Biotechnology

1-12 SCH[Fields of Study]

Patricia Gwirtz, Ph.D., Graduate Advisor
Research and Education Building-103
817-735-2079
E-mail: Patricia.Gwirtz@unthsc.edu

Graduate and Adjunct Graduate Faculty: All members of the graduate and adjunct graduate faculty are included in Biotechnology.

The Biotechnology program at UNT Health Science Center is a specialized master's program designed to train individuals for careers in industry and research by providing the tools and experience needed for highly technical positions offered in emerging biotechnology companies, life science organizations, and research institutions. The Master of Science degree in the discipline of biotechnology is administered by the Department of Biomedical Sciences. The program is usually completed in two years. Students are only admitted in the summer semester.

The master's degree in biotechnology will provide a strong foundation upon which to build a career. The rigorous curriculum focuses on providing students a broad-based view of the biomedical sciences, as well as in depth knowledge of lab management and industry practice, ethical issues, and laboratory skills necessary to prepare the student for a career in the biotechnology and life science industry. As part of the Biotechnology program, all students will complete a 2-semester (40 hours/week) internship practicum in biotechnology and use this experience to write a detailed internship practicum report pursuant to receiving the Master of Science degree. The average time to complete the degree is 2 years. Students are only admitted in the summer semester.

Degree Plan

Year 1: Summer

BMSC 5400

Biostatistics for Biomedical Sciences 4 SCH
BMSC 5900.001 Special Problems: Short Course in Health Disparities 1 SCH
MOLB 5201.001 Introductory Biochemistry 2 SCH


7 SCH
Year 1: Fall

BMSC 5301 Integrative Biomedical Sciences I: Principles of Biochemistry 4 SCH
BMSC 5302 Integrative Biomedical Sciences II: Molecular Cell Biology 4 SCH
BMSC 5303 Integrative Biomedical Sciences III: Immunology and Microbiology 2 SCH

BMSC 5160

Biomedical Ethics

1 SCH
BMSC 5170 Techniques in Biomedical Sciences 1 SCH
BMSC 5250 Laboratory Management 2 SCH
BMSC 5310 Scientific Communications 3 SCH


17 SCH
Year 1: Spring

BMSC 5304 Integrative Biomedical Sciences IV: Physiology

5 SCH

BMSC 5305 Integrative Biomedical Sciences V: Pharmacology 2 SCH

BMSC 5140

Seminar in Current Topics

1 SCH

BMSC 5170

Techniques in Biomedical Sciences

1-2 SCH

11-12 SCH



Year 2: Summer

CBAN 6440 Methods in Molecular Biology 4 SCH
BMSC 5170 Techniques in Biomedical Sciences 2 SCH


6 SCH
Year 2: Fall

BMSC 5697 Laboratory Internship Practicum 9 SCH



Year 2: Spring

BMSC 5697 Laboratory Internship Practicum 9 SCH



TOTAL
59 SCH

Laboratory Internship Practicum
Once the major professor is chosen, the student will complete a Laboratory Internship Practicum (BMSC 5697) in the major professor's laboratory. During this time, the student will learn how to perform all of the duties expected of a laboratory technician. These may include working under researchers on their projects, doing the student's own research project, purchasing supplies and equipment, repairing and maintaining equipment, etc. The student is expected to keep a laboratory notebook during this experience. At the end of the practicum, the student will write a report detailing the activities of the internship. The student's advisory committee must approve this report together with the laboratory notebook. The student must make a formal presentation to the advisory committee and defend the work at this time. A copy of the report must be submitted within the appropriate deadlines for graduation (see the Academic Calendar.)

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