Biotechnology - B.S.

College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Biological Sciences
256 Cunningham Hall
Kent Campus
339-672-3613
kentbiology@kent.edu
www.kent.edu/biology


Description

The Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology is an interdisciplinary program that provides a strong academic foundation in biological sciences and chemistry, practical training in the various biotechnologies and a solid understanding of their application in industry and biomedicine. The science of biotechnology extends across many areas of biology and chemistry and provides cutting-edge technology tools for modern biology and biomedical research. The curriculum includes a research experience at Kent State and/or an internship at a biotechnology company. Biotechnology graduates have employment opportunities in biomedical research and in the rapidly growing biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.

FULLY OFFERED AT:

  • Kent Campus

Admission Requirements

The university affirmatively strives to provide educational opportunities and access to students with varied backgrounds, those with special talents and adult students who graduated from high school three or more years ago.

Freshman Students on the Kent Campus: The freshman admission policy on the Kent Campus is selective. Admission decisions are based upon the following: cumulative grade point average, ACT and/or SAT scores, strength of high school college preparatory curriculum and grade trends. The Admissions Office at the Kent Campus may defer the admission of students who do not meet admissions criteria but who demonstrate areas of promise for successful college study. Deferred applicants may begin their college coursework at one of seven Regional Campuses of Kent State University. For more information on admissions, including additional requirements for some academic programs, visit the admissions website for new freshmen.

Freshman Students on the Regional Campuses:  Kent State campuses at Ashtabula, East Liverpool, Geauga, Salem, Stark, Trumbull and Tuscarawas, as well as the Regional Academic Center in Twinsburg, have open enrollment admission for students who hold a high school diploma, GED or equivalent.

English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 525 TOEFL score (71 on the Internet-based version), minimum 75 MELAB score, minimum 6.0 IELTS score or minimum 48 PTE Academic score, or by completing the ELS level 112 Intensive Program. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission website.

Transfer, Transitioning and Former Students: For more information about admission criteria for transfer, transitioning and former students, please visit the admissions website.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:
  1. Apply knowledge and information gained from coursework to complex issues in biotechnology, and develop problem solving and data gathering skills required to comprehend issues in biotechnology.
  2. Develop inductive reasoning and technical communications skills in the context of working in a complex group environment.
  3. Gain experience analyzing scientific papers and expand skills for listening to and critiquing scientific seminars based on the literature or current research. 
  4. Develop presentation skills using presentation software and develop verbal skills in communicating scientific information.
  5. Apply knowledge and information gained from coursework to a research environment and develop collaborative working relationships with research mentors and laboratory members.
 

University Requirements 

All students in a bachelor's degree program at Kent State University must complete the following university requirements for graduation.

NOTE:  University requirements may be fulfilled in this program by specific course requirements. Please see Program Requirements for details.

Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
Course is not required for students with 25 transfer credits, excluding College Credit Plus, or age 21+ at time of admission.
Diversity Domestic/Global (DIVD/DIVG) 2 courses
Students must successfully complete one domestic and one global course, of which one must be from the Kent Core.
Experiental Learning Requirement (ELR) varies
Students must successfully complete one course or approved experience.
Kent Core (see table below) 36-37
Writing-Intensive Course (WIC) 1 course
Students must earn a minimum C grade in the course.
Upper-Division Requirement 39 (or 42)
Students must successfully complete 39 upper-division (numbered 30000 to 49999) credit hours to graduate. Students in a B.A. and/or B.S. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete 42 upper-division credit hours.
Total Credit Hour Requirement 120
Some bachelor's degrees require students to complete more than 120 credit hours.

Kent Core Requirements

Kent Core Composition (KCMP) 6
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning (KMCR) 3
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (KHUM/KFA) (min one course each) 9
Kent Core Social Sciences (KSS) (must be from two disciplines) 6
Kent Core Basic Sciences (KBS/KLAB) (must include one laboratory) 6-7
Kent Core Additional (KADL) 6
Total Credit Hours: 36-37

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

[AS-BS-BTEC]

