Curriculum

Biotechnology Training Program Curriculum

Required courses and programmatic elements

  1. Chem 797T: Frontiers of Biotechnology (3 credit hours). The course is offered every fall semester.
  2. Quantitative biology training course – TBD
  3. Responsible conduct of research module (1 credit hour) offered each winter break as a joint effort of the BTP and CBI training programs. Starting in 2021, you will need to register for a spring semester course to be announced.
  4. One life sciences elective (3 credit hours; only required for students in the College of Engineering and Department of Polymer Science and Engineering) or One quantitative biology elective (3 credit hours; only required for students in all other Departments) from the two lists below. Other courses may be accepted with approval of the BTP Curriculum Committee Chair (Michael Henson, mhenson@umass.edu).
  5. Four laboratory modules (4 credit hours total) completed during your Ph.D. degree studies. Laboratory modules are offered throughout the year; see btp.umass.edu/events/btp-lab-modules for a current list of available modules. Starting in 2021, you will need to register for a course to be announced with a number of credit hours consistent with the number of modules you will complete that semester (e.g. 2 credit hours for 2 modules).
  6. One BTP journal club (1 credit hour) during your Ph.D. degree studies. The course will be offered every spring semester starting in the spring semester of 2021. You will need to register for a spring semester course to be announced.
  7. One BTP seminar series (1 credit hour) during your Ph.D. degree studies. BTP-affiliated seminars are offered throughout the year; see https://btp.umass.edu/seminars/ for a list of seminars for the current semester. Starting in the fall semester of 2021, you will need to register for a course to be announced and attend at least 8 seminars in the academic year for which you registered.
  8. Industrial Externship. Only required for NIH funded BTP Fellows. You are encouraged to complete your externship during the spring/summer of your second year of BTP support, although earlier externship dates will be accepted. Students should seek assistance from their Ph.D. advisor, other BTP faculty and the BTP program administrator Sovann-Malis Loueng (btpassist@umass.edu) for identifying externship opportunities.

Biotechnology Training Program Elective Courses

Life Sciences Electives Engineering/Quantitative Electives
AnimlSci 672: Molecular Medicine BioStats 540: Intro to BioStats
AnimlSci 697C: Carcinogenesis BioStats 597D: Special Topics – Intro to Stats Computing with R 
AnimlSci 697J: Cell, Genes, and Development ChemEng 535: Microfluidics and Microscale Analysis in Mat and Bio
AnimlSci 697K: Adv. Immunology ChemEng 575: Tissue Engineering
Biochem 623: Adv. General Biochemisty ChemEng 590D: Immunoengineering
Biology 891PB: Topics in Plant Biology Research ChemEng 597D: Nanostructured Biomaterials
Chem 627: Biomolecular Structure M&I-ENG 597MB: Molecular, Cellular and Tissue Biomechanics
Chem 791L: Bioanalytical Chemistry M&I-ENG 597U: Biomechanics
Microbio 680: Adv. Microbial Physiology M&I-ENG 597T: Orthopaedic
MolclBio 641: Adv. Cellular Biology Microbio 697G: Genomics and Bioinformatics
MolclBio 642: Adv. Molecular Biology Physics 553: Optics
MolclBio 690G: Adv. Concepts of Genetic Analysis Physics 590K: Biological Physics
Polymer 501: Intro to Polymer Science Engineering
Polymer 607: Intro to Synthetic Polymer Chemistry
Polymer 797C: Colloidal & Interfacial Phenomena
Polymer 797TL: Polymer Translocation
Statistic 501: Methods of Applied Statistics