DEB Prerequisites

Students interested in participating in DEB must be enrolled in the Ph.D. program of one of the participating graduate groups. Please refer to the participating faculty (under About the DEB) for a complete list of the departments or graduate groups currently affiliated with the graduate program. It is recommended that a student enroll during the first two years of their Ph.D. program.

The DEB program welcomes the addition of new departments and graduate groups. Please contact the Biotechnology Program for application instructions.


DEB 263
Biotechnology Fundamentals and Applications (Must be completed BEFORE QE)
Offered: every Winter Quarter

DEB/ECH 294 (formerly MCB/ECH 294)
Current Progress in Biotechnology Seminar Course (Course Schedule)
Offered every quarter. A minimum of 3 quarters of enrollment in the course is required. (MIC 292 may be substituted for 1 quarter of MCB/ECH 294 but is only offered every other Winter quarter). A summary report on the seminars is required at the end of the quarter.

DEB 282 (formerly MCB 282)
Biotechnology Internship
A minimum of 3 months internship at a local biotechnology company or cross college laboratory. Internships should be discussed with . DEB Internship Guide/Instructions can be found HERE.

MIC 292 (elective - however it may be substituted for 1 quarter of DEB/ECH 294) Schedule HERE
From Discovery to Product: An Introduction to Biotechnology at the Industrial Level (Seminar Schedule)
Offered every other Winter quarter (even numbered years). A Summary report on the seminars is required at the end of the quarter.

Must take one of the BIOETHICS courses listed below
(Should be completed BEFORE QE)

464RCR (Under Medical Sciences, MDS)
Responsible Conduct of Research
Same as CLH 204, offered every Summer, some Fall, depending on interest

ABG 401
Ethics and Professionalism in Animal Biology
Offered Spring Quarter

BIM 209
Scientific Ethics and Inquiry
Offered Spring Quarter

CLH 204
Responsible Conduct of Research
Same as 464 RCR, offered every Summer depending on interest

GGG 296
Scientific Professionalism and Integrity
Offered Fall Quarter

PLP 298
Scientific Ethics in Biotech Research
Offered Winter Quarter

PMI 250
Philosophy and Ethics of Biomedical Science
Offered Spring Quarter


BIM 221: (Drug Delivery Systems) Course reviews the fundamental engineering and biotechnology principles critical for the formulation and delivery of therapeutic agents, including peptide/protein drugs and small molecules. Offered: Spring Quarter

CHE 298: (Chemical Biology for Energy and Environment) Course focuses on how to design biosythetic pathways. Good elective for students who are interested in biotechnology for energy, food, and environment. Offered: Winter Quarter

EEC 245: (Micro- and Nano-technology in Life Sciences) The integration of microfabrication, nanotechnology and the life sciences has generated powerful tools to study biological questions, as well as to diagnose and treat diseases. The unifying objective of this interdisciplinary course is to train students from different backgrounds to be conversant across multiple disciples and acquire skills to approach complex biomedical problems. Offered: Winter Quarter

MGT 290-003: (Biotechnology Industry Immersion - a GSM course) Biotechnology has been a disruptive technology in the life sciences industry, especially in biomedical therapeutics and diagnostics. Continued success in the biotechnology industry requires the application of extraordinary leadership and management skills in addition to the spcientific innovations. This course is recommended for DEB students in their 3-5th year. Offered: Winter Quarter

PBI 298: (Plant Specialized Metabolism) Good elective for students who are interested in biotechnology for energy, food, and environment. Offered: Spring Quarter


The PhD qualifying exam should demonstrate appropriate knowledge with the are of biotechnology. At least one faculty member of the Designated Emphasis in Biotechnology Program MUST participate in the qualifying examination.

DEB 263 MUST be completed BEFORE the qualifying examination.

DEB/ECH 294 and ONE of the Bioethics Courses SHOULD be completed BEFORE the qualifying examination.

DEB 282 may be completed after the qualifying examination.


The dissertation committee shall include at least one faculty member of the Designated Emphasis in Biotechnology program. (The major professor must be a participating DEB faculty member).

SAMPLE DEB Academic Training Plan (~5.5 year average time to degree):

Year 1

  • Make an appointment with Dr. Denneal Jamison-McClung ( to discuss DEB program admission.
  • Begin required coursework (must take DEB263, MCB/ECH294 seminar series and an approved ethics course prior to the Qualifying Exam).
  • Apply for relevant DEB-related fellowships and traineeships.

Years 2-3

  • Finish required coursework and prepare to take the Qualifying Exam.  Make sure at least one DEB faculty member is included on the QE committee.
  • Start building science communication skills and polishing a professional curriculum vitae (CV).
    • Give a Pizza Chalk Talk – good practice for the QE.
    • Develop a professional CV with guidance of program administrators (DEB template).
    • Present a poster at the Annual Biotech Retreat.
    • Attend the MCB/ECH294 Current Progress in Biotechnology seminars (3 quarters for credit)
    • Volunteer for 1-2 outreach events or activities per year.  Each quarter, opportunities are sent to the listserv (E-mentoring, HS Lab Tours, Picnic Day, Career Fairs, Teen Biotech Challenge web design competition).
  • Apply for relevant DEB-related fellowships and traineeships.

Year 4

  • Set internship goals (Skills you’d like to acquire? Location? Industry?) and meet with program administrators to begin looking for opportunities at least one year prior to the ideal internship start date. Timing varies between students - the internship may be completed post-QE thru graduation. Student must enroll in MCB282 to receive credit hours.
    • Finalize your professional CV and template cover letter with help of program administrators.
    • Audit MCB/ECH294 seminars of interest to network with speakers re: internship possibilities at lunch.
  • Continue building science communication skills, volunteering for outreach and updating the professional CV.

Year 5

  • Internship (…and sometimes…a job offer)
  • Dissertation and Exit Seminar!


Attendance at the annual Biotechnology Retreat and at the informal Pizza Seminars (Chalk Talks) by students and faculty on their current research.

Public service is highly recommended, especially on projects organized by the Biotechnology Program.







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