Thomas Jefferson University
Jefferson College of Health Professions
Medical Laboratory Sciences & Biotechnology

Curriculum

The curriculum for Biotechnology varies based on the program option you choose.

Bachelor of Science, Two-Year Option

A two-year Bachelor of Science program.

Credit Requirements

CREDIT SUMMARY CREDITS
Credits Required for Admission 55
Credits for Year One (minimum) 30
Credits for Year Two (minimum) 36
Total Credits for BS in Biotechnology 121

Year One

Fall Semester (16 credits)

Course Title CREDITS
BT 303 Molecular Preparatory Techniques 3
BT 310 Fundamental Molecular Techniques 4
BT 405 Applied Microbial Biotechnology 3
LS 301 Molecular Biology 3
LS 304 Biochemistry 3

Spring Semester (14-15 credits)

Course Title CREDITS
BT 320 Cell and Tissue Culture Techniques 4
BT 410 Molecular Diagnostic Techniques 4
BT 411 Protein Purification and Characterization 3
LS 440 Current Research in the Biosciences 2
Program-Approved Elective 1-2

Year Two

Fall Semester (17-18 credits)

Course Title CREDITS
BT 305 Survey of Biotechnology Applications 3
BT 412 Biotechnology Practicum I 3
BT 422 Biotechnology Practicum II 3
HCA 300 Health Services Delivery and Organization 3
LS 331 Immunology 3
LS 403 Research Design 2
     LS 404* Experimental Research I (requires special approval) 1

Spring Semester (18-19 credits)

Course Title CREDITS
BT 325 Product Development and Management 3
BT 403 Human Genetics 3
BT 406 Introduction to Bioinformatics 2
BT 416 Comprehensive Examination 0
BT 432 Biotechnology Practicum III 3
BT 442 Biotechnology Practicum IV 3
LS 430 Laboratory Standards and Practices 3

     LS 405* Experimental Research II (requires special approval)

     or Program-Approved Elective

1

2

*Students may engage in a two-semester wet bench research project with a selected PI in year two (LS 404 and LS 405) or take a 2-credit program-approved elective in the spring of year two. Students must meet with their faculty advisor and/or program director to determine which option best meets their educational goals. LS 404 and LS 405 are not a substitute for nor may run concurrently with practica courses.

Bachelor of Science, One-Year Option

An accelerated, one-year Bachelor of Science program.

Credit Requirements

CREDIT SUMMARY CREDITS
Credits Required for Admission 70
Undergraduate Credits 55
Total Credits for BS in Biotechnology 125

Fall Semester (19 credits)

Course Title CREDITS
BT 303 Molecular Preparatory Techniques 3
BT 310 Fundamental Molecular Techniques 4
BT 405 Applied Microbial Biotechnology 3
LS 301 Molecular Biology 3
LS 304 Biochemistry 3
LS 331 Immunology 3

Spring Semester (21 credits)

Course Title CREDITS
BT 320 Cell and Tissue Culture Techniques 4
BT 325 Product Development and Management 3
BT 403 Human Genetics 3
BT 406 Introduction to Bioinformatics 2
BT 410 Molecular Diagnostic Techniques 4
BT 411 Protein Purification and Characterization 3
LS 440 Current Research in the Biosciences 2

Summer Semester (15 credits)

Course Title CREDITS
BT 412 Biotechnology Practicum I 3
BT 416 Comprehensive Examination 0
BT 422 Biotechnology Practicum II 3
BT 432 Biotechnology Practicum III 3
BT 442 Biotechnology Practicum IV 3
LS 430 Laboratory Standards and Practices 3

Bachelor of Science, One-Year Option (Biopharmaceutical Process Development Concentration)

An accelerated, one-year Bachelor of Science program with a concentration in Biopharmaceutical Process Development.

