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Professional Science Master's Degree in Biotechnology

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Professional Science Master's Degree in Biotechnology

Degree requirements


Biological Sciences Core (12 credits)

12 credits, four classes; must include classes from at least three of the five following categories

Cell Biology

  • BISC 612 Advanced Cell Biology (3 credits)
  • BISC 625 Cancer Biology (3 credits)
  • BISC 671 Cellular and Molecular Immunology (4 credits)
  • PLSC 635 Plant Developmental Biology (3 credits)

Genetics

  • BISC 654 Biochemical Genetics (3 credits)
  • BISC 656 Evolutionary Genetics (3 credits)
  • BISC 693 Human Genetics (3 credits)
  • PLSC 636 Advanced Plant Genetics (3 credits)
  • PLSC 605 Plant Breeding (3 credits)

Microbiology

  • ANFS 635 Animal Virology (3 credits)
  • ANFS 639 Food Microbiology (3 credits)
  • BISC 641 Microbial ecology (3 credits)
  • BISC 682 Bacterial Pathogens; molecular mechanisms (3 credits)
  • BISC 645 Bacterial Evolution (3 credits)
  • BISC 679 Virology (3 credits)
  • PLSC 619 Soil Microbiology (4 credits)
  • PLSC 629 Introduction to Fungi (4 credits)
  • MAST 618 Marine microbial ecology (3 credits)

Molecular Biology

  • ANFS 670 Principles of Molecular Genetics (3 credits)
  • BISC 602 Molecular Biology of Animal Cells (3 credits)
  • BISC 665 Advanced Molecular Biology and Genetics (3 credits)
  • CHEM642 Biochemistry II (3 credits)

Physiology

  • BISC 605 Advanced Mammalian Physiology (3 credits)
  • BISC 615 Vertebrate Developmental Biology (3 credits)
  • BISC 675 Cardiovascular Physiology (3 credits)
  • HESC 651 Neurophysiological Basis of Human Movement (3 credits)
  • HESC 654 Survey of Medical Physiology (3 credits)

Biotechnology-related science courses (9 credits)

Three courses from the following list adding up to at least 9 credits, one must be from the category “statistics” unless the student has documented prior exposure to statistical analysis of data

Agriculture/Food Science

  • ANFS 628 Food Chemistry (4 credits)
  • ANFS 629 Food Analysis (4 credits)
  • ANFS 633 Poultry pathology (3 credits)
  • ANFS 636 Immunology of domestic animals (3 credits)
  • ANFS 637 Avian immunology (3 credits)
  • ANFS 645 Food engineering technology (3 credits)
  • ANFS 649 Food biotechnology (4 credits)
  • ANFS 654 Advanced ruminant nutrition (3 credits)
  • BREG 603/PLSC 603- Soil physics (3 credits)
  • ENWC 611 Insect pest management (3 credits)
  • ENWC 610 Medical, Veterinary, and forensic entomology (3 credits)
  • ENWC 619 Biological control (3 credits)
  • ENWC 805 Insect-plant chemical ecology (3 credits)

Advanced Laboratory Techniques

  • BISC 601 Immunochemistry (4 credits)
  • BISC 604 Nucleic Acids Laboratory (4 credits)
  • BISC 619 Gene Expression Laboratory (4 credits)

Bioinformatics

  • ANFS 644 Bioinformatics (3 credits)
  • CISC 636 Introduction to bioinformatics (3 credits)
  • CISC 637 Database Systems (3 credits)
  • CISC 681 Artificial Intelligence (3 credits)
  • CISC 683 Introduction to data mining (3 credits)
  • CISC 841 Bioinformatics (3 credits)
  • MAST 697 Bioinformatics programming for Biologists (3 credits)
  • MAST 698 Environmental and systems bioinformatics (3 credits)

Chemistry/Biochemistry

  • CHEM 641 Biochemistry (3 credits)
  • CHEM 645 Proteins, Structure and Function (3 credits)
  • CHEM 646 DNA-Protein Interactions (3 credits)
  • CHEM 649 Molecular Biophysics (3 credits)
  • CHEM 653 Bioinorganic Chemistry (3 credits)
  • CHEM 681 Green Chemistry (3 credits)

