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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: 124.5

General Education Requirements: 39 Credits
  ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
  ENGL 2020 Intermediate Writing--Science and Technology 3
  MATH 1050 College Algebra 4
Complete one of the following: 3
  HIST 2700 US History to 1877 (3.0)
and HIST 2710 US History since 1877 (3.0)
  HIST 1700 American Civilization (3.0)
  HIST 1740 US Economic History (3.0)
  POLS 1000 American Heritage (3.0)
  POLS 1100 American National Government (3.0)
Complete the following:  
  PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values 3
  HLTH 1100 Personal Health and Wellness (2.0)
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: 72.5 Credits
  BIOL 1615 College Biology I Laboratory 1
  BIOL 3400 Cell Biology 3
  BIOL 3500 Genetics 3
  BIOL 3505 Genetics Tutorial 0.5
  BIOL 3515 Advanced Genetics Laboratory 1
  BIOL 3550 Molecular Biology 3
  BIOL 3600 Biological Chemistry 3
  BIOL 3605 Biochemistry Laboratory 1
  BIOL 4550 Molecular Evolution and Bioinformatics 3
  BTEC 481R Biotechnology Internship 5
  BTEC 481R Biotechnology Internship 5
or BTEC 489R Student Research  (1.0)
and BTEC 499R Senior Thesis  (1.0)
or BIOL 489R Student Research  (1.0)
and BIOL 499R Senior Thesis  (1.0)
  MICR 2065 Microbiology for Health Professions Laboratory 1
  MICR 2060 Microbiology for Health Professions 3
  MATH 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 2315 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory 1
  CHEM 2310 Organic Chemistry I 4
  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: 13 Credits
  Additional credits to meet credit and upper-division requirements. 13

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 course.
  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 intended to be a guide. You are encouraged to meet with an advisor and set up an individualized graduation plan in Wolverine Track .

Semester 1 Course Title Credit Hours
BIOL 1610 College Biology 1 4
BIOL 1615 College Biology 1 Lab 1
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
BTEC 1010 Fundamentals of Biotechnology I Career Survey 3
PES 1097 or HLTH 1100 Fitness for Life or Personal Health and Wellness 2
MATH 1050 College Algebra 4
  Semester total: 17
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
MICR 2060 Microbiology for Health Professions 3
MICR 2065 Microbiology for Health Professions Lab 1
PHIL 205G Ethics and Values 3
ENGL 2020 Intermediate Writing- Science and Technology 3
BTEC 2010 DNA Methods and Analysis 3
MATH 2040 Principles of Statistics 4
  Semester total: 17
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
CHEM 1210 Principles of Chemistry 1 4
CHEM 1215 Principles of Chemistry 1 Lab 1
PHYS 2010 College Physics 1 4
PHYS 2015 College Physics 1 Lab 1
BIOL 3500/3505 Genetics/Genetics Tutorial 3.5
BIOL 3515 Advanced Genetics Lab 1
  Semester total: 14.5
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
CHEM 1220 Principles of Chemistry 2 4
CHEM 1225 Principles of Chemistry 2 Lab 1
PHYS 2020 College Physics 2 4
PHYS 2025 College Physics 2 Lab 1
BTEC 2020 Protein Purification and Analysis 3
BIOL 3400 Cell Biology 3
  Semester total: 16
Semester 5 Course Title Credit Hours
CHEM 2310 Organic Chemistry 1 4
CHEM 2315 Organic Chemistry 1 Lab 1
BTEC 2030 Cell Culture Techniques 2
American Institutions Distribution 3
Humanities Distribution 3
  Semester total: 13
Semester 6 Course Title Credit Hours
CHEM 2320 Organic Chemistry 2  4
CHEM 2325 Organic Chemistry 2 Lab 1
Fine Arts 3
Social/Behavioral Science Distribution 3
Elective Upper Division courses from Biol, Bot, Micr, or Zool 3
  Semester total: 14
Semester 7 Course Title Credit Hours
BTEC 2040 Nucleic Acids Lab 3
BIOL 3550 Molecular Biology 3
Elective Upper Division courses from Biol, Bot, Micr, or Zool 4
BTEC 481R Biology Internship 5
  Semester total: 15
Semester 8 Course Title Credit Hours
BIOL 4550 Molecular Evolution and Bioinformatics 3
BIOL 489R/BIOL 499R Student Research and Senior Thesis 5
BIOL 3600 Biological Chemistry 3
BIOL 3605 Biochemistry Lab 1
Elective Upper Division courses from Biol, Bot, Micr, or Zool 3
  Semester total: 15
  Degree total: 121.5

