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Biotechnology Bachelor of Science

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Biotechnology is the application of biological organisms, cells, or molecules to create products or services for the betterment of humans.

The bachelor of science degree in biotechnology prepares students to tackle environmental, natural resource, agricultural and medical problems through training in molecular biology, cell biology, biochemistry, genetic engineering and related biological disciplines. As biotechnology is increasingly used to address such issues, it offers diverse career opportunities. The curriculum emphasizes the basic sciences with a strong foundation in biology, chemistry, calculus, and physics that prepares students for upper-level biology and chemistry courses, but encourages elective breadth in the social sciences, humanities, and environmental studies. The degree program provides sufficient breadth for a student to enter a clinical medical career, or other health profession. Students who complete this major will be qualified to enter the growing biotechnology-related job market or continue their studies in graduate or professional school.

Internships, Independent Research, and Senior Project Synthesis

The biotechnology major features a strong practical experience component. Each student is required to fulfill an internship, which could be in a local, national, or international company, medical unit, or government research laboratory. The objective of this internship is to give students experience working outside a purely academic setting. In addition, each student is required to perform one independent research project in a local, national, or international academic laboratory. The objective of the research requirement is to teach the student to develop and meet a research goal using the scientific method. During the senior year, each student is required to complete a senior project synthesis in which the results from either the internship or independent research—or both—will be organized and presented as a seminar or poster.

Participating Faculty

  • Gregory L. Boyer; glboyer@esf.edu
    biochemistry and environmental chemistry, plant and algal biochemistry, chemical ecology and toxins produced by algae. environmental monitoring, including Buoy and ship-based monitoring systems for water quality
  • Danilo D. Fernando; dfernando@esf.edu
    plant structure and development, reproductive biology of conifers, pollen transformation, genomics and proteomics of pine pollen tube development, willow flowering and tissue culture, genetic diversity of rare and endangered ferns, and plant evolution, diversity and conservation.
  • Jose L. Giner; jlginer@esf.edu
    organic and natural products chemistry, sterol synthesis, natural products
  • Hyatt Green; hgreen@esf.edu
    molecular microbial ecology, microbial water quality, microbial source-tracking, microbial biogeography, host-microbe co-evolution, forest soil nitrification, Hg-methylation, eDNA, rapid evolution, fermentation microbiology
  • Thomas R. Horton; trhorton@esf.edu
    mycorrhizal plant ecology, molecular ecology, ecology, fungal communities, mycology, fire ecology
  • Brian F. Leydet; bfleydet@esf.edu
    infectious and vector-borne diseases, arthropods of veterinary and medical importance, vector biology, vector-pathogen-host interactions, disease ecology, molecular biology, epidemiology of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases
  • Lee Newman; lanewman@esf.edu
    phytoremediation, molecular and cellular biology, horticultural therapy, food and health
  • Christopher T. Nomura; ctnomura@esf.edu
    biochemistry, polymer chemistry, biopolymer chemistry, molecular biology, biotechnology, microbial physiology, biodegradable plastics, transcriptomics
  • William A. Powell; wapowell@esf.edu
    forest biotechnology, molecular plant-microbe interactions, genetic engineering in plant conservation, antimicrobial peptide design, plant gene design, plant pathology, molecular biology
  • Rebecca Rundell; rrundell@esf.edu
    evolutionary biology, conservation biology, speciation, adaptive and nonadaptive radiations, biogeography, phylogenetics, systematics, Pacific island radiations and biodiversity conservation, land snails, marine/aquatic microscopic invertebrates
  • Gary M. Scott; gmscott@esf.edu
    biotechnology, bioprocess engineering, paper machine operations, recycling, modeling
  • Arthur J. Stipanovic; astipano@esf.edu
    polymer chemistry, biopolymers, biodegradable polymers, characterization, rheology
  • Mark A. Teece; mteece@esf.edu
    environmental chemistry, food web biochemistry, stable isotope biogeochemistry, coral, stable isotopes, metabolomics, biogeochemistry
  • Christopher Whipps; cwhipps@esf.edu
    fish parasites and diseases, wildlife diseases, parasitology, microbiology, taxonomy, molecular systematics, diagnostics, parasites as biological tags and ecological indicators, epidemiology and control of pathogens of ecological and veterinary importance, evolution and biology of disease causing organisms in animal populations using molecular systematics

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Program Details

In addition to ESF courses, below is a list of other courses offered at Syracuse University that can satisfy the directed electives requirement:

Course Description Credits
BIO215 Bio-Medicine and Human Values 3 cr.
BIO425 Cell and Development Biology 3 cr.
BIO447 Basic Immunology 3 cr.
BIO455 Physiology Lab 3 cr.
BIO501 Biology of Cancer 3 cr.
BIO503 Developmental Biology 3 cr.
BIO518 Endocrinology  3 cr.
CIE472 Applied Microbiology
CIE500 Bioremediation (Spring semester odd years)
CIE500 Biotechnology (Spring semester even years)