ACADEMICS

  • 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 Biology and Chemistry departments.

    Requirements for a Major in Biotechnology

    • BI 141 Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology (4)
    • BI 204 Microbiology (4)
    • BT 375 Tissue Culture (4)
    • BT 376 Biotechnology (4)
    • BT 410 Biotechnology Seminar (1)
    • CH 120 & CH 121 General Chemistry I & II (8)
    • CH 201 & CH 203 Organic Chemistry I, plus Lab (5)
    • CH 210 Chemical Analysis (4)
    • CH 410 Biochemistry I (4)

    Plus two major electives that include:

    Major Electives

    • BI 313 Histology (4)
    • BI 399 Biochemical Regulatory Mechanisms (4)
    • BI 398 Cancer Biology (4)
    • BI 372 Immunology (4)
    • BI 371 Molecular Biology (4)
    • BI 375 Virology (4)
    • CH 350 Medicinal Chemistry (3)
    • CH 202 Organic Chemistry II (3)
    • CH 204 Organic Chemistry II Lab (2)
    • PY 310 Modern Physics (3)
    • CH 411 Biochemistry II (4)
    • BT 377 Fermentation Technology (4)
    • BT 378 Bioinformatics (4)
    • BT 450 Internship (Var.)
    • CH 335 Green Chemistry (3)
    • CH 450 Computational Chemistry
    • CH 455 Special Topics: Organometallics in
      Organic Synthesis

    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 MCPHS University
    All of the courses listed for a major in biotechnology plus:

    • BI 140 Introduction to Organismal Biology
    • CH 202 Organic Chemistry II
    • CH 204 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II

    Major in Biotechnology, Concentration in Bioinformatics
    Visit the Bioinformatics web page for requirements.

    Major in Biotechnology, Concentration in Nuclear Medicine Technology
    Visit the Nuclear Medicine Technology web page for requirements.

    Honors Program in Biotechnology
    The 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 students the opportunity to develop research and communication skills in preparation for a graduate or professional career.

    Requirements for the Honors Program in Biotechnology

    • A written thesis describing the student's original research 
    • Grade point average in major and ancillary courses of at least 3.5 
    • Successful completion of BI 205, Research Techniques and Experimental Design
    • Enrollment in a minimum of one semester of independent study credit (BI 440 Advanced Research Experience for Undergraduates) totaling at least 4 credits

    Combined BS/MS Program in Biotechnology
    The Five-Year Combined B.S./M.S. in Biotechnology is open to eligible students and consist of three graduate courses (10 credits) that count toward both degrees. These 3 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 4th (senior) year. Application requirements include a minimum of 3.0 GPA, two letters of recommendation, and submitting GRE scores.