Degree Requirements

Enrolled students must complete the following requirements (13 courses total):

MS in Biotechnology with a concentration in biodefense:

Core Courses (7 total)

  • 410.601 Biochemistry
  • 410.602 Molecular Biology
  • 410.603 Advanced Cellular Biology I
  • 410.633 Introduction to Bioinformatics
  • 410.692 Biological & Chemical Threat Response and Forensics * (This class is only available on-site at the Baltimore or Rockville campus.)
  • 410.693 Science, Medicine, & Policy in Biodefense * (This class is only available on-site at the Baltimore or Rockville campus.)
  • One Laboratory Course (410.652, 410.656, 410.657, 410.658, 410.660, 410.731 or 410.752) (These classes are only available on-site at the Baltimore or Rockville campus.)

Biodefense Electives (choose 3)

  • 410.604 Advanced Cell Biology II
  • 410.611 Vaccinology
  • 410.613 Principles of Immunology
  • 410.614 Pathogenic Bacteriology
  • 410.615 Microbiology
  • 410.616 Virology
  • 410.618 Parasitology
  • 410.620 Microbial Genetics and Physiology
  • 410.621 Agricultural Biotechnology
  • 410.631 Infectious Diseases
  • 410.632 Emerging Infectious Diseases
  • 410.636 Biology of HIV and AIDS
  • 410.639 Protein Bioinformatics
  • 410.640 Molecular Phylogenetics Techniques
  • 410.641 Clinical and Molecular Diagnostics
  • 410.645 Biostatistics
  • 410.652 Cell Culture Techniques
  • 410.655 Radiation Biology
  • 410.656 Recombinant DNA Laboratory
  • 410.658 Biodefense Laboratory Methods
  • 410.659 Advanced Recombinant DNA Laboratory
  • 410.660 Immunological Techniques in Biotechnology
  • 410.661 Methods in Proteomics
  • 410.662 Epidemiology
  • 410.666 Genomic Sequencing and Analysis
  • 410.667 Theory/Appl Immunoassays
  • 410.669 Immunology of Infectious Diseases
  • 410.671 Microarrays and Analysis
  • 410.696 Bioassay Development
  • 410.731 Bioprocessing and Scale-Up Laboratory
  • 410.752 High Throughput Screening & Automation Lab
  • 410.800 Independent Research in Biotechnology

* Count towards certificate

Certificate in Science, Technology, and International Security:

One course in each of the following areas: 

Security Studies

Science and Technology Policy

  • 406.661 Technology and Terrorism (Online and on the ground)
  • 406.676 The Politics of Cybersecurity
  • 406.680 Science, Technology and National Security
  • 425.603 Climate Change Policy Analysis
  • 425.604 Energy and Climate Finance
  • 470.601 Climate Change and National Security
  • 470.657 Energy, Security and Defense
  • 470.696 Ethics and Privacy in Intelligence Operations (Online and on the ground)
  • 470.719 Technical Collection of Intelligence (Online)
  • 470.731 Privacy in a Data-driven Society
  • 470.740 Cyber Policy, Strategy, Conflict and Deterrence
  • 470.752 Intelligence Analysis (Online)
  • 470.773 Energy and Environmental Security
  • Other courses as they are developed.

Electives

One additional elective from Science, Technology, and International SecurityGlobal Security Studies, or the Intelligence programs (470 prefix courses). Consult with your Science, Technology and International Security adviser.