As the world population grows, science must look for ways to produce food more efficiently and create more effective treatments for illness. Biotechnology, the use of cellular and biomolecular processes to develop technologies and products, is one of the ways scientists can improve lives and health globally and locally.
According to a report in Biocrossroads, Indiana’s life science industry is a dynamic manufacturing sector comprising more than 20 percent of manufacturing output as of 2007. As well, according to the Indiana Business Research Center, life science workers in the state have a wage differential of more than twice the average private sector job – nearly $89,367 compared to $40,272.
The biotechnology minor encourages students to learn essential laboratory techniques used in academic and industrial biological research. The biotechnology program provides important knowledge that will allow students to function in a professional setting.
The biotechnology minor also prepares students for graduate level work in health care related fields such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, gerontology, and public health.
|Required Courses||Must take all of the following:||Credits|
|BIOL 135*||Intro to Biotechnology||1|
|BIOL 152||Principles of Biology II: Cell and Molecular (plus lab)/td>||4|
|BIOL 308||Molecular Cell Biology||3|
|BIOL 461*||Molecular Biotechnology Techniques||4|
|Must take two of the following:|
|BIOL 209||Genetics (plus lab)||4|
|BIOL 312||Microbiology (plus lab)||4|
|CHEM 151||Principles of Chemistry I (plus lab)||4|
|CHEM 152||Principles of Chemistry II (plus lab)||4|
|Total required for minor||22|
*Biology majors can easily earn a minor in biotechnology by completing these 7 credits as electives.
Br. Jesus Alonso, C.S.C., Ph.D.
Chair, Division of Natural Sciences
Vice President for Strategic Initiatives
While at St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX, I was awarded a Presidential Award in my last year as an undergraduate. I have a doctorate in microbiology, and I have worked with Ebola and Marburg viruses as a researcher at the Texas Biomedical Research Institute in San Antonio, TX, under the direction of Jean L. Patterson. In 2013, I published two peer-reviewed articles on my virus research.
When working with students, my main goal is to challenge them to become problem solvers. Facts in all fields of study are in continuous evolution, and students therefore must understand that texts provide the basis for future discovery. As an educator, I require my students to think about contemporary challenges in science which in turn would help them understand how they too can become contributors to scientific thought and understanding.
Yuhui Lu, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Chemistry
The study of chemistry is necessary for students who want to pursue a career in natural science, medical science, and engineering. It also helps liberal art students to improve their reasoning skills, understand scientific methodology, and gain deeper insight between human-nature relationships. I challenge all my students, regardless of background, to engage in logic, diligence, and self-discipline.
I have earned Ph.D.s in both chemistry and electrical engineering. I use this combination of disciplines to research nanoelectronics and single molecular devices with colleagues at the University of Notre Dame. I have also been a principal investigator of grants with the National Science Foundation, and undergraduate research supervisor. I am currently pursuing a variety of research opportunities for Holy Cross students.
Lynne Csiszar-Cary, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology
Br. Lawrence Unfried, C.S.C., M.S.
Adjunct Professor of Biology