This program is appropriate for students interested in scientific careers in the expanding biotechnology industry. With a core curriculum of basic science and math courses, students take required courses in biochemistry, immunology, instrumental analysis,
cell and tissue culture, bioseparation techniques, technical writing for the scientific professional and four elective courses. An internship possibility exists for selected students at various times throughout the
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
Submission of a departmental application and current copy of UB HUB Academic Advising report (AAR) to the department.
Most successful candidates accepted to Biotechnology exceed these minimum GPAs.
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 here. Students are advised that program admission is available only in the fall semester. Students
are accepted on a space available basis. The undergraduate advisor schedules individual advising meetings on the South Campus; please email or telephone for an advisement meeting.
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.
The typical size of lecture classes for the BTE required program courses is between 50-60, with a smaller number, maximum of 30, 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.
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.
Practical Experience and Special Academic Opportunities
Notable Program Features
Internships 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. Although the majority of students participate in an internship, 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 Pfizer Award and Fisher Scientific Achievement Award have been presented to graduating seniors for outstanding academic achievement.
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.