Biotechnology Concentration

Vicky Mello '15 looking through microscopeThis is an exciting time to enter the field of animal science since research on gene regulation and early embryo development has resulted in novel techniques to manipulate and exploit the genomes of domestic animals for both food production and biomedical purposes. Animals also contribute to human health through their role in research as models for humans. In the Biotechnology sector, small numbers of valuable animals are used and demand specialized care and management. The Biotechnology industry is a steady source of well-remunerated jobs in Massachusetts. The opportunities in these areas are expanding rapidly in the Northeast. Biotechnologists explore and develop new technologies in molecular biology, molecular genetics, embryo manipulation and cell and tissue culture. Graduates of the Biotechnology Concentration are enrolled in or have completed graduate programs (Ph.D., D.V.M., M.D.) or are laboratory research technicians at universities including Harvard, Cornell and UMass, or work in private companies such as Charles Rivers Laboratories, Pfizer, Advanced Cell Technology, and Genentech.

For those students who choose to follow a career in Biotechnology, the Department offers a strong, well-structured curriculum that can help make them highly competitive in this market. This concentration will also prepare students for graduate school, if they choose to follow this path.

All Animal Science majors must satisfy a set of basic science core courses and the Animal Science core courses. The specific offerings of this concentration commence in the Fall semester of the junior year and continue through to graduation.

These specialty courses emphasize research animal management and welfare, as well as laboratory courses in biotechnology, immunology, and microbiology. Students have the opportunity to work in the laboratories of nationally and internationally recognized scientists studying immunology, reproduction and development, genetics and toxicology. The department houses an impressive array of research equipment and facilities including histology and sophisticated microscopy facilities, molecular biology labs for identifying and quantifying animal and human gene expression, sterile tissue culture facilities and micro-injection facilities and a Bio-safety level 3 containment facility. Research in departmental laboratories is targeted to lab animal models including rodents and frogs as well as cows, goats, sheep, poultry, and horses.

Animal Science Major - Biotechnology Concentration

Biotechnology Concentration Checklist

Freshman Year - Fall    

     ANIMLSCI 101 - Intro to Animal Science, 4
     BIOLOGY 151 - Intro Biology I, 4
     MATH 104 - Pre-Calculus, 3
     General Education Class AI/AT/SB/HS/I +DG or DU, 4
     FYFS Freshmen Seminar or Residential Academic Program (RAP), 1
       Credits 16

Freshman Year - Spring

    ANIMLSCI 103 - Intro  Animal Management, 4
    BIOLOGY 152/153 Intro Biology II and Lab, 5
    CHEM 111 - General Chemistry I, 4
    ENGLWRIT 112 - College Writing, 3
    MATH 127- Calculus (Prereq for Vet School), 3
      Credits 16/19

Sophomore Year - Fall

     ANIMLSCI 220 - Anatomy & Physiology, 4
     ANIMLSCI 260 - Animal Welfare, 4
     CHEM 112 - General Chemistry II, 4
     STATS 111 or STATS 240 or RESECON 212- Statistics OR General Education Class, 3/4
       Credits 15/16

Sophomore Year - Spring

     ANIMLSCI 285 - Cellular & Molecular Biology, 3
     CHEM 250 or CHEM 261 - Organic Chemistry, 3
     General Education Class, 4
     STATS 111 or STATS 240 or RESECON 212- Statistics OR General Education Class, 3/4
     ANIMLSCI 392A - Careers Seminar, 1
        Credits 14/15

Junior Year - Fall

     ANIMLSCI 311 - Genetics, 3
     ANIMLSCI 365- Fundamentals in Vet. and Biomedical Lab Techniques, 3
     ANIMLSCI 455 - Research Animal Management I, 4
     ANIMLSCI 332-Animal Nutrition or ANIMLSCI 333-Equine,Cattle & Companion Animal Nutrition (fall),3/4
     ANIMLSCI 391C, 391M- Biotechnology Research II or ANIMLSCI 386 Veterinary Oncology
      or ANIMLSCI 487 - Fundamental Vertebrate Embryology, 2/3
       Credits 15/17

Junior Year - Spring

     MICROBIOLOGY 310 - General Microbiology, 3
     NATSCI 387 - CNS Junior Writing or Elective or General Education Class, 3/4
     ANIMLSCI 456 - Research Animal Management II, 4
     ANIMLSCI 332-Animal Nutrition or ANIMLSCI 333-Equine,Cattle & Companion Animal Nutrition (fall),3/4
     ANIMLSCI 391C, 391M- Biotechnology Research II or ANIMLSCI 386 Veterinary Oncology
      or ANIMLSCI 487 - Fundamental Vertebrate Embryology, 2/3
       Credits 15/18

Senior Year - Fall 

     ANIMLSCI 494PI - IE- Adv. Animal Health & Management or ANIMLSCI 494OH - IE: One Health, 3     
     ANIMLSCI 472-Infection & Immunity or ANIMLSCI 572 - Molecular Immunology (spring semester), 3
     ANIMLSCI 491C or 491M- Biotechnology Research III, 3
     ANIMLSCI 366 - Veterinary Microbiology or Elective, 2/4
     BIOCHEM 320 - Biochemistry, 3
       Credits 15/17

Senior Year - Spring

     ANIMLSCI 494GI - IE- Good Intentions, 3
     ANIMLSCI 572 - Molecular Immunology or ANIMLSCI 472-Infection & Immunity (fall semester), 3
     ANIMLSCI 421 - Wildlife Reproduction or ANIMLSCI 521 - Physiology of Reproduction, 3/4
     ANIMLSCI 366 - Veterinary Microbiology or Elective, 2/4
     NATSCI 387 - CNS Junior Writing or Elective, 3/4
       Credits - 14/18