Biotechnology Program

The biotechnology program bridges the gap between biology, biochemistry and clinical laboratory sciences, preparing graduates for the ever-evolving life-sciences field.

Biotechnology

KU Edwards Campus

The undergraduate program in biotechnology is offered in its entirety only at the KU Edwards Campus, 12600 Quivira Rd., Overland Park, KS 66213. This program is designed for students who have earned an associate’s degree or equivalent hours and wish to complete the upper-level courses necessary for a bachelor’s degree.

B.A.S. in Biotechnology

Biotechnology is grounded in biological sciences, chemistry and advanced technology. Biotech scientists employ biological systems to solve scientific challenges and positively impact our society. The medical, food, environmental and agricultural sciences, as well as the animal health and pharmaceutical industry, are all considered part of the biotechnology field. Contact the CLAS undergraduate advisor on the Edwards Campus, Sandra Leppin, sandra.leppin@ku.edu, 913-897-8511, for more information.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Biotechnology

General Education Requirements

In addition to degree and major requirements for all plans and subplans, all students must complete the KU Core.

General Science Requirements
CHEM 130
CHEM 135
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry II
10
CHEM 330Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 331Organic Chemistry I Laboratory2
PHSX 114College Physics I1-4
BIOL 150Principles of Molecular and Cellular Biology4
or BIOL 151 Principles of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Honors
BIOL 152Principles of Organismal Biology4
or BIOL 153 Principles of Organismal Biology, Honors
BIOL 350Principles of Genetics4
BIOL 600Introductory Biochemistry, Lectures3
Biology Electives pick one of the following:3-4
BIOL 416Cell Structure and Function3
BIOL 435Introduction to Neurobiology3
BIOL 480Biology and Diversity of Parasites3
BIOL 506Bacterial Infectious Diseases3
BIOL 512General Virology3
BIOL 516Microbial Physiology3
BIOL 560Histology3
BIOL 646Mammalian Physiology4
BIOL 667Chemical Communication in Sex, Feeding, and Fighting3
BIOL 672Gene Expression3
Bachelor of Applied Science Core Curriculum
MATH 365Elementary Statistics3
or BIOL 570 Introduction to Biostatistics
MGMT 305Survey of Management and Leadership3
or PUAD 607 Introduction to Project Management
BTEC 310Scientific Communications3
or COMS 310 Introduction to Organizational Communication
or COMS 330 Effective Business Communication
Biotechnology Requirements.
BTEC 300Introduction to Biotechnology3
BTEC 305Molecular and Microbiological Techniques4
BTEC 400Applied Immunology3
BTEC 475Applied Separation Science and Quantitative Analysis6
BTEC 494Selected Topics in Biotechnology Taken once in junior year and once in senior year for a total of 2 credits.1
BTEC 501Biotechnology Ethics and Responsible Conduct of Research1
BTEC 540Biotechnology Capstone I3
BTEC 550Applied Bioinformatics2
BTEC 599Biotechnology Internship3
BTEC 630Biotechnology, Regulation, Quality Control, and Quality Assurance3
BTEC 640Biotechnology Capstone II3
BTEC or BIOL Jr/Sr electives3

Major Hours & Major GPA

While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Major Hours
Satisfied by 41 hours of major courses.

Major Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours of KU resident credit in the major. 

Major Junior/Senior Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 41 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.

Major Junior/Senior Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

Below is a sample 4-year plan for students pursuing the BAS in Biotechnology. To view the list of courses approved to fulfill KU Core Goals, please visit the KU Core website

This degree plan assumes students will have the equivalent of MATH 101 or MATH 104 prior to the freshman year, fall semester.

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
Goal 2.1 Written Communication (First Course, 2 Crs Required)3Goal 2.1 Written Communication (Second Course, 2 Crs Required)3
COMS 130 (Goal 2.2 Oral Communication)3CHEM 135 (General Science Requirement)25
CHEM 130 (Goal 1.2 Quantitative Literacy or Goal 3 Natural Science, General Science Requirement)5BIOL 152 (Goal 3 Natural Science, Major Requirement)4
BIOL 150 (Goal 3 Natural Science, Major Requirement)14Elective (Total Hours)2
 15 14
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
Goal 5 Social Responsibiity & Ethics3Goal 3 Humanities3
CHEM 330 (General Science Requirement)33Goal 3 Social Sciences3
CHEM 331 (General Science Requirement)2Goal 4.2 Global Awareness3
Elective (Total Hours)3PHSX 114 or 211 and 216 (Goal 1.1 Critical Thinking, Goal 1.2 Quantitative Literacy, or Goal 3 Natural Science, General Science Requirement)4-5
Elective (Total Hours)3Elective (Total Hours)3
 14 16-17
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
BTEC 300 (Major Requirement)3BTEC 475 (Major Requirement)6
BTEC 305 (Major Requirement)4BIOL 600 (General Science Requirement)23
BTEC 310, COMS 310, or COMS 330 (BAS Core Curriculum)3BTEC 400 (Major Requirement)3
BTEC 494 (Major Requirement)1MATH 365 (or BIOL 570, Fall only Lawrence campus, BAS Core Curriculum)3
BIOL 350 (General Science Requirement)24 
 15 15
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
BTEC 550 (Major Requirement)2Goal 4.1 Human Diversity3
BTEC 540 (Major Requirement)3BTEC 640 (Goal 6 Integration & Creativity, Major Requirement)3
BTEC 599 (Major Requirement)3BTEC 630 (Major Requirement)3
BTEC 494 (Major Requirement)1BTEC 501 (Major Requirement)1
MGMT 305 or PUAD 607 (BAS Core Curriculum)3BTEC/BIOL Jr/Sr Elective; BTEC 599 recommended (Major Requirement)43
Elective (Total Hours)3BIOL Elective; choose from several options, see footnote 4 (General Science Requirement)43
 15 16
Total Hours: 120-121
1

Concurrent or prior enrollment in CHEM 130 is required.

2

CHEM 135 is a Spring only course offered at the Lawrence campus.  BIOL 350 is a Fall only course offered at the Edwards campus.  BIOL 600 is a Spring and Summer course offered at the Edwards campus. 

3

Most medical schools require the full CHEM 330, CHEM 331, CHEM 335, and CHEM 336 sequence.

4

Refer to the Degree Requirements tab for a list of courses that can fulfill this major requirement.

Please note:

All students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are required to complete 120 total hours of which 45 hours must be at the Jr/Sr (300+) level.

The same course cannot be used to fulfill more than one KU Core Goal.