Biomanufacturing Track

For students interested in studying how to use cells and microorganisms specifically to synthesize commercially viable products including vaccines, therapeutic drugs, and other important materials:

Core topics for this track include concepts of--

  •  Bioscience management and administration
  •  Upstream and downstream process development
  •  Current good manufacturing practices (cGMP)
  •  Current good laboratory practices (cGLP)

The recommended plan of work for the Biomanufacturing track (41 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)

MB 555 - Microbial Biotechnology (core course; 3 credits) 

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

Two BEC courses (2 credits each; 4 credits total; see recommended course listing below)

Spring Semester 2:

MB 590 - Topical Problems (required; 3 credits)

MBA 554 - Project Management (3 credits)

BEC 577 - Advanced Biomanufacturing and Biocatalysis (3 credits; science elective; offered spring only)


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

Biological and Agricultural Engineering (BAE) courses:

BAE 525 - Industrial Microbiology and Bioprocessing (3 credits; offered in spring only)

BAE 528 - Biomass to Renewable Energy Processes (3 credits; offered in fall only)


Bioprocessing (BBS) courses:

BBS - Upstream Biomanufacturing Lab (2 credits; offered fall and spring)


Biochemistry (BCH) courses:

BCH 553 - Biochemistry of Gene Expression (3 credits; offered fall and spring)

BCH 555 - Proteins and Molecular Mechanisms (3 credits; offered spring only)

BCH 571 - Regulation of Metabolism (3 credits; offered fall only - alternate ODD years)

BCH 701 - Macromolecular structure (3 credits; offered fall only; prerequisite: BCH 553)

BCH 703 - Macromolecular Synthesis and Regulation (3 credits; offered fall only; prerequisite: BCH 553)

BCH 705 - Molecular Biology of the Cell (3 credits; offered spring only; prerequisite: BCH 701 or 703)


Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center (BEC) courses:

BEC 515 - Biopharmaceutical Product Characterization Techniques (2 credits; offered in fall only)

BEC 532 - Biological Processing Science (2 credits; offered fall and spring)

BEC 536 - Introduction to Downstream Process Development (2 credits; offered fall and spring)

BEC 575 - Global Regulatory Affairs for Medical Products (3 credits; offered fall and spring) 

BEC 580 - cGMP Fermentation Operations (2 credits; offered fall and spring)

BEC 585 - cGMP Downstream Operations (2 credits; offered fall and spring)


Biotechnology (BIT) courses:

BIT 501 - Ethical Issues in Biotechnology (1 credit; offered spring only)


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

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


Master of Business Administration (MBA) courses:

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


Statistics (ST) courses:

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

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