Biotechnology M.S. in Professional Science

The Biotechnology M.S. helps prepare students for careers in the management of bioscience firms and organizations. The program is a combination of business and science to offer training to work in leadership roles in scientific companies and agencies. Opportunities with the Biotechnology master’s degree include research science positions in laboratories applying biotechnology to problems in medicine, industry, and agriculture, as well as management positions in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. With the growth of positions in the biotechnology industry in Tennessee and nationwide, the demand for persons with training in both biological science and management is expected to grow significantly. Jobs may be found in agricultural, chemical, environmental and pharmaceutical research and industries. This program consists of advanced science courses, business management courses, and a capstone internship. 

  • Internship takes place of thesis

  • 36 credit hours total

  • Combines biology and business to equip people for work in public and private business enterprises and in academia

  • Goal of the program is to enhance the interface between science and business by emphasizing expertise in both areas

As a Master of Science in Professional Science (MSPS) degree, the Biotechnology M.S. combines leading-edge, advanced science classes with graduate-level business management courses designed to enhance career success.  Instead of a thesis, students complete a complex, capstone internship.  Over 70% of our MSPS students receive job offers from their internship.  

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Contact

For more information, or to set up an appointment to discuss this program, contact Dr. Rebecca L. Seipelt-Thiemann, Biotechnology Program Coordinator.  

Program Requirements

Students must be accepted in to the Master of Science in Professional Science program. Candidates must complete 36 hours in the following course of study:

Required Business Core Courses – all MSPS students (15 hours)

  • ACTG 6100 - Accounting and Legal Issues for Managers  3 credit hours  
  • BCED 6820 - Managerial Communication  3 credit hours  
  • BCED 6910 - Internship Program*  3 credit hours  
  • MGMT 6740 - Leadership and Motivation  3 credit hours  
  • STAT 5140 - Probabilistic and Statistical Reasoning  3 credit hours  

Concentration Courses (21 hours)

Required (5 hours)

  • BIOL 5550 - Biotechnology  3 credit hours  
  • BIOL 6770 - Issues in Biotechnology  2 credit hours  

16 hours from the following:

  • BIOL 5460 - Human Genetics  3 credit hours  AND
  • BIOL 5461 - Human Genetics Lab  0 credit hours  
  • BIOL 5510 - Food and Industrial Microbiology  4 credit hours  
  • BIOL 6350 - Biostatistical Analysis  4 credit hours  AND
  • BIOL 6351 - Biostatistical Analysis Lab  0 credit hours  
  • BIOL 6380 - Experimental Immunology  4 credit hours  AND
  • BIOL 6381 - Experimental Immunology Lab  0 credit hours  
  • BIOL 6390 - Advanced Cell and Molecular Biology  4 credit hours  AND
  • BIOL 6391 - Advanced Cell and Molecular Biology Lab  0 credit hours  
  • BIOL 6410 - Advanced Transmitting Electron Microscopy  4 credit hours  
  • BIOL 6430 - Clinical and Pathogenic Microbiology  4 credit hours  
  • BIOL 6440 - Advanced Virology  4 credit hours  
  • BIOL 6450 - Advancements in Molecular Genetics  4 credit hours  
  • BIOL 6500 - Special Problems in Biology  4 credit hours  
  • BIOL 6590 - Environmental Toxicology  4 credit hours  
  • BIOL 6650 - Seminar  1 credit hours  
  • BIOL 6660 - Seminar  2 credit hours  
  • BIOL 6720 - Advanced Animal Development  4 credit hours  AND
  • BIOL 6721 - Advanced Animal Development Lab  0 credit hours  
  • BIOL 6730 - Advanced Microbial Physiology and Biochemistry  4 credit hours  
  • BIOL 6750 - Advanced Plant Biotechnology  4 credit hours  
  • BIOL 6760 - Bioinformatics  4 credit hours  
  • CHEM 6510 - Biochemistry II  3 credit hours  
  • CHEM 6530 - Biochemical Techniques  2 credit hours  

*BCED 6910 may only be taken in the second-to-last or final semester of study, after the student has completed at least 21 hours of coursework and BCED 6820.  

For more information, please visit the catalog page for the Biotechnology M.S.

 

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