Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Biotechnology - Degrees & Policies

Degrees Offered

Undergraduate: BS
Graduate: MS


Students are encouraged to meet with the Biotechnology Program Undergraduate Advisor. Students may schedule an appointment in person at 28A Cary Hall, UB South Campus, or by phone at 716-829-5182.

Transfer Policy

Freshmen and transfer students often have previously earned credits from exams or college level courses. Credits can be applied to the Biotechnology Program courses as described in the Undergraduate Catalog Policy on Alternative Methods for Earning University Credits.

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 on a space available basis.

The program in biotechnology has articulation agreements with Erie Community College, Genesee Community College, Niagara County Community College, Monroe Community College and more, and prerequisite course equivalencies have been established. Students from other transfer institutions should consult the Taurus site, and contact the undergraduate program advisor for prerequisite course equivalencies. Course descriptions and syllabi will be required to establish equivalencies through a departmental review.

Unless articulated, courses from other institutions may not be used to satisfy any upper-division program course requirements. Students with unarticulated courses may petition the BTE Program for approval of transfer courses by submitting a full course syllabus of the transfer course.

Biotechnology - B.S.

Acceptance Criteria

Application to the Biotechnology Program
Submission of a departmental application is required and current copy of UB HUB Academic Advisement Report (AAR) must be submitted to the department.

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 Program Application website. Students are advised that program admissions is available only in fall semesters.

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.
Most successful candidates accepted to Biotechnology exceed these minimum GPAs.

Advising Notes

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
MIC 301 Biomedical Microbiology
PGY 300 Human Physiology
PSY 207 Psychological Statistics or STA 119 Statistical Methods or SOC 294 Basic Statistics for Social Sciences

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
MTH 121 Survey of Calculus and Its Applications I or MTH 141 College Calculus I
PHI 237 Social and Ethical Values in Medicine OR PHI 107 Ethics OR PHI 217 Professional Ethics
PHY 101/PHY 151 College Physics I/Lab
Technical electives (12-18 credits)

Undergraduate Credit Requirements Chart
Credits Required for Major 91
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum 32
Additional Credits Required for Electives 0
Total Credits Required for Degree 123

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements (UB Curriculum) for general education and remaining university requirements.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will have knowledge to:
  • Understand the theoretical nature of the science involved in medically related biotechnology research and practice
  • Understand basic biochemistry, immunology, cell and tissue culture, molecular biology and genetics and their associated laboratory techniques
  • Understand concerning molecules of clinical relevance, the principles underlying their clinical importance and how their presence is altered in disease
  • Become familiar with hands-on research, including using online databases; understand the creation and testing of scientific hypotheses, and critical evaluation of experimental data
  • With a particular emphasis the final objective differentiates this department's programs from many others: master specific laboratory skills relevant to future careers

Electives and Course Groupings

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

ANA 113 Human Anatomy
APY 107 Intro to Physical Anthropology
APY 248 Human Genetics
APY 275 Medical Anthropology
APY 345/APY 356:Comparative Primate Anatomy lecture with lab
APY 348 Anthropological Osteology
APY 448 Human Genetics/Legal & Ethical Issues
BCH 408 Gene Expression
BIO 215 Fundamentals of Biochemistry Lab and Lecture
BIO 302 Molecular Biology
BIO 400 Bioinformatics/Genome Anal.
BIO 401 Advanced Molecular Biology
BIO 402 Advanced Cell Biology
BIO 416 Intermediate Cell Biology
BIO 465 Radiation Biology
BIO 466 Microbial Radiation Laboratory
CHE 214 Analytical Chemistry Lecture
CHE 215 Analytical Chemistry Lab
CHE 413 Instrumental Analysis
CL 151 Medical Terminology
JLS 130 American Jury Trials
JLS 201 Intro to Law and Legal Process
MCH 311 The Chemistry of Drug Action
MCH 403 Mechanisms of Drug Action
MCH 427 Combinatorial Chemistry
MFC 250 Intro to Health Care in US, I
MFC 350 Intro to Health Care in US, II
MGE 302 Applied Economics
MGF 301 Corporation Finance
MGF 405 Advanced Corporation Finance
MGT 401 Public Policy, Law and Management
MGQ 301 Statistical Decisions in Management
MGM 301 Principles of Marketing
MGM 402 Sales Force Management
MGM 403 Marketing Research
MGM 406 Product and Brand Management
MGM 409 Advertising and Promotion
MGM 483 International Marketing
MT 101 Introduction to Medical Technology
MT 201 Medical Terminology
MT 428 Forensic Science
MTH 122 Calculus II
NTR 108 Human Nutrition
NTR 401 Nutrition and Health
PHC 331 Case Studies in Pharmaceutical Sciences
PHC 425/PHC 426 Pharmaceutical Biotechnology/ Pharm Biotec Virtual Lab
PHY 102/PHY 152 Physics and lab
PMY 302 Introduction to Pharmacology and Toxicology
SOC 307 Criminology
SOC 317 Criminal Justice Systems
SOC 322 Introduction to Medical Sociology

Additional courses may be considered. 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.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

View the Finish in Four Curricular Plan for the Biotechnology BS which is a recommended sequence of courses to help achieve this degree in four years.

Last updated: November 22 2021 21:01:55