*Not a baccalaureate degree program
The Biotechnology Minor is only available to those 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, outstanding teaching and mentoring skills.
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 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, 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.
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.
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.
Please visit the Biotechnology department website for additional information about our faculty.
A degree in Biological Sciences 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. A Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences is also the first step towards a research career in fields as diverse as ecology, evolution, neuroscience, cell biology, genetics and molecular biology. Research careers are prominent at colleges and universities, as well as government agencies (such as the EPA, the CDC, NIH) and pharmaceutical companies. The diversity of courses in Biological Sciences provides solid background for teaching at the secondary school, community college or university levels. The skills gained from laboratory courses are applicable to technical positions in laboratories in government, industry and academia. More intensive and valuable skills can also be gained through advanced research with individual faculty.
The Departmental Undergraduate Advisor is available for consultative management of student program planning by appointment and on a drop-in basis.
The department presents five scholarships to matriculated majors:
- The Knobloch Endowment Scholarship
- The McCroskey Endowment Scholarship
- Darryl Raszl Undergraduate Research Fellowship
- The Philip G. Miles Undergraduate Research Fellowship
- The Alumni Undergraduate Research Fellowship
Award criteria include both academic achievement and financial need.
Students in this program may also qualify for scholarships and financial support from a number of sources, including: