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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

Biotechnology (MSB)

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Master of Science in Biotechnology (M.S.B.)
CIP Code: 26.1201
College of Medicine (MD)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 36

Contact Information:
College of Medicine
Medical Sciences Department (MED)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue MDC07
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
David Mitchell
Phone: 813-974-2946


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Program Information

The USF Master's Program in Biotechnology represents a multi-college partnership and a truly interdisciplinary collaboration. Participating colleges include the College of Medicine, the College Of Engineering, the College of Public Health, the College of Arts And Sciences and the College of Business Administration. The program is designed to meet the increasing demand for trained people in this exploding area, which crosses the traditional fields of biological, chemical, engineering, health and computer sciences. The curriculum has been designed accordingly and provides the theoretical background, the practical training and, with the internships, the “real life” experience, which will equip students with the essential tools for a successful career in the field of biotechnology. In 2008, the USF Biotechnology Master's Program was recognized by the Council of Graduate Schools as a Professional Science Master's Program. Program graduates take jobs in the Biotechnology Industry or move on to a Ph.D. Program, Medical School, Dental School, Veterinary School or Pharmacy School.


Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.


Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

Fall: June 1
Spring: October 1
Summer: March 1

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: March 1
Spring: September 15
Summer: January 15

Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below.

Program Admission Requirements
The USF Biotechnology Master's Program will be available for full-time and part-time enrollment. In order to be considered for admission to the Master's Program in Biotechnology, applicants must fulfill the following requirements:

Administrative Pre-Requirements:

  • A bachelor's degree
  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale
  • A minimum GRE test score of at least 500 verbal and at least 600 quantitative
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose, indicating how the program would suit the student's interests and serve his/her professional goals
  • Complete transcripts of undergraduate work and any previous graduate work
  • International students need an official transcript evaluation, see Graduate School Admissions
  • A completed USF Application to Graduate Studies

Program Pre-Requirements
A good foundation in biochemistry, molecular biology and genetics—i.e., a bachelor's degree in either the biological or chemical sciences or at least one year of studies in those disciplines—would be the optimal preparation for admission to the USF Master's Program in Biotechnology. However, the faculty of the USF Biotechnology Program is aware that not all applicants who are interested in pursuing this degree will have this formal background. Instead, some might have accumulated substantial knowledge in one of these disciplines during their work as laboratory technicians, engineering assistants or environmental or public health service providers. Those students would be ideally suited to start their graduate education with a Graduate Certificate in Biotechnology that is also offered by the Department of Molecular Medicine in the College of Medicine; see

The Biotechnology Graduate Certificate Degree has less stringent entrance requirements a GRE is not required) but its successful completion will serve several purposes:

  • it will provide the students with a certificate of advanced studies independent of prospective additional studies in the Biotechnology Master's Program
  • it will serve as a complete package of fulfilled pre requirements for admission into the Biotechnology Master's Program
  • 12 credit hours of the Biotechnology Certificate Program can be transferred into the Master's Program

Admissions Status: Apply (Direct Receipt)


Program Degree Requirements

Total Minimum Program Hours: 36 credit hours

The Master's Program in Biotechnology is designed for 36 credit hours, which can be obtained in 3 semesters of study. The program will be available for full-time and part-time enrollment. Seven core courses will provide the foundation and basics before advanced work, including four electives and an internship, will be pursued. The curriculum is flexible and can be tailored to the individual student's background, interests and career goals.

The core courses include introductory courses in biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology, introduction to biotechnology, bioinformatics, biotechnology and bioethics, Translational Biotechnology and a seminar on current topics in biotechnology. Most of these courses are part of the current graduate curricula in the involved colleges. Student will have the option to choose four electives out of a total of 22 electives that are contributed by five participating colleges. The electives are organized in four different categories i.e. science, engineering, public health and business/law and the students will be free to select according to their interests and career plans.

Students must maintain an overall average of 3.00 ("B")


Required Courses:31 hrs
     GMS 7930 Basic Principles in Molecular Medicine Sec I & II4cr
     BCH 6135CMethods in Molecular Biology4cr
     BSC 6436Intro to Biotechnology3cr
     EIN 6106Technology and Law3cr
     GMS 6847Translational Biotechnology3cr
     BSC 6437Biotechnology and Bioethics3cr
     BCH 6886Fundamentals of Structural Bioinformatics4cr
     GMS 7930Biotech Forum1cr
     GMS 6943Biotechnology Internship3cr
     GMS 7930Python Programing3cr

Students who can demonstrate significant prior training in any required course, can at anytime during their studies, with written program approval, replace a course with an elective.

Electives:5 hrs
Students select from the lists below, or other course as approved by Graduate Program Director.

Required Courses:

     Fall Semester14 hrs
          GMS 7930 Basic Principles in Molecular Medicine Set I & II4
          BSC6436 Introduction to Biotechnology 3
          BCH 6135C Methods in Molecular Biology4
          EIN 6106 Technology and Law3

     Spring Semester11 hrs
          GMS 7930Biotech Forum1
          GMS 6847: Translational Biotechnology 3
          BSC 6437: Biotechnology and Bioethics 3
          BCH 6886Fundamentals of Structural Bioinformatics4

     SUMMER6 hrs
          GMS 7930 Python Programming3
          GMS 6943 Biotechnology Internship (all semesters)3


     GMS 7930 Stem Cells in Brain Repair 3
     GMS 6513 Principles of Pharmacology and Therapeutics 3
     GMS 7930 Aging and Neuroscience 3
     GMS 6114Vaccines and Applied Immunology2
     GMS 7939Graduate Seminar1
     GMS 6141 Basic Medical Microbiology/Immunology3
     GMS 6115 Medical Parasitology and Mycology3
     GMS 6110 Microbial Pathogenesis and Host parasite interactions3
     BCH 6746Structural Biology3
     GMS 6103Foundations in Med Microbiology & Immunology 4
     GMS 7930Applied Bioinformatics3
     BCH 6627Molecular Basis of Disease4
     GMS 6101Molecular Cellular Immunology3
     GMS 6012Basic Medical Genetics3
     GMS 6107Advances in Virology2
     GMS 7930FDA Regulations2
     GMS 7910Directed Research1-4

     BME 6107 Biomaterials I: Material Properties 3
     BME 6108 Biomaterials II: Biocompatibility 3
     BME 6634 Biotransport Phenomena 3
     ECH 6417 Bioseparations 3
     ECH 5740 Theory and Design of Bioprocesses 3
     BME 5040 Pharmaceutical Engineering 2
     ENV 6667 Environmental Biotechnology 3

Public Health:
     PHC 6310 Environmental Occupational Toxicology 3
     PHC 6050 Biostatistics I 3
     PCH 6051 Biostatistics II 3
     PHC 6000 Epidemiology 3
     PHC 6017 Design and Conduct of Clinical Trials 3

     EIN 6186 Strategic Market Assessment for New Technologies 3
     ENT 6016New Venture Formation 3
     ENT 6116 Business Plan Development 3
     ENT 6415 Fundamentals of Venture Capital and Private Equity in Entrepreneurship 3
     GMS 6095 Principles of Intellectual Property 3
     GMS 6933 Case Studies: Intellectual Property in Biotechnology2



As an alternative to a Master's Comprehensive Exam, biotechnology Master's students will have to complete a practical internship and theoretical assignment which will both require the successful application of the knowledge they have acquired during their formal training. Required are:

  • an internship with a written and an oral internship report and
  • a review paper providing an overview of recent advancements in an area of biotechnology of the student's choice





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