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Applied Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Hands-on training, practical experience

Biotechnology uses knowledge obtained about organisms at the molecular level to inform diagnostic and therapeutic decisions, create new treatments using stem- and gene-therapies, produce novel biopharmaceuticals and help address global problems such as world hunger through genetically modified plants. The Program in Applied Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (AMBB) will prepare students to work in a wide variety of biotechnology-related settings. With a locked-step curriculum, the program will emphasize hands-on training and practical experience, while providing a solid foundation in the basic subjects from which biotechnology evolved. Faculty from academia and industry will give students a broad perspective of biotechnology’s applications and possibilities. Integrated into the curriculum are required practical internships, where students will gain additional experience in real world laboratory settings.


  • Biotechnology and Biopharmaceutical Sciences
  • Applied Molecular Biology and Recombinant DNA
  • Genomics, Genetics and Protein Science
  • Molecular Diagnostics


  • Biotech and Biopharmaceutical industry
  • Research and Development in Academic or Industry Setting
  • Core Facilities
  • Molecular Diagnostics
  • Regulatory affairs or sales


  • Science-focused doctoral programs
  • Public health programs
  • Professional health-focused grad programs (Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary)

What’s special about this program?

In today’s competitive employment market, students are looking for a degree that provides a high likelihood of return on their investment. The major is significantly different from other basic science programs; it provides a foundation in the basic biotechnology laboratory skills set as well as a solid science background. With a hands-on, competency based curriculum, students completing the major will be able to “hit-the-ground-running” as entry-level scientists, making this an attractive option as a major. 

Applied Molecular Biology & Biotechnology at the University of Delaware:

Sample curriculum


BISC 207


Intro Bio I with Lab BISC 208 Intro Bio II with Lab

CHEM 103/133


General Chemistry I with Lab


CHEM 104/134


General Chemistry II with Lab


MMSC 100


Introduction to Medical & Molecular Sciences


MMSC 200


Language of Medicine


MATH 114


College Math and Statistics


ENGL 110


First-Year Writing


UNIV 101


First Year Experience I




Breadth requirement

CHEM 213/215

Elementary Organic Chemistry
with Lab


CHEM 214/216

Biochemistry with Lab


CHEM 321/325


Organic Chemistry I with Lab


CHEM 322/326


Organic Chemistry II with LAB


PHYS 201/221


Introductory Physics I with Lab 


PHYS 202/222

Introductory Physics II with Lab 


KAAP 309


Human Anatomy & Physiology I


KAAP 310


Human Anatomy & Physiology II


MMSC 301


Introduction to Biotech



Breadth requirements



Breadth requirements


MMSC 415


Clinical Immunology &
Med Virology


CHEM 214


Elementary Biochemistry


MMSC 408


Molecular Prep Tech


MMSC 426


Protein Purification
& Characterization


MMSC 425


Basic Recombinant DNA Tech


MMSC 451


Cell & Tissue Culture Tech


MMSC 490


Clinical & Molecular Cell Bio


MMSC 491


Human Molecular Genetics



Breadth Elective


MMSC 492 Application of Molecular
Diagnostics Technique

MMSC 435


Practical Genomics, Proteomics
and Bioinformatics


HLTH 241


Ethical Aspects of Healthcare


MMSC 461


Lab Practice & Leadership I


MMSC 427


Flow Cytometry


MMSC 441


Biotech Practicum I


MMSC 443


Biotech Practicum III


MMSC 442


Biotech Practicum II


MMSC 444


Biotech Practicum IV


MMSC 375


Biostatistics for the Biological
and Health Sciences




Lab Practice & Leadership II


Go Global at UD

This major is eligible for the following programs: