2019-20 Academic Catalog 
    Feb 02, 2023  
2019-20 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biological Sciences, BS, Concentration: Biotechnology

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About the Program

Apply Now Biotechnology is an interdisciplinary field of science aimed at improving life, health, and the environment through innovation.  Applications from biotechnology, such as recombinant DNA techniques, are used in a broad array of biological fields including agriculture, health studies, genetics, molecular and cellular biology, immunology, and microbiology. Students pursuing this concentration will gain hands-on-experience in a laboratory setting with the equipment utilized in modern biotechnology and will find much of this experience immediately applicable in an employment setting or in a future graduate program.

Degree Requirements

  • 120 Credit Hours
  • Minimum grade of C required for all Major Core courses
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0 required for graduation

PNW General Education Core (30 Credits Minimum)

Required Courses (51 Credits)

Concentration Required Courses (22 Credits)

Biotechnology Concentration Electives (12 Credits)

Select (4) Biotechnology electives. Take minimum 6 credits from Group A and the rest can be from Group A or B. Maximum 3 credits of biotechnology related independent study, research, and internship can be used to fulfill the minimum 12 credit elective requirement.

Total 120 Credits Required

Degree Map


Minimum Grade and Grade Point Average (GPA):  Minimum grade of C required for all Major Core courses (unless otherwise noted); 2.0 GPA

Experiential Learning (EL):  One Experiential Learning credit is required for graduation. EL courses are noted by (e) next to the course title. Most students fulfill this requirement by taking ENGL 10500. Courses meeting this requirement in Biology include BIOL 34200, BIOL 39500 Special Assignments, Biological Sciences Practicum, BIOL 48800 Biological Sciences Internship, BIOL 48900 Biological Sciences Research, and BIOL 49500 Special Assignments. Other possible courses that can be used to fulfill this requirement include SCI 49100, ENGL 41101, and IDIS 10001. See the Experiential Learning Course List  for additional courses meeting this requirement.

General Education Core:  General Education notations can be found within the course description.  Please click on a course to see if it meets a Gen Ed requirement.

Milestone Courses noted by (m) next to the course title have been identified as being critical to your success in this field of study. 

Courses that are only offered on one campus will be noted by an (H) for Hammond, or (W) for Westville.

Please see the Additional Information and Guidelines section below for more information.

Semester 5 (11-15 Credits)

Semester 6 (14-18 Credits)

Semester 7 (13-17 Credits)

  • Biotechnology Elective (See Note 4)
  • Humanities or Social Science Elective (See Note 3)
  • Free Elective
  • Free Elective
  • Free Elective

Semester 8 (13-17 Credits)

Additional Information and Guidelines

Note 1: Additional GPA Requirements for BS Biology Degree: Minimum 2.0 GPA for all biology core (BIOL 10700, BIOL 10100, BIOL 10200, BIOL 24300, BIOL 24400, BIOL 31100 (58000) and BIOL 42600) and concentration required courses.

Note 2: Gen Ed Technology Course Requirement - CIS 20400 is recommend for students with limited experience using Microsoft Suite and can be replaced by BIOL 59500 Bioinformatics or a different course approved by the department. If students choose a course that is not a Gen Ed Technology course, they will have to fulfill this requirement with another course in this area as a free elective. See http://catalog.pnw.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=4&poid=1002 for a list of suitable courses.

Note 3: This degree requires 9-credit hours of electives from Humanities and Social Sciences in addition to the 3-credits required from each of these areas that must be chosen from the approved General Education list (see General Education Core above). Six credit hours of foreign languages can be used towards this requirement. Note that some professional schools have specific Humanities and Social Sciences course requirements for admission.

Note 4: Biotechnology Concentration Elective (minimum 12 credits): Biotechnology elective courses range from 1 to 5 credits. Maximum 3 credits of independent studies / research / internship (BIOL 39500, BIOL 48800, BIOL 48900, or BIOL 49500 can be used to fulfill this elective requirement. Additional credits can be used as free electives. BIOL 34200 cannot be used as a biology elective but can be used as a free elective.


The 8 semester plan of study is a recommended sequence of classes designed to show how this program can be completed within four years.

Visit the 15 to Finish website for information and resources.

For career information, click here to visit the Careers and Employment Trends page.

For Financial Aid eligibility, click here. Annual FAFSA filing deadline is March 10. Financial Aid recipients are required to complete 30 credits per calendar year to stay eligible for the standard financial aid award.

Financial Guarantee: If you follow the degree map and find a course unavailable, you may be able to take the course for free in a future semester.  Certain exclusions apply. 

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