Department of Biology and Chemistry

The Department of Biology and Chemistry serves God through the integration of a Christian perspective into the disciplines of biology and chemistry, providing an environment in which students can develop a Christian worldview and learn to integrate their faith into their lives as scientists, and preparing them for success in their chosen careers.

BIOT 500, Biotechnology Internship, 3 Units

The biotechnology internship is a mandatory component of the Masters of Science in Biotechnology program, and is reserved for students enrolled in that program. The internship requirement is 320 hours, and generally takes 10-12 weeks to complete. Internships may be paid or unpaid, and are carried out at the business sites of biomedical product companies. Internship projects are presented at a biotechnology internship symposium in the fall semester after completion of the internship.

Prerequisite: BIOT 511, BIOT 512, and BIOT 515.

BIOT 510, Commercialization of Technology, 3 Units

This course serves as an introduction to issues related to new product development, formulating strategies, acquiring resources, setting up and managing operations, and creating technology-focused businesses with an emphasis on ethics in the high-tech workforce environment. Assignments and project focus on learning how to manage and commercialize technology.

Prerequisite: Must be admitted into the M.S. in Biotechnology program.

Corequisites: BIOT 513 and BIOT 514

BIOT 511, Molecular Biology, Pharmacology, and Toxicology of Biopharmaceutics, 3 Units

This course is an overview of molecular biology, pharmacology, and toxicology concepts as applied to the development of biopharmaceutical products and biomedical devices. Students work collaboratively toward a final project to propose a new pharmaceutical product and/or biomedical device.

Prerequisite: BIOT 510, BIOT 513, and BIOT 514.

Corequisites: BIOT 512 and BIOT 515

BIOT 512, Bioinformatics, 3 Units

This course is an introduction to the strategies, approaches, and computer applications used in drug discovery, database design, and data mining. Case studies illustrate specific applications of the methods for measuring, visualizing, representing, inferring, clustering, classifying, and modeling biotechnological data. Class format involves didactic instruction and hands-on experience with various bioinformatics tools and databases.

Prerequisite: BIOT 510, BIOT 513, and BIOT 514.

Corequisites: BIOT 511 and BIOT 515

BIOT 513, Regulatory Affairs for the Biotechnology Industry, 3 Units

This course is a detailed examination of the terminology, timelines, and practices followed by regulatory affairs professionals employed in the biotechnology industry. Case studies from the industry are examined to supplement certain topics and to illustrate interpretation of regulations.

Prerequisite: Must be admitted into the M.S. in Biotechnology program.

Corequisites: BIOT 510 and BIOT 514

BIOT 514, Probability and Statistics for the Biotechnology Industry, 3 Units

This course is an examination of the statistical methods and computer applications used in drug manufacturing processes. Topics covered include data presentation, probability, hypothesis testing, univariate and multivariate analysis, linear regression, and confidence interval estimation.

Prerequisite: Must be admitted into the M.S. in Biotechnology program.

Corequisites: BIOT 510 and BIOT 513

BIOT 515, Project Management for the Biotechnology Industry, 3 Units

This course is designed to prepare students in business, engineering, and technology for the task of managing projects, such as information technology projects, business process improvement projects, and product development projects.

Prerequisite: BIOT 510, BIOT 513, and BIOT 514.

Corequisites: BIOT 511 and BIOT 512

BIOT 516, Ethics for Biomedical Products Industries, 3 Units

Biotechnology exists at a critical intersection of science and ethics, and the power and potential of biotechnology demands caution to ensure ethical progress. This course examines the ethical roles and responsibilities of key participants in the biomedical development process, including industry, government, and healthcare authorities. Students examine ethical issues related to biomedical product advancement and use, and specific areas of science are also explored from a Christian ethics viewpoint through lectures, student oral presentations, team debate, and final written projects.

Prerequisite: BIOT 511, BIOT 512, and BIOT 515.

Corequisites: BIOT 500 and BIOT 600A

BIOT 517, Clinical Trials, 3 Units

This course examines governmental laws, practices, and regulations associated with human clinical trials, and includes development and evaluation of a series of in-class assignments with class discussion and a capstone project for small student groups culminating with in-class presentations.

Prerequisite: BIOT 500, BIOT 516, and BIOT 600A.

Corequisite: BIOT 600B

BIOT 600A, Master's Degree Project I, 3 Units

This 3-unit course comprises the first part of the capstone master's degree project (MDP) for the M.S. in Biotechnology program, and is to be taken in the fall semester of students' second year. In this course, students identify and begin work on the MDP, for which they must complete a minimum of 480 hours of in-person work at a project site approved by the program director-120 hours in BIOT 600A, and the balance of the hours in the 9-unit BIOT 600B in the spring semester of students' second year.

Prerequisite: BIOT 511, BIOT 512, and BIOT 515, and good second-year standing in the M.S. in Biotechnology program.

Corequisites: BIOT 500 and BIOT 516

BIOT 600B, Master's Degree Project II, 9 Units

This 9-unit course comprises the second part of the capstone master's degree project (MDP) for the M.S. in Biotechnology program, and is to be taken in the spring semester of students' second year. In this course, students must complete the remaining 360 hours of in-person work at a project site approved by the program director, and must also give an oral presentation (defense) and a written report of the project to fulfill the degree requirement.

Prerequisite: BIOT 500, BIOT 516, and BIOT 600A, and good standing in the M.S. in Biotechnology program.

Corequisite: BIOT 517

Faculty

Director, M.S. in Biotechnology Program

David Dyer, Ph.D.