines for the course experience.  The type of experience for the Internship / Semester-In-Residence / Project depends upon the student's situation, current employment and right-to-work status.

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.

Advancement to Candidacy

The student will advance to Master's Degree candidacy upon the completion of 23 semester credit hours of coursework, satisfying the Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR), and approval of a Project Abstract by the student's Advisory Committee.  The GWAR may be completed either by an acceptable standardized test score for the Analytical Writing subtest of the GMAT or GRE, or a paper(s) that receive(s) a passing score as described in university policy.


Graduate students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 and earn at least a C (2.0) in each course, except those taken for credit/no credit.  Any student whose overall GPA falls below 3.0 for two consecutive semesters will be dropped from the program.  A full-time student should be enrolled in the predetermined course schedule and credit hours each semester for the program.  In addition, a project report must be submitted, defended and approved at the end of the Internship or Semester-In-Residence.  In unusual circumstances where project requirements are not be completed, defended and approved at the end of the Internship or Semester-In-Residence, the student may complete the requirements within six months under the guidance of the advisory committee.

*Some students may be required to take additional units where there are deficiencies and/or when project demands warrant additional units.