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Biotechnology, B.S.

Requirements

The Bachelor's Degree in Biotechnology will prepare students to enter the field of research, education, pharmaceuticals, forensics, and a variety of other careers. It is also great preparation for advanced degrees in the sciences.

Total Program Credits: 124

General Education Requirements: 39 Credits
  ENGL 1010 Introduction to Academic Writing 3
or ENGH 1005 Literacies and Composition Across Context (5.0)  
  ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing Academic Writing and Research 3
  MATH 1050 College Algebra 4
or MATH 1055 College Algebra with Preliminaries (5.0)  
Complete one of the following: 3
  HIST 2700 US History to 1877 (3.0)
and HIST 2710 US History since 1877 (3.0)
  HIST 1700 American Civilization (3.0)
  HIST 1740 US Economic History (3.0)
  POLS 1000 American Heritage (3.0)
  POLS 1100 American National Government (3.0)
Complete the following:  
  PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values 3
  HLTH 1100 Personal Health and Wellness (2.0)
or PES 1097 Fitness for Life 2
Distribution Courses:  
  BIOL 1610 College Biology I 4
  CHEM 1210 Principles of Chemistry I 4
  CHEM 1220 Principles of Chemistry II 4
  Humanities Distribution 3
  Fine Arts Distribution 3
  Social/Behavioral Science 3
Discipline Core Requirements: 72 Credits
  BIOL 1615 College Biology I Laboratory 1
  BIOL 3400 Cell Biology 3
  BIOL 3500 Genetics 3
  BIOL 3515 Advanced Genetics Laboratory 1
  BIOL 3550 Molecular Biology 3
  BIOL 3600 Biological Chemistry 3
  BIOL 3605 Biological Chemistry Lab 1
  BIOL 4550 Molecular Evolution and Bioinformatics WE 3
  BTEC 481R Biotechnology Internship 5
  Choose any from the following: 5
  BTEC 481R Biotechnology Internship (1.0)  
  BIOL 489R Student Research  (1.0)  
  BTEC 489R Student Research  (1.0)
  BTEC 499R Senior Thesis  (1.0)
  MICR 2065 Microbiology for Health Professions Laboratory 1
  MICR 2060 Microbiology for Health Professions 3
  STAT 2040 Principles of Statistics 4
  PHYS 2010 College Physics I 4
  PHYS 2015 College Physics I Lab 1
  PHYS 2020 College Physics II 4
  PHYS 2025 College Physics II Lab 1
  CHEM 1215 Principles of Chemistry I Laboratory 1
  CHEM 1225 Principles of Chemistry II Laboratory 1
  CHEM 2310 Organic Chemistry I 4
  CHEM 2315 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory 1
  CHEM 2320 Organic Chemistry II 4
  CHEM 2325 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory 1
  BTEC 1010 Fundamentals of Biotechnology I Career Survey 3
  BTEC 2010 DNA Manipulation and Analysis 3
  BTEC 2020 Protein Purification and Analysis 3
  BTEC 2030 Cell Culture Techniques 2
  BTEC 2040 Advanced Nucleic Acid Laboratory 3
Elective Requirements: 13 Credits
  Additional credits to meet credit and upper-division requirements. 13

Graduation Requirements:

  1. Complete the required minimum credit hours.
  2. At least 30 credit hours in residence at UVU or satellite sites are required, with 10 hours earned during the last 45 hours.
  3. A minimum of 40 credits must be upper-division (numbered 3000 or above).
  4. Complete core courses with a grade of "C-" or higher in each course.
  5. Achieve a minimum overall GPA of 2.0 with a minimum GPA of 2.25 in core courses.
  6. Successful completion of at least one Global/Intercultural course.

Graduation Plan

This graduation plan is a sample plan and is intended to be a guide. Your specific plan may differ based on your Math and English placement and/or transfer credits applied. You are encouraged to meet with an advisor and set up an individualized graduation plan in Wolverine Track.

Milestone courses (pre-requisites for a course in one of the subsequent semesters) are marked in red and Italicized.

