Biology and Biotechnology Major

Program of Study
Degree Type
Bachelor of Science

Program Distribution Requirements for the Biology and Biotechnology Major

Mathematical Sciences, Physics, Computer Science, Engineering (Minimum 5/3 Units)

BB 3010 and BB 4801 may count toward this requirement. 

Minimum Units
5/3
Item #
Title
Units
Minimum Units
2/3

Chemistry (Minimum 5/3 Units)

Minimum Units
5/3

Biology & Biotechnology (Minimum 10/3 Units)

Biology and Biotechnology coursework must include 2/3 units at the 1000 level, 4/3 units at the 2000 level, and 4/3 units at the 3000/4000 level, of which at least 1/3 unit must be a BB 4900 course. BB 1000, BB 1001, BB 1002 and BB/BCB 1003 may not count toward the major requirement.

At least 2/3 unit of Biology and Biotechnology coursework must be taken from each of three major divisions of biology (below). The 2/3 unit for each division may include courses from any level (1000-4000).

Laboratory Experience (Minimum 4/3 Units)

Student has completed 7.5 Credits of Laboratory Courses (From All BB Lab 2000 Level or Above, CH 4150 or CH 4170).

Note: Students may only complete 3 Credits of CH 4150, CH 4170, BB 3516, BB 3518, BB 3519. Students may only complete 3 Credits of CH 4170, BB 3512, BB 3518 or BB 3520.

Minimum Units
4/3
Minimum Units
4/3

Related courses (Minimum 3/3 Units)

Students choose 3/3 units from all BB 3000 level, BCB 4002 (or CS 4802), BCB 4003 (or CS 4803), BCB 4004 (or MA 4603), CE 3059, CH 2330, CH 3510, CH 4110, CH 4120, CH 4130, CH 4140, CH 4160 or CHE 3301).

Minimum Units
3/3

MQP (3/3 Units)

Minimum Units
3/3

Minimum Units
3/3

The Three Major Divisions of Biology


Undergraduate Research Projects

The biology and biotechnology facilities offer an exceptional learning opportunity since research in an active laboratory group is the principal teaching tool. Tools for modern biochemistry, molecular biology, tissue culture, fermentation, ecology, micro­scopy and computer integration are all available to undergraduates.

In conjunction with the faculty, students who wish to expand their educational opportunities pursue many off-campus projects each year. Investigations may take place at institutions that have traditionally worked with WPI, such as the University of Massachusetts Medical School and Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. The department also has established links with several companies that provide opportunities for project work and summer employment in applied biology and biotechnology.

Undergraduate research projects may be proposed by individual students or groups of students, or may be selected from on-going research activities of the faculty. The departmental faculty must be consulted for approval of a project before student work begins.