Department

Name:

Biology

Location:

SB 243

Telephone:

801-863-8511

Email:

korstaal@uvu.edu

Web Address:

www.uvu.edu/biology/

Chair:

Virginia E. Bayer

 
 

Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Biology is two-fold: first, we are committed to educate students in the principle tenets of biology through structured inquiry and opportunities for individualized experiential learning. Second, we are committed to teaching ethical behavior in experimental design and practice to all of our students. The department strives to provide the best educational opportunities possible for students to attain their academic goals and to facilitate faculty in scholarship in an atmosphere that encourages free exchange of ideas.

Our Philosophy and Values

The Department of Biology believes that students and faculty have a shared responsibility to obtain knowledge. Faculty should maintain their expertise by ongoing investigation, presentation, and pursuit of scholarly activities. In addition to the pursuit of scholarly information in biology, students should develop skills in communication, analysis, and critical thinking relevant to biology and other disciplines.

Goals

The Department of Biology recognizes excellent student education as its first priority. In addition to formal programs of study, we offer opportunities for research, service, field and laboratory activities, and secondary education training.

The UVU Biology program offers a variety of courses that investigate the living world, including courses in biology, botany, ecology, genetics, human physiology, microbiology, and zoology. A course of study may be designed to provide breadth in the life sciences or emphasize field or laboratory oriented biology.

 
 

Biology

Advisors:


  • Biology:
    Terrell Wyche
  • Office: PS 201
  • Telephone: 801-863-6208
  • Email: TWyche@uvu.edu

  • Biotechnology:
    Thayne Dickey
  • Office: PS 201
  • Telephone: 801-863-6791
  • Email: DICKEYTH@uvu.edu

  • Secondary Education: 
    Richard Tolman
  • Office: SB 242f
  • Telephone: 801-863-6229
  • Email: tolmanri@uvu.edu

 

Career Opportunities

Majors in Biology prepare for a wide variety of occupations in education, government, medicine, and research. Students majoring in a UVU Bachelor’s program should meet with the Biology Department advisor early in their program.

 

Job Outlook

Graduates with degrees in Biology are especially in demand in the secondary education, health, natural resource management, and biotechnology areas.

 

Programs

Eight degree options are available: Associate in Science Degree or Associate in Arts with a pre-major in Biology; Bachelor of Science Degree in Integrated Studies (IS) with a Biology emphasis, Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology, Bachelor of Science Degree in Biotechnology, Bachelor of Science in Biology Education, and Bachelor of Science Degree in Botany. A minor in biology is available for those in other baccalaureate programs.

All AS/AA and BS Biology, Botany, and IS majors must consult with the Biology Department advisor prior to their first semester of enrollment at UVU to formulate a plan of study. BS in Biotechnology majors consult with the Biotechnology advisor. BS in Biology Education majors consult with Biology Secondary Education advisor. BS in Integrated Studies must also consult with the Integrated Studies advisor. Those interested in Regulatory Affairs need to speak with the Regulatory Affairs Program Director.

Students interested in a career in biology or related field are encouraged to earn at least a baccalaureate degree (BS). Many professions (e.g., pharmacy, medicine) require additional post-baccalaureate education. The UVU AS/AA degree is intended for students who plan to use it as a first step toward a baccalaureate degree. The AS/AA degree may be granted to those who do not continue in a bachelor’s program and meet the minimum requirements. The Departmental Bachelor of Science Degrees may be used for entry into a career or in preparation for post-baccalaureate (for masters and doctoral degrees) or professional (e.g., medical, dental) education. A Bachelor of Science Degree in Integrated Studies, Biology emphasis is available. Please see Biology advisors for more information.

 
 

Faculty

Virginia Bayer(2000)

Associate Professor

Department: Biology
Department Chair, Department Chair



B.S., Biological Science, B.A., Classical Languages, University of California, Irvine; Ph.D., Medical Sciences-Neuroscience, Cornell University Graduate School of Medical Science; D.V.M., Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.

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Mark Bracken(1997)

Associate Professor

Department: Biology
Faculty



B.S, Ph.D., Exercise Physiology, Brigham Young University.

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James Bradshaw(2013)

Lecturer

Department: Biology
Faculty



B.S., Biochemistry & Cell Biology, University of California-San Diego; Ph.D. Physiology & Developmental Biology, Brigham Young University.

