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Biotechnology BS - Program Requirements

(HEGIS: 04.00 BIOLOGICAL SCI UNCLASSFD, CIP: 26.1201 Biotechnology)

Department of Biotechnical and Clinical Laboratory Sciences

26 Cary Hall
South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214-3005

Paul J. Kostyniak

Jinwoo Park
Program Director

Leah Doherty
Undergraduate Program Advisor

Associated Programs

Completing the Biotechnology BS Program

Academic Requirements

Acceptance Criteria
Completion of all prerequisite science and math courses (some exceptions allowed).
Minimum GPA of 2.000 overall.
Minimum GPA of 2.500 in the prerequisite courses.
Most successful candidates accepted to Biotechnology exceed these minimum GPAs.

All undergraduate majors include at least 24-credit hours at the upper division (at least 300-level).

Transfer Credit Policy

Transfer students must first be accepted by the university and must complete a SUNY Transfer Admission Application from the Office of Admissions, and submit official transcripts. The deadline for fall admission is the previous January 15. The program accepts students past these deadlines on a space available basis.

The program in biotechnology has articulation agreements with Erie Community College, Genesee Community College, Niagara County Community College, Monroe Community College and more. Students from other transfer institutions should consult the TAURUS website, and contact the undergraduate program advisor for prerequisite course equivalencies. Course descriptions and syllabi will be required to establish equivalencies through a departmental review. Students with unarticulated courses may petition the BTE Program for approval of transfer courses by submitting a full course syllabus of the transfer course.

Prerequisite Courses

BIO 200 Evolutionary Biology
BIO 201 Cell Biology
BIO 211 Cell Biology Lab
CHE 101 General Chemistry & CHE 113 Lab
CHE 102 General Chemistry & CHE 114 Lab
CHE 203/CHE 205 Organic Chemistry
CHE 204/CHE 206 Organic Chemistry
MIC 301 Biomedical Microbiology OR MIC 401 Biomedical Microbiology
PGY 300 Human Physiology
PSY 207 Psychological Statistics or STA 119 Statistical Methods or SOC 294 Basic Statistics for Social Sciences

Required Courses

MT 401 Clinical Biochemistry
MT 402 Fundamentals of Immunology
MT 403 Instrumental Analysis
MT 422 Biomolecular Technology and Diagnostics
MT 426 Technical Communications for the Scientific Professional
MT 430 Bioseparation Techniques
MT 432 Introduction to Medical Genetics
MT 434 Cell and Tissue Culture Techniques
MT 437 Applications of Molecular Biotechnology
MT 445 Biotechnology Career Preparation
MT 447 Genome
MTH 121 Survey of Calculus and Its Applications I or MTH 141 College Calculus I
PHI 237 Social and Ethical Values in Medicine OR PHI 107 Ethics OR PHI 217 Professional Ethics
BTE Technical electives: minimum of two courses with a minimum of 6 credits, within the approved list of 300-400 level credits

Note: Minors in management, anthropology, pharmacology and toxicology, biology, chemistry, computer science, environmental studies, foreign language, medicinal chemistry and pharmaceutics may be used to fulfill all or part of the technical electives required for the BS degree in biotechnology. Students must meet with a representative of the department/program offering the minor prior to the fall semester of the junior year, as many departments have strict rules regarding prerequisites, course sequence and minimum GPA for acceptance to and completion of the minor. Students should consult the relevant listings in the Undergraduate Catalog for specifics concerning each minor.


Total Credit Hours Required

Total credit hours required for the Biotechnology BS degree
Credits Required for Major86
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum29
Additional Credits Required for Electives5
Total Credits Required for Degree120

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This chart should not be used for financial aid purposes.

Published: Jun 29, 2022 13:26:15