Coursework

M.A. Biotechnology
Prospective Students

The focus of the curriculum is the basic principles of biotechnology and specific applications in various fields. The use of biotechnology to fight disease will be emphasized. 

Click for a list of  pre-approved courses.

Core Courses 

Four core courses are required for all students in the program:

  1. Biotechnology (Fall)
  2. Drugs & Disease (Fall)
  3. Seminar in Biotechnology (Spring; includes advanced topics in biotechnology)
  4. Supervised Research in Biotechnology (Summer) / Intensive Laboratory Course(Summer)

Elective Courses

Students will also choose five courses from over 50 electives (17 in the Department of Biological Sciences) relevant to modern biotechnology. The Biological Sciences electives will include courses in molecular and cellular biology, biochemistry, neurobiology, genetics, developmental biology, immunology and cancer research. Electives offered may include: 

  • Entrepreneurship in Biotechnology
  • Biotechnology Law
  • BioPharmaceutical Development & Regulation
  • Molecular Biology of Cancer
  • Cellular Neurobiology
  • Systems Neurobiology
  • Advanced Seminar in Neurobiology
  • Neural Systems: Circuits in the brain
  • Genetics
  • Whole Genome Bioinformatics
  • Cell Biology
  • Molecular Biology of Disease
  • Biology and Physics of Single Molecules
  • Immunology
  • The Cell as a Machine
  • Microbiology and Bioterrorism
  • Origins of Life
  • Biochemistry I: Structure and metabolism
  • Molecular Biology
  • Signal Transduction

See the above link to pre-approved courses for a complete this of the elective courses offered.

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Academic Office

Department of Biological Sciences
600 Fairchild Center
Mail Code 2402
Columbia University
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New York, NY 10027
biology@columbia.edu
212 854-4581