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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

M.S. in Biotechnology Program Requirements

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Coursework

The rich variety of biotechnology course offerings spans three different colleges at Syracuse University:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • Martin J. Whitman School of Management
  • College of Engineering and Computer Science

All students are required to complete the following:

  • Seven gateway courses (21 credits)
  • Four to five elective courses (12 to 15 credits) chosen from the appropriate track(s)

Biotechnology Gateway Courses (21 credits)

All students must first complete the following seven required lecture and laboratory courses, which will provide solid groundwork in advanced principles from three different areas of biotechnology—biological sciences, business management, and industrial biotechnology: 

  • BEN 602 - Ethical Issues in Engineering and Research
  • BIO 600 - Advances in Biotechnology Research
  • BIO 600 - Experimental Designs and Interpretations
  • BIO 663 - Molecular Biotechnology (lecture/laboratory course, 4 credits)
  • BIO 664 - Applied Biotechnology (lecture/laboratory course, 4 credits)
  • BIO 600 - Capstone Seminar in Biotechnology
  • EEE 620 - Foundations of Entrepreneurship

Upon completing the seven required gateway courses, students will personalize their remaining curriculum by choosing to pursue one of the four following biotechnology tracks, and completing an additional 15 credits.

1. General Biotechnology Track (15 credits)

Students select at least 15 credits of elective courses from any of the three course lists below, including at least three credits from each of the three track disciplines:

  • BioBusiness (EEE, MBC, or SCM courses)
  • BioMedical Sciences (BIO, CHE, or BCM courses)
  • Industrial Biotechnology (BEN courses)

2. BioBusiness Track (15 credits)

Students select at least 12 credits of elective courses from the following list of courses. The remaining three elective course credits required to complete the program may be selected from the course list for any of the three tracks (i.e., BioBusiness, BioMedical Sciences, or Industrial Biotechnology): 

  • EEE 600 - Selected Topics
  • EEE 625 - Venture Capital
  • EEE 640 - Social Entrepreneurship
  • EEE 644 - Entrepreneurship Dilemmas
  • EEE 682 - Entrepreneurial Marketing
  • MBC 600 - Selected Topics
  • MBC 601 - Economic Foundations of Business (half-semester course, 1.5 credits)
  • MBC 609 - Accounting for Managerial Decisions (half-semester course, 1.5 credits)
  • MBC 610 - Opportunity Recognition and Ideation (half-semester course, 1.5 credits)
  • MBC 631 - Financial Accounting
  • MBC 635 - Operations and Supply Chain Management
  • MBC 636 - Marketing Management
  • MBC 645 - Strategic Management
  • SCM 600 - Selected Topics
  • SCM 651 - Business Analytics
  • SCM 656 - Project Management

3. BioMedical Sciences Track (15 credits)

Students select at least 12 credits of elective courses from the following list of courses.  The remaining three elective course credits required to complete the program may be selected from the course list for any of the three tracks (i.e., BioBusiness, BioMedical Sciences, or Industrial Biotechnology): 

  • BCM 678 - Perspectives in Biochemistry
  • BIO 501 - Biology of Cancer
  • BIO 503 - Developmental Biology
  • BIO 565 - Cellular Physiology
  • BIO 600 - Biology of Learning and Memory
  • BIO 600 - Microbiomes in Biotechnology and Medicine
  • BIO 600 - Neural Plasticity
  • BIO 600 - Personalized Medicine
  • BIO 600 (BIO 673) - Pharmaceuticals and Cells
  • BIO 600 - Seminar in Cell Biology and the Cytoskeleton
  • BIO 600 - Seminar in Epigenetics of Human Health and Disease
  • BIO 600 - Seminar in Neurodegenerative Disease
  • BIO 614 - Biology of Adaptive Behaviors
  • BIO 616 - Biology of Aging
  • BIO 641 - Seminar in Infectious Diseases
  • BIO 644 - Seminar in Neurotoxicology
  • BIO 656 - Seminar in Human Disease Genomics
  • BIO 657 - Principles of Human Toxicology
  • BIO 659 - Plant Biotechnology
  • BIO 662 - Molecular Genetics
  • BIO 665 - Molecular Biology Laboratory
  • BIO 669 - Science of Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction
  • BIO 671 - Cell and Developmental Biology Lab
  • BIO 787 - Graduate Seminar in Functional Genomics
  • CHE 614 - Introduction to Medicinal Chemistry

4. Industrial Biotechnology Track (15 credits)

Students select at least 12 credits of elective courses from the following list of courses.  The remaining three elective course credits required to complete the program may be selected from the course list for any of the three tracks (i.e., BioBusiness, BioMedical Sciences, or Industrial Biotechnology):

  • BEN 500 - Selected Topics
  • BEN 521 - Stem Cell Engineering
  • BEN 541 - Principles of Tissue Engineering
  • BEN 575 - Process Control
  • BEN 576 - Green Engineering
  • BEN 600 - Selected Topics
  • BEN 621 - Biochemical Engineering
  • BEN 633 - Drug Delivery
  • BEN 635 - Physical Cell Biology
  • BEN 662 - Biofuels
  • BEN 668 - Biomaterials and Medical Devices

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completing the program, students will be able to:

  1. Apply concepts and methods in biology, bioengineering, entrepreneurship and management to develop solutions or strategies for solving current problems using principles of biotechnology.
  2. Combine knowledge from multiple disciplines within a framework of biotechnology, sufficient to formulate and address contemporary research questions in a professionally relevant field.
  3. Use a variety of cutting-edge molecular biology techniques in the design, implementation and analysis of experiments that address problems in biotechnology.
  4. Critically evaluate scientific literature in the context of current, real-world applications in order to effectively communicate scientific research in multiple areas of biotechnology.
  5. Develop professional networking, leadership, communication and collaborative skills appropriate for professional-level employment in biotechnology research.