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Master's Program Curriculum

A minimum of 11.0 credit units (cu's) are required to obtain the Masters of Biotechnology degree. The core courses required for all Biotechnology students represent 6 credit units, and the track electives represent 5 credit units. In most cases one course is equivalent to 1.0cu, however, there are some 0.5cu courses available that fulfill requirements of the degree. Students must take at least 5 credit units- between the core and electives- within SEAS courses. Those SEAS programs are: BE, BIOT, CBE, EAS, CIS/CIT, ESE, MSE, MEAM. Any courses listed below in bold and dark red are courses the Director prefers students to take and are geared towards Biotech students. Students in the program are responsible for making sure they not only meet the course requirements, but the 11cu requirement as well.

Please follow the link to Tuition costs for the current tuition rates from the Schools of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS).

Please note: all courses listed below are subject to change based on the department offering that course. Always refer to the University’s Registrar for correct course information (term offered, location, times, etc.): Course Schedules, Course Rosters, Course Descriptions.


Core Curriculum

Listed below are the six core curriculum areas with approved courses for each section with the term that course is usually taught. Students must choose one course for 1.0 credit unit for each of the six "core areas" listed below.

Biochemistry

  • BE 512: Bioengineering III (Fall and/or Spring)
  • BE 513: Cell Biology (Fall)
  • BIOL 402: Biochemistry (Spring)
  • BIOL 404: Immunobiology (Fall, Spring, and Summer)
  • BIOL 407: Cancer Cell Biology (Spring)
  • BIOL 421: Molecular Genetics (Fall)
  • BIOL 448: Principles of Drug Action (Fall)
  • BIOL 480: Advanced Cell Biology (Fall)
  • BIOL 482: Cell Signaling, Communication at the Cellular Level (Fall and/or Spring)
  • BIOL 486: Chromosomes and the Cell Cycle (Spring)
  • BIOL 526: Experimental Principles in Cell and Molecular Biology (Fall and/or Spring)
  • BIOM 600/CAMB600: Cell Biology and Biochemistry (Fall)
  • BMB 585/GCB 585: Cancer Biology (Fall)
  • CAMB 609/IMUN609: Vaccines and Immune Therapeutics (Fall)
  • GCB534: Experiment Genome Science (Fall) only for those with an advanced background in molecular biology/genomics or have taken BIOL431
  • GCB 535/CIS535: Intro to Bioinformatics (Spring)
  • GCB 536: Principles in Computational Biology (Spring, not offered every year)
  • CHEM 451: Biological Chemistry I (Fall) only for those with an advanced background in chemistry

Biotechnology I: Cellular/Molecular Biology

  • BE 512: Bioengineering III (Fall and/or Spring)
  • BE 513: Cell Biology (Fall)
  • BE 553: Tissue Engineering (Fall and/or Spring)
  • BE 567: Mathematical Computation Methods for Modeling Biological Systems (Fall and/or Spring)
  • BIOL 404: Immunobiology (Fall, Spring, and Summer)
  • BIOL 421: Molecular Genetics (Fall)
  • BIOL 431: Genome Science and Genomic Medicine (Spring)
  • BIOL 438: Systems Biology (Spring)
  • BIOL 448: Principles of Drug Action (Fall)
  • BIOL 483: Epigenetics (Fall)
  • BIOL 486: Chromosomes and the Cell Cycle (Spring)
  • BIOL 488: Advanced Topics in Behavioral Genetics (Spring, even-numbered years only)
  • BIOL 526: Experimental Principles in Cell and Molecular Biology (Fall and/or Spring)
  • BIOL 527/GCB 527: Genetics for Computational Biology (Spring)
  • BIOM 502: Molecular Basis of Disease (Spring)
  • BIOM 600: Cell Biology and Biochemistry (Fall)
  • CAMB 609/IMUN609: Vaccines and Immune Therapeutics (Fall)
  • CAMB 617: Emerging Infectious Diseases (Fall)
  • CBE 552/BE552: Cellular Bioengineering (Spring)
  • CBE 540: Biomolecular and Cellular Engineering (Fall and/or Spring)
  • CBE 555/BE 555/MEAM555: Nanoscale Systems Biology (Fall)
  • CBE 557: Stem Cells, Proteomics and Drug Delivery (Spring)
  • GCB 752/CAMB752: Genomics (Spring)
  • PHRM 623: Fundamentals of Pharmacology (Fall and/or Spring)

Biotechnology II: Engineering Biotechnology

  • CBE554/BE554: Engineering Biotechnology (Fall and/or Spring)

                    -Or-

  • CBE562/BE562: Drug Discovery and Development (Fall and/or Spring)

   Which ever course you choose, the other should be taken as an elective.

