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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 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).

 


Core Curriculum

Listed below are the six core curriculum areas with approved courses for each section with the term that course is usually taught. Please note all courses listed below for the core areas 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.

 

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 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)
  • BIOL 404: Immunobiology (Fall, Spring, and Summer)
  • BIOL 431: Genome Science and Genomic Medicine (Spring)
  • BIOL 438: Systems Biology (Spring)
  • BIOL 486: Chromosomes and the Cell Cycle (Spring)
  • BIOL 488: Advanced Topics in Behavioral Genetics (Spring, even-numbered years only)
  • BIOL 527/GCB 527: Genetics for Computational Biology (Spring)
  • BIOM 502: Molecular Basis of Disease (Spring)
  • 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 (Spring)

                    -Or-

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

Laboratory in Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering

  • CBE 580: Masters Biotechnology Lab (Fall and/or Spring)  preferred course
  • 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)  preferred course
  • BIOL 446: Statistics for Biologists (Fall)
  • BIOL 556: Advanced Statistics (Spring, odd-numbered years only)
  • ENM 503: Introduction to Probability (Fall)
  • STAT 512: Mathematical Statistics (Spring)
  • 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

School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) 400+ level course (preferably 500+ level), most School of Applied Science (SAS) 500+ level, School of Medicine (SOM) 500+ level, and Wharton Business 500+ level.

 


Track Curriculum

Each student is required to select one of the following tracks. Students will be required to take 5 credit units of electives according to the respective requirements. Most courses listed above under the “core curriculum” that are not used to fill a requirement can fulfill an elective requirement.

Please note all courses listed below for the track electives 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.

 

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 course (500+ level) as an elective that is not shown below in a relevant area.

  • 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 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)
  • BMB 508: Macromolecular Biophysics: Principles and Methods (Fall)
  • BMB 619: Protein Folding (Fall, odd-numbered years only)
  • CAMB 609/IMUN609: Vaccines and Immune Therapeutics (Fall)
  • CAMB 704: Stress Responses and Metabolism in Cancer (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)
  • Most SEAS and SAS courses related to Biology or Engineering

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. A list of suitable courses is shown below, but a student can request to take a different 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 513: Cell Biology and Molecular Structure (Fall)
  • ENM 510: Foundations of Engineering Mathematics I (Fall)
  • ENM 511: Foundations of Engineering Mathematics II (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)
  • Most SEAS courses

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 course (500+ level) in a relevant area as an elective that is not shown below.

  • 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)
  • 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)
  • BE552/CBE 552: Cellular Bioengineering (Spring)
  • CAMB 550: Genetic Principles (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)
  • Most SEAS and SAS courses related to Biology or Engineering


Biomedical Technologies Track

Quantitative Electives

Students in this track must choose at least two quantitative electives, preferably from the Bioengineering department. A list of suitable courses is shown below.

  • BE 505: Quantitative Human Physiology (Fall and/or Spring)
  • BE 552: Cellular Engineering (Fall and/or Spring)
  • BE 555/CBE 555: Nanoscale Systems Biology (Fall and/or Spring)
  • BE 562: Drug Discovery & Development (Fall and/or Spring)
  • BE 567: Mathematical Computation Methods for Modeling Biological Systems (Fall and/or Spring)
  • ENGR 504: Fundamental Concepts In Nanotechnology (Fall and/or Spring)
  • Most SEAS courses

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 course (500+ level) in a relevant area as an elective that is not shown below.

  • BE 513: Molecular and Cell Biology (Fall)
  • CAMB 550: Genetic Principles (Spring)
  • CBE 543: Sustainable Development And Water Residential Systems (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)
  • Most SEAS and SAS courses related to Biology or Engineering

 

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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