DEB COURSE REQUIREMENTS
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.
REQUIRED DEB COURSES:
DEB/ECH 294 (formerly MCB/ECH 294)
DEB 282 (formerly MCB 282)
MIC 292 (elective - however it may be substituted for 1 quarter of DEB/ECH 294) Schedule HERE
Must take one of the BIOETHICS courses listed below
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
QUALIFYING EXAM REQUIREMENTS:
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):
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.