Students in BIOT 5101 will present a research paper or their thesis research progress to faculty and peers. Each student enrolled in BIOT 5331 or BIOT 5332 must present a paper of his/her research each semester enrolled as scheduling permits. Seminars are formal PowerPoint presentations. Students in BIOT 6101 will present their thesis research progress to faculty and peers. Each student enrolled in BIOT 6331 or BIOT 6332 must present his/her research each semester enrolled as scheduling permits. The student should have a committee meeting following the seminar. Seminars are formal PowerPoint presentations in preparation for a thesis defense.

Credit Hours: 1          Class meets: Wed 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.     Room: BMR Auditorium          Semester: Fall/Spring


This course exposes students to current research published in major scientific journals. Students will learn how to read and interpret methodologies and results published by other scientists. Although this is the second of a two-course sequence, the first course (Critical Reading I) is not a prerequisite. This course is team taught with a different instructor facilitating the discussion each week on a topical paper of choice.

Credit hours: 1          Class meets: Tue 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.      Room: 116.1          Semester: Fall

Independent study of an emerging technique or technology in the field of biotechnology.

Credit hours: 1          Class meets: Tue 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.      Room: 116.1         Semester: Fall

An introduction to standard molecular biology techniques such as isolation and purification of proteins and nucleic acids, cloning and expression of recombinant proteins with laboratory component. Co-requisite: BIOT 5211L

Credit Hours: 2          Class meets: Mon 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.     Room: 116.1       Semester: Fall/Spring

Graduate-level course of biotechnological aspects of gene expression, transcription control mechanisms; molecular cloning, and its applications to biotechnology at the molecular level. The student will gain a thorough understanding of fundamental molecular biochemical principles used in biotechnology, including basic background information, theory and applications.

Credit hours: 3          Class meets: Mon 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.      Room: 116.1          Semester: Fall

A comprehensive study of molecular biology applications and techniques as they relate to biotechnology. The topics covered in this course include mRNA isolation and Northern blotting, gene cloning, mutation of DNA, real-time quantitative PCR, bioinformatics, expression of recombinant proteins, large-scale production of proteins through fermentation and generation of transgenic animals.

Credit Hours: 3          Class meets: Thur 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.     Room: 116.1 and Lab B4         Semester: Fall

Advanced survey of the immune system with focus on the human and mouse models. Covers the origin and differentiation of the hematopoietic system, antibody structure and function, T cell subsets and the function of each subset, and the role of innate and adaptive immunity in the response to infection.

Credit hours: 3          Class meets: Mon, Wed  9:00a.m. - 11:30a.m.          Semester: Summer

Basic cell culture techniques with a focus on mammalian cell lines. The course will cover the basic requirements of cells grown in culture, sterile technique for handling cells and methods for transforming and separating cells. 


Credit hours: 3          Class meets: Mon, Thu*  9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.          Semester: Summer

*Thursday class time will only be for passaging cells, as may be required.

Instrumental analysis of proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates and lipids. Methods may include liquid chromatography; UV/Visible spectroscopy; mass spectrometry; X-ray diffraction of proteins and nucleic acids; NMR; Fluorescence cell sorter; CT scanning. 


Credit hours: 3          Class meets: Fri 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.          Semester: Summer