Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University
Jefferson College of Health Professions
Medical Laboratory Sciences & Biotechnology

Curriculum

The curriculum for Biotechnology/Molecular Sciences varies based on the program option you choose.

2-Year Plan a College Education (PACE) Program

A two-year Bachelor of Science program that occurs during a student's junior and senior years of undergraduate study. Students must apply during their senior year of high school.

Credit Requirements

CREDIT SUMMARY CREDITS
Credits Required for Admission 55
Credits for Junior Year 30-31
Credits for Senior Year 35
Total Credits for BS in Bioscience Technologies (PACE option) 120-121

Junior Year

Fall Semester (16 credits)

Course Title Credits
LS 301 Molecular Biology 3
BT 305 Intro to Biotechnology 3
BT 303 Molecular Preparatory Techniques 3
BT 310 Basic Molecular Techniques 4
LS 304 Biochemistry 3

Spring Semester (14-15 credits)

Course Title Credits
LS 440 Current Research in the Biosciences 2
BT 320 Cell and Tissue Culture 4
BT 410 Molecular Diagnostic Techniques 4
BT 411 Protein Purification and Characterization 3
Elective 1-2

Senior Year

Fall Semester (17 credits)

Course Title Credits
LS 311 Functional Histology 2
BT 412 Biotechnology Practicum I 3
BT 422 Biotechnology Practicum II 3
MT 331 Immunology 3
BT 405 Microbial Genetics 3
HCA 300 Healthcare Delivery in America 3

Spring Semester (18 credits)

Course Title Credits
LS 416 Comprehensive Examination 0
GE 437 Advanced Human Genetics 3
LS 430 Laboratory Standards and Practices 3
BT 401 Intro to Bioinformatics 2
LS 426 Flow Cytometry I 2
LS 427 Flow Cytometry II 2
BT 432 Biotechnology Practicum III 3
BT 442 Biotechnology Practicum IV 3

3+2 Entry-Level Master's Partnership Program

A two-year Bachelor of Science and Master of Science program that occurs after a student has taken three years at a partner institution. Students must apply during their senior year of high school.

Credit Requirements

CREDIT SUMMARY CREDITS
Credits Required for Admission 82
Undergraduate Phase Credits 39
Graduate Phase Credits 35-37
Total Credits for BS/MS in Bioscience Technologies (3+2 option) 156-158

Year One (Undergraduate Phase)

Fall Semester (19 credits)

Course Title Credits
LS 301 Molecular Biology 3
LS 304 Biochemistry 3
BT 303 Molecular Preparatory Techniques 3
BT 310 Basic Molecular Techniques 4
BT 405 Microbial Genetics 3
MT 331 Immunology 3

Spring Semester (20 credits)

COURSE TITLE CREDITS
BT 411 Protein Purification and Characterization 3
BT 320 Cell and Tissue Culture 4
LS 540 Current Research in the Biosciences 3
BT 406 Intro to Bioinformatics 2
BT 410 Molecular Diagnostic Techniques 4
LS 426 Flow Cytometry I 2
LS 427 Flow Cytometry II 2

Year Two (Graduate Phase)

Fall Semester (17-18 credits)

COURSE TITLE CREDITS
LS 603 Research Design 2
LS 640 Methods in Bioscience Education 3
LS 804 Experimental Research I 1
BT 812 Practicum I 3
BT 813 Practicum II 3
Concentration Electives* 6

Spring Semester (18-19 credits)

COURSE TITLE CREDITS
LS 610 Regulatory and Fiscal Issues in Laboratory Management 3
GE 637 Advanced Human Genetics 3
BT 814 Practicum III 3
BT 815 Practicum IV 3
LS 816 Comprehensive Examination 0

LS 803 Contemporary Topics Research

-OR-

LS 805 Experimental Research II

2

 

1

Concentration Elective* 3

* Select a total of 9 credits of concentration electives from graduate level courses offered throughout the University. These courses should focus on and reflect contemporary areas of clinical or research laboratory management, administration and advanced practice.

Concentration areas include but are not limited to:

  • Management and supervision
  • Financial management
  • Regulatory and quality management
  • Research skills

2-Year Option Bachelor's

A two-year Bachelor of Science program.

Credit Requirements

CREDIT SUMMARY CREDITS
Credits Required for Admission 55
Credits for Junior Year 30-31
Credits for Senior Year 35
Total Credits for BS in Bioscience Technologies (2-year option) 120-121

Junior Year

Fall Semester (16 credits)

Course Title CREDITS
LS 301 Molecular Biology 3
BT 305 Intro to Biotechnology 3
BT 303 Molecular Preparatory Techniques 3
BT 310 Basic Molecular Techniques 4
LS 304 Biochemistry 3

Spring Semester (14-15 credits)

Course Title CREDITS
LS 440 Current Research in the Biosciences 2
BT 320 Cell and Tissue Culture Techniques 4
BT 410 Molecular Diagnostic Techniques 4
BT 411 Protein Purification and Characterization 3
Elective 1-2