Engineering

  • CHEG 617 Colloid science and engineering (3 credits)
  • CHEG 620 Biochemical Engineering (3 credits)
  • CHEG 621 Metabolic engineering (3 credits)
  • CHEG 625 Green Engineering (3 credits)
  • CHEG 649 Molecular Biophysics (3 credits)
  • CHEG 650 Biomedical Engineering (3 credits)
  • CHEG 805 Multidisciplinary biotechnology (3 credits)
  • CPEG 630 Neurons and networks (3 credits)
  • ELEG 643 Biomedical Nanotechnology (3 credits)
  • ELEG 670 Biophysics of excitable membranes (3 credits)
  • ELEG 671 Introduction to biomedical engineering (3 credits)
  • ELEG 675 Image processing with biomedical applications (3 credits)
  • ELEG 678 Introduction to nano and biophotonics (3 credits)
  • ELEG 679 Introduction to medical imaging systems (3 credits)
  • MEEG 612 Biomechanics of human movement (3 credits)
  • MEEG 682 Clinical biomechanics (3 credits)
  • MEEG 683 Orthopedic Biomechanics (3 credits)
  • MEEG 684 Biomaterials and tissue engineering (3 credits)
  • MEEG 685 Control of human movement (3 credits)
  • MEEG 686 Cell and tissue transport (3 credits)

Health Sciences

  • BISC 600 Biotechnology and molecular medicine (3 credits)
  • HESC 601 Research Methods (3 credits)
  • HESC687 Nursing Sciences Research (3 credits)
  • NURS 621 Advanced pathophysiology (3 credits)
  • NURS 622 Advanced pharmacology (3 credits)
  • NURS 638 Health sciences evaluation (3 credits)
  • PHYT 809 Psychosocial Aspects of Health and Disease (3 credits)
  • PHYT 606 Research (3 credits)
  • PHYT 623 Clinical Neuroscience (3 credits)

Statistics/Data Analysis

  • BISC 643 Biological Data Analysis (3 credits)
  • CHEG 604 Probability and statistics for engineering (3 credits)
  • STAT 608 Statistical Research Methods (3 credits)
  • STAT 609 Regression and Experimental Design (3 credits)
  • STAT 611 Regression Analysis (3 credits)
  • STAT 615 Design and Analysis of Experiments` (3 credits)
  • STAT 616 Advanced Design of Experiments (3 credits)
  • STAT 617 Multivariate Analysis (3 credits)
  • STAT 619 Time Series Analysis (3 credits)
  • STAT 620 Nonparametric Statistics (3 credits)
  • STAT 621 Survival Analysis (3 credits)
  • STAT 656 Biostatistics (3 credits)
  • STAT 674 Applied Data Base Management (3 credits)
  • STAT 675 Logistic Regression (3 credits)

PSM Plus component (15 credits)

Students in Professional Science Master’s Programs may have professional goals that would lead them into business and industry, or to government or non-profit employment. The University of Delaware offers two tracks for the PSM Plus component, a Business/Industry Track, and a Government/Non-profit Track.

PSM students will take at least 15 credits of Plus coursework in addition to their science core. The University recommends the student follow one of the tracks below, however students may cross over tracks to fit their interest.

BUSINESS/INDUSTRY TRACK

Survey of Business (3 credits)

  • BUAD 500 Survey of Business (meets prerequisites for BUAD 835, BUAD 831 and BUAD 871)

Leadership and Organizations (3 credits)

  • BUAD 870 Leadership and Organizational Behavior

Project Management, Operations or Entrepreneurship (select one: 3 credits)

  • BUAD 835 Managing New Product Development Projects
  • BUAD 831 Operations Management and Management Science
  • BUAD 871 Managing for Creativity and Innovation
  • ENTR 860 High Tech Entrepreneurship
  • MISY 840 Project Management and Costing

Intellectual Property (3 credits)

  • CHEG 595 Intellectual Property for Engineers and Scientists

Ethics (3 credits)

  • BISC 631 Practice of Science UAPP 648 Environmental Ethics
  • BUAD 840 Ethical Issues in Global Business Environments
  • UAPP 650 Values Ethics and Leadership

GOVERNMENT/NON-PROFIT TRACK

Survey of Public Administration (3 credits)
  • UAPP 803 Seminar in Public Administration

Leadership and Organizations (select one: 3 credits)

  • UAPP 835 Organizations and Management
  • UAPP 604 Leadership in Organizations

Managerial Decision Making or Financial Management (select one: 3 credits)

  • UAPP 819 Management Decision Making in Public & Nonprofit
  • UAPP 833 Financial Management in Public and Nonprofit Sectors
  • UAPP 827 Program and Project Analysis
  • UAPP 829 Taxation and Fiscal Policy


Legal and Regulatory Affairs (3 credits)

  • UAPP 646 Administrative Law and Policy

Internship (6 credits)

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