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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biotechnology BS

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What do cheese, biofuels and genetic engineering have in common? They’re all possible thanks to biotechnology-a field that uses living organisms to create useful products. If you like working hands-on in a lab and you’re good at bio, then this might be the perfect program for you-especially if you want a flexible major that can lead to careers in environmental research, pharmaceuticals, the food and beverage industry and many other paths.

Visit the Biotechnology academic program page for more information about the academic experience, who you will learn from, opportunities outside of class and what you can do with this degree.

Visit the Biotechnical and Clinical Laboratory Sciences department page  for contact information, a brief overview of the department and the curricular options.

Admission Criteria

  • Minimum 2.000 GPA overall
  • Minimum 2.500 GPA in prerequisite courses

Current UB students who are interested in applying to the Biotechnology BS in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences should submit the Program Application.

Course Requirements


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.

Total Credits Required for Major: 86

Additional Degree Requirements Include:

  • Additional coursework to fulfill UB Curriculum requirements
  • Elective courses as needed to complete the 120 credit hour total

Total Credits Required for Graduation: 120

Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This should not be used for financial aid purposes.

Curricular Plan

A Curricular Plan provides a roadmap for completing this academic program and the UB Curriculum on time. Your actual plan may vary depending on point of entry to the university, course placement and/or waivers based on standardized test scores, earned alternative credit and/or college transfer credit.

First Year Fall

Total Credits: 16 or 17

Total Credits: 16 or 17

Second Year Fall

Total Credits: 15

Second Year Spring

Total Credits: 15

Total Credits: 15

Total Credits: 16

Total Credits: 14

Fourth Year Spring

Total Credits: 12

Total Credits Required: 120

Note: Some classes may count toward both a major and UB Curriculum requirement.

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
  • Master specific laboratory skills relevant to careers in biotechnology
  • Possess a working knowledge of basic biochemistry, immunology, cell and tissue culture, bioseparation techniques, molecular biology and genetics and their associated laboratory techniques
  • Be familiar with the principles underlying their clinically relevant compounds, the principles underlying their clinical importance and how their presence is altered in disease
  • Become adept at hands-on research, including hands-on research, including using online databases; understand the creation and testing of scientific hypotheses and critical evaluation of experimental data


(HEGIS: 04.00 BIOLOGICAL SCI UNCLASSFD, CIP26.1201 Biotechnology)


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