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Biotechnology Transfer Curriculum Science Division

Nature of the Program

The pre-biotechnology curriculum prepares students to transfer into Ferris State University as juniors who are eligible to enter the Biotechnology Program leading to a Bachelor of Science degree. Students receive an Associates of Science degree from Delta prior to completing a laboratory intensive third and fourth year at Ferris State including an internship in industry. A degree in biotechnology prepares students to enter the growing field of biotechnology and molecular biology with applications in medicine, forensics, marine biology, pharmacology, veterinary medicine and agriculture.

Careers in Biotechnology

Biotechnology is the use of living organisms to produce useful products. The development of new and improved drugs and vaccines, medical diagnostics and the genetic engineering of healthier and more nourishing agricultural products are all examples of biotechnology. Biotechnology is considered one of the most promising fields for growth and employment in the twenty first century.

Cutting Edge Applications

  • Recombinant DNA technology
  • Protein purification and biochemical analysis
  • Cell and tissue culture techniques
  • Monoclonal antibodies

Jobs Opportunities

  • Research associate or technician in industry or university settings
  • Manufacturing or production associate
  • Product development engineer
  • Quality control analyst or engineer
  • Microbiologist or biochemist

Typical Starting Salary

$30,000-36,000, advancing to $40,000-50,000.


The Pre-Biotechnology curriculum provides students with the general education requirements needed for articulation with the only four year degree in biotechnology offered in the state of Michigan. The curriculum includes a broad background in:

  • Science biology, inorganic and organic chemistry, physics
  • Mathematics algebra, trigonometry, pre-calculus
  • Communications, English, speech
  • Social Sciences selected to satisfy the FSU general education requirements of Humanities Global and Social Awareness and Race, Ethnicity, Gender Issues

Pre-Biotechnology Associate in Science Degree Requirements

General Education Requirements Semester Credit Hours

ENG 111 College Composition I (3 Credit Hours)

ENG 112 College Composition I (3 Credit Hours)

Social Science (2 different subject areas - 8 Credit Hours)

Humanities (2 different subject areas - 8 credit hours)

Physical Education (2 Activities - 2 credit hours)

Science Requirements

BIO 171 Integrated General Biology I 4

CHM 111 General and Inorganic I 4

BIO 172 Integrated General Biology II 4

CHM 112 General and Inorganic II 4

BIO 274 Introduction to Biotechnology 2

CHM 211 Organic Chemistry I 5

PHY 111 General Physics I 4

CHM 212 Organic Chemistry II 5

PHY 112 General Physics II 4

MTH 151 Pre-Calculus 4

Also Recommended: BIO 145 or BIO 199 Human Genetics or Heredity and Sexuality 4.
This curriculum account for 66 credits of the 67 maximum credits that Ferris will accept.

Ferris Curriculum for 3rd and 4th Years:

  • Courses in anatomy and physiology, biochemistry, microbiology, immunology, embryology and genetics
  • Extensive hands-on laboratory experience with state-of-the art instrumentation
  • Co-op and internship experience in industry

For more information, please contact:

Charissa Urbano

office phone 989-686-9409
office location F230

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