Biotechnology, MBIOT

The Master of Biotechnology Program prepares students, both full- and part-time, for leadership in the critically important and dynamic industries of biotechnology and pharmaceuticals. Strongly interdisciplinary, this innovative professional master's program draws its faculty and courses from the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering and Applied Science. Penn's world-class biomedical research centers, renowned science departments and position at the hub of the largest pharmaceutical/biotechnology corridor in the United States, place this program at the vanguard of biotechnology education. There are three parallel curriculum tracks: Molecular Biotechnology, Biopharmaceutical Engineering Biotechnology, and Biomedical Technologies. These tracks, in combination with core courses, insure that students get a uniquely broad exposure to the entire field of biotechnology and give students flexibility to tailor their degree to their background, interests, and current career or career goals.

For more information: http://biotech.seas.upenn.edu/

Master’s Program Curriculum

A minimum of 10.0 course units are required to obtain the Masters of Biotechnology degree.1 2

Core Curriculum

Core Curriculum
Biochemistry
Select one of the following:1
Protein Conformation Diseases
Wistar Institute Cancer Biology Course: Signaling Pathways in Cancer
Bioengineering III: Biomaterials
Immune Engineering
Principles of Molecular and Cellular Bioengineering
Principles of Biological Fabrication
Developmental Engineering of Tissues
Systems Biology of Cell Signaling Behavior
Materials for Bioelectronics
Advanced Cell Biology
Cell Signaling
Chromosomes and the Cell Cycle
Evolution and Ecology of Infectious Diseases
Microbial Diversity and Pathogenesis
Cell Biology
Principles of Development
Vaccines and Immune Therapeutics
Physical Chemistry of Polymers and Amphiphiles
Interfacial Phenomena
Principles of Molecular and Cellular Bioengineering
Stem Cells, Proteomics and Drug Delivery - Soft Matter Fundamentals
Mechanisms of Biological Catalysis
Introduction to Bioinformatics
Experimental Genome Science
Vaccines and Immune Therapeutics
Structure and Function of Biological Materials
Materials for Bioelectronics
Introduction to Bioinformatics
Experimental Genome Science
Biotechnology
Select three of the following:3
Biological Data Science II: Data Mining Principles for Epigenomics
Immunology for Bioengineers
Principles, Methods, and Applications of Tissue Engineering
Nanoscale Systems Biology
Molecular Diagnostics for Precision Medicine
Quantitative Principles of Drug Design
Multiscale Modeling of Chemical and Biological Systems
Musculoskeletal Biology and Bioengineering
Drug Discovery and Development
Medical Entrepreneurship: Commercializing Translational Science
Mechanobiology of the Cell and its Microenvironment
Molecular Biology and Genetics
Human Evolutionary Genomics
Genome Science and Genomic Medicine
Epigenetics
Molecular Genetics of Development
Systems Biology: Integrative physiology and biomechanics of the muscular system
Fundamentals of Computational Biology
Molecular Basis of Disease
Human Physiology
Genetic Principles
Emerging Infectious Diseases
Mechanobiology of the Cell and its Microenvironment
Genomics
Principles of Genome Engineering
Advancements and Applications in Genome Editing and Engineering
Engineering Biotechnology
Nanoscale Systems Biology
Multiscale Modeling of Chemical and Biological Systems
Drug Discovery and Development
Drug Delivery Systems: Targeted Therapeutics and Translational Nanomedicine
Fundamentals of Computational Biology
Modern Biotechnology for Engineers
Fundamentals of Computational Biology
Genomics
Nanoscale Systems Biology
Medical Entrepreneurship: Commercializing Translational Science
Human Physiology
Drug Delivery Systems: Targeted Therapeutics and Translational Nanomedicine
Fundamentals of Pharmacology
Introduction to Drug Development
Post-Approval Maintenance of Drugs, Biologics, and Devices
Introduction to Vaccine Development
Fundamentals of Pharmacology
Multiscale Modeling of Chemical and Biological Systems
Laboratory in Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering
Select 1 of the following:1
Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics Superlab
Masters Biotechnology Lab
Free Elective
Select 1 free elective1
5000+ level 1 CU courses in the following areas are allowed: ANAT BBCB BCHE BE BIOE BIOL BIOM BMIN BSTA BIOT CAMB CBE CHEM CIS CIT DATA DATS EESC ENMG EAS (excluding EAS 8960 and EAS 8970) ENGR ENM ENVS EPID GENC GCB HCIN HCMG HPR HQS IMUN IMP IPD MKTG MGMT MSE MTR MATH MEAM MPHY NGG OIDD DYNM PHRM PHYS PSYC PUBH REG SCMP STAT
Track Electives4
Total Course Units10
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The core courses represent 6 credit units and the track electives represent 4 credit units. Students must take at least 7 credit units--between the core and electives--within SEAS courses. Those SEAS programs are: BE, BIOT, CBE, CIS/CIT, EAS, ENGR, ENM, ESE, IPD, MSE, & MEAM. If a course is cross-listed, students must take the SEAS version of it for it to count toward this 7 SEAS course requirement. 

While some courses may fit into multiple course requirements, students must take a total of 10 credit units and may not double count courses across the Biotechnology curriculum. Double counting may be allowed in dual degree majors, accelerated programs and other select cases. Please see an advisor for more information. 

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Students may take up to two (2) EAS courses toward the degree. EAS 8960 and EAS 8970 do not count toward the 10 CUs for the program. Students are also limited to two (2) IPD courses toward the degree. 


The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2023 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.