Credit Requirements

CREDIT SUMMARY CREDITS
Credits Required for Admission 70
Undergraduate Credits 62
Total Credits for BS in Biotechnology with Concentration in Biopharmaceutical Process Development 132

Fall Semester (19 credits)

Course Title CREDITS
BT 303 Molecular Preparatory Techniques 3
BT 310 Fundamental Molecular Techniques 4
BT 405 Applied Microbial Biotechnology 3
LS 301 Molecular Biology 3
LS 304 Biochemistry 3
LS 331 Immunology 3

Spring Semester (19 credits)

Course Title CREDITS
BT 320 Cell and Tissue Culture Techniques 4
BT 325 Product Development and Management 3
BT 403 Human Genetics 3
BT 406 Introduction to Bioinformatics 2
BT 410 Molecular Diagnostic Techniques 4
BT 411 Protein Purification and Characterization 3

Summer Semester* (24 credits)

Course Title CREDITS
BP 401 Basic Engineering for Scientists 2
BP 403 Introduction to Biopharmaceutical Processing 2
BP 404 Introduction to Downstream Unit Operations 4
BP 405 Introduction to Upstream Unit Operations 4
BT 412 Biotechnology Practicum I 3
BT 416 Comprehensive Examination 0
BT 422 Biotechnology Practicum II 3
BT 432 Biotechnology Practicum III 3
BT 442 Biotechnology Practicum IV 3

*All summer courses, including practica, are held at the Jefferson Institute for Bioprocessing (JIB).

Bachelor of Science and Master of Science

A two-year Bachelor of Science and Master of Science program.

Credit Requirements

CREDIT SUMMARY CREDITS
Credits Required for Admission 82
Undergraduate Credits 38
Graduate Credits 34
Total Credits for BS and MS in Biotechnology (minimum) 154

Year One (Undergraduate Phase)

Fall Semester (19 credits)

Course Title CREDITS
BT 303 Molecular Preparatory Techniques 3
BT 305 Survey of Biotechnology Applications 3
BT 310 Fundamental Molecular Techniques 4
BT 405 Applied Microbial Biotechnology 3
LS 301 Molecular Biology  3
LS 304 Biochemistry 3

Spring Semester (19 credits)

Course Title CREDITS
BT 320 Cell and Tissue Culture Techniques 4
BT 403 Human Genetics 3
BT 406 Introduction to Bioinformatics 2
BT 410 Molecular Diagnostic Techniques 4
BT 411 Protein Purification and Characterization 3
LS 540 Current Research in the Biosciences 3

Year Two (Graduate Phase)

Fall Semester (17-18 credits)

Course Title CREDITS
BT 812 Biotechnology Practicum I 3
BT 813 Biotechnology Practicum II 3
LS 531 Immunology 3
LS 603 Research Design 2
LS 640 Methods in Bioscience Education 3
     LS 804* Experimental Research I (requires special approval) 1
Program-Approved Elective 3

Spring Semester (16-17 credits)

Course Title CREDITS
BT 525 Product Development and Management 3
BT 814 Biotechnology Practicum III 3
BT 815 Biotechnology Practicum IV 3
BT 816 Comprehensive Examination 0
LS 610 Regulatory and Fiscal Issues in Laboratory Management 3

     LS 803* Contemporary Topics Research

     or LS 805* Experimental Research II (requires special approval)

2

1

Program-Approved Elective 3

*To meet the research requirement, students may take a classroom literature review-based course (LS 803) or, under special circumstances, engage in a two-semester wet bench research project with a selected PI (LS 804 and LS 805). Students must meet with their faculty advisor and/or program director to determine which option best meets their educational goals. LS 804 and LS 805 are not a substitute for nor may run concurrently with practica courses.

Master of Science, One-Year Option

A one-year Master of Science program.

Credit Requirements

CREDIT SUMMARY CREDITS
Total Credits for MS in Biotechnology 57

Fall Semester (21 Credits)

Course Title CREDITS
BT 503 Molecular Preparatory Techniques 3
BT 510 Fundamental Molecular Techniques 4
BT 605 Applied Microbial Biotechnology 3
LS 501 Molecular Biology 3
LS 504 Biochemistry 3
LS 531 Immunology 3
LS 603 Research Design 2

Spring Semester (19 Credits)

Course Title CREDITS
BT 520 Cell and Tissue Culture Techniques 4
BT 525 Product Development and Management 3
BT 603 Human Genetics 3
BT 606 Introduction to Bioinformatics 2
BT 610 Molecular Diagnostic Techniques 4
BT 611 Protein Purification and Characterization 3

