Biotechnology Program

Grounded in biological sciences, chemistry and advanced technology, biotechnology employs biological systems to solve scientific challenges that impact society. Through this program, you will be equipped for diverse career options in fields such as:

  • Medical education or professions
  • Food science
  • Environmental and agricultural sciences
  • Animal health
  • Pharmaceuticals

In this unique program, you will not be assessed based on your ability to memorize an array of facts but by your ability to reference facts, formulate an approach and integrate data to solve problems.

Undergraduate Admission

Admission to KU

All students applying for admission must send high school and college transcripts to the Office of Admissions. Unless they are college transfer students with at least 24 hours of credit, prospective students must send ACT or SAT scores to the Office of Admissions. Prospective first-year students should be aware that KU has qualified admission requirements that all new first-year students must meet to be admitted. Consult the Office of Admissions for application deadlines and specific admission requirements.

Visit the International Support Services for information about international admissions.

Students considering transferring to KU may see how their college-level course work will transfer on the Office of Admissions website.

Admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Admission to the College is a different process from admission to a major field. Some CLAS departments have admission requirements. See individual department/program sections for departmental admission requirements.


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,, 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
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
BIOL 416Cell Structure and Function3
BIOL 435Introduction to Neurobiology3
BIOL 480Biology and Diversity of Parasites3
BIOL 506Bacterial Infectious Diseases3
BIOL 512General Virology3
BIOL 546Mammalian Physiology3
BIOL 560Histology3
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 Advanced Organizational and Professional Communication
or COMS 330 Effective Business Communication
Biotechnology Requirements.
BTEC 300Research Methods in 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 45 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 45 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.

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
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
BTEC 300 (Major Requirement)3BTEC 400 (Major Requirement)3
BTEC 305 (Major Requirement)4BTEC 475 (Major Requirement)6
BTEC 310, COMS 310, or COMS 330 (BAS Core Curriculum)3BTEC 494 (Major Requirement)1
BIOL 350 (General Science Requirement)24BIOL 600 (General Science Requirement)23
 MATH 365 (or BIOL 570, Fall only Lawrence campus, BAS Core Curriculum)3
 14 16
BTEC 540 (Major Requirement)3Goal 4.1 Human Diversity3
BTEC 550 (Major Requirement)2BTEC 494 (Major Requirement)1
BTEC 599 (Major Requirement)3BTEC 501 (Major Requirement)1
MGMT 305 or PUAD 607 (BAS Core Curriculum)3BTEC 630 (Major Requirement)3
Elective (Total Hours)3BTEC 640 (Goal 6 Integration & Creativity, Major Requirement)3
 BTEC/BIOL Jr/Sr Elective; BTEC 599 recommended (Major Requirement)43
 BIOL Elective; choose from several options, see footnote 4 (General Science Requirement)43
 14 17
Total Hours 120-121

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.  However, overlap of a KU Core course with a major or degree-specific requirement is allowed.  Overlapping is recommended to allow more opportunities to explore other majors and/or minors.