| ACADEMICS | Majors & Minors | Biotechnology
Worcester State University offers a program in biotechnology to meet the need for skilled laboratory associates in the experimental laboratory and in manufacturing facilities of the biotechnology industry. Biotechnology graduates are trained in tissue culture, molecular biology, protein purification, analytical chemistry, regulatory affairs and are eligible for internships.Graduates are qualified for careers in research and development, quality assurance, quality control, and manufacturing as well as for further (graduate) education. The Biotechnology major is sponsored jointly by the departments of Biology and Chemistry.Requirements for a Major in Biotechnology
Plus two major electives that include:Major Electives
And certain other BI 300, CH 300 and PY 300 level courses with departmental approval.
In addition, majors are expected to complete the following ancillary courses:MA 190 Precalculus (may be waived), MA 200 Calculus I, MA 201 Calculus II or BI 203 Genetics, MA 150 Statistics, PY 221 & PY 222 General Physics I & II, or PY 241 and 242, Physics I and II, CS 120 Microcomputer Applications, EN 252 Technical Writing or EN 253 Business Communications.Requirements for a Major in Biotechnology and to meet the prerequisites for the Accelerated Pharmacy Program with Massachusetts College of Pharmacy andHealth Science University (MCPHSU) (Please see program description in this catalog.)All of the courses listed for a major in biotechnology plus:
The purpose of this interdisciplinary concentration is to prepare students to enter the computer-intensive fields of bioinformatics, computational biology, computational chemistry, and molecular modeling including genomics and proteomics. With the ever increasing number of fully sequenced genomes, including the human genome, databases such as GenBank and EMBL have grown at such a rate that storing, organizing, indexing, and ultimately mining the data have become key to answering biological questions. Questions of gene expression have led to computational biology, the process of analyzing genomic sequences and to the field of proteomics, the understanding of protein structure and function. The information obtained by computational biology and computational chemistry is used in the design of new drugs to treat a variety of diseases. Major drug and biotechnology companies are seeking people trained in bioinformatics.In addition to the requirements for the Major in Biotechnology:
Requirements for a Major in Biotechnology, Concentration in Nuclear Medicine Technology: See program description under Biology.Honors Program in BiotechnologyThe Honors Program in Biotechnology is designated as a distinction bestowed on those outstanding undergraduate Biotechnology majors who have demonstrated distinct competence in overall biotechnology course work and who have completed an independent research project of substantial merit. This program offers motivated studentsthe opportunity to develop research and communication skills in preparation for a graduate or professional career. Requirements for the Honors Program in Biotechnology
The Five Year Combined BS/MS in Biotechnology is open to eligible students and consist of three graduate courses (10 credits) that count toward both degrees. These three courses are Biotechnology and DNA (BI 921), Tissue Culture (BI 927), and a graduate elective. Also, students begin a research project in the Spring semester of the fourth (senior) year. Application requirements include a minimum of 3.0 GPA, two letters of recommendation and the GRE.