Biotechnology Minor

Introduction to the Biotechnology Minor

"Biotechnology" refers to harnessing the properties of a living organism to develop and manufacture products that benefit human life. The combination of biological sciences with high technology applications is predicted to provide solutions to major national problems by creating new generations of industrial biotechnology with great potential for economic impact. There are current and projected shortages of graduates with the knowledge needed in the growing biotechnology industry; our minor in biotechnology will help meet these demands.

Although the biotechnology field has existed for nearly a century, scientific advances have caused exponential growth over the past decade.

  • $26 billion increase in revenue for United States biotech industries from 1992-2001
  • $14 billion increase in private investment in biotech firms from 1992 to 2003
  • 187 biotech products manufactured in the United States in 2002; 22 products were on the market in 1993

This growth has resulted in an industry with a shortage of employees familiar with and skilled in the biotechnology field; and therefore, the offering of a biotechnology minor for Purdue students.

Among the wide-range of biotech products and processes being researched and manufactured include:

  • Biomaterials for tissue engineering and reengineering blood vessels, ligaments, and skin
  • Release devices for the delivery of drugs, peptides, and proteins
  • Microbes to clean up contaminated soil and groundwater
  • Edible vaccines
  • Crops that thrive in a wide range of conditions
  • DNA-based forensic technologies that let the innocent go free and bring criminals to justice

The Department of Technology Leadership & Innovation offers an academic minor in biotechnology. This interdisciplinary biotechnology initiative is the result of a partnership among the School of Technology, the School of Science, the School of Agriculture, and the School of Pharmacy. 

The intent of this minor is to offer the graduates of these four-year programs the basic knowledge and understanding of life science-based products, processes, and product quality to seek employment opportunities in the area of biotechnology and biotech-manufacturing.

The biotechnology minor aims to provide a University-wide opportunity for undergraduates to acquire the knowledge and aptitudes needed in the biotechnology industry. These students would be the vanguard of a highly educated workforce contributing to the biotechnology industry in Indiana.

Biotechnology Degree Plan of Study

In order to complete the minor, you need to have 22 credit hours.

Typically, the plan of study is as follows:

Semester 1 / 2
BIOL 112 Fundamentals of Biology I 2
BIOL 113 Fundamentals of Biology II 2
Semester 3/4
IT 226 Biotechnology Lab I 2
IT 227 Biotechnology Lab II 2
BIOL 295E The Biology of the Living Cell 3
BIOL 241 Biology IV: Genetics and Molecular Biology 3
IPPH 522 Good Regulatory Practice 3
Semester 5
CPT 227 Bioinformatics 3
IT 342 Statistical Quality Control 3

Recommended substitution of courses

  • BIOL 112 can be substituted by BIOL 121, BIOL 110
  • BIOL 113 can be substituted by BIOL 131, BIOL 111
  • BIOL 241 can be substituted by AGR 320
  • BIOL 295E can be substituted by BIOL 231
  • IT 342 can be substituted by STAT 305, STAT 503