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Course Descriptions & Schedule

Semester Course

Fall (9 units)

CHEM 440 (3)

CHEM 440L (1)

BIOT 660 (2)

BIOT 630 (3)

Spring (9 units)

BIOT 600 (5)

BIOT 650 (3)

BIOT 500 (1)

Summer (7 units)

BIOT 620 (3)

BA 506 (2)

BIOT 675 (2)

Fall (9 units)

BA 504 (3)

BIOT 655 (2)

BIOT 680 A or B (1-2)

BA 670 (2)

Spring (8 units)

BIOT 681 A or B (1-2)

BA 627 (3)

*This schedule is subject to change. Some students may be required to take additional units where there are deficiencies and/or when project demands warrant additional units.

Classes are typically held Monday - Thursday from 5:30-9:30pm.

Science Fundamentals & Professional Preparation

  • BIOT 500 - Preparation for PSM and Bioscience Industry Engagement (1)

    Preparation for PSM Program and Bioscience Industry Engagement. Career preparation for successful entry and development in biotechnology. Community and interactive discussion topics including the business of science, career opportunities, industry and workforce trends, and overview of the biotechnology industry. Intended to help students identify career values and goals and get them on track for being successful in finding a meaningful project for their capstone experience. Students will research potential semester-in-residence sites and develop a plan for securing a project. In addition to writing a resume and cover letter, students will develop interviewing and networking skills, set goals and learning objectives, and learn skills that will ensure their success in their semester-in-residence experience and beyond.
  • BIOT 600 - Genomics and DNA/RNA Technologies (5)

    Provides a foundation in basic principles of genomics and relevant current research in recombinant DNA technology.  Includes the relationship between structure, function and content of genes and genomes, the use of bioinformatics and tools used to discover and identify sequence elements.  Appreciation for the role of genomics and DNA/RNA technology in modern society will be obtained by dissecting seminal papers.  Laboratory reinforces key concepts and introduces fundamental techniques and technologies being applied today.*
  • BIOT 620 - Bioengineering & Bioprocessing (3)

    Introduction to the theory and application of biotechnology processes for the development of biopharmaceutical and bio-based products.  Covers the spectrum of bioprocess engineering, starting from genetic concepts for producing pharmaceutical and other products.  The organisms considered range from simple bacteria to highly specialized animal cell cultures.  A basic understanding of fundamental bioprocess concepts such as fluid mechanics, mass transfer, unit operations, biochemical reaction kinetics, cell growth and metabolism, heterogeneous reactions and bioreactor analysis and design.*
  • BIOT 630 - Experimental Design and Statistical Analysis in Biotechnology (3)

    Introduces advanced statistical concepts and analytical methods for the experimental needs and data encountered in biotechnology and biomedical sciences.  Experimental design/conduct, quantitative analysis of data and statistical inferences and interpretations are studied for scientific hypothesis testing, as well as clinical trials.  Explores methodological approaches to bioassay development/testing and provides a foundation for critically evaluating information to support research findings, product claims and technology opportunities.* 
  • BIOT 650 - Regulatory Affairs and Quality Management in Life Sciences (3)

    Overview of the laws and regulations enforced by the Food and Drug Administration and other regulatory agencies related to the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical device industries.  Included is the U.S. legal regulatory system, Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and related laws, Freedom of Information Act, regulation affecting foods, drugs, biologics, veterinary products, diagnostics and devices, FDA enforcement, product liability and import/export requirements.  Reviews the impact of quality systems and the functions, roles and responsibilities on Quality Assurance and Quality Control.* 
  • BIOT 655 - Business Law & Intellectual Property in High Technology Enterprises (2)

    Understanding individual and organizational responsibility in commercial biotechnology and the role of intellectual property in a high-technology industry.  Business in a legal, social, political and regulated environment will be explored.  Topics include legal principles, contract law, and intellectual property and its protection.* 
  • BIOT 660 - Scientific Communication in Industry (2)

    Provides insight and practice in the forms of scientific communication including scientific papers, technical reports, presentations, proposals, organizational reporting/reports and other communication demands found in industry.  Students will differentiate between objectives of the various communication purposes and understand key steps and ingredients for effective communication.  The course will emphasize basic skills for both written and oral communications and provide practice of these principles.* 
  • BIOT 675 Bioscience Beyond the Border (2)

    Exposes students to the needs of participating in today’s global life science enterprise, including the interconnection between local and global processes. Addresses the need for understanding cultures and practices of other countries that impact essential relations, behavior, strategies, values, and attitudes to negotiate and conduct international relations.
  • CHEM 440 Protein Structure and Function for the Life Sciences (3)

    Introduces the fundamentals of protein structure, protein folding, methods of protein expression and purification, methods of protein structure determination, protein bioinformatics, protein-ligand interactions, and protein function. 

    Prerequisite:  CHEM 341 or 351 with a minimum grade of C (2.0) or consent of instructor.*

  • CHEM 440L - Protein Structure & Function for the Life Sciences Lab (1)

    Provides hands-on experience with methods in molecular biology, protein expression and purification, and protein function. 


Business Core

  • BA 504 Financial Accounting (3)

     To provide a basis for accounting vocabulary and structure.  This course will focus on financial accounting, which seeks to communicate the financial condition and results of operations to external users, primarily through the financial statements contained in the annual report.  The course will focus on a user perspective and will also focus on the accounting choices available to companies and the impact of these choices on financial statements.
  • BA 506 Managing Complex Organizations (2)

    The study of individual and group behavior in organizational settings.  All organizations must function within the context of their internal and external environments.  Managing organization behavior in this context challenges individuals to understand and embrace workforce diversity, elements of change, effective communication and performance systems.Concepts include motivation, communication, group dynamics, power, conflict, decision-making and leadership.
  • BA 627 Business Analytics & Project Management (3)

    Introduces a variety of business analytics tools and methods to solve complex managerial situations. Fosters skills to work successfully in a project environment and accomplish project objectives.
  • BA 670 The Bioentrepreneuer: Science to Market (2)

    Students will learn from successful bioentrepreneurs the unique aspects of starting, nurturing, growing, and sustaining or exiting a biotech enterprise. Subjects will include how to assess a technology product idea, license and protect IP, secure capital, navigate product approval and reimbursement strategies, create biotechnology partnerships, institute biomanufacturing, while maintaining high ethical standards.

Internship/Residency & Project

  • BIOT 680A & B Semester-in-Residence Project Writing Workshop (1)

     Provides the student with tools and a focused pathway to develop and complete their Semester in Residence Project proposal. This process is imperative to the student’s ability to produce a comprehensive final project, defense, and future industry presentations. Units vary according to depth of content and instructional needs.
  • BIOT 681 Internship/Semester in Residence/Project (4)

    Provides industry experience in commercial Research and Development under the guidance of faculty and direct supervision by a company manager. The student will establish/accomplish goals, communicate work/project progress, acquire broad organization insight and demonstrate core competencies required for the degree.  The experience will culminate in a written project document and an oral presentation to fellow students, faculty and company representatives on assigned work and project.*

Alternative Courses

  • BIOL 686 Graduate Topics in Biology (1-3)

    Lecture and discussion of selected topics with emphasis on current problems and advances in subdisciplines of biological science.  Students should check the class schedule for listing of actual topics. 

    Prerequisite:  Graduate classification or consent of instructor with approval by the academic advisor and program director.