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Biotechnology BIOT

Degree Type: Bachelor of Science

College(s): Arts and Sciences

Required Courses  Credit Hours 
General Education
This degree requires completion of the General Education requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree. Details of these requirements are delineated on the General Education website. Courses listed below as program/major required courses with the indicators: C, S, Z, R, G, may also be used to satisfy some of these general education requirements.
Required Courses or Program:
Biology classes
BIOL 121 General Biology 1 4
BIOL 122 General Biology 2 4
BIOL 375 Principles of Genetics 3
BIOL 386 Microbiology and Immunology 5
BIOL 470 Molecular Genetics 4
BIOL 471 Recombinant DNA Lab 3
BIOL 472 Proteins 3
BIOL 473 Proteins Laboratory 3
BIOL 474 Advanced Cell - Molecular Biol 3
BIOL 475 Bioinformatics 3
BIOL 476 Adv Techniques Biotechnology 2
Choose an Anatomy and Physiology class or sequence:
BIOL 205 Human Anatomy-Physiology 5
BIOL 321 Human Physiology-Anatomy 1 5
BIOL 322 Human Physiology-Anatomy 2 5
Choose 1 of the following:
BIOL 491 Biotechnology Internship 3-6
BIOL 497 Special Studies in BIOL 3-6
CHEM 497 Special Studies in CHEM 3-6
Supporting Sciences:
MATH 130 Adv Algebra-Analytical Trig 4
MATH 251 Stats for the Life Sciences 3
CHEM 121 General Chemistry 1 5
CHEM 122 General Chemistry 2 5
CHEM 231 Quantitative Analysis 4
CHEM 321 Organic Chemistry 1 5
CHEM 322 Organic Chemistry 2 5
CHEM 332 Biochemistry Lab 1 2
CHEM 333 Biochemistry Lab 2 2
CHEM 364 Biochemistry 4
CHEM 474 Advanced Biochemistry 3
PHYS 211 Introductory Physics 1 4

Why Choose Biotechnology?

The Biotechnology program is designed to prepare students for positions in biological, medical or agricultural research laboratories, for graduate school or for professional school. The program is built on five aspects of modern laboratory science: recombinant DNA, cell culture, immunology, laboratory animal care, and advanced protein isolation techniques.

The first two years of the Biotechnology program are preparatory, structured to complete the biotechnology foundations course work. The professional sequence of biotechnology course work typically begins with the student's junior year. Admission to the professional biotechnology sequence is competitive and based on the foundation coursework. Internships and independent research projects are available to biotechnology students and enable them to gain experience in a laboratory setting.

Career Opportunities

The Ferris Biotechnology program is designed for those who want to enter the workforce in a biotechnology laboratory, or pursue study in a graduate or professional school. Biotechnology is responsible for many of the medical, agricultural and environmental advances that are part of modern society. With a career in biotechnology, you will be able to better understand these advances and apply this knowledge towards the improvement of our world.

Job opportunities exist in most industries that conduct research and development programs. Biotechnology graduates are especially marketable, since the hands-on experiments conducted at Ferris give students real-world experience in a controlled laboratory setting. In fact, over 90 percent of graduates have jobs in the industry or are enrolled in graduate or professional schools.

Admission Requirements

First year student admission is open to high school graduates (or equivalent) who demonstrate academic preparedness, maturity and seriousness of purpose with educational backgrounds appropriate to their chosen program of study. High School courses and grade point average, ACT composite score, and ACT reading and mathematics subscores will be considered in the admission and placement process. Transfer students must have at least 12 credits at the time of application with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA including an English and mathematics course, or they must provide their high school records and ACT scores for admission review.

Graduation Requirements

The Biotechnology program leads to a bachelor of science degree. Graduation requires a minimum 2.0 GPA overall and a minimum of 121 credits including completion of all general education requirements as outlined on the General Education website.

More Information

Department of Biological Sciences
Ferris State University
Dr. Bradley Isler
820 Campus Drive/ASC 2004
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2225
Phone: 231-591-2641
email: islerb@ferris.edu

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