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Biotechnology and Molecular Bioscience BS degree

Andre Hudson, School Head
585-475-4259, aohsbi@rit.edu

Rosanne Klingler, Academic Adviser
585-475-4765, rkssbi@rit.edu

Program overview

The BS degree in biotechnology and molecular bioscience prepares students to immediately assume challenging positions in research, development, and management in the field of biotechnology. Students are also well-prepared for positions in the fields of plant biotechnology, human genetics, agriculture, food products, pharmaceuticals and vaccine development, environment and energy, forensic science, and genetic counseling.

The advanced nature of the third- and fourth-year courses, as well as the opportunity to participate in faculty-sponsored undergraduate research, provide a sound foundation to those students wishing to pursue a master’s or doctoral degree. The major also can be designed to include the education necessary for the pursuit of a career in a medical field.

Specialized areas of emphasis include recombinant DNA, microbial and plant genetic engineering, mammalian and plant tissue culture, monoclonal antibody production and purification, large-scale fermentation techniques (bacterial and mammalian cell), and methods for characterization and separation of proteins and nucleic acids in yeast, bacterial, viral, and plant systems.

Experiential learning

Students are strongly encouraged to explore experiential learning opportunities to further enhance their education. Research internships, offered both on and off-campus, take place during the summer. RIT offers numerous opportunities for students to participate in research, including three on campus summer programs: Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU), Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF), and the Summer Undergraduate Research Programs (SURP). Many students participate in undergraduate research for course credit during the academic year. Additionally, students may participate in cooperative education experiences, where students work in industry or government during the summer or the academic year. Students earn a salary while gaining valuable on-the-job experience. If a student elects to pursue a co-op during the academic year, they may need to extend the date of graduation beyond the traditional four years.

Curriculum

Biotechnology and molecular bioscience, BS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
BIOL-121 Introduction to Biology  4
CHMG-141 LAS Perspective 5 (natural science inquiry): General and Analytical Chemistry I 3
CHMG-145 LAS Perspective 5 (natural science inquiry): General and Analytical Chemistry I Lab 1
BIOL-122 Introduction to Biology II 4
CHMG-142 LAS Perspective 6 (scientific principles): General and Analytical Chemistry II 3
CHMG-146 LAS Perspective 6 (scientific principles): General and Analytical Chemistry II Lab 1
MATH-161 LAS Perspective 7A: Applied Calculus 4
ACSC-010 Year One 0
  LAS Perspective 1 (ethical) 3
  First Year LAS Elective 3
  First Year Writing (WI) 3
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
BIOL-201 Cell and Molecular Biology w/ Lab 4
CHMO-231 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHMO-235 Organic Chemistry I Lab 1
Choose one of the following: 3
   STAT-145    LAS Perspective 7B: Introduction to Statistics  
   STAT-155    LAS Perspective 7B: Biostatistics  
BIOL-321 Genetics 3
CHMO-232 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHMO-236 Organic Chemistry II Lab
  Biotechnology and Molecular Bioscience Elective (WI) 4
  LAS Perspective 2 (artistic) 3
  LAS Perspective 3 (global) 3
Third Year
BIOL-204 Microbiology  4
CHMB-402 Biochemistry I 3
BIOL-325 Bioinformatics Analysis Macromolecule 3
  Biotechnology and Molecular Bioscience Electives 13
  LAS Perspective 4 3
  Open Elective 3
  LAS Immersion 1 3
Fourth Year
BIOL-500 Experiential Learning Requirement in the Life Sciences 0
  Biotechnology and Molecular Bioscience Electives 20
  LAS Immersion 2, 3 6
  Open Elective 3
  LAS Elective 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 121

Please see General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

One Writing Intensive (WI) elective must be selected to satisfy degree requirements. Please see adviser for a list of eligible courses.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two different Wellness courses.

