Course Descriptions


601. Biotechnology Principles and Techniques I. (1-9). Credit 4.

Basic theories and techniques essential to laboratory research in agricultural, environmental or medical biotechnology such as laboratory safety and records keeping, genome informatics, DNA analysis, RNA analysis, protein analysis and analysis of biological systems. Prerequisite: Graduate classification and approval of instructor.  

602. Biotechnology Principles and Techniques II. (1-9). Credit 4.

Application of basic theories and principles of biotechnology to team and individual research problems in a laboratory setting. Prerequisites: BIOT 601; graduate classification. 

635. Molecular Biotechnology. (3-0). Credit 3.

Theory and application of molecular biotechnology; consideration of the structure and function of cellular components and methods to characterize these components with reference to examples in industry.  Prerequisite:  Approval of instructor.  Cross-listed with ANSC 635. 

645. Biotechnology Writing. (3-0). Credit 3.

Development of biotechnology writing and editorial skills; communication of specialized information to the public and peers.  Prerequisite:  Graduate classification and approval of instructor. 

681. Biotechnology Seminar. (1-0). Credit 1.

Review and discussion of current topics in biotechnology industries, with focus on skills essential to success in the corporate environment such as communication, interviewing and interpersonal skills. Prerequisite: Graduate classification and approval of instructor. 

684. Directed Professional Internship. (4-0). Credit 4.

A directed internship in an organization to provide students with on-the-job training with professionals in organizational settings appropriate to the student’s professional objectives. Prerequisite: Approval of the Chair of the Faculty of Biotechnology. 

685. Directed Studies. Credit 1 to 4.

Training and experience in biotechnology; topics can include laboratory research, scientific literature reviews, biotechnology market surveys, and training in technology commercialization.  Prerequisite:  Approval of instructor. 

689. Special Topics in… Credit 1 to 4.

Selected topics in an identified area of biotechnology. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.


640. Accounting Concepts and Procedures I. (3-0). Credit 3.

Accounting concepts and relationships essential to administrative decisions; use of accounting statements and reports as policymaking and policy execution tools. Classification 6 students and non-business graduate students may enroll in this course. Prerequisite: Graduate classification. 


635. Financial Management for Non-Business. (3-0). Credit 3.

External and internal factors affecting financial decision-making in the firm; fundamental concepts of accounting and managerial economics. Prerequisite: ACCT 640 or equivalent or approval of instructor.

644. Funding New Ventures. (3-0). Credit 3.

This course provides an introduction to the general phenomena of small business and entrepreneurship. The central focus of this course will be to provide students an understanding of entrepreneurship and the financing of entrepreneurial ventures. The course will address the types of financing available at different stages of the new venture. Classification 6 students may not enroll in this course.


655. Survey of Management. (3-0). Credit 3.

Management concepts and applications important to managers in all types and sizes of organizations; includes: strategic planning, goal setting, control and managerial ethics; decision making, organizing, human resource management, including staffing, performance appraisal and compensation; leadership, motivation, communication and group processes; achieving organizational quality and managing in a global environment. Prerequisite: Graduate classification. Note: This course may not be used for elective credit by a master’s candidate in business administration.

632. Technology Commercialization. (3-0). Credit 3.

Focus on technology, process of evaluating raw technology viability, converting raw technology into commercially viable products and services; course includes model on Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant program; develops competencies skills to evaluate technology’s commercial viability; brings viable technologies to commercial success. Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

637. Foundations of Entrepreneurship. (3-0). Credit 3.

Process of launching a new venture; process by which opportunities can be discovered and selected; attributes of entrepreneurs and new venture teams; process of developing business plan; core entrepreneurial strategies—business level, organizational design, marketing, financial; strives to develop competencies, concepts, operational tools relevant to creating, implementing new ventures. Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

638. Strategic Entrepreneurship. Credit 1 to 3.

Emphasis on a firm’s need to be both entrepreneurial (identifying opportunities in the market) and strategic (taking actions to gain a competitive advantage) in order to create value for stakeholders; includes: developing an entrepreneurial mindset; building an entrepreneurial culture; managing resources (building a resource portfolio, bundling resources to create capabilities and leveraging the capabilities to exploit the opportunities identified); creating innovations. Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

639. Negotiations in Competitive Environments. Credit 1 to 3.

Understanding prescriptive and descriptive negotiation theory as it applies to dyadic and multi-party negotiations, to buyer-seller transactions, dispute resolution, development of negotiation strategy and management of integrative and distributive aspects of the negotiation process.  Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

640. Managing for Creativity and Innovation. (3-0). Credit 3.

Examines factors that may foster or stifle individual, team, or organizational creative performance, and presents techniques that may improve the student’s creative thinking skills. Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

658. Managing Projects. (3-0). Credit 3.

Application of management processes to complex interdisciplinary organizational environments through the study of program and project management; adoptions of traditional management theories to the project environment; master typical project management microcomputer software for project planning; resource allocation; project budgeting; and control of project cost, schedule and performance.  Prerequisite:  Graduate classification.

675. Leadership in Organizations. Credit 1 to 3.

Review of research on procedures, styles and methods of leadership, supervision, management and administration; all aspects of leader role behavior, both in practice and in research; areas in need of further research. May be repeated for up to 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate classification.


621. Survey of Marketing. (3-0). Credit 3.

Marketing concepts and functions from the point of view of the organization and the economy. Prerequisite: Graduate classification. Note: This course may not be used for elective credit by a master’s candidate in business administration.