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Deadlines
Fall priority admission: March 1
Spring priority admission: November 1
Summer admission
Yes
Required materials
Application form and fee
Statement of purpose
Transcripts*
2 letters of recommendation
GRE scores (optional)
Resume

*Prerequisites: Appropriate undergraduate science courses or significant practical background

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Biotechnology (MS)

Admission to the Program

In addition to meeting the minimum university requirements for graduate study, applicants must have taken undergraduate science courses appropriate to the concentration, or have significant practical background in a relevant science area. A cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) is required. Specific courses needed to prepare for entering the program will be identified through interviews with the applicant.

Degree Requirements

  • 30 credit hours of approved graduate work
  • Capstone Experience: Complete 3 credit hours from one of the following
    • ISCI-650 AU I-CORPS Venture Development
    • SM-690 Independent Study in Professional Science
    • PSM-691 Internship

Course Requirements 

Core (15 credit hours)

Complete 15 credit hours from the following:

  • BIO 683 Molecular Biology 
  • BIO 687 Principles of Genomics 
  • BIO 689 Biotechnology 
  • ISCI 601 Communicating Science to the Public
  • STAT 614 Statistical Methods 

Project Management (3 credit hours)

Complete 3 credit hours from the following: 

  • ITEC 643 Project Management

  • PUAD 617 Project Management 

Track (9 credit hours) 

Complete one of the following tracks: 

Biodefense

Complete 9 credit hours from the following: 

  • BIO 501 Mechanisms of Pathogenesis 
  • BIO 541 Cellular Immunology 
  • BIO 685 Bioinformatics 
  • CHEM 636 Clinical Laboratory: Analysis, Quality Assurance and Control
  • CHEM 668 Medical Biochemistry 
  • CHEM 679 Chemical Warfare Agents 
  • ENVS 685 Remote Sensing of the Environment 
  • ISCI 625 BioPhysics 
  • JLC 678 Investigating Terrorism 

Bioinformatics

Complete 9 credit hours from the following: 

  • BIO 678 Computational Genomics
  • BIO 685 Bioinformatics 
  • STAT 612 Statistical Programming in R
  • STAT 613 Data Science 
  • STAT 622 Advanced Biostatistics 

Biotechnology Management

Complete 9 credit hours from the following: 

  • CHEM 636 Clinical Laboratory: Analysis, Quality Assurance and Control
  • FIN 630 Financial Analysis of the Firm: Concepts and Applications
  • SCI 622 Healthcare Information Technology
  • ITEC 660 Business Intelligence 
  • MGMT 611 Leading and Managing Change
  • MGMT 660 Entrepreneurship and Innovation  

Drug Discovery and Design

Complete 9 credits hours from the following: 

  • BIO 541 Cellular Immunology 
  • BIO 650 Developmental Biology 
  • BIO 655 Endocrinology 
  • BIO 685 Bioinformatics 
  • CHEM 624 Application of Spectroscopy in Medicinal Chemistry 
  • CHEM 636 Clinical Laboratory: Analysis, Quality Assurance and Control
  • CHEM 668 Medical Biochemistry 
  • ISCI 622 Healthcare Information Technology 

Capstone (3 credit hours)

Complete 3 credit hours from one the following: 

  • ISCI 650 AU I-CORPS Venture Development 
  • PSM 690 Independent Study in Professional Science
  • PSM 691 Internship