The PSM is "an education aimed at future managers who will be able to move comfortably in the business of science." - USA Today
Biotechnology is technology based on biology, agriculture, food science, and medicine. Modern use of the term usually refers to genetic engineering as well as cell and tissue culture technologies. However, the concept encompasses a wider range and history of procedures for modifying living things according to human purposes, going back to domestication of animals, cultivation of plants and "improvements" to these through breeding programs that employ artificial selection and hybridization.
The field of Biotechnology seeks to develop new applications and products and/or improve the quality of existing products that are of benefit to our society. The new Professional Science Masters (PSM) program in Biotechnology at the University of Northern Iowa emphasizes strengthening and enhancing molecular biology skills along with providing an understanding of the business and marketing aspects of biotechnology. The program is also focused on developing written and oral communication skills of students so that they can succeed in the various biotechnology sectors in the US and abroad.
Overview of the Program
Admission is restricted to students with a GPA of 3.00 or higher and a B.A. or B.S. in Biotechnology, Biology, Biochemistry or a related discipline. Students must have taken an Introductory General Biology sequence, Genetics and one or more courses in Molecular Biology or equivalents to be considered.
The following must be submitted in their entirety for full consideration for admission into the program.
Note: New applications are accepted only for Fall semester, no Spring admission. Deadline for admission is April 1.
Forms for International Admission application, department application and evaluation forms are available here.
All international application materials and evaluation letters for international students should be sent to the International Admissions Office, 002 Gilchrist Hall, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0018.
International students should contact the International Admissions Office for additional information.
This major is available on the non-thesis option only. A minimum of 30 semester hours is required. A minimum of 18 semester hours of 200-level course work is required.
|Required Coursework||18-20 hours|
|840:240||Advanced Cellular and Molecular Biology (Spring)||3 hours|
|840:280||Advanced Analytical Techniques (Fall)||3 hours|
|820:209||Business Management for Science Professionals (Spring)||3 hours|
|820:215||Corporate/Industrial Problem Solving (Spring)||3 hours|
|820:289||Seminar (Fall and Spring)||2 hours|
|Elective Courses||10-12 hours|
|First Tier Electives|
|840:121||Plant Biotechnology||4 hours|
|840:127||Bioinformatics Applications||3 hours|
|840:129||Genomics and Proteomics||3 hours|
|840:153||Recombinant DNA Techniques||4 hours|
|860:154||Biochemistry I||4 hours|
|840:122||Plant Physiology||4 hours|
|840:128||Cell Biology||4 hours|
|840:146||Developmental Biology of Animals||4 hours|
|860:155||Biochemistry II||2 hours|
|860:156||Biochemistry Laboratory||2 hours|
*Students who have completed two courses in the First Tier, or their equivalent, may select electives from the Second Tier.
Internship and Employment Opportunities
Recent industry placements include Pioneer Hi-Bred and Cambrex Corporation. UNI Biotechnology PSM graduates are also employed by federal, state, county and city agencies and in non-profit organizations.
For further information, please contact:
Dr. Kavita R. Dhanwada, Biotechnolgy PSM Program Coordinator
University of Northern Iowa Department of Biology
In addition to Biotechnology, The University of Northern Iowa offers Professional Science Master's Degrees in:
Note: Before you enroll in a PSM program at The University of Northern Iowa, you must apply for admission to the Graduate College. Click here for application information.