Biotechnology, Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

The BS Degree in Biotechnology

This interdisciplinary program trains students in the many aspects of biotechnology, taking advantage of modern molecular biological, chemical, and biophysical tools to modify living organisms for a specific purpose (such as for drug development, improved agricultural crops, and environmental cleanup). The core program provides a thorough grounding in biology, chemistry, and physics and their applications to biotechnology. Electives allow students to explore their specific interests and to prepare them for the workforce or further graduate education. Students gain practical experience by a required research component through independent studies or honors research programs.

 

 

Residency Requirement
46 of the 76-80 total Biotechnology credit requirements must be taken at City College.

Biotechnology Major GPA Requirements: A GPA of 3.0 or higher in the major is required to maintain Major status and for graduation. The GPA in the major is calculated from all Biotechnology major courses taken at CCNY or by ePermit. To declare a Biotechnology major, a student must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and have completed BIO 10100/BIO 10200, BIO 20600, CHEM 10301/CHEM10401, and MATH 20500 or MATH 20100. All required courses for the major must be passed with a grade of C or higher.

Requirements for the BS Degree in Biotechnology

Math, Science, and Ethics Requirements

Course NumberTitleCredits
CHEM 10301General Chemistry I

4

CHEM 10401General Chemistry II

4

CHEM 26100Organic Chemistry I

3

CHEM 26200Organic Chemistry Laboratory I

2

CHEM 26300Organic Chemistry II

3

CHEM 32002Biochemistry I

3

PHYS 20300General Physics

4

PHYS 20400General Physics II

4

OR

PHYS 20700University Physics I

4

PHYS 20800University Physics II

4

MATH 20500Elements of Calculus

4

MATH 20900Elements of Calculus and Statistics

4

OR

MATH 20100Calculus I

4

MATH 21200Calculus II with Introduction to Multivariable Functions

4

MATH 17300Introduction to Probability and Statistics

4

OR

MATH 20100Calculus I

4

MATH 21200Calculus II with Introduction to Multivariable Functions

4

MATH 21300Calculus III with Vector Analysis

4

PHIL 34905Biomedical Ethics

3

Total Credit Hours:38-42

Biology and Major Elective Requirements for Biotechnology

Required courses:

Course NumberTitleCredits
BIO 10100Biological Foundations I

4

BIO 10200Biological Foundations II

4

BIO 20600Introduction to Genetics

4

BIO 22900Cell and Molecular Biology

4

BIO 48300Laboratory in Biotechnology

5

Six credits of

Course NumberTitleCredits
BIO 31000Independent Study

1-3

OR

BIO 30100-30300Honors I-III

3

BIO 30100-30300: Research credits may be taken in Chemistry or Physics (CHEM/PHYS 3100X OR 30100-302000-30300)

Additional Advanced Electives (11 credits)

Electives may include

Course NumberTitleCredits
SCI 28000Bioinfo & Biomol Sys

3

BIO 35000Advanced Microbiology

4

BIO 35400Introduction to Neurobiology

3

BIO 35500Introduction to Analysis of Scientific Literature Using CREATE

4

BIO 37500Developmental Biology

3

BIO 37900Developmental Neurobiology

3

BIO 38000Eukaryotic Genetics

4

BIO 41000Cell Development and Cellular Senescence

3

BIO 42000Virology

3

BIO 42500Cancer Biology

3

BIO 48100Introduction to Epigenetics

3

CHEM 33500Physical Biochemistry

5

CHEM 40600Environmental Chemistry

3

CHEM 48005Biochemistry II

3

PHYS 31500Medical Physics

3

PHYS 42200Biophysics

3

PHYS 52200Biomedical Physics

3

Total Credit Hours:38

Additional Requirements

General Education Requirements ("Pathways")

In general, students are required to complete 42 credits of General Education coursework, with some adjustments for transfer students. See the General Education Requirements (Pathways) section of the Bulletin for more information. Biology students will satisfy their "Pathways" requirements most efficiently by following these recommendations:

Fixed Core

Course NumberTitleCredits

English Composition I:

Course NumberTitleCredits
FIQWS Freshman Inquiry Writing Seminar

6

English Composition II:

Course NumberTitleCredits
ENGL 21003Writing for the Sciences

3

Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning:

Course NumberTitleCredits
MATH 20100Calculus I

4

OR

MATH 20500Elements of Calculus

4

Life and Physical Sciences:

Course NumberTitleCredits
BIO 10100Biological Foundations I

4

Flexible Core

Course NumberTitleCredits

World Cultures and Global Issues:

any CLAS offerings in this category

Course NumberTitleCredits

Individual and Society:

any CLAS offerings in this category

Course NumberTitleCredits

U.S. Experience in its Diversity:

any CLAS offerings in this category

Course NumberTitleCredits

Creative Expression:

any CLAS offerings in this category

Course NumberTitleCredits

Scientific World:

Course NumberTitleCredits
BIO 10200Biological Foundations II

4

Additional course in Scientific World:

Course NumberTitleCredits
CHEM 10301General Chemistry I

4

OR

PHYS 20300General Physics

4

College Option

Course NumberTitleCredits

Speech

Course NumberTitleCredits
SPCH 11100Foundations of Speech Communication

3

OR

SPCH 00380

or exemption on the basis of demonstrated proficiency

Foreign language

Two semesters of college-level study, or exemption on the basis of two years of high-school level study, or demonstrated proficiency

Course NumberTitleCredits

Philosophy

any CLAS offerings in this category

Course NumberTitleCredits

Total Credit Hours Required for obtaining a B.S. degree: 120, at least 60 of which must be in the Liberal Arts and Sciences (RLA).