Biotechnology, MS

The MS in Biotechnology is a Professional Master of Science (PSM) degree, an innovative graduate degree designed to allow students to pursue advanced training and excel in science while simultaneously developing highly valued business skills without acquiring a PhD or MBA. PSM programs are characterized by instruction in advanced science or mathematics, business courses, and a graduate co-op providing a real-world work experience. Graduates are referred to as “T-shaped” professionals with both deep knowledge of a specific discipline and broad knowledge of the communications and relational skills necessary to excel in any business and adapt to a changing workplace.The PSM is a nonthesis degree.

Biopharmaceutical Analytical Sciences Concentration

The biopharmaceutical analytical sciences concentration focuses on structures and activities of biological molecules and their variants formed during the production of biopharmaceuticals. Students discover the diversity of molecular forms derived from the biological products through various biological and chemical mechanisms and the impact of these structural changes on the safety and efficacy of these biopharmaceuticals. The students are exposed to the science and practice applied in the biotechnology industry to analyze and characterize these molecular forms. This is accomplished through both lecture courses of the analytical sciences and project-driven laboratory experience that utilizes analytical techniques such as mass spectrometry and molecular separations.

Biotechnology Enterprise Concentration

The biotechnology enterprise concentration integrates business and management skills with the science of biotechnology. Students are offered an opportunity to learn the fundamental concepts of leadership, entrepreneurship and innovation, financial decision making, and marketing. In the process, the concentration seeks to encourage students to gain teamwork, management, and business development skills and graduate prepared to become scientist-managers.

Pharmaceutical Technologies Concentration

The pharmaceutical technologies concentration focuses on the conversion of purified proteins to biopharmaceutical drug products that are compatible for clinical use. This concentration addresses the design of the product formulation and the development and implementation of the drug product manufacturing processes. Students study the sciences of the interactions of the biologic molecules in the process conditions and the relevant process technology, such as aseptic operations and freeze-drying, needed for drug product manufacturing. This is accomplished through both lecture courses and project-driven laboratory experience that offers hands-on learning of formulation design and drug product process development.

Process Sciences Concentration

The process sciences concentration focuses on the production of drug substance of biopharmaceuticals from cell culture process to purification of the biologic molecules. The students study the principles of development and implementation of biological manufacturing processes through the integration of concepts and fundamentals of engineering and life sciences. The concentration addresses biochemical engineering, mammalian cell culture process development, and protein purification. Both lecture courses and project-driven laboratory experience offer hands-on study of cell culture and protein separation.

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.

Core Requirements

General Core
BIOT 5120Introduction to Biotechnology3
BIOT 5631Cell Culture Processes for Biopharmaceutical Production3
BIOT 5219The Biotechnology Enterprise2
BIOL 6299Molecular Cell Biology for Biotechnology3
CHEM 5620Protein Chemistry3
PHSC 6214Experimental Design and Biostatistics2
BIOT 5130Team Skills in Biotechnology2
CHEM 5660Analytical Biochemistry3
Co-op
BIOT 6500Professional Development for Co-op0
BIOT 6964Co-op Work Experience0

Concentrations

Complete one of the following four concentrations:

 

Biopharmaceutical Analytical Sciences Concentration

BIOT 5145Basic Biotechnology Lab Skills1
BIOT 7245Biotechnology Applications Laboratory3
CHEM 5550Introduction to Glycobiology and Glycoprotein Analysis3
CHEM 5616Protein Mass Spectrometry3
Elective3

Biotechnology Enterprise Concentration

BIOT 5225Managing and Leading a Biotechnology Company3
BIOT 5226Biotechnology Entrepreneurship3
BIOT 5227Economics and Marketing for Biotechnology Managers3
Elective4

Pharmaceutical Technologies Concentration

BIOT 5145Basic Biotechnology Lab Skills1
BIOT 5640Drug Product Processes for Biopharmaceuticals3
BIOT 5700Molecular Interactions of Proteins in Biopharmaceutical Formulations3
BIOT 7245Biotechnology Applications Laboratory3
Elective3

Process Sciences Concentration

BIOT 5145Basic Biotechnology Lab Skills1
BIOT 5560Bioprocess Fundamentals3
BIOT 5635Downstream Processes for Biopharmaceutical Production3
BIOT 7245Biotechnology Applications Laboratory3
Elective3

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

34 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required