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College of Arts and Sciences

Biotechnology

The Biotechnology Program offers two degree options: A BS degree in Biotechnology and a BA degree in Biotechnology.  The Biotechnology majors are designed to give students a background in the sciences with a focus on the Biology and Chemistry necessary for a career in pharmaceutical or biotechnological industries.  The BS is a rigorous degree that provides an excellent preparation for medical school, dental school and graduate school, as well as jobs in the life sciences.  The BA curriculum is designed for students who will receive rigorous training to pursue aspects of biotechnology such as pharmaceutical sales, marketing, technical writing or data specialists.

Through our courses, students learn about the latest technologies, regulations and regulatory agencies, develop skills with notebooks and documentation, and master communication skills—both oral and written.  Biotechnology majors are able to move into careers at the lab bench and beyond.  Graduates from our program have successfully pursued graduate work at the master’s and doctoral level, as well as in medical school, business school, and law school.  Our graduates have worked for companies such as Dow Agrosciences, Eli Lilly, Baxter, Takara Pharmaceuticals, GeneDx, Roche Diagnostics, and Genoptix.  We encourage students to work in labs while they are pursuing their undergraduate career, and to participate in summer internships.  Our students have been interned at a number of companies, such as Cook Medical, Cook Pharmica, Eli Lilly, Sigma Aldrich, and Proctor and Gamble.

If you are interested in the Biotechnology major, you should plan to take a chemistry course during your first semester and you should take IUB’s Chemistry Placement Exam (CPE) online prior to June 1. The results of the CPE will determine your placement level for IUB chemistry courses. For more details on the CPE, contact the Department of Chemistry at (812) 855-2700.

For more information about the Biotechnology degree, check out our undergraduate program page on the Biotechnology program website, or the College of Arts and Sciences Bulletin.

Recommended First Courses

Biotechnology BA

  • BIOL-L 112 Foundations of Biology: Biological Mechanisms
  • CHEM-C 103 Introduction to Chemical Principles (If required by the Chemistry placement exam), OR CHEM-C 117/C 127 Principles of Chemistry and Biochemistry I/Lab   C117 Eligibility
  •  MATH-M 119 Brief Survey of Calculus, or MATH-M 211 Calculus I
  • A Critical Approaches Course

Biotechnology BS

  • BIOL-L 112 Foundations of Biology: Biological Mechanisms
  • CHEM-C 103 Introduction to Chemical Principles (If required by the Chemistry placement exam), or
  • CHEM-C 117/C 127 Principles of Chemistry and Biochemistry I/Lab   C117 Eligibility
  • MATH-M 211 Calculus I, or MATH-M 119/M 120 Brief Survey of Calculus I/II
  • A Critical Approaches Course

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