Degree Details and Courses
This 40-credit Master of Science degree is composed of 4 Required Core Courses and 6 Elective Courses. Within the Electives you can choose to pursue one of the six optional Areas of Concentration, including:
- Biotechnology Enterprise
- Molecular Targets and Drug Discovery
- Regenerative and Stem Cell Technologies
- Regulatory Affairs
Additionally, this degree program offers an optional culminating experience of a Thesis as an 11th course, for four additional credits at full tuition.
Core Courses - Required
Complete all 4 courses.
Please note some Areas of Concentration may alter the core course requirements for this degree.
You will choose 6 electives from the list of more than 100 general biotechnology electives and science elective courses. Be certain to select at least 2 science electives, and the remaining can be either general biotechnology electives or science electives.
You may choose to pursue one of the six optional Areas of Concentration. To qualify, follow the unique set of course requirements for your particular concentration.
Optional 11th Course Culminating Experience
This option extends the 10-course degree program to 11 courses.
Students wishing to complete a thesis may do so by embarking on a two-semester thesis project, which includes the 410.800 Independent Research Project and 410.801 Biotechnology Thesis courses. This project must be a hypothesis-based, original research study. The student must complete 410.800 Independent Research Project and fulfill the requirements of that course, including submission of a project proposal, final paper, and poster presentation, before enrolling in the subsequent thesis course. For the thesis course, students are required to submit a revised proposal (an update of the 410.800 proposal) for review and approval by the faculty adviser and biotechnology program committee one month prior to the beginning of the term. Students must meet with the faculty adviser periodically for discussion of the project’s progress. Graduation with a thesis is subject to approval by the thesis committee and program committee and requires the student to present his/her project to a faculty committee both orally and in writing. Prerequisites: Successful completion of 410.800 Independent Research Project and 410.645 Biostatistics.