Agricultural Biotechnology Track

 

For students interested in the application of biotechnology towards specific agricultural uses:

Core topics for this track include concepts of--

  • Agricultural biotechnology
  • Plant biotechnology
  • Plant engineering
  • Plant pathology

The recommended plan of work for the Agricultural Biotechnology track (40-42 credit hours):

Fall Semester 1:

MB 585 - Industry Case Studies in Microbial Biotechnology (required; 3 credits)

MB 714 - Microbial Metabolic Regulation (core course; 3 credits)

BIT 510 - Core Techniques in Molecular and Cellular Biology (required; 4 credits; offered fall and spring) OR BEC 540 - Expression Systems in Biomanufacturing I (3 credits)**

**IN-COMING STUDENTS MAY BE ABLE TO OPT OUT OF THIS REQUIREMENT if sufficient evidence is provided and indicates, at least, basic experience and understanding of technologies including recombinant DNA procedures, gene expression, isolation and identification of nucleic acids and proteins. Sufficient evidence may include a letter from current or former supervisors and/or professors attesting that the applicant possesses at least basic understanding of and experience with the aforementioned technologies. Applicants with doctoral training in a related area may opt out of BIT 510 OR BEC 540, with MMB Director or Coordinator approval. 

Spring Semester 1:

MB 585 (required; 3 credits)

MBA 585 - Current Topics in Biosciences Management (required; 3 credits)

Science elective course (3 credits; see recommended course listing below)

Summer semester:

Summer internship (students will register credits for the internship during the second fall semester)

Fall Semester 2:

MB 585 (required; 3 credits)

MB 620 (summer internship; 3 credits)

MBA course (3 credits; see recommended course listing below)

PB 580 - Plant Biotechnology (core course; 3 credits; offered fall only)

Spring Semester 2:

MB 590 - Topical Problems (required; 3 credits)

MBA course (3 credits)

Two BIT or BEC course(s) (2 credits each; 4 credits total; see recommended course listing below)

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS: 40-42


Recommended elective courses (click on the link for each section to see individual course descriptions)

Biotechnology (BIT) courses:

BIT 501 - Ethical Issues in Biotechnology

BIT 563 - Fermentation of Recombinant Microorganisms (2 credits; offered fall and spring)

BIT 568 - Genome Mapping (2 credits; offered spring only; student must register for lecture AND lab; prerequisite: BIT 510)

BIT 571 - RNA Interference and Model Organisms (2 credits; offered fall only - prerequisite: BIT 510

BIT 572 - Proteomics (3 credits; offered spring only)

BIT 574 - Plant Genetic Engineering (2 credits; offered fall only - prerequisite: BIT 510

 

Crop Science (CS) courses:

CS 541 - Plant Breeding Methods (3 credits; offered fall only; prerequisite: ST 511, corequisite: ST 512)

CS 714 - Crop Physiology: Plant Response to Environment (3 credits; offered fall only)

 

Food Science (FS) courses:

FS 520 - Pre-harvest Food Safety (3 credits; offered fall only)

FS 530 - Post-harvest Food Safety (3 credits; offered fall only)

FS 540 - Food Safety and Public Health (3 credits; offered spring only)

FS 553 - Food Laws and Regulations (3 credits)

FS 554 - Lactaction, Milk, and Nutrition (3 credits; offered spring only - alternate EVEN years)

FS 580 - Professional Development and Ethics in Food Safety (1 credit; offered spring only - prerequisite: FS 540)

 

Genetics (GN) courses:

GN 513 - Advanced Genetics (3 credits; offered fall and spring)

GN 521 - Molecular Genetics (3 credits; offered fall and spring)

GN 701 - Molecular Genetics (3 credits; offered fall only)

GN 720 - Molecular Biology in Plant Breeding (3 credits; offered spring only - alternate years; prerequisite: GN 701)

GN 730 - Functional Genetics and Physiology (3 credits; offered spring only - alternate years)

GN 735 - Functional Genomics (3 credits; offered spring only; prerequisite: GN 701)

 

Horticulture Science (HS) courses:

HS 701 - Plant Metabolism (1 credit; offered fall only - alternate EVEN years)

HS 702 - Biology of Plant Hormones (1 credit; offered fall only; five-week minicourse)

HS 707 - Environmental Stress Physiology (1 credit; offered fall only - alternate ODD years)

HS 729 - Herbicide Behavior in Plants (2 credits; offered spring only; prerequisite: TOX 725)

 

Master of Business Administration (MBA) courses:

MBA 554 - Project Management (3 credit hours; offered fall and spring)

MBA 576 - Technology Evaluation and Commercialization Concepts (4 credits; offered fall only)

MBA 586 - Legal and Marketing Dynamics in Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology (3 credits; offered fall only)

 

Microbiology (MB) courses:

MB 520 - Fundamentals of Microbial Cell Biotransformations (2 credits; offered fall only)

MB 532 - Soil Microbiology (4 credits)

MB 555 - Microbial Biotechnology (3 credits; offered spring only)

 

Plant Pathology (PP) courses:

PP 501 - Biology of Plant Pathogens (3 credits; offered fall only; prerequisite: an introductory microbiology course)

PP 530 - Agriculture, Ethics, and the Environment (3 credits; offered fall only - alternate even years)

PP 540 - Tropical Plant Pathology (2 credits; offered in spring only)

PP 707 - Plant Microbe Interactions (3 credits; offered spring only; prerequisite: PP 501)

PP 727 - Ecology of Soil Ecosystems (3 credits; offered fall only - alternate ODD years; prerequisite: an introductory microbiology course, or instructor permission)

 

Statistics (ST) courses:

ST 511 - Experimental Statistics in the Biological Sciences I (3 credits; offered in fall and spring)

ST 512 - Experimental Statistics in the Biological Sciences II (3 credits; offered in fall and spring)

ST 513 - Statistics for Management I (3 credits; offered fall only)

ST 524 - Statistics in Plant Science (3 credits; offered fall only; prerequisite: ST 512)

 

Toxicology (TOX) courses:

TOX 725 - Pesticide Chemistry (1 credit; offered spring only; taught during first five weeks of semester)

TOX 727 - Pesticide Behavior and Fate in the Environment (2 credits; offered spring only; taught during last ten weeks of semester)