2017-18
Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Biotechnology BS

Department of Biotechnical and Clinical Laboratory Sciences

26 Cary Hall
South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214-3005
Paul J. Kostyniak
Chair
Kate Rittenhouse-Olson
Program Director, through September 21, 2017
Patricia A. Masso-Welch
Program Director, effective September 22, 2017
Leah Doherty
Undergraduate Program Advisor
(HEGIS: 04.00 BIOLOGICAL SCI UNCLASSFD, CIP: 26.1201 Biotechnology)

Why study Biotechnology BS at UB?

At UB’s Biotechnology Program, students receive a high level of one-on-one training and faculty interaction that is exceptional. The Biotechnology Program is the only lab-based training program of its kind at UB, preparing students for a career in lab-based research or post-graduate studies. Our unique program of intensive, applied laboratory-based training courses allows our graduates to master an array of practical laboratory skills. UB’s Biotechnology Program incorporates concepts taught with functional application of theory, in an intensive laboratory setting, emphasizing real-life proficiency in the practice as well as the theory of biotechnology. The high level of hands-on laboratory training received in our program enables students to be prepared, upon graduation, to be immediately competitive in the biotechnology job market. Since our coursework focuses on skills and comprehension for a wide variety of laboratory techniques, graduates from our program are also exceptionally well-prepared for graduate studies or professional programs.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will have knowledge to:

  • Understand the theoretical nature of the science involved in medically related biotechnology research and practice
  • Master specific laboratory skills relevant to careers in biotechnology
  • Possess a working knowledge of basic biochemistry, immunology, cell and tissue culture, bioseparation techniques, molecular biology and genetics and their associated laboratory techniques
  • Be familiar with the principles underlying their clinically relevant compounds, the principles underlying their clinical importance and how their presence is altered in disease
  • Become adept at hands-on research, including hands-on research, including using online databases; understand the creation and testing of scientific hypotheses and critical evaluation of experimental data

The Learning Environment

The BCLS Program of Biotechnology is located on the UB South Campus. Instruction is conducted through a combination of classroom-based lectures and hands-on laboratories. Lectures usually have between 25-75 students. In contrast, our laboratory sections generally enroll 12-24 students per section, maximizing faculty training of students. Capstone experiences in biotechnology include laboratory research experience through either internships at biotechnology industrial sites, and/or academic research laboratories for qualified students.

About Our Facilities

The BCLS Programs of Biotechnology and Medical Technology utilize lecture rooms and laboratories on the UB South Campus. Laboratories are equipped with biomedical research, diagnostic and analytical equipment which will allow students to experience hands-on learning. Laboratories can be within the BCLS Department or within the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. BTE internships are held off-campus, in research or company labs; MT clinical rotations are held off-campus in regional diagnostic and hospital labs. Students also participate in on-campus faculty research labs.

About Our Faculty

BCLS faculty excels at hands-on teaching in the lectures and the labs. There are 13 faculty members and 5 graduate student teaching assistants. Faculty members have received student, university and state-wide teaching awards, as well as the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Faculty research interests include measurement of oxidative stress, methods evaluation protocols, environmental pollutants and disease outcomes in humans, vaccine research, cellular and molecular biology of erythropoiesis, breast cancer research, and organ and tissue donation.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Biotechnology department website for additional information about our faculty.

Career Outlook

Opportunities for biotechnologists are widely varied, including research and development, quality assurance and quality control, regulatory affairs, patent law, marketing and sales, and employment is available in both the public and private sectors.

Career choices include:

  • Research or industrial laboratory
  • Management or regulatory affairs
  • Graduate school: scientific specialty, forensics, computer science, business
  • Professorial school: medical, dental, law, chiropractic, optometry, veterinary, physician's assistant
  • Sales or technical representative
  • Instrument manufacturers
  • Laboratory manager
  • Scientific writing or editing

Academic Advising

Intended students in their first two years will work with the Biomedical Undergraduate Office to create an academic plan, discuss course selection and workload management. Advisor assignments are determined by students’ academic year. Intended and accepted/ approved majors are advised by the BCLS Undergraduate Academic Advisor. BCLS faculty members also advise students about research, internships, graduate school, and professional school.

The purpose of advisement is to provide students with guidance in course sequencing and selection. In-person advisement allows a student to develop an appropriate academic plan to facilitate a timely graduation. Students are required to meet with their advisor in the first year of study and are encouraged to meet with their advisor at least once a semester.

Academic Advising Contact Information

Biomedical Undergraduate Office
Shannon M. Brown
Undergraduate Academic Advisor
smbrown3@buffalo.edu

BCLS Undergraduate Academic Advisor
Leah Doherty
dohertyl@buffalo.edu

Scholarships and Financial Support

Program awards are presented annually, or as needed, to graduating seniors. These represent special recognition. Receiving an award is an honor that can have a far-reaching impact on graduate and professional studies. These awards have different criteria, including academics, leadership, and financial hardship. Any consideration of a scholarship will also include an evaluation of the professional behavior of the student. Awards within the Biotechnology program include the Pfizer Scholarship Award, the ThermoFisher Scientific Award, and the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Graduation Award.

Department of Biotechnical and Clinical Laboratory Sciences

26 Cary Hall
South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214-3005
Paul J. Kostyniak
Chair
Kate Rittenhouse-Olson
Program Director, through September 21, 2017
Patricia A. Masso-Welch
Program Director, effective September 22, 2017
Leah Doherty
Undergraduate Program Advisor
(HEGIS: 04.00 BIOLOGICAL SCI UNCLASSFD, CIP: 26.1201 Biotechnology)
Published: September 20, 2017 02:36:17 PM