Program Outcomes

Scientists in modern laboratoryThe curriculum for the Master of Science in Applied Biotechnology and graduate-level Applied Bioinformatics Certificate was developed with advice from industry experts across various biotechnology disciplines. Program outcomes are based on current industry standards and best practices. You’ll graduate with a competitive edge and confidence that your skills and knowledge will match employer needs and expectations.

MS in Applied Biotechnology

Students completing the MS in Applied Biotechnology will acquire the following competencies:

You will be able to:

  • Select the most appropriate modalities, methodologies, tools, and practices to communicate complex ideas effectively across diverse audiences
  • Demonstrate effective listening, written, verbal, and nonverbal communication skills
  • Construct and deliver effective professional presentations

You will be able to:

  • Evaluate and describe systems of product research, development, and production
  • Analyze the potential for commercialization for innovations within the biotechnology industry
  • Critique and integrate changes to an existing product development pipeline
  • Compare organizational processes employed by biotech firms

You will be able to:

  • Compare and contrast emerging with existing technologies
  • Exhibit strong technical knowledge to evaluate and choose appropriate technologies
  • Demonstrate the ability to read, interpret, and apply scientific literature
  • Demonstrate competency in data analysis and statistics

You will be able to:

  • Compare best practices in leadership required for executive action
  • Demonstrate the skills and processes that maximize team performance to successfully meet goals both as an effective team member and leader
  • Identify and provide evidence-based solutions to problems in compliance, development, personnel, and finance

You will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of relevant domestic and global regulatory agencies, laws, policies, and guidance
  • Assess intellectual property considerations in biotechnology
  • Justify the importance of quality and risk management in biotechnology and explain current good practices

You will be able to:

  • Recognize, foster and apply principles of ethical and professional conduct
  • Identify professional opportunities and personal success by acquiring knowledge, networking, and other career development strategies
  • Understand cultural differences that exist in the global marketplace

Graduate Certificate in Applied Bioinformatics

Students completing the Graduate Certificate in Applied Bioinformatics will be able to:

  • Identify problems in biotechnology research that can be solved using existing software tools and algorithms.
  • Wrangle, visualize, and annotate sequence data gathered from public databases and high-throughput sequencing projects.
  • Fit applicable models to cleaned data and critically evaluate their performance.
  • Implement a range of statistical and computational methods in Python, R, and UNIX-shell scripting while managing version control with GitHub.
  • Generate multi-system workflows and data-processing pipelines to manage large-scale projects.
  • Effectively present methodologies and analytical results to project stakeholders.