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Biotechnology, B.S.

Requirements

The Bachelor's Degree in Biotechnology will prepare students to enter the field of research, education, pharmaceuticals, forensics, and a variety of other careers. It is also great preparation for advanced degrees in the sciences.

Total Program Credits: 124

General Education Requirements: 39 Credits
  ENGL 1010 Introduction to Academic Writing 3
or ENGH 1005 Literacies and Composition Across Context (5)  
  ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing Academic Writing and Research 3
  MATH 1050 College Algebra 4
or MATH 1055 College Algebra with Preliminaries (5)  
Complete one of the following: 3
  HIST 2700 US History to 1877 (3)
and HIST 2710 US History since 1877 (3)
  HIST 1700 American Civilization (3)
  HIST 1740 US Economic History (3)
  POLS 1000 American Heritage (3)
  POLS 1100 American National Government (3)
Complete the following:  
  PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values 3
  HLTH 1100 Personal Health and Wellness (2)
or PES 1097 Fitness for Life 2
Distribution Courses:  
  BIOL 1610 College Biology I 4
  CHEM 1210 Principles of Chemistry I 4
  CHEM 1220 Principles of Chemistry II 4
  Humanities Distribution 3
  Fine Arts Distribution 3
  Social/Behavioral Science 3
Discipline Core Requirements: 73 Credits
  BIOL 1615 College Biology I Laboratory 1
  BIOL 3400 Cell Biology 3
  BIOL 3500 Genetics 3
  BIOL 3550 Molecular Biology 3
  BIOL 3600 Biological Chemistry 3
  BIOL 4550 Molecular Evolution and Bioinformatics WE 3
  BTEC 494R Student Seminar WE 2
  Choose any 2 from the following Student must complete at least 2 of the courses listed even if it exceeds the required 3 credit hours 3
  BIOL 3100 Introduction to Data Analysis for Biologists (3)  
  BIOL 3405 Cell Biology Laboratory (1)  
  BIOL 3515 Advanced Genetics Laboratory (1)  
  BIOL 3555 Experiments in Molecular Biology (1)  
  BIOL 3605 Biological Chemistry Lab (1)  
  BTEC 3300 Biomolecular Modeling and Simulations (4)  
  BOT 4700 Plant Tissue Culture WE (4)  
  CHEM 3005 Analytical Chemistry Laboratory (2)  
  ZOOL 4300 Histology (4)  
  Choose any from the following: 8
  BTEC 481R Biotechnology Internship (1)  
  BIOL 489R Student Research  (1)  
  BTEC 489R Student Research  (1)
  BTEC 499R Senior Thesis  (1)
  Choose from 1 MICR course and accompanying lab from the following: 4
  MICR 2060 Microbiology for Health Professions (3)  
  MICR 2065 Microbiology for Health Professions Laboratory (1)  
  MICR 3450 General Microbiology (3) (***Recommended***)  
  MICR 3455 General Microbiology Laboratory (1)  
  Complete the following:  
  STAT 2040 Principles of Statistics 4
  PHYS 2010 College Physics I 4
  PHYS 2015 College Physics I Lab 1
  PHYS 2020 College Physics II 4
  PHYS 2025 College Physics II Lab 1
  CHEM 1215 Principles of Chemistry I Laboratory 1
  CHEM 1225 Principles of Chemistry II Laboratory 1
  CHEM 2310 Organic Chemistry I 4
  CHEM 2315 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory 1
  CHEM 2320 Organic Chemistry II 4
  CHEM 2325 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory 1
  BTEC 1010 Fundamentals of Biotechnology I Career Survey 3
  BTEC 2010 DNA Manipulation and Analysis 3
  BTEC 2020 Protein Purification and Analysis 3
  BTEC 2030 Cell Culture Techniques 2
  BTEC 2040 Advanced Nucleic Acid Laboratory 3
Elective Requirements: 12 Credits
  Additional credits to meet credit and upper-division requirements. 12

Graduation Requirements:

  1. Complete the required minimum credit hours.
  2. At least 30 credit hours in residence at UVU or satellite sites are required, with 10 hours earned during the last 45 hours.
  3. A minimum of 40 credits must be upper-division (numbered 3000 or above).
  4. Complete core courses with a grade of "C" or higher in each BTEC course and a "C-" or higher in all other core courses.
  5. Achieve a minimum overall GPA of 2.0 with a minimum GPA of 2.25 in core courses.
  6. Successful completion of at least one Global/Intercultural course.

Graduation Plan

This graduation plan is a sample plan and is intended to be a guide. Your specific plan may differ based on your Math and English placement and/or transfer credits applied. You are encouraged to meet with an advisor and set up an individualized graduation plan in Wolverine Track.

Milestone courses (pre-requisites for a course in one of the subsequent semesters) are marked in red and Italicized.

Semester 1 Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 1010 or ENGH 1005 Introduction to Academic Writing or  Literacies and Composition Across Context 3
MATH 1050 or MATH 1055 College Algebra or College Algebra with Preliminaries 4
BTEC 1010 Fundamentals of Biotechnology I Career Survey 3
American Institutions 3
Humanities Distribution 3
  Semester total: 16
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
BIOL1610 College Biology I 4
BIOL 1615 College Biology I Lab 1
PHIL 205G Ethics and Values 3
ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing Academic Writing and Research 3
CHEM 1210 Principles of Chemistry I 4
CHEM 1215 Principles of Chemistry I Lab 1
  Semester total: 16
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
CHEM 1220 Principles of Chemistry II 4
CHEM 1225 Principles of Chemistry II Lab 1
BTEC 2010 DNA Manipulation and Analysis 3
BIOL 3500 Genetics 3
BIOL 3515 Advanced Genetics Lab 1
STAT 2040 Principles of Statistics 4
  Semester total: 16
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
CHEM 2310 Organic Chemistry I 4
CHEM 2315 Organic Chemistry I Lab 1
BIOL 3400 Cell Biology 3
Elective Upper Division course 4
BTEC 2020 Protein Purification and Analysis 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 5 Course Title Credit Hours
CHEM 2320 Organic Chemistry II  4
CHEM 2325 Organic Chemistry II Lab 1
PES 1097 or HLTH 1100 Fitness for Life or Personal Health and Wellness 2
Elective Upper Division Course 4
MICR 3450* General Microbiology 3
MICR 3455* General Microbiology  1
  Semester total: 15
* MICR 2060 and 2065 can be taken instead, MICR 3450 and 3455 recommended  
Semester 6 Course Title Credit Hours
BTEC 2030 Cell Culture Techniques 2
BIOL 3600 Biological Chemistry  3
Fine Arts Distribution 3
Social/Behavioral Science Distribution   3
PHYS 2010 College Physics I 4
PHYS 2015 College Physics I Lab 1
  Semester total: 16
Semester 7 Course Title Credit Hours
BTEC 2040 Advanced Nucleic Acid Lab 3
Lab Elective* 3
BTEC 481R Biotechnology Internship 5
Elective Upper Division course 4
  Semester total: 15
*BTEC 3300 recommended  
Semester 8 Course Title Credit Hours
BIOL 4550 Molecular Evolution and Bioinformatics 3
Choose any from the following: 5
BTEC 481R Biotechnology Internship
BIOL 489R Biotechnology Internship
BTEC 489R Student Research 
BTEC 499R Student Research 
  Senior Thesis
BIOL 3550 Molecular Biology 3
PHYS 2020 College Physics II 4
PHYS 2025 College Physics II Lab 1
  Semester total: 15
Note: *Pre-requisites are required to be taken. Please see the advisor. 
  Degree total: 124

 

Department

Biology

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