Biotechnology Program

Program Overview/Mission

The Master of Science in Biotechnology has graduated biotechnology professionals since 2007. Our alumni go on to pursue successful research careers in academia and private industry, pursue Ph.D. degrees, or move on to alternative science careers such as scientific writers, lab managers, research coordinators, bioinformatics software developers, and project leaders and engineers. The positive feedback that we obtain from employers is highlighted by the fact that many continue to seek and hire graduates from our program.

We are the only program in Texas offering three Biotechnology Specializations

Please be informed that there are additional prerequisites for each specialization/concentration (see Biotechnology M.S. degree plan for details). In all cases for specialization requirements, evidence of completion of the course with a grade of "C" or better is required.

  Biotechnology Program Specialization Areas and Electives
 
  1. Molecular Biotechnology: Work as a Scientist in a Research Lab
    The M.S. in Biotechnology with a Specialization in Molecular Biotechnology requires 36 hours of coursework, of which 24 hours must be biotechnology (BIOT). Although laboratory courses in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry will greatly assist students, these skills will be reviewed and enhanced in BIOT 5021, Methods of Biotechnology therefore none are required.

  2. Management: Manage a Research Lab or Division
    The M.S. in Biotechnology with a Specialization in Management and Marketing Biology requires 36 hours of coursework, of which 18 hours must be in biotechnology (BIOT) or biology (BIOL). Students enrolled in the Management and Marketing specialization cannot take more than 15 hours of Management and/or Marketing courses.

  3. Bioinformatics: Develop or Utilize Bioinformatics Data Managements Tools
    The M.S. in Biotechnology with a Specialization in Bioinformatics/Computational Biology requires 36 hours of coursework, of which 18 hours must be in biotechnology (BIOT). 
  Why UHCL?
 

UHCL's Biotechnology program is the ideal environment to pursue a Master of Science in biotechnology

  1. You will work directly with our Ph.D. faculty in small classes- they will teach your courses and you will do research in their labs
  2. Our campus is close to the Texas Medical Center in Houston, the largest innovation incubator in the USA and one of the best sources of employment for our alumni
  3. Our next-door neighbor, NASA's Johnson Space Center, has close ties with many of our faculty
  4. Our program offers flexible course scheduling including many evenings courses, catering to traditional and non-traditional students

You will find a home in our richly diverse community of students and scholars. Even though UHCL is a small regional institution, our partners and collaborators make it possible for our students to obtain a world-class education with access to cutting edge technology.


Program Degrees

Admission Requirements

  • Biotechnology M.S.
  • Admission Deadline

    Standard Graduate Admission Deadline

  • Application
    A standard university application is required.
  • Requirements
    • 3.0 GPA
    • GRE Total Score of 290 (140 Verbal + 150 Quantitative)
    • GRE Essay of 3.5
    • Additional Requirements – Undergraduate degree in Biology or related field

Additional Admission Information

  Biotechnology Basic Requirements
 

Applicants should have completed the appropriate foundation course work prior to admission.

  • BIOL 3341 Molecular Genetics
  • BIOL 4341 Biochemistry I
  • BIOL 4344/4345/4343 Comparative Animal Physiology or Human Physiology or Plant Physiology 
  • BIOL 4347 Cellular Physiology
  • BIOL 4351 Molecular Biology
  • STAT 3308  Computational Statistics

Applicants missing certain required courses may be admitted on condition that they complete the specified undergraduate foundation courses for full admission to the program. Students may enroll in these courses after admittance. Evidence of completion of the course with a grade of "C" or better is required.  A maximum of 6 credit hours of the 4000-level courses listed above may be applied toward the 36 hours required for the M.S. degree.

  Specialization Prerequisites
 

Upon acceptance to the M.S. in Biotechnology, students must declare the specialization to be pursued:   

  1. Molecular Biotechnology
  2. Bioinformatics/ Computational Biology
  3. Biotechnology Management  

Please be informed that there are additional prerequisites for each specialization/concentration (see Biotechnology M.S. degree plan for details). In all cases for specialization requirements, evidence of completion of the course with a grade of "C" or better is required.

  Biotechnology Extended Coursework or Capstone (non-thesis) Option  
 
  • 33 hours of coursework in one of the 3 Specialization areas
  • Of these 33 hours, 18-24 hours (depending on the specialization) must be courses on the BIOT rubric
  • 3 hours of BIOT 6838 Research Project and Seminar (capstone) taken in the last 12 hours
  Biotechnology Thesis Option
 
  • A minimum of 27 hours of Biotechnology courses in one of the three specialization areas                                 
  • BIOT 5530 Research Methods in Biotechnology                                                                        
    • taken in 1st or 2nd semester
    • consult early with faculty advisor
  • 6 hours of BIOT 6939 Master's Thesis Option  

Graduate students who are pursuing the MS thesis option should refer to CSE’s Master Thesis Requirements.                              

If a student takes more than 6 hours of BIOT 6939, they will not able to count them towards their degree and will only receive a grade for 6 hours.  Once they enroll  in the course, they have to stay continually enrolled until they graduate.  Any hours  above the 6 will show a credit only with no grade. A grade the 6 hours will only be assigned after completion and successful defense of thesis work. In the meantime,  it will show “IP” or in progress.  

Program Faculty

Martha C. Ariza

Martha Ariza

Lecturer in Biotechnology,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3763
Email: Ariza@UHCL.edu
Office: B3321

Faculty Bio

Thomas Garcia
Thomas Garcia

Thomas Garcia

Assistant Professor of Biology,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3740
Email: GarciaT@UHCL.edu
Office: B3321

Faculty Bio

W. Ronald Mills
Ronald Mills

W. Ronald Mills

Professor of Biology and Chemistry,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3773
Email: mills@uhcl.edu
Office: B3531-1

Faculty Bio

Russell Minton

Russell L. Minton

Associate Professor of Biology,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3760
Email: Minton@UHCL.edu
Office: B3531

Faculty Bio

Richard Puzdrowski
Richard Puzdrowski

Richard L. Puzdrowski Jr.

Associate Professor of Biology, Biotechnology, Environmental Science and Cooperative Degree Program Advisor ,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3750
Email: puzdrowski@uhcl.edu
Office: B3525- 4

Faculty Bio

M. Bazlur Rashid
Bazlur Rashid

Bazlur Rashid

Associate Professor of Biology and Biotechnology,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283 3756
Email: rashid@uhcl.edu
Office: 3525-11

Faculty Bio

Larry Rohde
Larry Rohde

Larry Rohde

Department Chair of Biological & Environmental Sciences and Associate Professor of Biology and Biotechnology ,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3743
Email: rohde@uhcl.edu
Office: B3525-6

Faculty Bio

Lory Z. Santiago-Vazquez
Lory Santiago-Vázquez

Lory Z. Santiago-Vázquez

Program Chair of Biotechnology, Associate Professor of Biology and Biotechnology,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3776
Email: santiago@uhcl.edu
Office: B3525-7

Faculty Bio

Brian Stephens
Brian Stephens

Brian Stephens

Associate Professor of Biotechnology and Biology,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3798
Email: Stephensb@UHCL.edu
Office: B3525

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Carl Zhang
Chunlong Zhang

Chunlong (Carl) Zhang

Program Chair of Environmental Science and Professor of Environmental Science, Environmental Chemisty ,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3746
Email: zhang@uhcl.edu
Office: B3531

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