UB Undergraduate Catalog 2006-2007: Biotechnology


Department of Biotechnical and Clinical Laboratory Sciences

School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
26 Cary Hall
South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214-3005

Phone: 716.829.3630
Fax: 716.829.3601
Email: dohertyl@buffalo.edu
Web: www.smbs.buffalo.edu/cls

Paul J. Kostyniak

Kate Rittenhouse-Olson
Program Director

Leah Doherty
Undergraduate Program Advisor

About the Program

This program is appropriate for students interested in scientific careers in the rapidly expanding biotechnology industry. Interdisciplinary in approach, the program allows students to create a curriculum from courses in various departments to suit their interests and focus. With a core curriculum of basic science and math courses and ten required program courses, students choose technical electives from anthropology, biochemical pharmacology, biology, chemistry, computer science, management, medicinal chemistry, medical technology, and other departments according to their career goals. An internship possibility exists for selected students at various times throughout the program.

Degree Options

Students who successfully complete program and university requirements for graduation are granted a bachelor of science degree.

Acceptance Information

Freshman Admission Policy. Students who enter the university as declared biotechnology majors are admitted to the program on a conditional basis. Conditionally accepted students must submit a Promotion to Professional Program Request Form to have their academic records reviewed in order to proceed to upper division courses. Submission deadline for this form is February 1 for fall admission. Forms are available at the department office, 26 Cary Hall, South Campus, or online at www.smbs.buffalo.edu/cls. Students who are making satisfactory progress towards the completion of all lower division science and math prerequisite courses and have a minimum GPA of 2.5 in these courses will be allowed to register for upper division biotechnology professional sequence courses. Students who do not meet these conditions or who have switched from another declared major are encouraged to apply through the regular admissions process.


Information regarding biotechnology and admission to the program can be obtained from the undergraduate program advisor. Individual advisement meetings are scheduled on the South Campus by appointment only.

Transfer 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. Upon university admission, the evaluated transcripts are sent to the program for further review. The deadline for fall admission is the previous February 1. Transfer students should submit their application and official transcripts well in advance of these deadlines. The program accepts students past these deadlines only on a space available basis.

The program in biotechnology has articulation agreements with Erie Community College, Genesee Community College, Niagara County Community College and the biotechnology program at Monroe Community College, and prerequisite course equivalencies have been established. Students from other institutions should contact the undergraduate program advisor for prerequisite course equivalencies. Course descriptions and syllabi may be required to establish equivalencies.

Unless articulated, courses from other institutions may not be used to satisfy any upper-division program course requirements.

Honors, Awards, and Scholarships

The Wyeth Lederle Vaccines Scholarship Award is presented to the graduating senior with the highest grade point average in required prerequisite and program courses.

Opportunities for Undergraduate Research and Practical Experience

Eligible students can choose MT 496 Internship in Biotechnology as a technical elective. This variable-credit course, which may be taken more than once, allows students to participate in one or more projects chosen to integrate the material learned in academic courses. To be eligible, students must have a minimum GPA of 2.8 in prerequisite science and math, technical elective, and program courses and must complete an interview with the prospective internship site. Contact the biotechnology program for additional details.

Career Opportunities/Further Study

Opportunities for biotechnologists are extremely varied. Employment is available, in both the public and private sectors, in industry, research, regulatory affairs, management, sales, and education. Biotechnology is also an excellent background for those interested in an advanced graduate or professional degree in the sciences.

Biotechnology - B.S.

Acceptance Criteria

Completion of all prerequisite science and math courses (some exceptions allowed).
Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.
Minimum GPA of 2.5 in the prerequisite courses.

Advising Notes

Submission of a departmental application is required and current copy of UB DARS report must be submitted to the department.

Application deadline for fall admission is February 1; deadline for spring admission is November 15. These deadlines may be extended based on space availability. Applications are available at the department office, 26 Cary Hall, South Campus, or online at http://www.smbs.buffalo.edu/cls. Students should be advised that required program courses are taught in the fall semester only. The program admits twenty-five full-time students each year; part-time study is also available.