Semester 1 Course Title Credit Hours
BIOL 1610 College Biology I 4
BIOL 1615 College Biology I Lab 1
ENGL 1010 or ENGH 1005 Introduction to Academic Writing or  Literacies and Composition Across Context 3
BTEC 1010 Fundamentals of Biotechnology I Career Survey 3
PES 1097 or HLTH 1100 Fitness for Life or Personal Health and Wellness 2
MATH 1050 or MATH 1055
College Algebra or College Algebra with Preliminaries 4
  Semester total: 17
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
MICR 2060 Microbiology for Health Professions 3
MICR 2065 Microbiology for Health Professions Lab 1
PHIL 205G Ethics and Values 3
ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing Academic Writing and Research 3
BTEC 2010 DNA Methods and Analysis 3
STAT 2040 Principles of Statistics 4
  Semester total: 17
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
CHEM 1210 Principles of Chemistry I 4
CHEM 1215 Principles of Chemistry I Lab 1
PHYS 2010 College Physics I 4
PHYS 2015 College Physics I Lab 1
BIOL 3500 Genetics 3
BIOL 3515 Advanced Genetics Lab 1
  Semester total: 14
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
CHEM 1220 Principles of Chemistry II 4
CHEM 1225 Principles of Chemistry II Lab 1
PHYS 2020 College Physics II 4
PHYS 2025 College Physics II Lab 1
BTEC 2020 Protein Purification and Analysis 3
American Institutions Distribution 3
  Semester total: 16
Semester 5 Course Title Credit Hours
CHEM 2310 Organic Chemistry I 4
CHEM 2315 Organic Chemistry I Lab 1
BTEC 2030 Cell Culture Techniques 2
BIOL 3400 Cell Biology 3
Humanities Distribution 3
Elective Upper Division courses from BIOL, BOT, MICR, or ZOOL 3
  Semester total: 16
Semester 6 Course Title Credit Hours
CHEM 2320 Organic Chemistry II  4
CHEM 2325 Organic Chemistry II Lab 1
Fine Arts Distribution 3
Social/Behavioral Science Distribution 3
Elective Upper Division courses from BIOL, BOT, MICR, or ZOOL 4
  Semester total: 15
Semester 7 Course Title Credit Hours
BTEC 2040 Advanced Nucleic Acid Lab 3
BIOL 3550 Molecular Biology 3
Elective Upper Division courses from BIOL, BOT, MICR, or ZOOL 3
BTEC 481R Biotechnology Internship 5
  Semester total: 14
Semester 8 Course Title Credit Hours
BIOL 4550 Molecular Evolution and Bioinformatics 3

365体育比赛投注Choose any from the following:

BTEC 481R

BIOL 489R

BTEC 489R

BTEC 499R

 

 

Biotechnology Internship

Student Research 

Student Research 

Senior Thesis

5
BIOL 3600 Biological Chemistry 3
BIOL 3605 Biological Chemistry Lab 1
Elective Upper Division courses from BIOL, BOT, MICR, or ZOOL 3
  Semester total: 15
Note: *Pre-requisites are required to be taken. Please see the advisor. 
  Degree total: 124

Department

Name:

Biology

Location:

SB 243

Telephone:

801-863-8511

Email:

korstaal@fishncamp.com

Web Address:

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Chair:365体育比赛投注

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Chair UVU Email:

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Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Biology is two-fold: first, we are committed to educate students in the principle tenets of biology through structured inquiry and opportunities for individualized experiential learning. Second, we are committed to teaching ethical behavior in experimental design and practice to all of our students. The department strives to provide the best educational opportunities possible for students to attain their academic goals and to facilitate faculty in scholarship in an atmosphere that encourages free exchange of ideas.

Our Philosophy and Values

The Department of Biology believes that students and faculty have a shared responsibility to obtain knowledge. Faculty should maintain their expertise by ongoing investigation, presentation, and pursuit of scholarly activities. In addition to the pursuit of scholarly information in biology, students should develop skills in communication, analysis, and critical thinking relevant to biology and other disciplines.

Goals

The Department of Biology recognizes excellent student education as its first priority. In addition to formal programs of study, we offer opportunities for research, service, field and laboratory activities, and secondary education training.

365体育比赛投注The UVU Biology program offers a variety of courses that investigate the living world, including courses in biology, botany, ecology, genetics, human physiology, microbiology, and zoology. A course of study may be designed to provide breadth in the life sciences or emphasize field or laboratory oriented biology.

 
 

Biology

Advisors:

  • Biology (G-M), Biology Ed: Jordan Jarman
  • Office: PS 201b
  • Telephone: 801-863-6791
  • Email: jjarman@fishncamp.com
  • Biology (Sm-Z), Biotechnology: Amanda Jarvis
  • Office: PS 201d
  • Telephone: 801-863-5259
  • Email: Ajarvis@fishncamp.com

 

Career Opportunities

365体育比赛投注Majors in Biology prepare for a wide variety of occupations in education, government, medicine, and research. Students majoring in a UVU Bachelor’s program should meet with the Biology Department advisor early in their program.

