Curriculum
Course Schedules

The MS in Biotechnology curriculum includes 13 units of coursework and 7.5 units of research (1000 hours over three or four quarters). Students have the option of completing the 20.5 units required for graduation in 15 months or they may enroll in our six-month co-op based industrial internship which extends the duration of the program to 21 months. In order to maintain full-time status, students must register for at least three units for all five quarters.

Yellow highlight demonstrates research-focus across the curriculum


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15-Month Plan

(no internship or delayed internship)

Fall (4 units)

Biotechnology Laboratory (opt out option)  .5 units
Technology Commercialization Fundamentals 1 unit
Balances and Kinetics for Bioprocessing or elective 1 unit
Molecular Biology or elective 1 unit
Topics in Professional Development 0 units
MBP Research Seminar .5 units

Winter (4.5 units)

Critical Thinking & Communication 1 unit
Fluids and Mass Transfer for Bioprocessing or elective 1 unit
Cell Biology or elective 1 unit
Topics in Professional Development 0 units
Biotechnology Research 1.5 units

Spring (4.5 units)

Technology Commercialization Practicum or Regulatory Sciences in Biotechnology 1 unit
Bioprocess Engineering I 1 units
Bioprocess Engineering Laboratory 1 unit
Topics in Professional Development 0 units
Biotechnology Research 1.5 unit

Summer (3.5 units)

Biotechnology Research 3.5 units

Fall (4 units)

Bioprocess Engineering II 1 unit
Biochemistry 1 unit
Elective 1 unit
Biotechnology Research 1 unit

Winter & Spring

Optional Industrial Internship Co-op * 0 units

* If a student declines the delayed internship opportunity they will complete their degree requirements in the fall quarter.

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21-Month Internship Plan

Fall (4 units)

Biotechnology Laboratory (opt out option)  .5 units
Technology Commercialization Fundamentals 1 unit
Balances and Kinetics for Bioprocessing or elective 1 unit
Molecular Biology or elective 1 unit
Topics in Professional Development 0 units
MBP Research Seminar .5 units

Winter (4.5 units)

Critical Thinking & Communication 1 unit
Fluids and Mass Transfer for Bioprocessing or elective 1 unit
Cell Biology or elective 1 unit
Topics in Professional Development 0 units
Biotechnology Research 1.5 units

Spring (4.5 units)

Technology Commercialization Practicum or Regulatory Sciences in Biotechnology 1 unit
Bioprocess Engineering I 1 units
Bioprocess Engineering Laboratory 1 unit
Topics in Professional Development 0 units
Biotechnology Research 1.5 unit

Summer & Fall

Industrial Internship Co-op * 0 units

Winter (3.5 units)

Biochemistry or elective 1 unit
Biotechnology Research 2.5 units

Spring (4 units)

Bioprocess Engineering II 1 unit
Elective 1 unit
Biotechnology Research 2 unit