Summer Semester (17 Credits)

Course Title CREDITS
BT 812 Biotechnology Practicum I 3
BT 813 Biotechnology Practicum II 3
BT 814 Biotechnology Practicum III 3
BT 815 Biotechnology Practicum IV 3
BT 816 Comprehensive Examination 0
LS 610 Regulatory and Fiscal Issues in Laboratory Management 3
LS 803 Contemporary Topics Research  2

Master of Science, One-Year Option (Biopharmaceutical Process Development Concentration)

A one-year Master of Science program with a concentration in Biopharmaceutical Process Development.

Credit Requirements

CREDIT SUMMARY CREDITS
Total Credits for MS in Biotechnology with Concentration in Biopharmaceutical Process Development 64

Fall Semester (21 Credits)

Course Title CREDITS
BT 503 Molecular Preparatory Techniques 3
BT 510 Fundamental Molecular Techniques 4
BT 605 Applied Microbial Biotechnology 3
LS 501 Molecular Biology 3
LS 504 Biochemistry 3
LS 531 Immunology 3
LS 603 Research Design 2

Spring Semester (19 Credits)

Course Title CREDITS
BT 520 Cell and Tissue Culture Techniques 4
BT 525 Product Development and Management 3
BT 603 Human Genetics 3
BT 606 Introduction to Bioinformatics 2
BT 610 Molecular Diagnostic Techniques 4
BT 611 Protein Purification and Characterization 3

Summer Semester* (24 Credits)

Course Title CREDITS
BP 601 Basic Engineering for Scientists 2
BP 603 Introduction to Biopharmaceutical Processing 2
BP 604 Introduction to Downstream Unit Operations 4
BP 605 Introduction to Upstream Unit Operations 4
BT 812 Biotechnology Practicum I 3
BT 813 Biotechnology Practicum II 3
BT 814 Biotechnology Practicum III 3
BT 815 Biotechnology Practicum IV 3
BT 816 Comprehensive Examination 0

*All summer courses, including practica, are held at the Jefferson Institute for Bioprocessing (JIB).

Master of Science, Two-Year Option

A two-year Master of Science program.

Credit Requirements

CREDIT SUMMARY CREDITS
Total Credits for MS in Biotechnology 57

Year One

Fall Semester (16 credits)

Course Title CREDITS
BT 503 Molecular Preparatory Techniques 3
BT 510 Fundamental Molecular Techniques 4
BT 605 Applied Microbial Biotechnology 3
LS 501 Molecular Biology  3
LS 504 Biochemistry 3

Spring Semester (16 credits)

Course Title CREDITS
BT 520 Cell and Tissue Culture Techniques 4
BT 603 Human Genetics 3
BT 606 Introduction to Bioinformatics 2
BT 610 Molecular Diagnostic Techniques 4
BT 611 Protein Purification and Characterization 3

Year Two

Fall Semester (11-12 credits)

Course Title CREDITS
BT 812 Biotechnology Practicum I 3
BT 813 Biotechnology Practicum II 3
LS 531 Immunology 3
LS 603 Research Design 2
     LS 804* Experimental Research I 1

Spring Semester (13-14 credits)

Course Title CREDITS
BT 525 Product Development and Management 3
BT 814 Biotechnology Practicum III 3
BT 815 Biotechnology Practicum IV 3
BT 816 Comprehensive Examination 0
LS 610 Regulatory and Fiscal Issues in Laboratory Management 3

     LS 803* Contemporary Topics Research

     or LS 805** Experimental Research II

2

1

*To meet the research requirement, students may take a classroom literature review-based course (LS 803) or, under special circumstances, engage in a two-semester wet bench research project with a selected PI (LS 804 and LS 805). Students must meet with their faculty advisor and/or program director to determine which option best meets their educational goals. LS 804 and LS 805 are not a substitute for nor may run concurrently with practica courses.

Advanced Master of Science, Two-Year Option

A part-time Master of Science program for students with a bachelor's degree in biotechnology. This program is tailored to each student's unique interests and professional goals.

