Biotechnology BSc at The University of Windsor - Windsor Wired


Feb 12, 2013 (4 years and 7 months ago)


The fields of biochemistry, molecular biology Curriculum,Biochemistry & ChemBiotech
The new Biotechnology BSc at the
and microbiology all contribute to the basis of stream: The new Biochemistry & ChemBiotech
University of Windsor
biotechnology, a fast growing industry that program at the University of Windsor will
0- no relevance; 3-highly relevant
focuses on product development. This industry provide extensive training for students in both
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applies biosynthetic, recombinant DNA the theory and practice of biotechnology. Dr.
Work Experience/co-op
technologies and genetic engineering to living William Mak, an author of the report An
organisms or cell processes to generate new Inventory of Biotechnology Education in
compounds and products for use in medical Canada, (see front cover) has stressed that basic
therapeutic, medical diagnostic, pharmaceutical, courses such as biochemistry, biotechnology,
Hands-on (Lab/Bench skills)
agricultural, non-medical diagnostic, and chemistry, chromatography, technical methods,
Chemistry, synthetic organic
environmental applications such as metal and microbiology are all courses that industry
recovery, and pollution control. The novel considers very relevant. Moreover, the
Analytical chemistry
products being developed can be beneficial to biotechnology industry rates the following the
DNA vaccine/ molecular biology/
people and to society. Biotechnology uses state top six relevant factors of training/experience to
Regulatory development process
of the art technologies and is also an applied include work experience, biochemistry, quality
Applied statistics/ clinical design
science. The world-wide growth potential of assurance/control, hands-on lab/bench skills,
biotechnology has been estimated to be $60 synthetic organic chemistry, and analytical
billion dollars by the year 2000; it has been chemistry. Thus this program focuses on these
Animal Models/ Physiology
predicted that biotechnology will be at the courses to establish a sound theoretical basis of
forefront of applied sciences in the 21st century. biotechnology in combination with practical,
Bioinformatics/ management of large
Students at Windsor can receive training in experimental, hands-on training.
Biotechnology in two streams:
Combinatorial Chemistry
Faculty and Facilities
High throughput screening
1- ChemBiotech offered through the
There are 7 professors in the Chemistry and
Physical Chemistry
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Biochemistry Department who are active
Quantitative biology/ biocybernetics
researchers in the biotechnology field. All are
2- MolecularBiotech offered through the
well funded by national granting agencies and
Bioreactors/ hollow fibre
Department of Biological Scienccs
train their graduate students in their research
projects. Moreover the University of Windsor
1- Biochemistry & ChemBiotech Stream, a
has invested heavily in state of the art equipment
four year undergraduate program.
and technologies for the newly established
The figure above is a survey of the Biotech
integrated laboratory course.
Please Note: Students enrolled in
Industry in Canada for their rating of
Biochemistry & ChemBiotech are also able to
Training/Experience Attributes (from
fulfill their pre-professional requirements by
Biotechnology Education in Canada  1998
Students who complete this program will be well
carefully selecting their optional courses.
bhrc)trained to further their careers in academic, • molecular biologist/genetic engineer Year 3 - Winter
59-xxx (lab) Biotechnology Internship I (lab course
industrial, medical or government settings. • patent agent
Some scientists have established their own
59-321 Instrumental Analysis
small biotechnology companies. Moreover
Suggested Schedule of courses
59-361 Metabolic and Regulatory Processes II
many drug and chemical companies have
Year 1 - Fall
59-365 Protein and Nucleic Acid Chemistry
55-140 Biological Diversity
created biotechnology divisions.. The
59-140 General Chemistry I
employment outlook for this emerging field is
60-140 Problem solving, Programmes and
very good. As more businesses are developed,
the demand for biotechnologists will also
Year 3 - Summer
62-140 Calculus A
increase. Our graduates will be able to
59-xxx (lab) Biotechnology Internship II (work
64-140 Introductory Physics I
contribute to the many facets of this growth experience-120 hours)
industry, and will help Canada capture a sizable
Year 1 - Winter
Year 4 - Fall
portion of this globally important market.
55-141 Cell Biology
59-410 (lab) Biotechnology Internship III (Research
59-141 General Chemistry II
Work Functions 60-141 Introduction to Programming
59-466 Drug design
62-141 Calculus b
• applied/industrial research
59-468 DNA Science and Diagnostics
64-141 Introductory Physics II
• academic, medical, and government
Year 2 - Fall
• research and development management
55-238 Introductory Microbiology and Techniques
• basic research Year 4 - Winter
59-230 Organic Chemistry
• medical diagnostics 59-410 (lab) Biotechnology Internship III (Research
59-240 Physical Chemistry
project continues)
• pharmaceutical research
59-250 Introductory Inorganic Chemistry I
59-465 Enzymes and Biotechnology
• forensics
Option arts
59-480 Bioinformatics/Genomics/Proteomics
• marketing
• consulting Year 2 - Winter
55-213 General Physiology
59-235 Organic Chemistry II
Job titles
Five biology courses are required.
59-241 Physical Chemistry II
• research biochemist
59-251 Introductory Inorganic Chemistry II
• pharmaceutical chemist
59-261 Organic Chemistry of Biomolecules
• food chemist
Year 3 - Fall
• medicinal chemist
55-350 Molecular and Cell Biology
• pesticide chemist
59-320 Analytical Chemistry
• residue chemist
59-34x Computational Chemistry
• biomaterials chemist
59-360 Metabolic and Regulatory Processes I
• environmental chemist/ toxicologist
• pharmacologist