Biotechnology, BS

The Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology seeks to prepare graduates for entry-level positions in diverse occupations within the biotechnology industry. Building on a strong foundation of liberal arts and sciences, courses focus on state-of-the-art biotechnology principles and delivery. The curriculum promotes effective oral and written communications skills, critical thinking, and problem solving to promote professional competency in a variety of high-tech industries related to pharmaceutical manufacturing, vaccine production, medical device creation and fabrication, clinical drug and medical device trials, and governmental regulatory agency oversight.

Graduates of the biotechnology program pursue careers in bench research and development, regulatory affairs, sales and marketing, public relations, or communications at domestic and international biotechnology-related companies or governmental organizations.

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated.

University-Wide Requirement

Minimum 120 total semester hours required

Minimum 2.000 GPA required

Students must earn a minimum of 60 Northeastern University semester hours in order to receive a bachelor’s degree.

Note: Individual program requirements may exceed the above minima.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

Foundation Courses

39 semester hours required

Mathematics
MTH 2100Calculus 13
MTH 2105Calculus 23
MTH 2310Statistics for the Behavioral and Social Sciences3
Biology
BIO 1100
and BIO 1101
Principles of Biology 1
and Lab for BIO 1100
4
BIO 1200
and BIO 1201
Principles of Biology 2
and Lab for BIO 1200
4
Chemistry
CHM 1100
and CHM 1101
General Chemistry 1
and Lab for CHM 1100
4
CHM 1200
and CHM 1201
General Chemistry 2
and Lab for CHM 1200
4
Physics
PHY 1200
and PHY 1201
Physics 1
and Lab for PHY 1200
4
PHY 2200
and PHY 2201
Physics 2
and Lab for PHY 2200
4
Information Technology
ITC 1000Computer Applications3
or ITC 2016 End-User Data Analysis Tools
Philosophy
PHL 2140Ethical Issues in Science and Engineering3

Major Required Courses

37 semester hours required

Biotechnology
BTC 1300
and BTC 1301
Introduction to Biotechnology
and Lab for BTC 1300
4
BTC 4450Quality Control and Validation Issues3
Chemistry
CHM 2110
and CHM 2111
Organic Chemistry 1
and Lab for CHM 2110
4
CHM 2200
and CHM 2201
Organic Chemistry 2
and Lab for CHM 2200
4
CHM 2300
and CHM 2301
Analytical Chemistry
and Lab for CHM 2300
4
Biology
BIO 2100
and BIO 2101
Microbiology
and Lab for BIO 2100
4
BIO 2300Cell Biology3
BIO 2500
and BIO 2501
Genetics and Molecular Biology
and Lab for BIO 2500
4
BIO 3100
and BIO 3101
Biochemistry
and Lab for BIO 3100
4
Capstone
BTC 4850Biotechnology Senior Project3

Major Electives

Choose at least 6 semester hours from BTC and 3 semester hours from BIO, BTC, or HSC.

BIO 1600Human Anatomy and Physiology 13
BIO 1700Human Anatomy and Physiology 23
BIO 1601Lab for BIO 16001
BIO 1701Lab for BIO 17001
BTC 2700Cell and Tissue Culture Techniques3
BTC 3300Technology of Biomaterials3
BTC 4200Genomics, Proteomics, and Bioinformatics3
BTC 4300Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Processing3
HSC 3300Epidemiology3
HSC 3310Pathophysiology3
HSC 1200Nutrition3
HSC 3320Pharmacology3

Electives

Complete a minimum of 38 semester hours to reach 123 semester hours.

Term 1Hours
ENG 1105
and ENG 1106
4
MTH 21003
BIO 1100
and BIO 1101
4
CHM 1100
and CHM 1101
4
 15
Term 2Hours
ENG 1107
and ENG 1108
4
MTH 21053
BIO 1200
and BIO 1201
4
CHM 1200
and CHM 1201
4
 15
Term 3Hours
MTH 23103
PHY 1200
and PHY 1201
4
CHM 2110
and CHM 2111
4
BIO 2100
and BIO 2101
4
 15
Term 4Hours
PHY 2200
and PHY 2201
4
CHM 2200
and CHM 2201
4
BTC 13003
ITC 1000 or 20163
Open elective3
 17
Term 5Hours
ENG 3105
and ENG 3106
4
CHM 2300
and CHM 2301
4
BIO 23003
BIO 2500
and BIO 2501
4
 15
Term 6Hours
BIO 3100
and BIO 3101
4
BTC 44503
PHL 21403
Open elective3
Open elective3
 16
Term 7Hours
BTC elective3
BTC elective3
Open elective3
Open elective3
Open elective3
 15
Term 8Hours
BTC 48503
BTC elective3
Open elective3
Open elective3
Open elective3
 15
Total Hours: 123