Biotechnology

Department of Biology

Worcester State University offers a program in biotechnology to meet the need for skilled laboratory associates in the experimental laboratory and in manufacturing facilities of the biotechnology industry. Biotechnology graduates are trained in tissue culture, molecular biology, protein purification, analytical chemistry, and regulatory affairs and are eligible for internships.

Graduates are qualified for careers in research and development, quality assurance, quality control, and manufacturing as well as for further (graduate) eduction.

The Biotechnology major is sponsored jointly by the departments of Biology and Chemistry.

Faculty

Roger S. Greenwell, Co-Coordinator of the Biotechnology Program, Assistant Professor (2014), B.S. Western Kentucky University; Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison

Susan Mitroka, Co-Coordinator of the Biotechnology Program, Assistant Professor (2013), B.A. Rutgers University; Ph.D. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Jeffry C. Nichols, Department Chair, Associate Professor (2006), B.A. Texas Tech University; Ph.D. Rice University

Maura Pavao, Professor (2001), B.S. Worcester Polytechnic Institute; M.S., Ph.D. Rutgers University

BT-101 Introduction to Forensic Sciences

LASC Categories: NSP, HBS

Survey of forensic case studies and the laboratory techniques used to solve crimes including microscopy, chromatography, ballistics and DNA analysis.

Every year. 4 Credits

BT-240 Advanced Research Experience for Undergraduates

Lab and/or field based research on a specific research topic under the supervision of a faculty member.

1-6 Credits

BT-375 Tissue Culture

LASC Categories: NLL

Prerequisites: CH-120 and CH-121.

A review of the methods of animal and plant tissue culture. Media preparation, aseptic techniques and cell culture technology. Three lecture hours and three laboratory hours per week.

Fall and Spring and every year. 4 Credits

BT-376 Biotechnology

LASC Categories: NLL

Prerequisites: CH-120, CH-121, and BI-141.

Principles, applications of recombinant DNA (molecular/microbial aspects). The Biotechnology industry including bioreactor manufacturing standards and government rules. Three lecture hours and three laboratory hours per week.

Fall and Spring and every year. 4 Credits

BT-377 Fermentation Technology

LASC Categories: NLL

Prerequisites: BI-141 and BI-204.

Explores the application of biological and engineering principles involved in manufacturing pharmaceutical products.

Every 2-3 years. 4 Credits

BT-378 Bioinformatics

LASC Categories: NLL

Prerequisites: BI-141 and BI-203.

Provides an overview of Bioinformatics including database structure, genomics, computational biology and proteomics. Three lecture hours and three laboratory hours per week.

4 Credits

BT-408 Directed Study: Biotechnology

Directed study offers students, who because of unusual circumstances may be unable to register for a course when offered, the opportunity to complete an existing course with an established syllabus under the direction and with agreement from a faculty member.

3 Credits

BT-410 Biotechnology Seminar

LASC Categories: CAP

Up-to-date developments in Biotechnology; reparation and presentation of technical literature. Students will study new techniques and procedures used by the industry.

1-4 Credits

BT-450 Internship in Biotechnology

Qualified upper-level biotechnology majors can learn experimental techniques by working in a company laboratory or a professional manufacturing environment.

Fall and Spring and every year. 3-6 Credits