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Academics: Biotechnology

Major in biotechnology

In biotechnology, you'll learn to use state-of-the-art biotechnology instrumentation to manipulate genes, explore proteins and grow cell cultures.

Program overview
  • Take four courses to get acquainted with the basics of biology.
  • Learn basic biotechnology methods and applications by manipulating recombinant DNA and forming transgenic organisms.
  • Enroll in an advanced course in animal- and plant-cell culture techniques to clone cells and modify cellular processes.
  • Choose at least one elective based on your specific interests and career goals.
  • Take a biotechnology capstone course and develop a Christian framework to address biotechnology's social, ethical and philosophical implications.
Biotechnology students
Program requirements

Introductory Courses

123 The Living World: Concepts and Connections
224 Cellular and Genetic Systems
225 Ecological and Evolutionary Systems
250 Research Design and Methodology (take concurrently with BIOL 295)

Upper Level Courses

324 Molecular Biology
325 Biotechnology
334 Cell and Tissue Culture335 Cell Biology
383 Laboratory in Biochemistry
One additional 3XX course (or approved interim)

Advanced Research

385 Internship in Biology, 399 Undergraduate Research, or 354 Investigations.

Capstone Courses – complete one course

394 Perspectives in Biotechnology
395 Perspectives in Biology
396 Perspectives in Medicine
Completion of a Major Field Test in biology

Seminar Course – complete two semesters of this course, one concurrently with Biology 250.

295 Biology Seminar


CHEM 103-104, 253 (or 261-262), 323
MATH 143 and 132 (or 171)
Computer Science 106



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Careers in biotech?

Biotechnology is one of the top applied sciences in the 21st century.

What are recent Calvin biotech graduates doing now?

  • pharmaceutical research
  • biomedical research
  • patent law
  • scientific writing
  • genetic counseling
  • molecular biology research
  • quality control/assurance
  • microbiology
  • store management

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