Molecular bioscience and biotechnology electives

Course
BIOL-265 Evolutionary Biology (WI)
BIOL-303 Cell Physiology
BIOL-305 Plants, Medicine and Technology
BIOL-306 Food Microbiology
BIOL-307 Microbiology of Wastewater
BIOL-308 Biology of Cancer (WI)
BIOL-310 Bioenergy: Microbial Product
BIOL-312 Human Genetics
BIOL-314 Tissue Culture
BIOL-322 Developmental Biology
BIOL-330 Bioinformatics
BIOL-335 Phage Biology
BIOL-340 Genomics
BIOL-341 Synthetic Biology
BIOL-345 Molecular Ecology (WI)
BIOL-350 Computational Genomics
BIOL-365 Population Genetics
BIOL-370 Environmental Microbiology
BIOL-375 Advanced Immunology
BIOL-377 Directed Research in Developmental Biology
BIOL-380 Bioremediation
BIOL-401 Bioseparations: Principles and Practices
BIOL-403 Fundamentals of Plant Biochemistry and Pathology
BIOL-415 Virology
BIOL-416 Plant Biotechnology
BIOL-418 Plant Molecular Biology
BIOL-420 Microbe-Host Interactions
BIOL-425 Ethics in Bioinformatics (WI)
BIOL-427 Micro and Viral Genetics
BIOL-428 Eukaryotic Gene Regulation
BIOL-430 Bioinformatics Algorithms
BIOL-440 Advanced Applied Genomics
BIOL-450 Genetic Engineering (WI)
BIOL-495 Advanced Biology Research
BIOL-498 Advanced Independent Study
BIOL-599 Research Based Writing (WI)
BIOL-601 Genetic Disease and Disorders
BIOL-700 Cell Molecular Genetics
CHMA-222 Chemical Separations
CHMB-450 Biochemistry of Infectious Diseases
MEDS-313 Introduction to Infectious Diseases
MEDS-530 Human Immunology
BIOL-594 Molecular Modeling and Proteomics



Effective fall 2013, RIT converted its academic calendar from quarters to semesters.
View this program's information from the retired quarter calendar

Quarter Curriculum - For Reference Only

Effective fall 2013, RIT converted its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. The following content has been made available as reference only. Currently matriculated students who began their academic programs in quarters should consult their academic adviser for guidance and course selection.
 

Program overview

The BS degree in molecular bioscience and biotechnology prepares students to immediately assume challenging positions in research, development, and management in biotechnology. Students are also well-prepared for positions in the fields of plant biotechnology, human genetics, agriculture, food products, pharmaceuticals and vaccine development, environment and energy, forensic science, and genetic counseling.

The advanced nature of the third- and fourth-year courses, as well as the opportunity to participate in faculty-sponsored undergraduate research, provides a sound foundation to those graduates wishing to pursue a master’s or doctoral degree.

The program also can be designed to include the education necessary for the pursuit of a career in a medical field.

Specialized areas of emphasis include recombinant DNA, microbial and plant genetic engineering, mammalian and plant tissue culture, monoclonal antibody production and purification, large-scale fermentation techniques (bacterial and mammalian cell), and methods for characterization and separation of proteins and nucleic acids in yeast, bacterial, viral, and plant systems.

Cooperative education

This program provides students the option of participating in cooperative education. More than 65 organizations in industry, government, and academia employ our students in full-time paid positions directly related to students’ academic areas of interest. Co-op positions can be held during the summer and/or during the regular academic year. Tuition is not charged while a student is on co-op. If a student elects to pursue a co-op during the regular academic year, they may need to extend the date of graduation beyond the traditional four years.

Curriculum

Molecular bioscience and biotechnology, BS degree, typical course sequence (quarters)

Course Qtr. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
1001-200 Freshman Symposium 1
1001-251, 252, 253 Introduction to Biology I, II, III 12
1011-215, 216, 217 General and Analytical Chemistry I, II, III 10
1011-205, 206 Chemical Principles Lab I, II 2
1011-227 General and Analytical Chemistry Lab 1
1016-214, 215 Elementary Calculus I, II 6
  Liberal Arts* 12
1105-051, 052 First-Year Enrichment 2
  Wellness Education† 0
Second Year
1001-311 Cell Biology 4
1001-312 Immunology 3
1001-314 Tissue Culture 5
1001-350 Molecular Biology 4
1013-231, 232, 233 Organic Chemistry I, II, III 9
1013-235, 236, 237 Organic Chemistry Lab I, II, III 3
1016-319 Data Analysis I 4
  Liberal Arts* 12
Third and Fourth Years
1001-404 Introductory Microbiology 4
1001-421 Genetics 4
1008-312 Analytical Chemistry: Separations 3
1008-319 Analytical Chemistry: Separations Lab 1
1009-502 Biochemistry: Conformation and Dynamics 3
1009-503 Biochemistry: Metabolism 3
  Biotechnology Electives 24
  Liberal Arts* 12
  General Education Courses 9
  University-wide Electives 27
1001-499 Cooperative Education (optional)‡ Co-op
Total Quarter Credit Hours 180

*Please see Liberal Arts General Education Requirements for more information.

†Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

‡If a student elects to participate in our co-op program, she or he may be scheduling courses in a fifth year but will be using the same number of academic quarters of classes to complete the degree.

Bioinformatics option

Bioinformatics is a developing field that represents a marriage between biotechnology and computer technologies. The field encompasses all aspects of the application of computer technologies to biological data. This option includes curriculum that features a combination of science and biotechnology courses with computer science courses to help students organize, link, analyze, and visualize complex sets of biological data.

Molecular bioscience and biotechnology, bioinformatics option, BS degree, typical course sequence (quarters)

Course Qtr. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
1001-200 Freshman Symposium 1
1001-251, 252, 253 Introduction to Biology I, II, III 12
1011-215, 216, 217 General and Analytical Chemistry I, II, III 10
1011-205, 206 Chemical Principles Lab I, II 2
1011-227 General and Analytical Chemistry Lab 1
4003-231, 232 Computer Science I, II 8
  Liberal Arts* 12
1105-051, 052 First-Year Enrichment 2
  Wellness Education† 0
Second Year
1016-214, 215 Elementary Calculus I, II  6
1001-311 Cell Biology 4
1001-350 Molecular Biology 4
1001-312 Immunology 3
1001-314 Tissue Culture 5
4003-233 Computer Science III 4
1013-231, 232, 233 Organic Chemistry Lecture I, II, III 9
1013-235, 236, 237 Organic Chemistry Lab I, II, III 3
1001-404 Liberal Arts* 8
Third and Fourth Years
  Introduction to Microbiology 4
1001-421 Genetics 4
1001-492 Genomics 4
1001-493 Bioinformatics 4
1001-450 Genetic Engineering 5
  Biotechnology Electives 12
1008-312, 319 Analytical Chemical Separations 4
1009-502 Biochemistry: Confirmation and Dynamics 3
1009-503 Biochemistry: Metabolism 3
4002-360 Introduction to Databases and Data Modeling 4
4003-334 Computer Science IV 4
1016-319 Data Analysis 4
  Liberal Arts* 16
  University-wide Electives 13
1001-499 Cooperative Education (optional)‡ Co-op
Total Quarter Credit Hours 180

*Please see Liberal Arts General Education Requirements for more information.

†Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

‡If a student elects to participate in our co-op program, she or he may be scheduling courses in a fifth year but will be using the same number of academic quarters of classes to complete the degree.

Concentrations/Electives

Upper-division elective courses suggested for students interested in certain sub-disciplines of agriculture/plant, environmental, industrial, and medical biotechnology. Students may select courses from any suggested concentrations.

Agricultural/Plant

1001-416 Plant Biotechnology
1001-418 Plant Molecular Biology
1001-492 Genomics
1001-450 Genetic Engineering
1001-405 Plants, Medicine, and Technology
1001-559 Special Topics*

*Special topics may include the following: Plant Pathology, Fundamentals of Plant Biochemistry, and Bio-Separations: Principles and Practices.

Environmental

1001-567 Environmental Microbiology
1001-530 Bioremediation
1001-418 Plant Molecular Biology
1001-559 Special Topics*

*Special topics may include the following: Plant Pathology.

Industrial

1001-530 Bioremediation
1001-492 Genomics
1001-416 Plant Biotechnology
1001-315 Hybridoma Techniques
1001-450 Genetic Engineering
1001-403 Cell Physiology
1001-405 Plants, Medicine, and Technology

Medical

1001-312 Immunology
1001-525 Eukaryotic Gene Expression
1001-406 Virology
1001-422 Developmental Biology
1001-451 Introduction to Infectious Disease
1001-715 Genetic Diseases and Disorders
1001-315 Hybridoma Techniques
1001-502 Advanced Immunology
1001-427 Microbial and Viral Genetics
1001-492 Genomics
1001-559 Special Topics*

*Special topics courses include the following: Cancer Biology, Infectious Disease: Impact on Society and Culture, Medical Parasitology, and Bacterial-Host Interactions.