Prerequisite Courses

BIO 200 Evolutionary Biology
BIO 201 Cell Biology
CHE 101 General Chemistry
CHE 102 General Chemistry
CHE 201 Organic Chemistry
CHE 202 Organic Chemistry
CSE 101 Computers: A General Introduction
MIC 301 Fundamentals of Microbiology
MTH 121 Survey of Calculus and Its Applications I or MTH 141 College Calculus I
PGY 300 Human Physiology
PHY 101/PHY 151 College Physics I/Lab
PSY 207 Psychological Statistics or STA 119 Statistical Methods

Required Courses

MT 302 Instrumental Analysis
MT 401 Clinical Biochemistry
MT 402 Fundamentals of Immunology
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 445 Biotechnology Career Preparation
PHI 337 Social and Ethical Values in Medicine OR
PHI 107 Ethics
Technical electives (12-18 credits)

Required prerequisite science and math credit hours......54
Required program credit hours......30
Technical elective credit hours......12-18

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

Fall BIO 200, CHE 101
Spring BIO 201, CHE 102
Fall or Spring CSE 101; MTH 121 or MTH 141

Fall CHE 201, PHY 101/PHY 151
Spring CHE 202, MIC 301
Fall or Spring PGY 300, PSY 207

Fall MT 302, MT 401, MT 402
Spring MT 426, MT 430, MT 445, PHI 337 or PHI 107 and technical electives

Fall MT 422, MT 432, MT 434 , technical electives
Spring Technical electives or optional internship

Electives and Course Groupings

Note: Minors in anthropology, biochemical pharmacology, biology, chemistry, computer science, environmental studies, foreign language, medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutics, and the School of Management may be used to fulfill all or part of the technical electives required for the B.S. 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.

To satisfy the technical elective requirement, coursework must be chosen from the above minors or from the areas listed below. Students are required to complete four or more courses from one emphasis area so that the program is assured that an area of expertise has been developed.

Emphasis Areas

ANA 113 Human Anatomy
APY 107 Introduction to Physical Anthropology APY 248 Human Genetics
APY 275 Introduction to Medical Anthropology
APY 345/APY 346 Comparative Primate Anatomy
APY 348 Anthropological Osteology
APY 448 Human Genetics/Legal & Ethical Issues (prerequisite: APY 248)
CL 151 Medical Terminology
JLS 130 American Jury Trial
JLS 201 Introduction to Law and Legal Process
MT 428 Forensic Science
SOC 307 Criminology (prerequisite: SOC 101)
SOC 317 Criminal Justice Systems (prerequisite: SOC 101)
SOC 322 Introduction to Medical Sociology (prerequisite: SOC 101)

ANA 113 Human Anatomy
APY 248 Human Genetics
APY 275 Introduction to Medical Anthropology
APY 345/APY 346 Comparative Primate Anatomy
APY 448 Human Genetics/Legal & Ethical Issues (prerequisite: APY 248)
BCP 302 Introduction to Pharmacology
CL 151 Medical Terminology
MFC 250 Introduction to Health Care in the United States I
MFC 350 Introduction to Health Care in the United States II
MTH 122 Survey of Calculus and Its Applications II or MTH 142 College Calculus II
NTR 108 Human Nutrition
NTR 401 Nutrition and Health
PHY 102/PHY 152 College Physics

BCP 302 Introduction to Pharmacology
BIO 215 Fundamentals of Biological Chemistry Lab
BIO 302 Introduction to Molecular Biology
BIO 400 Bioinformatics/Genome Analysis
BIO 401 Advanced Biological Chemistry I
BIO 402 Advanced Cell Biology
BIO 467 Techniques in Immunology
CHE 214 Analytical Chemistry
CHE 215 Analytical Chemistry Lab
CHE 413 Instrumental Analysis (by permission)
CL 151 Medical Terminology
MCH 311 The Chemistry of Drug Action
MCH 403 Mechanisms of Drug Action
MCH 427 Combinatorial Chemistry
MT 409 Clinical Microbiology
PHC 331 Introduction to Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Methods
PHC 425 Pharmaceutical Biotechnology: From Bench to Bedside

Additional courses may be considered for inclusion into the above emphasis areas. Graduate courses may be taken if the material is beneficial to the student�s goals. A formal petition must be filed and prior approval must be granted for the student to use a graduate course for undergraduate credit. Consult the Undergraduate Advisor for the Program in biotechnology program for details.

Updated: Apr 13, 2006 12:10:33 PM