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Dr. Stephen M. Jodis, DeanThe Herbert W. Boyer School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and ComputingPhone: (724) email@example.com
The Herbert W. Boyer School of Natural Science, Mathematics, and Computing
Biotechnology describes the manipulation of a living system, at any level, for the purpose of creating a useful product or process.
Over the past twenty years, the emerging field of biotechnology has fundamentally changed the world we live in. It has led to breakthrough medical discoveries, greater understanding of the building blocks of life, advances in evolutionary biology, environmental remediation, agriculture, industrial processes, biomaterials, and even artificial intelligence. It has also spawned intense controversy. Public policy debates, ethical and religious concerns, legal and financial scandals, and questions of research integrity have all been a part of the biotechnology revolution.
Applicants to the program have the opportunity to apply for a four year, $5000 annual STEP Scholarship. The Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program or STEP, is a national initiative that encourages global competitiveness in the sciences. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in the Collaborative Learning Program, a peer-led learning program, as well as the Emerging Research Scholars Program.
At the core of a biotechnology curriculum is a strong foundation in biology, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, and laboratory expertise. It is the interconnection of these fields that creates opportunity. The Herbert W. Boyer School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Computing is able to deliver an interdisciplinary curriculum while maintaining the intimacy of a small liberal arts college, allowing students to explore various interconnected subspecialties through one-on-one research experiences with faculty and industry.
Biotechnology, however, is more than just a discipline of science. It touches ethics, public policy, government, economics, business, education, and law. Saint Vincent College has a distinct advantage in educating and preparing students for careers in biotechnology that extend beyond the laboratory. With strong existing programs in these liberal arts areas, we are in a position to address the whole discipline of biotechnology.
Certification in BiotechnologyMay be completed as a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate (usually in one year), or concurrently with a traditional major course of study (may require an additional semester to complete).
Course Requirements (32 credits): BL 216 Biotechnology - 3 creditsBL 217 Biotechnology Laboratory - 1 creditBIN 218 Bioinformatics I - 3 creditsBL 260 Biostatistics - 3 creditsCH 251 Proteins & Metabolism - 3 creditsCH 253 Proteins & Metabolism Laboratory - 1 creditCH 252 Nucleic Acids - 3 creditsCH 254 Nucleic Acids Laboratory - 1 creditPS 218 Policy and Business of Technology - 3 creditsPL 218 Bioethics 3 or RS 282 Christian Bioethics - 3 credits4 credits (course & laboratory) selected from:BL 220 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy - 3 creditsBL 221 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy Laboratory - 1 creditBL 222 Developmental Biology - 3 creditsBL 223 Developmental Biology Laboratory - 1 creditBL 224 Mammalian Physiology - 3 creditsBL 225 Mammalian Physiology Laboratory - 1 credit
3 credits selected from: BA 104 Introduction to Management - 3 credits BA 220 Principles of Marketing - 3 creditsBA 230 Introduction to Entrepreneurship - 3 creditsInternship/Research Experience & Portfolio Completion - 1 credit
The Certification in Biotechnology requires, in addition to coursework, an applied internship or research experience, either paid or unpaid (which can occur on or off campus, during the summer or during the school year), and the completion of an individualized Portfolio. The Portfolio will be used to highlight a student’s acquired and demonstrated skills in biotechnology laboratory techniques, as well as their broader understanding of the field from a regulatory, policy, business, ethical, legal, and societal perspective. It will also convey a student’s communicative and presentation abilities. At least 12 credits of the Certificate course requirements must be completed at Saint Vincent College.
Minor in Biotechnology To be completed concurrently with a traditional major course of study.
Minor Requirements (21 Credits) BL 214 Molecular Genetics* - 3 credits BL 215 Molecular Genetics Laboratory - 1 creditBL 216 Biotechnology* - 3 credits BL 217 Biotechnology Laboratory - 1 creditBIN 218 Bioinformatics I - 3 creditsPS 218 Policy and Business of Technology - 3 creditsPL 218 Bioethics 3 or RS 282 Christian Bioethics - 3 credits
3 credits selected from: BA 104 Introduction to Management - 3 creditsBA 230 Introduction to Entrepreneurship - 3 creditsPS 150 Government and Business - 3 creditsInternship/Research Experience/Cumulative Paper - 1 credit
*These courses require the General Biology series (BL 151-154) as a prerequisite. The minor in Biotechnology requires, in addition to coursework, an applied internship, research experience, or cumulative paper.
Prerequisites for Certification in Biotechnology
BL 150 General Biology I - 3 creditsBL 152 General Biology II - 3 creditsBL 151 General Biology Laboratory I - 1 creditBL 153 General Biology Laboratory II - 1 creditCH 101 General Chemistry I - 3 creditsCH 102 General Chemistry II - 3 creditsCH 103 General Chemistry Laboratory I - 1 creditCH 104 General Chemistry Laboratory II - 1 creditCH 221 Organic Chemistry I - 3 creditsCH 222 Organic Chemistry II - 3 credits CH 223 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I - 1 creditCH 224 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II - 1 creditBL 214 Molecular Genetics - 3 creditsBL 215 Molecular Genetics Laboratory - 1 credit BL 208 Cell Biology - 3 creditsBL 209 Cell Biology Laboratory - 1 creditMA 109 Calculus I - 4 credits