Montana State University

Biotechnology

Note: MSU's programs in the biological sciences are distributed across multiple departments.  MSU does not have a single Department of Biology.  For additional options see   Biological Sciences at MSU.

Department of Biotechnology

http://vmb.montana.edu/

Modern research in cellular and molecular biology and its resultant technology offers unparalleled opportunities to provide solutions to our society's most urgent problems in human and animal health, agriculture, and environmental quality. The emerging biotechnology industries are involved in developing products to maintain biodiversity, restore soil and water quality, develop new pharmaceuticals to combat disease, decrease our dependence on nonrenewable resources, and improve food and fiber production. Students interested in microbiology, animal or plant science, biochemistry, and animal or human medicine will find challenging careers in the diverse areas of biotechnology in either an academic or industrial setting. Students successfully completing a biotechnology curriculum will also be prepared to enter graduate or medical professional schools for further study.

The Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology is an interdisciplinary degree offered by the College of Agriculture. Students will pursue a basic science curriculum the first two years and then choose an area of emphasis in plant, animal or microbial systems for the junior/senior years. Depending on the option chosen, students will be advised by participating faculty in the Colleges of Agriculture and Letters and Science.


Curricula in Biotechnology


ALL BIOTECHNOLOGY OPTIONS

Freshman Year F S
BIOB 170IN--Principles of Biology Diversity 4
    OR BIOB 256 --Intro Biol:Cells to Organisms
BIOB 160--Molec & Cellular Biol 4
    OR BIOB 260 --Cellular & Molecular Biology
CHMY 141--College Chemistry I 4
CHMY 143--College Chemistry II 4
Take the following M grouping:
     M 161Q--Survey of Calculus 4
     AND one of the following:
     BIOB 318--Biometry 3
     STAT 216Q--Introduction to Statistics 3
OR take the following two courses:
     M 165Q--Calculus for Technology I 3
     M 166Q--Calculus for Technology II 3
BIOB 105CS --Intro to Biotech 3
University Core and Electives 3 3
17 14
Sophomore Year F S
BIOB 375--General Genetics 3
Take one of the following:
     CHMY 211--Elements of Organic Chemistry or 5
     CHMY 321--Organic Chemistry I and 4
     CHMY 323--Organic Chemistry II 4
ECNS 101IS--Economic Way of Thinking 3
BIOM 360--General Microbiology I 5
Take one of the following:
     AGED 105--Microcomp in Ag 3
     CAPP 120--Introduction to Computers 3
University Core and Electives 3 8
15 14

ANIMAL SYSTEMS OPTION

Junior Year F S
 
BIOM 400 --Medical Microbiology 3
BCH 380--General Biochemistry 5
IMID 410 Anim Cell Mth- Immun Series
     BIOB 412--Hybridomas 2
     BIOB 415--Adv Immunology      1
     BIOB 413--Flow Cytometry 1
     BIOB 414--Adv Microscopy 1
IMID 420 Anim Cell Meth- Molec Series
     BIOB 475--Genome Science 3
     BIOB 478--Funct Gene Express 2
 Take one of the following:
     ANSC 265/266--Funct Anatomy Dom Animal, Lecture & Lab 4
     BIOH 201--Human Anatomy & Physiol I 3
     BIOH 211--Human Anatomy & Physiol II 4
University Core and Electives 0-6 3-10
16 15
Senior Year F S
PHSX 205--College Physics I 4
PHSX 207--College Physics II 4
BIOB 424--Ethic Pract of Science 3
IMID 498--Biotechnology Internship 4
IMID 499--Biotech Capstone 2
University Core and Electives 7 5
15 14
Recommended Electives Credits
ANSC 321--Physiology of Livestock Reproduct 4
ANSC 421--Assisted Reproductive Technologies 4
BCH 441--Biochem of Macromolec 3
BCH 442--Metabolic Regulation 3
BCH 444--Biochem Mthds Molec Biol 3
BIOB 425--Adv Cell & Molecular Biology 3
BIOB 410--Immunology 3
BIOB 411--Immunology Laboratory 1
BIOM 450--Micro Physiology 3
BIOM 453--Veterinary Virology 1

A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation; 42 of these credits must be in courses numbered 300 or above.

*CHMY 211 "Elements of Organic Chemistry" serves as the prerequisite for additional Chemistry courses, which are required in the Biotechnology Degree, Animal Systems Option.  Graduate departments at some universities require that students have one year of organic Chemistry.  Therefore, students potentially interested in graduate school can take the CHMY 321/323 series of organic Chemistry during their sophomore year.


PLANT SYSTEMS OPTION

Junior Year F S
BCH 380--General Biochemistry 5
BIOB 430--Plant Biotechnology 3
HORT 447--Advanced Plant Propagation 3
BIOO 433--Plant Physiology 3
PHSX 205--College Physics I 4
PHSX 207--College Phys II 4
University Core and Electives 3 5
15 15
Senior Year F S
BIOM 421--Concepts in Plant Pathology 3
BIOB 499--Senior Thesis/Capstone 2
BIOO 460-- Plant Metabolism 3
BIOB 498--Internship 3
University Core and Electives 9 10
15 15

Restricted Electives
Choose Four Of The Following Courses: Credits
     BCH 441--Biochemistry of Macromolecules 3
     BCH 442--Metabolic Regulation 3
     BIOL 402--Adv Cell & Molec Biology 3
     BIOB 476R--Gene Construction 3
     BIOM 450--Micro Physiology 3
     BIOM 430--Applied & Env Microbiology 3
     BIOM 410--Microbial Genetics 3
     PSPP 341--Crop Production 3
     PSPP 422--Plant Disease Control 3
     BIOM 423--Mycology 2
     PSPP 441--Crop Breeding 3
     PSPP 449--Population Genetics 3
Choose one of the following courses:
     BCH 444--Biochem Mthds Molec Biol 3
     BIOM 455--Resrch Meth in Microbiol 4

MICROBIAL SYSTEMS OPTION

Junior Year F S
BCH 380--General Biochemistry 5
BCH 442--Metabolic Regulation 3
PHSX 205--College Physics I 4
PHSX 207--College Phys II 4
BIOB 410--Immunology 3
BIOB 411--Immunology Laboratory 1
University Core and Electives 2 8
15 15
Senior Year F S
BIOM 450--Micro Physiology 3
BIOM 430--Applied and Env Microbiology 4
Take one of the following two choices:
LRES 452--Soil & Envir Micro (or) (3)
BIOM 415--Microbial Divers, Ecol & Evol (3)
BIOM 410--Microbial Genetics 3
BIOM 494--Seminar/Workshop 1 1
BIOM 490--Undergraduate Research 3
University Core and Electives 8 4
15 15

Take at least three of the following choices:

BCH 441--Biochem of Macromolec (3cr.)
BCH 444--Biochem Mthds Moelc Biol (3cr.)
BIOH 211--Human Anatomy & Physiology (4cr.)
EENV 447--Hazardous Waste Management (3cr.)
BIOM 435--Virology (4cr.)
BIOH 405--Hematology (3cr.)and BIOH 406--Hematology Lab (1cr.)
BIOM 431--Med Bacteriology (3cr.)and BIOM 432--Med Bact Lab (2cr.)
LRES 355--Environ Chemistry (3cr.)
LRES 453--Soil & Envir Physics (3cr.)
EMAT 251--Materials Structures and Properties (3cr.)
EBIO 438--Bioprocess Engineering (3cr.)

A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation; 42 of these credits must be in courses numbered 300 and above.


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