 

Job Outlook

365体育比赛投注Graduates with degrees in Biology are especially in demand in the secondary education, health, natural resource management, and biotechnology areas.

 

Programs

Eight degree options are available: Associate in Science or Associate in Arts with a pre-major in Biology; Bachelor of Science in Integrated Studies (IS) with a Biology emphasis, Bachelor of Science in Biology, Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology, Bachelor of Science in Biology Education, and Bachelor of Science in Botany. A minor in biology is available for those in other baccalaureate programs.

All AS/AA and BS Biology, Botany, and IS majors must consult with the Biology Department advisor prior to their first semester of enrollment at UVU or immediately upon changing to one of these majors to formulate a plan of study. BS in Biotechnology majors consult with the Biotechnology advisor. BS in Biology Education majors consult with Biology Secondary Education advisor. BS in Integrated Studies must also consult with the Integrated Studies advisor.

Students interested in a career in biology or related field are encouraged to earn at least a baccalaureate degree (BS). Many professions (e.g., pharmacy, medicine) require additional post-baccalaureate education. The UVU AS/AA degree is intended for students who plan to use it as a first step toward a baccalaureate degree. The AS/AA degree may be granted to those who do not continue in a bachelor’s program and meet the minimum requirements. The Departmental Bachelor of Science Degrees may be used for entry into a career or in preparation for post-baccalaureate (for masters and doctoral degrees) or professional education (e.g., medical, dental) education. A Bachelor of Science Degree in Integrated Studies, Biology emphasis is available. Please see Biology advisors for more information.

 
 

Faculty

Virginia Bayer(2000)

Associate Professor

Department: Biology
Faculty



B.S., Biological Science, B.A., Classical Languages, University of California, Irvine; Ph.D., Medical Sciences-Neuroscience, Cornell University Graduate School of Medical Science; D.V.M., Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.

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Margaret Beucher(2018)

Lecturer

Department: Biology
Faculty



B.S., Biology, Mercyhurst College, Ph.D., Genetics, University of North Carolina School of Medicine.

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Mark Bracken(1997)

Associate Professor

Department: Biology
Faculty



B.S Zoology, Emphasis in Physiology; Ph.D., Exercise Physiology, Brigham Young University.

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James Bradshaw(2013)

Lecturer

Department: Biology
Faculty



B.S., Biochemistry & Cell Biology, University of California-San Diego; Ph.D., Physiology & Developmental Biology, Brigham Young University.

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Lauren Brooks(2018)

Assistant Professor

Department: Biology
Faculty



B.S., Environmental Science, Marshal University, M.S., Environmental Science, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Ph.D, Microbiology, Oregon State University.

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Paul Bybee(1994)

Professor

Department: Biology
Faculty



A.S., General Science, B.S., Zoology/Botany/Geology, Weber State University; M.S., Ecology, Ph.D., Zoology (Comparative Evolutionary Biology, Vertebrate Paleontology), Brigham Young University.

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Kristin de Nesnera(2018)

Assistant Professor

Department: Biology
Faculty



B.S., Biology, The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA, Ph.D., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California.

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Eric Domyan(2015)

Assistant Professor

Department: Biology
Faculty



B.S., Biology, M.Ed., Education, Ohio State University; Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Paul Dunn(2018)

Assistant Professor

Department: Biology
Faculty



B.S., Integrative Biology, Brigham Young University, Ph.D., Biology, University of Oregon.

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Ashley Egan(2019)

Assistant Professor

Department: Biology
Faculty



B.S., Biology, Utah State University; Ph.D., Microbiology/Molecular Biology, Brigham Young University - Provo.

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Daniel Fairbanks(2019)

Professor

Department: Biology
Faculty



B.S., Portuguese & Agronomy, Brigham Young Unviversity - Provo, M.S., Plant Breeding, University of Minnesota; Ph.D., Agronomy & Plant Genetics, University of Arizona.

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Sara Flood(2015)

Associate Professor

Department: Biology
Faculty



B.S., Biology, The University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada; M.ForSci., Ph.D., Anatomy, Physiology, Biology, The University of Western Australia;

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Michaela Gazdik(2016)

Associate Professor

Department: Biology
Faculty



B.S., Biotechnology, Rutgers University; M.S., Ph.D., Biomedical sciences, State University of New York-Albany.

