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Biotech focuses on the manipulation of living organisms, their products, and their processes to further knowledge, improve quality of life, and engineer new tools and applications.

Biotechnology is applied to a broad range of industries including the pharmaceutical, chemical, agricultural, food development and manufacturing sectors, to name a few. Biotechnology has improved the fields of medicine, health, environmental science and technology, and will continue to in the future.

Program Goals

Graduates of the Biotechnology program are able to:

Program Concentrations

Interested in a medical career? HU Biotechnology and Integrative Science majors offer programs that set you up for success in medical, veterinary or pharmacy school. You can tailor our programs in Integrative Sciences and Biotechnology to meet the exact requirements of your chosen health professional school. Plus, the experiential learning you’ll gain through the HU academic program can help you score a health-based internship or complete a medically based applied project that will help smooth the way for your entrance into a health professional school.

Capital Area Biotechnology Partnership: HU plays a leadership role in the Capital Area Biotechnology Partnership (CABP). Working with educators and other leaders from Central Pennsylvania’s area biotech firms, government agencies, industry, local community colleges, and area school districts, CABP delivers a quality education to high school and college students, and science career-seekers. Courses taught through the program prepare area students to enter the biotech workforce, thereby decreasing the time companies need to train employees and ensuring biotech firms have access to qualified workers.

Program Lead

 Mrunalini (Leena) Pattarkine, Ph.D.

Mrunalini (Leena) Pattarkine, Ph.D. Professor of Biotechnology

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Program Courses

This program requires a total of 48 to 55 semester hours: 23 semester hours from core courses and 25-32 semester hours completed in one of the following concentrations: Food Safety and Quality Assurance, General Biotechnology, Medical Biotechnology, Nanobiotechnology, Nanobiotechnology and Nanofabrication, and Pharmaceutical Design. The semester hour value of each course appears in parentheses ( ).

BIOL 102 – General Biology Lecture (3 credits)

This course introduces the student to the major themes of biology, including properties of living organisms, comparison of eucaryotes vs. procaryotes, patterns of inheritance, the central dogma, mitosis and meiosis, the diversity of life in both plants and animals, classification of organisms, evolution, metabolism, photosynthesis, cell structures, basic structure of the body, infectious desease, the Hardy-Weinberg principle, biodiversity, ecosystems, and the biosphere. A broad understanding of biology and living organisms in the biosphere is developed through hand-on, mulit-modal engages learning opportunities in both the classroom and the companion laboratory compenent.

BIOL 103 – General Biology Laboratory (1 credit)

Companion laboratory component that demonstrates the major themes of biology presented in BIOL 102.

BIOL 281 – Cell Biology Lecture (3 credits)

This course examines the foundations of cell biology including the structure, function, differentiation, and growth of the eucaryotic cell. It is primarily concerned with eukaryotic cells from their evolution, organization, differentiation and biosynthesis. The simplicity and complexity of macromolecules in the cell are covered through multi-modal learning technologies on nutrition, energy production, and synthesis of cellular components. The student develops a thorough understanding of the mechanisms underlying mitosis and meiosis, the cell cycle, and cancer.

BIOL 282 – Cell Biology Laboratory (1 credit)

Companion laboratory component that demonstrates the major themes of biology presented in BIOL 281.

BTEC 170 – Introduction to Biotechnology (3 credits)

Biotechnology explores biological processes to produce raw materials, foodstuffs, and medical treatments for use by humans. The industry is key for generating income worldwide and feeds into the pharmaceutical, textile, food and agricultural industries. The course centers on three main goals: 1) to understand the biological processes involved in biotechnology methods; 2) to identify and criticize the benefits and drawbacks of current methods; and 3) to review new emerging technologies that focus on ecological solutions.

CHEM 151 – General Chemistry I Lecture (3 credits)

This course provides a general introduction to atoms and molecules, stoichiometry, states of matter, solutions, reactions, kinetics and equilibrium which serve as a prerequisite for advanced courses.

CHEM 152 – General Chemistry I Laboratory (1 credit)

Companion laboratory component that illustrates the study of chemical principles presented in CHEM 151.

CHEM 161 – General Chemistry Lecture II (3 credits)

A study of chemical principles including acid/base chemistry, bonding, thermodynamics, and electrochemistry.

CHEM 162 – General Chemistry Laboratory II (1 credit)

Companion laboratory component that illustrates the study of chemical principles presented in CHEM 161.

CHEM 210 – Organic Chemistry I (4 credits)

This course with laboratory is designed as a first-level introduction to the carbon-based reactions involved in life chemistry. The course focuses on the nomenclature, stucture and fundamental basis for reactivity of organic compounds. It sets a background for advanced study in forensic or environmental chemistry and biochemistry.

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