Biotechnology : About The Program

About Our Degrees

This program, interdisciplinary in approach, is appropriate for students interested in scientific careers in the expanding biotechnology industry. With a core curriculum of basic science and math courses and required program courses, students choose technical electives from such fields as anthropology, biology, chemistry, medicinal chemistry, biochemical pharmacology, legal studies, medical technology, computer science, and management, according to their career goals. An internship possibility exists for selected students at various times throughout the program.

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 prerequisite science and math courses.
Submission of a departmental application and current copy of UB DARS report to the department.

Acceptance Information

Application deadline for fall admission is February 1. These deadlines may be extended based on space availability. Applications are available at the department office, 26 Cary Hall, South Campus, or online at Students are advised that program admission is available only in the fall semester. The program admits 18-24 full-time students each year; part-time study is also available.

Colleges that have transfer agreements with the program in biotechnology include Genesee Community College, Erie Community College, Niagara County Community College, Monroe Community College, Jamestown Community College, and many others. Students can obtain required prerequisite courses at many two- and four-year institutions.

Degree Requirements

Please see Degrees and Policies.

About Our Courses

The typical size of lecture classes for required program courses is 50-60 students, with a smaller number in each associated laboratory section. Internships usually have an instructor/student ratio of 1/1.

Teaching assistants (TAs) in required program courses assist professors in laboratory teaching and preparation. All teaching assistants are required to have weekly office hours for student assistance.

Suggested introductory courses:

About Our Faculty

Faculty research interests include measurement of oxidative stress, methods evaluation protocols, environmental pollutants and disease outcomes in humans, vaccine research, cellular and molecular biology of erythropoiesis, breast cancer research, and organ and tissue donation. The faculty excels at teaching and has received several student, university, and state-wide teaching awards. The undergraduate advisor schedules individual advising meetings on the South Campus by appointment only.

Practical Experience and Special Academic Opportunities

Notable Program Features

A technical elective chosen during the program may be MT 496, Internship in Biotechnology. This variable, 1-12 credit course may be taken more than once. Student selection for the internship is based on cumulative GPA and an interview with the prospective internship site. Internships are not a guaranteed part of the program.

Undergraduate Research and Practical Experience

Opportunities to work with faculty on research projects are available to students in the department through MT 499 Independent Study.

Honors, Awards, and Scholarships

Traditionally, the Wyeth Lederle Vaccines/Pfizer Award and Fisher Scientific Achievement Award have been presented to graduating seniors for outstanding academic achievement.

Extracurricular Activities

Every fall semester the department hosts an orientation pizza party for all faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students. An awards banquet is held in the spring semester to recognize graduating seniors.

See the UB Student Association.

Complementary Programs and Courses

Links to Further Information About this Program

Updated: 13 Nov 2012 06:00:30 EST