Master of Science in Biotechnology Studies: Biosecurity and Biodefense
Biosecurity and Biodefense Specialization
This specialization covers a wide spectrum of subjects including agents of bioterrorism, threat analysis and response and biodefense and information technology.
The Master of Science program in biotechnology serves a number of careers at the entry-, mid-, or high-level positions, depending on the prior level of experience of the candidate.
Graduates of the biosecurity and biodefense specialization, depending on their background, can find positions such as:
- Biodefense Policy Writer
- Research Scientist
Master of Science in Biotechnology Studies Course Requirements
Fall 2007 & Beyond Requirements
- Students who wish to improve their graduate writing skills may take COMM 600, Academic Writing for Graduate Students (3).
- It is strongly recommended that BIOT 601, Introduction to Molecular Biology (3), be taken by students without a background in molecular biology.
UCSP 615 Orientation to Graduate Studies at UMUC (0), to be taken within the first 6 credits of study.
- BIOT 640 Societal Issues in Biotechnology(3)
- BIOT 630 Introduction to Bioinformatics (3)
- BIOT 645 The Business of Biotechnology (3)
- BIOT 643 Techniques of Biotechnology (3)
- PMAN 634 Foundations of Project Management (3)
* BTMN 670 must be taken after completion of 27 credits of study.
- BIOT 640 must be taken as the first program course.
- All core courses with the BIOT designator must be completed before starting any specialization.
Specialization - Biosecurity and Biodefense (BSBD)
- BSBD 640 Agents of Bioterrorism (3)
- BSBD 641 Biosecurity and Bioterrorism (3)
- HSMN 630 Business Continuity: Disaster Recovery, Planning, and Response (3)
- BSBD 642 Advanced Biosecurity and Bioterrorism (3)
- BSBD 643 Strategies for Interagency Cooperation, Verification, and Global Countermeasures in Biodefense (6)
Capstone Course: BTMN 670 Capstone in Biotechnology (3)
Take the courses in the order listed.
Note: Some course titles and numbers were revised beginning with the fall 2007 semester. If you began your program prior to fall 2007 and have chosen to follow the pre-fall 2007 curriculum, please refer to the pre-fall 2007 Study Plan to determine your degree requirements.