Industrial Biotechnology Track

For students interested in the use of biological resources (i.e., micro and macro-organisms) for producing and processing materials, chemicals, and energy:

Core topics for this track include--

  •  Principles of bioprocessing
  •  Bioenergy
  •  Bioremediation
  •  Bioengineering

The recommended plan of work for the Industrial Biotechnology track (41-42 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)

MB 590 - Topical Problems: Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology (3 credits; Instructor: Dr. Mike Hyman)

MBA 585 - Current Topics in Biosciences Management (required; 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 course (3 credits; see recommended course listing below)

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

Spring Semester 2:

MB 590 - Topical Problems (required; 3 credits)

MBA course (3 credits)

One of the following: MB 555 - Microbial Biotechnology (3 credits; offered spring only) or science elective course (3-4 credits)


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

Biochemistry (BCH) courses:

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


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)


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

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

BEC 583 - Tissue Engineering Technologies (2 credits; offered fall only; prerequisite: BIT 566 or instructor permission)

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


Biotechnology (BIT) courses:

BIT 501 - Ethical Issues in Biotechnology

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

BIT 564 - Protein Purification (2 credits; offered spring only - alternate even years)

BIT 566 - Animal Cell Culture Techniques (2 credits; offered spring only)

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

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


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 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 555 - Microbial Biotechnology (3 credits; offered spring 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)


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)