Senior Year

Fall Semester (17 credits)

Course Title CREDITS
LS 311 Functional Histology 2
BT 412 Biotechnology Practicum I 3
BT 422 Biotechnology Practicum II 3
MT 331 Immunology 3
BT 405 Microbial Genetics 3
HCA 300 Healthcare Delivery in America 3

Spring Semester (18 credits)

Course Title CREDITS
LS 416 Comprehensive Examination 0
GE 437 Advanced Human Genetics 3
BT 401 Intro to Bioinformatics 2
LS 426 Flow Cytometry I 2
LS 427 Flow Cytometry II 2
BT 432 Biotechnology Practicum III 3
BT 442 Biotechnology Practicum IV 3
LS 430 Lab Standards and Practices 3

1-Year Option Bachelor's

An accelerated Bachelor of Science program.

Credit Requirements

CREDIT SUMMARY CREDITS
Credits Required for Admission 70
Credits for Senior Year 54
Total Credits for BS in Bioscience Technologies (1-year option) 124

Senior Year

Fall Semester (19 credits)

Course Title CREDITS
LS 301 Molecular Biology 3
BT 303 Molecular Preparatory Techniques 3
BT 310 Basic Molecular Techniques 4
BT 405 Microbial Genetics 3
LS 304 Biochemistry 3
MT 331 Immunology 3

Spring Semester (20 credits)

Course Title CREDITS
LS 440 Current Research in the Biosciences 2
BT 320 Cell and Tissue Culture Techniques 4
BT 406 Intro to Bioinformatics 2
GE 437 Advanced Human Genetics 3

LS 426 Flow Cytometry I

-OR-

LS 427 Flow Cytometry II

2

 

2

BT 410 Molecular Diagnostic Techniques 4
BT 411 Protein Purification and Characterization 3
   

Summer Sessions I & II (15 credits)

Course Title CREDITS
BT 416 Comprehensive Examination 0
LS 430 Laboratory Standards and Practices 3
BT 412 Biotechnology Practicum I 3
BT 422 Biotechnology Practicum II 3
BT 432 Biotechnology Practicum III 3
BT 442 Biotechnology Practicum IV 3

Combined Bachelor's/Master's

A two-year Bachelor of Science and Master of Science program that occurs after a student has taken three years of specific prerequisite coursework.

Credit Requirements

CREDIT SUMMARY CREDITS
Credits Required for Admission 82
Undergraduate Phase Credits 39
Graduate Phase Credits 35-37
Total Credits for BS/MS in Bioscience Technologies (combined option) 156-158

Year One (Undergraduate Phase)

Fall Semester (19 credits)

Course Title CREDITS
LS 301 Molecular Biology 3
LS 304 Biochemistry 3
BT 303 Molecular Preparatory Techniques 3
BT 310 Basic Molecular Techniques 4
BT 405 Microbial Genetics 3
MT 331 Immunology 3

Spring Semester (20 credits)

Course Title CREDITS
BT 411 Protein Purification and Characterization 3
BT 320 Cell and Tissue Culture Techniques 4
LS 540 Current Research in the Biosciences 3
BT 406 Intro to Bioinformatics 2
LS 426 Flow Cytometry I 2
LS 427 Flow Cytometry II 2
BT 410 Molecular Diagnostic Techniques 4

Year Two (Graduate Phase)

Fall Semester (17-18 credits)

Course Title CREDITS
LS 603 Research Design 2
LS 640 Methods in Bioscience Education 3
LS 804 Experimental Research I 1
BT 812 Practicum I 3
BT 813 Practicum II 3
Concentration Electives 6

Spring Semester (18-19 credits)

Course Title CREDITS
GE 637 Advanced Human Genetics 3
LS 610 Regulatory and Fiscal Issues in Laboratory Management 3

LS 803 Contemporary Topics Research

-OR-

LS 805 Experimental Research II

2

 

1

BT 814 Practicum III 3
BT 815 Practicum IV 3
BT 816 Comprehensive Examination 0
Concentration Elective 3

* Select a total of 9 credits of concentration electives from graduate level courses offered throughout the University. These courses should focus on and reflect contemporary areas of clinical or research laboratory management, administration and advanced practice.

Concentration areas include but are not limited to:

  • Management and supervision
  • Financial management
  • Regulatory and quality management
  • Research skills

Accelerated Professional Master’s
(Full Time, 1 Year Option)

A Full Time, 1 Year Option Master of Science program.