Major Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
BSCI 10120BIOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONS (KBS) (KLAB) 4
BSCI 30140CELL BIOLOGY 4
BSCI 30156ELEMENTS OF GENETICS 3
BSCI 30171GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY 4
BSCI 40158MOLECULAR BIOLOGY 3
BTEC 10210INTRODUCTION TO BIOTECHNOLOGY 3
BTEC 40191SEMINAR: RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN BIOTECHNOLOGY 1
BTEC 40192INTERNSHIP IN BIOTECHNOLOGY 6-12
or BTEC 40196 INDIVIDUAL INVESTIGATION IN BIOTECHNOLOGY (ELR)
BTEC 40210CASE STUDIES IN BIOTECHNOLOGY (WIC) 3
BTEC 40220BIOINFORMATICS 3
BUS 10123EXPLORING BUSINESS 3
CHEM 10060GENERAL CHEMISTRY I (KBS) 4
CHEM 10061GENERAL CHEMISTRY II (KBS) 4
CHEM 10062GENERAL CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY (KBS) (KLAB) 1
CHEM 10063GENERAL CHEMISTRY II LABORATORY (KBS) (KLAB) 1
CHEM 20481BASIC ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I 4
CHEM 30284INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGICAL CHEMISTRY 4
CHEM 40248ADVANCED BIOLOGICAL CHEMISTRY 3
CHEM 40251ADVANCED BIOLOGICAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY (WIC) (min grade C) 12
MATH 12002ANALYTIC GEOMETRY AND CALCULUS I (KMCR) 5
MATH 30011BASIC PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS 3
PHIL 30015MEDICINE AND MORALITY 3
PHY 13001GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS I (KBS) 4
PHY 13021GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS LABORATORY I (KBS) (KLAB) 1
Major Electives, choose from the following:9
VERTEBRATE ANATOMY
EUKARYOTIC CELL BIOLOGY
MOLECULAR BIOLOGY LABORATORY (ELR) (WIC)
IMMUNOLOGY
ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY I
ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY I (WIC)
INORGANIC CHEMISTRY I
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY I (ELR)
PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY FOR LIFE SCIENCES
BIOPSYCHOLOGY
Upper-Division Electives (30000 or 40000 level) approved by program director
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
CS 10051INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE (KMCR) 4
PHIL 21001INTRODUCTION TO ETHICS (DIVG) (KHUM) 3
UC 10097DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Foreign Language (see Foreign Language College Requirement below)8
Kent Core Composition6
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (minimum one course from each)6
Kent Core Social Sciences (must be from two disciplines)6
General Electives (total credit hours depends on earning 120 credit hours, including 42 upper-division credit hours)1
Minimum Total Credit Hours:120
1

A minimum C grade must be earned to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Major GPA Minimum Overall GPA
2.000 2.000

Foreign Language College Requirement

Students pursuing the Bachelor of Science degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete 8 credit hours of foreign language.1

  • Minimum Elementary I and II of the same language
1

 All students with prior foreign language experience should take the foreign language placement test to determine the appropriate level at which to start. Some students may begin their university foreign language experience beyond the Elementary I level and will complete the requirement with fewer credit hours and fewer courses. This may be accomplished by: (1) passing a course beyond the Elementary I through Intermediate II level or (2) receiving credit through Credit by Exam (CBE), the College Level Examination Program (CLEP),  the Advanced Placement (AP) exam or credit through the International Baccalaureate (IB) program; or (3) being designated a "native speaker" of a non-English language (consult with the College of Arts and Sciences Advising Office for additional Information) . When students complete the requirement with fewer than 8 credit hours and two courses, they will complete the remaining hours with general electives.

 

Roadmap

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
!BSCI 10120 BIOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONS (KBS) (KLAB) 4
!CHEM 10060 GENERAL CHEMISTRY I (KBS) 4
!CHEM 10062 GENERAL CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY (KBS) (KLAB) 1
MATH 12002 ANALYTIC GEOMETRY AND CALCULUS I (KMCR) 5
UC 10097 DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
 Credit Hours15
Semester Two
BSCI 30140 CELL BIOLOGY 4
BTEC 10210 INTRODUCTION TO BIOTECHNOLOGY 3
CHEM 10061 GENERAL CHEMISTRY II (KBS) 4
CHEM 10063 GENERAL CHEMISTRY II LABORATORY (KBS) (KLAB) 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Three
BSCI 30171 GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY 4
CHEM 20481 BASIC ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I 4
PHIL 21001 INTRODUCTION TO ETHICS (DIVG) (KHUM) 3
Foreign Language 4
 Credit Hours15
Semester Four
BSCI 30156 ELEMENTS OF GENETICS 3
CS 10051 INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE (KMCR) 4
PHY 13001 GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS I (KBS) 4
PHY 13021 GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS LABORATORY I (KBS) (KLAB) 1
Foreign Language 4
 Credit Hours16
Semester Five
BSCI 40158 MOLECULAR BIOLOGY 3
BUS 10123 EXPLORING BUSINESS 3
MATH 30011 BASIC PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
General Elective 1
 Credit Hours16
Semester Six
CHEM 30284 INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGICAL CHEMISTRY 4
PHIL 30015 MEDICINE AND MORALITY 3
Major Elective 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Third Summer Term
BTEC 40192
INTERNSHIP IN BIOTECHNOLOGY
or INDIVIDUAL INVESTIGATION IN BIOTECHNOLOGY (ELR)
2-6
 Credit Hours2
Semester Seven
BTEC 40191 SEMINAR: RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN BIOTECHNOLOGY 1
BTEC 40210 CASE STUDIES IN BIOTECHNOLOGY (WIC) 3
BTEC 40220 BIOINFORMATICS 3
CHEM 40248 ADVANCED BIOLOGICAL CHEMISTRY 3
Major Elective 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Eight
BTEC 40192
INTERNSHIP IN BIOTECHNOLOGY
or INDIVIDUAL INVESTIGATION IN BIOTECHNOLOGY (ELR)
4-6
CHEM 40251 ADVANCED BIOLOGICAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY (WIC) 2
Major Elective 3
 Credit Hours9
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:120