Laboratory in Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering

  • CBE 580: Masters Biotechnology Lab (Fall and/or Spring)
  • BIOL 425: Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics Lab (Fall and/or Spring)
  • CBE 480: Biotechnology & Genetic Engineering Lab (Spring)
  • Students who feel they have a significant amount of prior laboratory experience are welcome to request a waiver of the requirement. Details and instructions on how to request a waiver can be found on our forms website.

Statistics

  • CBE 508: Probability and Statistics for Biotechnology (Summer)
  • BIOL 446: Statistics for Biologists (Fall)
  • BIOL 556: Advanced Statistics (Spring, odd-numbered years only)
  • ENM 503: Introduction to Probability (Fall)
  • PUBH 501: Introduction to Biostatistics (Fall, Spring, and/or Summer)
  • Students who feel they have a significant amount of prior statistics experience are welcome to request a waiver of the requirement. Details and instructions on how to request a waiver can be found on our forms website.

Free Elective

1.0 Credit Unit Course in School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) 400+ level course (preferably 500+ level), most School of Applied Science (SAS) 500+ level, most School of Medicine (SOM) 500+ level, and Wharton Business 500+ level. The Wharton course HCMG863: Management and Economics of Pharmaceutical, Biotech and Medical Device Industries is a preferred course for Biotech students as it is geared towards the pharmaceutical and biotechnology fields.

 


Track Curriculum

Each student is required to select one of the below tracks. Students will be required to take 5 credit units of electives according to the respective requirements for that track. Most courses listed above under the “core curriculum” that are not used to fill that core requirement can fulfill an advanced elective requirement. The exception to this rule is that a Wharton course can only be used in the "Free Elective" section. A reminder that for the "Biotechnology II: Engineering Biotechnology" requirement above, which ever course you did not choose for that requirement, you need to take the other course as an elective. For example if CBE554 is taken to fulfill the "Biotechnology II" requirement, you must take CBE562 as an elective.

 

Molecular Biology Track

Advanced Electives

Each student in this track must take three advanced biology electives. A list of suitable courses is shown below, but a student can request to take a different SEAS or SAS course (500+ level) in a relevant area related to Biology or Engineering as an elective that is not shown below. Some SOM (500+ level) are also allowed as a third elective.

  • BE 502: From Biomedical Science to the Marketplace (Fall and/or Spring)
  • BIOL 404: Immunobiology (Fall, Spring & Summer)
  • BIOL 421: Molecular Genetics (Fall)
  • BIOL 431: Genome Science and Genomic Medicine (Spring)
  • BIOL 448: Principles of Drug Action (Fall)
  • BIOL 477: The Science and Art of Biotechnology (Fall)
  • BIOL 480: Advanced Cell Biology (Fall and/or Spring)
  • BIOL 482: Cell Signaling, Communication at the Cellular Level (Fall and/or Spring)
  • BIOL 485: The RNA World: A functional and computational analysis (Spring, even-numbered years only)
  • BIOL 488: Advanced Topics in Behavioral Genetics (Spring, even-numbered years only)
  • BIOL 526: Experimental Principles in Cell and Molecular Biology (Fall and/or Spring)
  • BIOL 527: Genetics for Computational Biology (Spring)
  • BIOL 540: Genetic Analysis (Spring, not offered every year)
  • BIOT 599: Independent Study
  • BMB 508: Macromolecular Biophysics: Principles and Methods (Fall)
  • BMB 619: Protein Folding (Fall, odd-numbered years only) Only 0.5 credit units
  • BMB 627: Computer Programming for Biochemists and Biophysicists (Spring, odd-numbered years only) Only 0.5 credit units
  • CAMB 609/IMUN609: Vaccines and Immune Therapeutics (Fall)
  • CAMB 697: Biology of Stem Cells (Spring)
  • CAMB 704: Stress Responses and Metabolism in Cancer (Spring)
  • CBE 562: Drug Discovery and Development (Fall)
  • CBE 564: Drug Delivery (Fall and/or Spring)
  • EPID 630: Clinical Trials (Spring)
  • GCB534: Experiment Genome Science (Fall) only for those with an advanced background in molecular biology/genomics or have taken BIOL431
  • GCB 535/CIS 535: Intro to Bioinformatics (Spring)

Research
This track requires students to complete two credit units of BIOT 599: Independent Study. This may be done during one semester, or two semesters (consecutive or non-consecutive). To register for BIOT599, please review the details and complete the form listed on our forms webpage.



Biopharmaceutical/Engineering Biotechnology Track

Quantitative Electives

Those in this track must choose at least two quantitative electives. Students should try to take three quantitative electives and only two advanced electives to make up the 5 CU's needed for this track. A list of suitable courses is shown below, but a student can request to take a different SEAS course (500+ level) as an elective that is not shown below in the area of mathematics or transport phenomena.

