Apr 23, 2024  
2019-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2019-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biology, Biotechnology Concentration, B.S.


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Biotechnology is a collection of techniques that uses living organisms or substances from those organisms for specific applications. Individuals with training in biotechnology can work in a variety of jobs in industrial, government, and academic settings. These careers may be in research, product development, production, quality control, technical writing, sales, education, or administration. Students in the biology program at Shippensburg University may choose the concentration in biotechnology. Students enrolled in this program will obtain a broad background in biology, chemistry, and physics as well as gain substantial biotechnology laboratory experience that includes the cloning and manipulation of DNA, immunochemical analyses, and cell culture. Students interested in pre-forensics should take 7-8 credits of suggested Criminal Justice courses.

Students in the biotechnology concentration must maintain at least a 2.5 QPA in their major and overall program through graduation. Students who are withdrawn from this concentration because their QPA has fallen below the minimum 2.5 may reapply when they reattain the minimum QPA.

Upper Division Electives (7 crs.)


Experiential Elective


Please note only 3 credits of research and 3 credits of internship may count as biology electives. Credits in excess of that number count as free electives.

Additional Biology Electives (9 crs.)


Electives should be selected with advisement. Biology credits should total at least 41.

Allied Fields (32-33 crs.)


Mathematics


MAT 221 Students unable to start at the level of Calculus I will take MAT 175 - Precalculus Credits: 3  or other prerequisite courses.

Note:


Students who have successfully completed more difficult physics and chemistry courses can substitute them for lower level required courses in those fields.

General Education Requirements


Foundations (15-16 crs.)


Foundational courses coupled with other experiences provide students with their core First Year Experience, providing opportunities to develop the requisite quantitative, analytical, written communication, and oral communication skills needed to succeed while in college and throughout life after college. Five program goals express the purpose of these foundational courses and how they support student success.

Interconnections (9 crs.)


This curriculum will provide students with opportunities to explore human behavior, social interactions, and global communities through humanities and the social and behavioral sciences. Open discourse about the causes and consequences of human behavior and thought, and the interconnectedness of societies revealed by examining traditions and structures, provides a pathway to mutual respect and tolerance in a diverse world.

Three program goals express what we will do for students. Each goal has an associated rubric that outlines what we expect students to learn or accomplish. Students must complete three (3) courses in this curriculum, with at least one (1) course being a diversity course (‘D’ rubric) and at least one (1) course being a global perspectives course (‘G’ rubric).

Diversity


Guide and prompt students to evaluate the diversity of human experience, behavior, and thought, in order to better understand ourselves and others, to respond to the roots of inequality that undermines social justice, while developing awareness regarding diversity in culture, ethnicity, race, gender/gender expression, religion, age, social class, sexual orientation, or abilities.

Citizenship and Responsibility (6 crs.)


This curriculum will provide students with opportunities to consider the function and development of institutions, as well as their own responsibilities in society. Tools for development of students as informed and responsible citizens can include study of principles and research in social science, analysis of the development of social and political systems and practices, application of critical analysis and reasoning, and contemplation of ethics and values. Each goal has an associated rubric that outlines what we expect students to learn or accomplish.

Students are required to complete two (2) courses (or their equivalents) in this curriculum, with no more than one (1) course being attributed with the same program goal.

Natural World and Technology (9 crs.)


This curriculum will provide students the opportunity to learn how new knowledge is created by applying scientific principles and technology to address historical and contemporary questions. Two program goals express what we will do for students. Each goal has an associated rubric that outlines what we expect students to learn or accomplish.

Students must complete 3 courses in this curriculum, with at least two (2) courses (or their equivalents) involving the natural world (‘N’ rubric).

Courses required by major:

Creativity and Expression (6 crs.)


This part of the curriculum will provide students with opportunities to explore artistic and literary disciplines and their modes of expression, considering the processes by which artistic works are imagined and created as well as the analytical tools for describing and appraising works of art and literature. Each goal has an associated rubric that outlines what we expect students to learn or accomplish.

Students must complete two (2) courses (or their equivalents) in this curriculum, with one (1) course being a literature course (‘L’ rubric)and one course in either the arts or creativity (‘A’ or ‘C’ rubrics).

Free Electives (12-14 crs.)


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