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Paul Bybee(1994)

Professor

Department: Biology
Faculty



A.S., General Science, B.S., Zoology/Botany/Geology, Weber State University; M.S., Ecology, Ph.D., Zoology (Comparative Evolutionary Biology, Vertebrate Paleontology), Brigham Young University.

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Lawrence Gray(1998)

Professor

Department: Biology
Faculty



B.S., Biology, Wichita State University; M.S., Zoology and Entomology, Colorado State University; Ph.D., Zoology, Arizona State University.

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James Harris(1986)

Professor

Department: Biology
Faculty



B.S., M.S., Botany, Brigham Young University; Ph.D., Botany, University of Alberta.

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Emily Holt(2011)

Assistant Professor

Department: Biology
Faculty



B.A., Biology, Colorado College; M.S., Botany, University of Wyoming; Ph.D., Botany, Oregon State University.

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Colleen Hough(2008)

Associate Professor

Department: Biology
Faculty



B.S., Biological Sciences, University of California, Irvine; M.S., Microbiology, Washington State University; Ph.D., Developmental and Cell Biology, University of California, Irvine.

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Jorma Kirsi(2001)

Professor

Department: Biology
Faculty



B.S., Zoology, M.S., Ph.D., Microbiology, Brigham Young University.

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Olga Kopp(2003)

Associate Professor

Department: Biology
Faculty



Ph.D., Botany, University of Tennessee.

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Ruhul Kuddus(2003)

Associate Professor

Department: Biology
Faculty



B.S., Biology, Rajendra College of the University of Dhaka, Dhaka Bangladesh; M.S., Zoology, University of Dhaka, Dhaka Bangladesh; M.S., Biology, George Mason University; Ph.D., Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry (Microbiology), University of Pittsburgh.

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Haven McCall(2014)

Professional In Residence

Department: Biology
Faculty



B.S., Business Administration, Northern Arizona University; M.S., D.R.Sc., Regulatory Science, University of Southern California.

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T. Ogden(2009)

Assistant Professor

Department: Biology
Faculty



B.S., Zoology, Ph.D., Integrative Biology, Brigham Young University; M.S., with mention in Zoology, Universidad de Concepción.

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Bruce Parker(1992)

Professor

Department: Biology
Faculty



B.S., Microbiology, Brigham Young University; M.S., Biology, Ph.D., Molecular Biology, Utah State University.

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Glendon Parker(2008)

Associate Professor

Department: Biology
Faculty



B.S., Ph.D., Faculty of Medicine, Monash University.

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James Price(1999)

Professor

Department: Biology
Faculty



B.A., Biology, University of California; Ph.D., Molecular Biology, University of Colorado.

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Robert Robbins(1995)

Professor

Department: Biology
Faculty



B.S., Botany, Iowa State University; M.S., Ph.D., Botany, University of Illinois.

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Michael Shively(1992)

Professor

Department: Biology
Faculty



M.S., Ph.D., Anatomy, D.V.M., Purdue University.

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Catherine Stephen(2003)

Associate Professor

Department: Biology
Faculty



B.A., Ecology Evolution Behavior, University of California; Ph.D., Genetics, Texas A & M University.

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Michael Stevens(2010)

Associate Professor

Department: Biology
Faculty



B.S., Conservation Biology, Brigham Young University; M.S., Ph.D., Botany, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Richard Tolman(2002)

Professor

Department: Biology
Faculty



B.S., General Science Composite, M.S.Ed., Science Education, University of Utah; Ph.D., Science Education, Oregon State.

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Renee Van Buren(1995)

Professor

Department: Biology
Faculty



B.S., M.S., Botany, Brigham Young University; Ph.D., Botany, Arizona State University.

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Wayne Whaley(1991)

Professor

Department: Biology
Faculty



B.S, Ph.D., Zoology, Brigham Young University; M.S., Wildlife Ecology, University of Arizona.

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Heather Wilson-Ashworth(2000)

Professor

Department: Biology
Faculty



B.A., Math Education, Ph.D., Physiology and Anatomy, Brigham Young University.

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Careers

Careers

Careers:
Graduates with a Bachelor Degree in Biotechnology can pursue a variety of careers and positions both in Utah and the nation. Companies that make up the life science industry are varied and include, but are not limited to, Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical, Medical Diagnostics, Forensics, Molecular/Cell/Microbiology, Biochemistry, Secondary Education, Natural Products, and Agricultural Sciences.
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