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College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Biological Sciences

256 Cunningham Hall
Tel: 330-672-3613


The interdisciplinary Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology provides a strong academic foundation in biological sciences and chemistry, practical training in the various biotechnologies and a solid understanding of their application in industry and biomedicine. The science of biotechnology extends across many areas of biology and chemistry and provides cutting-edge technology tools for modern biology and biomedical research. The curriculum includes a research experience at Kent State and/or an internship at a biotechnology company. Biotechnology graduates have employment opportunities in biomedical research and in the rapidly growing biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.

Career Opportunities

Students completing a Bachelor of Science degree in biotechnology may be employed in a variety of settings or they may go on to advanced study in a number of different disciplines. Biotechnology graduates may work in basic research and development exploring fundamental mechanisms and answering questions about biological systems. Others may work in an applied research setting in which researchers set out to solve specific problems in agriculture, environmental or medical fields. others may work in biomanufacturing in which biological products are produced for human use, often in large-scale production facilities.

The United States biotechnology industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in conducting biotechnology research and experimental development. Biotechnology research and experimental development involves the study of the use of microorganisms and cellular and biomolecular processes to develop or alter living or non-living materials. This research and development in biotechnology may result in new processes or in prototypes of new or genetically-altered products that may be reproduced, utilized or implemented by various industries.

The prospects for employment in the biotechnology industry continue to be very good. According to the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, biotechnological research and development should continue to drive much faster than average employment growth. Biotechnology graduates will find employment in commercial research and development laboratories in biotechnology, pharmaceutical industries, or in hospital, university and government research laboratories. Biotechnology careers can include laboratory technician, biologist, research scientist, process supervisor, research specialist, research and development scientist, process development technician, quality control technician, bioinformatics analyst and others.


Admission Requirements

General Admissions for Freshman Students: Students most likely to be admitted and succeed at the Kent Campus are those who have graduated with at least 16 units of the recommended college preparatory curriculum in high school, who have achieved a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale), and whose composite ACT score is 21 or better (980 combined critical reading and math SAT score). For more information on admissions, visit the admissions website for new freshmen.

General Admissions for Transfer Students: Generally, a transfer applicant who has taken 12 or more semester hours with a college cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale may be admitted. An applicant who has taken fewer than 12 semester hours will be evaluated on both collegiate and high school records. For more information on admissions, visit the admissions website for transfer students.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum 121 total credit hours  and  42 upper-division hours for graduation. Minimum 2.000 GPA overall and 2.000 GPA in major required for graduation.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

1. Apply knowledge and information gained from coursework to complex issues in biotechnology and develop problem solving and data gathering skills required to comprehend issues in biotechnology.

2. Develop inductive reasoning and technical communications skills in the context of working in a complex group environment.

3. Gain experience analyzing scientific papers and expand skills for listening to and critiquing scientific seminars based on the literature or current research. Develop presentation skills using presentation software develop verbal skills in communicating scientific information.

4. Apply knowledge and information gained from coursework to a research environment and develop collaborative working relationships with research mentors and laboratory members.

Study Abroad/Away Opportunities

There are many Study Abroad/Away Opportunities, for more information contact the Office of Global Education.

Type Legend: DD Diversity–Domestic; DG Diversity–Global; ELR Experiential Learning; KAD Kent Core Additional; KBS Kent Core Basic Sciences; KCM Kent Core Composition; KFA Kent Core Fine Arts: KHU Kent Core Humanities; KMC Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning; KSS Kent Core Social Sciences; WIC Writing Intensive

Please read the sections in the University Catalog on Kent Core, diversity, writing-intensive and the experiential learning requirements.

Type Course Title Credits
  US 10097 Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
II. MAJOR PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (84-91 credits)*  Courses count in major GPA 
Type Course Title Credits
KBS BSCI 10120 Biological Foundations 4
    30140 Cell Biology 4
    30156 Elements of Genetics 3
    30171 General Microbiology 4
    40158 Molecular Biology 3
  BTEC 10210 Introduction to Biotechnology 3
    40191 Seminar: Recent Developments in Biotechnology 1
    40210 Case Studies in Biotechnology 3
    40220 Bioinformatics 3
  BUS 10123 Exploring Business 3
KBS CHEM 10060 General Chemistry I 4
KAD   10061 General Chemistry II 4
KBS   10062 General Chemistry I Laboratory 1
KBS   10063 General Chemistry II Laboratory 1
    20481 Basic Organic Chemistry I 4
    30284 Introductory Biological Chemistry 4
    40248 Advanced Biological Chemistry 3
WIC   40251 Advanced Biological Chemistry Laboratory** 2
KMC MATH 12002

Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (5)
Calculus for Life Sciences (4)

Probability and Statistics for Life Sciences (3)
Basic Probability and Statistics (3)
  PHIL 30015 Medicine and Morality 3
KAD PHY 13001 General College Physics I 4
    13021 General College Physics Laboratory I 1
  Choose from the following: 6-12
ELR BTEC 40192 Internship in Biotechnology (2-9)  
    40196 Individual Investigation in Biotechnology (2-9)  
  Choose from the following: Approved Elective (upper-division) 9
  BSCI 30518 Vertebrate Anatomy (4)  
    40143 Eukaryotic Cell Biology (3)  
    40164 Molecular Systematics and Phylogenetics (4)  
    40174 Immunology (3)  
  CHEM 30105 Analytical Chemistry I (3)  
    30107 Analytical Chemistry Laboratory I (1)  
    30301 Inorganic Chemistry I (2)  
    30475 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (1)  
    40567 Basic Concepts in Physical Chemistry (4)  
  PSYC 41363 Biopsychology (3)  
  3/4XXX Upper-division courses approved by program director (1-9)  
Type Course Title Credits
KMC CS 10051 Introduction to Computer Science 4
PHIL 21001 Introduction to Ethics 3
  Foreign Language*** 8-10
  Kent Core Composition 6-8
  Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (minimum one course from each) 6
  Kent Core Social Sciences (must be from two disciplines) 6
  General Electives
Credits required depends on meeting minimum 121 credit hours and minimum 42 upper-division credit hours

*All courses taken from the list of major program requirements are used in the calculation of the major GPA.

**A minimum C (2.000) grade must be earned to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.

***Fulfills College General Requirement