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Colleen Hough(2008)

Associate Professor

Department: Biology
Faculty



B.S., Biological Sciences, University of California, Irvine; M.S., Microbiology, Washington State University; Ph.D., Developmental and Cell Biology, University of California, Irvine.

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Mark Huynh(2018)

Lecturer

Department: Biology
Faculty



B.S., Biology, Utah Valley University, A.S., General Studies, Salt Lake Community College, M.S., Genetics & Biotechnology, Brigham Young University - Provo, M.S., Clinical Sciences, University of Colorado School of Medicine.

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Summer Karafiath(2019)

Assistant Professor

Department: Biology
Faculty



M.D., Medicine, University of Utah.

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Olga Kopp(2003)

Professor

Department: Biology
Faculty



B.S., Biology, Universidad nacional de Colombia; M.S., Ornamental Horticulture, Ph.D., Botany, University of Tennessee.

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Ruhul Kuddus(2003)

Professor

Department: Biology
Faculty



B.S., Biology, Rajendra College of the University of Dhaka, Dhaka Bangladesh; M.S., Zoology, University of Dhaka, Dhaka Bangladesh; M.S., Biology, George Mason University; Ph.D., Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry (Microbiology), University of Pittsburgh.

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Alma Glenn Laney(2019)

Assistant Professor

Department: Biology
Faculty



A.A., Southwestern Oregon Community College; B.Sc., Microbiology, Oregon State University; M.Sc., Plant Pathology, Ph.D., Plant Science, University of Arkansas.

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Joseph Mugleston(2017)

Lecturer

Department: Biology
Faculty



A.S., Dixie state College; B.S., Biology, University of Utah; Ph.D., Biology, Brigham Young University.

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T. Ogden(2009)

Associate Professor

Department: Biology
Faculty



B.S., Zoology, Ph.D., Integrative Biology, Brigham Young University; M.S., with mention in Zoology, Universidad de Concepción.

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James Price(1999)

Professor

Department: Biology
Department Chair, Faculty



B.A., Biology, University of California; Ph.D., Molecular Biology, University of Colorado.

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Michael Rotter(2020)

Assistant Professor

Department: Biology
Faculty



B.S., Botany, M.S., Biology, Northern Michigan University; Ph.D., Biology, Northern Arizona University.

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Robert Robbins(1995)

Professor

Department: Biology
Faculty



B.S., Botany, Iowa State University; M.S., Ph.D., Botany, University of Illinois.

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Michael Stevens(2010)

Professor

Department: Biology
Faculty



B.S., Conservation Biology, Brigham Young University; M.S., Ph.D., Botany, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Sebstien Tauzin(2016)

Assistant Professor

Department: Biology
Faculty



B.S., M.S., Biological Sciences, University of Bordeaux1; Ph.D., Cell Biology & Physiopathology, University of Geneva.

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Danielle Taylor(2017)

Assistant Professor

Department: Biology
Faculty



B.S., Psychology, Ph.D., Neuroscience, Arizona State University.

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Devin Taylor(2016)

Assistant Professor

Department: Biology
Faculty



B.S., Behavioral Science, Utah Valley University; M.S., Psychology, Brigham Young University; Ph.D., Neuroscience, Arizona State University.

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Brittney Wyatt(2020)

Assistant Professor

Department: Biology
Faculty



B.S., Microbiology, Colorado State University; Ph.D., Biological Sciences, Marquette University.

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Wayne Whaley(1991)

Professor

Department: Biology
Faculty



A.A., Biology, Ricks College; B.S, Ph.D., Zoology, Brigham Young University; M.S., Wildlife Ecology, University of Arizona.

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Heather Wilson-Ashworth(2000)

Professor

Department: Biology
Faculty



B.A., Math Education, Ph.D., Physiology and Anatomy, Brigham Young University.

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Scott Woodward(2016)

Lecturer

Department: Biology
Faculty



A.S., College of Eastern Utah; B.S., Biology, Ph.D., Genetics, Utah State University.

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Geoffrey Zahn(2017)

Assistant Professor

Department: Biology
Faculty



M.S., Biology, Missouri State University; Ph.D., Biology, University of Arkansas.

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Careers

Careers:
Graduates with a Bachelor Degree in Biotechnology can pursue a variety of careers and positions both in Utah and the nation. Companies that make up the life science industry are varied and include, but are not limited to, Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical, Medical Diagnostics, Forensics, Molecular/Cell/Microbiology, Biochemistry, Secondary Education, Natural Products, and Agricultural Sciences.

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