Molecular Biotechnology

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  • University Requirements:                 20 Cr.Hrs.
  • General Field Requirements:           57 Cr.Hrs.
  • General Specialty Requirements:     55 Cr. Hrs.

              Total:                                 132 Cr.Hrs.

Molecular biotechnology is the use of laboratory techniques to study and modify nucleic acids and proteins for applications in areas such as human and animal health, agriculture, and the environment. Molecular biotechnology results from the convergence of many areas of research, such as molecular biology, microbiology, biochemistry, immunology, genetics, and cell biology. The tools of molecular biotechnology can be applied to develop and improve drugs, vaccines, therapies, and diagnostic tests that will improve human and animal health.

Molecular biotechnology has applications in plant and animal agriculture, aquaculture, chemical and textile manufacturing, forestry, and food processing. Every aspect of our lives in the coming decades will be affected by this dynamic field

  • Transfer and apply core scientific concepts to propose solutions in the Biotechnology industry.
  • Work in ways that are informed by knowledge of the legislative, regulative, commercial scientific, and social environment.
  • Use critical analysis and problem-solving skills to propose innovative solutions within a diverse range of biotechnology industry sectors.
  • Synthesize information and effectively, succinctly, and sensitively communicate with the scientific community, co-workers, government agencies, investors, broad public, and particular cultural and Indigenous communities.
  • Apply judgment and initiative to propose and prioritize work strategies in consultation with co-workers to achieve timely completion of a project.
  • Work in a multidisciplinary team and incorporate the views of all stakeholders including Indigenous groups.
  • Use self-awareness and consultation to understand their role within a group and how they can best contribute to the group.
  • Articulate a conscious understanding of their own values and demonstrate respect for the values of others and the ability to view an ethical dilemma from multiple viewpoints.
  • Inform society of impending developments and engage in a constructive debate.
  • Incorporate understanding and awareness of Indigenous and other communities’ religious beliefs and culture into biotechnology practice.
  • Research centers.
  • Pharmaceutical and vaccines companies.
  • Companies responsible for the development of agriculture and water purification.
  • Industrial companies producing chemicals, proteins, fibers, and vitamins.
  • Food inspection agencies.
  • Manufacture of biopharmaceuticals.
  • Genetic testing services.