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Biotechnology Minor

(HEGIS: , CIP: 26.1201 Biotechnology)

Department of Biological Sciences

109 Cooke Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-1300

Derek Daniels

Lara Hutson
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Associated Programs

Why study Biotechnology Minor at UB?

*Not a baccalaureate degree program

The Biotechnology Minor is only available for students studying Chemical Engineering.

The Department of Biological Sciences is a center for innovative, interdisciplinary life sciences research and teaching. Our faculty research interests span all levels of biological organization, from molecules to ecosystems. This cross-disciplinary approach to life sciences, performed within a collegial, interactive atmosphere enables new discoveries that impact every major field of biological sciences. Our academic programs exploit the breadth and depth of our faculty’s research expertise and outstanding teaching and mentoring skills.

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 research and academic programs in the Department of Biological Sciences are inextricably intertwined. Our academic programs exploit the breadth and depth of our faculty’s research expertise and outstanding teaching and mentoring skills.

The curriculum of our undergraduate program emphasizes learning by doing. Our instructional philosophy of “lead with the lab” allows students at every level to develop critical thinking skills while providing broad, deep and state-of-the-art training in all life science disciplines.

About Our Facilities

The Department of Biological Sciences is housed in Cooke and Hochstetter Halls on UB’s North Campus. The department holds classes in centrally scheduled space throughout the campus, which includes traditional classrooms and lecture halls that can accommodate our program’s teaching philosophies. Undergraduate laboratory courses are held in 10 teaching laboratories housed in Cooke and Hochstetter Halls.

About Our Faculty

The Department of Biological Sciences at the University at Buffalo is committed to conducting innovative research and providing outstanding instruction to students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Our department includes both distinguished faculty and upcoming, cutting-edge researchers who teach and conduct research in life sciences in interdisciplinary fields, including Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Sensory Transduction, Genetics, Epigenetics, Neuroscience, Development, Molecular Evolution, Genomics, and Ecology. The breadth of expertise among the faculty and the depth of their dedication fosters an atmosphere of discovery. We have a long tradition of excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching, as evidenced by the number of department faculty who have won awards for teaching excellence. All courses are taught by full-time faculty. Approximately 40 graduate student TAs assist with undergraduate laboratories each semester.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Biological Sciences Faculty page for additional information about our faculty.

Career Outlook

A minor in Biotechnology is the gateway to a wide variety of careers. The curriculum is ideal preparation for entry into the health industry, including medicine, dentistry, optometry, medical technical fields, pharmacy and veterinary medicine, or towards a research career. Research careers are prominent at colleges and universities, as well as government agencies (such as the EPA, the CDC, NIH), pharmaceutical companies, and biotech.

Academic Advising

Departmental Undergraduate Advisors are available for consultative management of student program planning by appointment.

Academic Advising Contact Information

Advisors are assigned to students based on last name.

CAS Advising Team

Scholarships and Financial Support

Students in this program may qualify for scholarships and financial support from a number of sources, including:

Associated Programs

Published: Nov 16, 2022 15:55:18