Credit Requirements

CREDIT SUMMARY CREDITS
Total Credits for MS in Biotechnology (minimum) 32

Year One

Fall Semester (8-9 credits)

COURSE TITLE CREDITS
LS 603 Research Design 2
LS 640 Methods in Bioscience Education 3

LS 812 Practicum I

or LS 644* Laboratory Education and Instruction

or Program-Approved Elective(s)

3

3-4

3

Spring Semester (5-8 credits)

Course Title Credits

LS 813 Practicum II

or LS 644* Laboratory Education and Instruction

or LS 698 Special Topics in the Laboratory Sciences

3

3-4

3-4

Program-Approved Elective(s) 2-4

Summer Semester (6 credits)

COURSE TITLE CREDITS
LS 610 Regulatory and Fiscal Issues in Laboratory Management 3
LS 814 Practicum III 3

Year Two

Fall Semester (6-10 credits)

COURSE TITLE CREDITS
LS 504 Biochemistry 3
LS 531** Immunology (CT program only) 3
     LS 804*** Experimental Research I (requires special approval) 1
Program-Approved Elective(s) 3

Spring Semester (6-8 credits)

COURSE TITLE CREDITS
LS 613 Pathology 2

     LS 803*** Contemporary Topics Research

     or LS 805*** Experimental Research II (requires special approval)

2

1

LS 815 Practicum IV

or LS 698 Special Topics in the Laboratory Sciences

3

3-4

*Program approval and minimum course grade requirements must be met to register for LS 644.

**To meet entry-level competency requirements for immunology credits, students entering as certified cytotechnology graduates who have not completed three credits in immunology are required to enroll in LS 531 Immunology. Certified cytotechnology graduates who have completed three credits of immunology may enroll in a program-approved elective.

***To meet the research requirement, students may take a classroom literature review-based course (LS 803) or, under special circumstances, engage in a two-semester wet bench research project with a selected PI (LS 804 and LS 805). Students must meet with their faculty advisor and/or program director to determine which option best meets their educational goals. LS 804 and LS 805 are not a substitute for nor may run concurrently with practica courses.

Advanced Master of Science, One-Year Option

A full-time Master of Science program for students with a bachelor's degree in biotechnology. This program is tailored to each student's unique interests and professional goals.

Credit Requirements

CREDIT SUMMARY CREDITS
Total Credits for MS in Biotechnology (minimum) 32

Fall Semester (14-19 credits)

COURSE TITLE CREDITS
LS 504 Biochemistry (BT and MLS programs only) 3
LS 531* Immunology (CT program only) 3
LS 603 Research Design 2
LS 640 Methods in Bioscience Education 3
     LS 804** Experimental Research I (requires special approval) 1
LS 812 Practicum I 3

LS 813 Practicum II

or LS 644*** Laboratory Education and Instruction

3

3-4

Program-Approved Elective(s) 3

Spring Semester (14-18 credits)

COURSE TITLE CREDITS
LS 610 Regulatory and Fiscal Issues in Laboratory Management 3
LS 613 Pathology 2

     LS 803** Contemporary Topics Research

     or LS 805** Experimental Research II (requires special approval)

2

1

LS 814 Practicum III 3

LS 815 Practicum IV

or LS 644*** Laboratory Education and Instruction

or LS 698 Special Topics in the Laboratory Sciences

3

3-4

3-4

Program-Approved Elective(s) 2-4

*To meet entry-level competency requirements for immunology credits, students entering as certified cytotechnology graduates who have not completed three credits in immunology are required to enroll in LS 531 Immunology. Certified cytotechnology graduates who have completed three credits of immunology may enroll in a program-approved elective.

**To meet the research requirement, students may take a classroom literature review-based course (LS 803) or, under special circumstances, engage in a two-semester wet bench research project with a selected PI (LS 804 and LS 805). Students must meet with their faculty advisor and/or program director to determine which option best meets their educational goals. LS 804 and LS 805 are not a substitute for nor may run concurrently with practica courses.

***Program approval and minimum course grade requirements must be met to register for LS 644.