Program Purpose: Students who complete a biotechnology course will be able to understand and explain the operations that take place in an industrial biotechnology setting, perform many of these operations, and assess and critique the extent to which they are meeting or exceeding the standards appropriate to these activities.
Biotechnology is a rapidly growing industry with projections for continued growth and exciting opportunities for employment. The Biotechnology program is one of several in the State with a comprehensive curriculum in biomanufacturing. This program is designed in consultation with members of local industry (Baxter Healthcare Corporation, AMGEN Corporation, and others) to provide the essential technical experiences and training needed for this thriving field. The curriculum balances basic science courses with practical laboratory applications.
Provides skills training in manufacturing of biopharmaceuticals and medical devices. Presents an overview of the manufacturing process and introduces environmental control and process support with a focus on Good Laboratory Practices (GLP)/Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), clean room procedure, monitoring techniques, and required documentation.
Provides skills training in industrial biotechnology with emphasis on manufacturing of pharmaceuticals and medical devices. Introduces validation and quality control. Reviews manufacturing process, including formulation, lyophilization, packaging and filling. Focuses on validation, systems evaluations, testing and reporting.
Provides skills training in industrial biotechnology with emphasis on manufacturing pharmaceuticals. Introduces cell culture and microbial fermentation. Focuses on bacterial techniques, microbial assessment, mammalian cell culture, bioreactor fermentation, and media preparation. Compares small and large industrial scale cell culture.
Provides skills training in industrial biotechnology with emphasis on manufacturing pharmaceuticals. Introduces bioprocessing, recovery, and purification techniques. Focuses on protein separation and purification, chromatography, large-scale recovery, and identification of assays. Reviews skills necessary for a successful job search in the field of biotechnology.
Provides skills training in industrial biotechnology with emphasis on manufacturing pharmaceuticals. Examines manufacturing from the perspective of company operations involved with the drug or medical device development process. Focuses on business practices and governmental regulations.
Examines the role of molecular biology in the manufacturing of commercial pharmaceutical and agricultural products. Introduces basic biotechnology laboratory skills, including documentation, safety, and solution and buffer preparation. Develops student proficiency in aseptic techniques, spectrophotometry, molecular biology techniques, and electrophoresis.
Develops practical, hands-on experience with laboratory techniques used in the field of biotechnology. Applies specific techniques that vary depending on the current state of technology. Provides a bridge for entry-level and high school students who are interested in exploring the field of biotechnology.
Provides on-the-job learning to develop effective work habits, attitudes, and career awareness in paid or unpaid internships that are related to the discipline. Involves the development and documentation of learning objectives and the completion of an internship paper, presentation, or project. Includes both workplace supervisor and faculty adviser feedback and/or written evaluations.