Credit Requirements

CREDIT SUMMARY CREDITS
Total Credits for MS in Bioscience Technologies (1-year option) 58

Fall Semester (21 Credits)

Course Title CREDITS
LS 501 Molecular Biology 3
LS 603 Research Design 2
LS 504 Biochemistry 3
BT 503 Molecular Preparatory Techniques 3
BT 510 Basic Molecular Techniques 4
BT 605 Microbial Genetics 3
MT 531 Immunology 3

Spring Semester (20 Credits)

Course Title CREDITS
BT 611 Protein Purification and Characterization 3
BT 520 Cell and Tissue Culture Techniques 4
GE 637 Advanced Human Genetics 3
BT 610 Molecular Diagnostic Techniques 4
BT 606 Intro to Bioinformatics 2
LS 626 Flow Cytometry I 2
LS 627 Flow Cytometry II 2

Summer I & II (17 Credits)

Course Title CREDITS
LS 610 Regulatory and Fiscal Issues in Laboratory Management 3
LS 803 Contemporary Topics Research 2
BT 812 Practicum I 3
BT 813 Practicum II 3
BT 814 Practicum III 3
BT 815 Practicum IV 3
BT 816 Comprehensive Examination 0

 Professional Master’s
(Full Time, 2 Year Option)

A Full Time, 2 Year Option Master of Science program.

Credit Requirements

CREDIT SUMMARY CREDITS
Total Credits for MS in Bioscience Technologies (2-year option) 58-59

Fall Semester I (13 credits)

Course Title CREDITS
LS 501 Molecular Biology 3
LS 504 Biochemistry 3
BT 503 Molecular Preparatory Techniques 3
BT 510 Basic Molecular Techniques 4

Spring Semester I (16 credits)

Course Title CREDITS
BT 611 Protein Purification and Characterization 3
BT 520 Cell and Tissue Culture Techniques 4
GE 637 Advanced Human Genetics 3
BT 610 Molecular Diagnostic Techniques 4
BT 606 Intro to Bioinformatics 2

Fall Semester II (15 credits)

Course Title CREDITS
BT 603 Research Design 2
BT 605 Microbial Genetics 3
MT 531 Immunology 3
BT 812 Practicum I 3
BT 813 Practicum II 3
LS 804 Experimental Research I 1

Spring Semester II (14 - 15 credits)

Course Title CREDITS
LS 626 Flow Cytometry I 2
LS 627 Flow Cytometry II 2
BT 814 Practicum III 3
BT 815 Practicum IV 3
BT 816 Comprehensive Exam 0
LS 610 Regulatory and Fiscal Issues in Lab Management 3
LS 803 Contemporary Topics Research
-OR-
LS 805 Experimental Research II
2

1

Advanced Master's: Part-Time

A Master of Science program tailored to each student's unique interests and professional goals. 32-37 graduate credits.

Year One

Fall Semester 

COURSE TITLE CREDITS
LS 603 Research Design 2
LS 640 Methods in Bioscience Education 3
LS 812 Practicum I * 3

Spring Semester 

Course Title Credits
LS 610 Regulatory and Fiscal Issues in Laboratory Management 3
LS 613 Pathology 2
LS 813 Practicum II * 3

Summer Session I and/or II 

COURSE TITLE CREDITS
LS 814 Practicum III ** 3
Concentration Elective *** 3

Year Two

Fall Semester

COURSE TITLE CREDITS
LS 804 Experimental Research I 1
LS 815 Practicum IV ** 3
LS 504 Biochemistry 3

Spring Semester

COURSE TITLE CREDITS

LS 803 Contemporary Topics Research

-OR-

LS 805 Experimental Research II

2

 

1

Concentration Elective(s) *** 2-4

* Or substitute LS 644 Laboratory Education, Administration and Instruction (3-4 credits).

** Or substitute LS 644 Laboratory Education, Administration and Instruction (3-4 credits) or    LS 498 Special Topics in the Laboratory Sciences (3-4credits).

*** Select a total of 5-7 credits of concentration electives from graduate level courses offered throughout the University. These courses should focus on and reflect contemporary areas of clinical or research laboratory management, administration and advanced practice. Concentration areas include but are not limited to:

  • Management and supervision
  • Financial management
  • Regulatory and quality management
  • Research skills

Advanced Master's: Full-Time

A Master of Science program tailored to each student's unique interests and professional goals. 32-37 graduate credits.

Fall Semester

COURSE TITLE CREDITS
LS 603 Research Design 2
LS 640 Methods in Bioscience Education 3
LS 804 Experimental Research I 1
LS 812 Practicum I  3
LS 813 Practicum II * 3
LS 504 Biochemistry 3
Concentration Elective *** 3

Spring Semester

COURSE TITLE CREDITS
LS 610 Regulatory and Fiscal Issues in Laboratory Management 3
LS 613 Pathology 2

LS 803 Contemporary Topics Research

-OR-

LS 805 Experimental Research II

2

 

1

LS 814 Practicum III  3
LS 815 Practicum IV ** 3
Concentration Elective(s) *** 2-4

* Or substitute LS 644 Laboratory Education Administration and Instruction (3-4 credits).

** Or substitute LS 644 Laboratory Education, Administration and Instruction (3-4 credits) or    LS 645 Laboratory Administration and Management (3-4 credits).

*** Select 5-9 credits of concentration electives from graduate level courses offered throughout the University. These courses should focus on and reflect contemporary areas of clinical or research laboratory management, administration and advanced practice. Concentration areas include but are not limited to:

  • Management and supervision
  • Financial management
  • Regulatory and quality management
  • Research skills