  • BE 505: Quantitative Human Physiology (Fall and/or Spring)
  • BE 510: Biomechanics and Transport (Fall and/or Spring)
  • BE 512: Bioengineering III (Fall and/or Spring)
  • BE 513: Cell Biology and Molecular Structure (Fall)
  • BE 518: Optical Microscopy (Fall and/or Spring)
  • BE 540/CBE 540: Biomolecular and Cellular Engineering (Fall and/or Spring)
  • BE 553: Principles, Methods, and Applications of Tissue Engineering (Fall and/or Spring)
  • BE 608: Translational Therapeutics (Spring)
  • CBE 562: Drug Discovery and Development (Fall)
  • CBE 564: Drug Delivery (Fall and/or Spring)
  • CBE 555/BE 555: Nanoscale Systems Biology (Fall)
  • CBE 640: Transport Processes I (Fall)
  • CBE 641: Transport Processes II (Spring)
  • CIT 590: Programming Languages & Techniques (Fall and/or Spring)
  • ENM 503: Introduction to Probability and Statistics (Fall)
  • ENM 510: Foundations of Engineering Mathematics I (Fall)
  • ENM 511: Foundations of Engineering Mathematics II (Spring)
  • GCB535/CIS 535: Intro to Bioinformatics (Spring)

Advanced Electives

Choose at least two advanced electives. A list of suitable courses is shown below, but a student can request to take a different SEAS or SAS course (500+ level) in a relevant area related to Biology or Engineering as an elective that is not shown below. Some SOM (500+ level) are also allowed as a third elective.

  • BE 512: Bioengineering III (Fall and/or Spring)
  • BE 553: Tissue Engineering (Fall and/or Spring)
  • BE 608: Translational Therapeutics (Spring)
  • BMB 508: Molecular Biophysics (Fall)
  • BIBB 482: Clinical Psychopharmacology (Spring, not offered every year)
  • BIOL 421: Molecular Genetics (Fall)
  • BIOL 475: Advanced Microbiology (Fall, even-numbered years only)
  • BIOL 480: Advanced Cell Biology (Fall and/or Spring)
  • BIOL 537/GCB 537: Advanced Computational Biology (Fall and/or Spring)
  • BIOT 599: Independent Study
  • CAMB 550: Genetic Principles (Spring)
  • CBE 552/BE 552: Cellular Bioengineering (Spring)
  • CIT 590: Programming Languages & Techniques (Fall and/or Spring)
  • EAS 545: Engineering Entrepreneurship I (Fall and/or Spring)
  • PHRM 623: Fundamentals of Pharmacology (Fall and/or Spring)
  • IMUN 507: Immune Functions (Fall)
  • MTR 535: Introduction to Bioinformatics (Spring)
  • NGG 573: Neuroscience Core III (Spring)

 


Biomedical Technologies Track

Quantitative Electives

Students in this track must choose at least two quantitative electives, preferably from the Bioengineering department. Students should try to take three quantitative electives and only two advanced electives to make up the 5 CU's needed for this track. A list of suitable courses is shown below.

  • BE 505: Quantitative Human Physiology (Fall and/or Spring)
  • BE 512: Bioengineering III (Fall and/or Spring)
  • BE 515: Case Studies in Bioengineering (Fall and/or Spring)
  • BE 552: Cellular Engineering (Fall and/or Spring)
  • BE 555/CBE 555: Nanoscale Systems Biology (Fall and/or Spring)
  • BE 567: Mathematical Computation Methods for Modeling Biological Systems (Fall and/or Spring)
  • BE 583: Molecular Imaging (Fall and/or Spring)
  • CBE 562: Drug Discovery and Development (Fall)
  • CBE 564: Drug Delivery (Fall and/or Spring)
  • ENGR 504: Fundamental Concepts In Nanotechnology (Fall and/or Spring)

Advanced Electives

Choose at least two advanced electives. A list of suitable courses is shown below, but a student can request to take a different SEAS or SAS course (500+ level) in a relevant area related to Biology or Engineering as an elective that is not shown below. Some SOM (500+ level) are also allowed as a third elective.

  • BE 513: Molecular and Cell Biology (Fall)
  • BIOE 551: Bioethics and Film (Fall)
  • BIOT 599: Independent Study
  • CAMB 550: Genetic Principles (Spring)
  • CIT 590: Programming Languages & Techniques (Fall and/or Spring)
  • EAS 545: Engineering Entrepreneurship I (Fall and/or Spring)
  • ENGR 504: Fundamental Concepts In Nanotechnology (Fall and/or Spring)
  • EPID 575: Introduction to Genetic Epidemiology (Spring)

 

Those interested in the program who have questions regarding the Program or admissions, please email us at biotech@seas.upenn.edu.

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