Program Requirements

General Program Requirements:
Number of Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 30

Required Courses:

Core Courses
BIOL 5479Biotechnology3
BIOL 5501Analytical Biotechnology1.5
BIOL 5502Microbial Biotechnology3
BIOL 5503Biotechnology Laboratory I3
BIOL 5504Biotechnology Laboratory II3
BIOL 5505Ethics Regulation and Policy in Biotechnology3
BIOL 5506Professional Development Seminar for PSM in Biotechnology1
BIOL 5521Nucleic Acid Technologies1.5
Any Bioinformatics or Genomics 5000-level course3
Electives 16
Capstone Course
BIOL 9995Capstone Project2
Total Credit Hours30

Students may elect to take any course relevant to their area of specialization, including coursework offered by the School of Pharmacy's RAQA program. Approval from the PSM Steering Committee is required.

Culminating Event:
Independent Research Project:
The Biotechnology PSM offers technical and leadership training to address environmental priorities and human health. In this vein, students select an independent research project (BIOL 9995 Capstone Project) by the end of their first year with mentors at Temple and/or approved co-mentors at any off-campus sites, including pharmaceutical companies and government agencies.

Project proposals, which are approved by the PSM Steering Committee, foster technical and intellectual skill building. At the end of the program, the project is presented in written and oral formats to further develop communication skills. These features provide graduates with knowledge and leadership skills to help tackle real-world problems using biotechnology.