Current Course Listings As Of Fall 2023

General

Students will need to take six core classes and five electives, which are dependent on their track selection. In addition to the curriculum listed below, students must take at least 7 credit units– between the core and electives–within SEAS courses. Those SEAS programs are: BE, BIOT, CBE, CIS/CIT, EAS, ENGR, ENM, ESE, IPD, MSE, & MEAM. If a course is cross-listed, students must take the SEAS version of it for it to count toward this 7 SEAS course requirement. Students may take up to two (2) EAS courses toward the degree. In special cases, a student can petition to use three (3) EAS courses toward the Biotech degree. EAS 8960 and EAS 8970 do not count toward the 11 CUs for the program. Students are also limited to two (2) IPD courses toward the degree. 

Students may petition to use a different course for core courses and electives both. Students should email their advisor with the course number, title, description, and their reasoning for why the course should be used toward the Biotechnology curriculum. (NOTE: Students in the Molecular Biology track may not petition to substitute another course in for their 2 CU BIOT 5990 requirement.) Petitions should be received prior to the student signing up for the course.

The curriculum below lists common courses that students take for the degree, and may be updated as more courses are allowed. Please note that not all courses will be available each semester and advisors cannot guarantee that students will get a spot in any particular course. Students should not plan their full 11.0 CU course schedule around any particular course.

Expectations for Graduate Students 

The courses listed below as what a student is allowed to take, not what they will be guaranteed to be able to take. Advisors will sign off on courses each semester based on this list, but advisors are not responsible for double-checking the following list.

Graduate students are expected to take charge of their curriculum planning, and double check in the course catalog and PATH for the following information:

  • If a course is being offered in the semester they want to take
  • If a course has prerequisites
    • If a course you’re interested in has a prerequisite, check to see if you have taken it already, or that you have the proper background previously from classes from your undergraduate degree. You can always contact the instructor of the course you wish to take and ask them if they feel the course is appropriate for you.
  • If a course has restrictions on who can take it
  • If a course has seats available
  • If a course is online, and if so, if you are allowed to take it under the SEAS online policy

Biology 4000 Level Courses

Students may take 1 CU of BIOL at the 4000 level for select course requirements in their degree. However, the course must not be cross-listed with a 5000+ level course. If it is cross-listed, students must take the 5000+ level course.

Core Curriculum

Listed below are the six core curriculum areas, along with approved courses that can be used to fulfill each requirement. Students should focus on fulfilling their core curriculum in their first two semesters, though they may take electives as well.

Students may petition to use other courses toward their core requirements, but there may be less flexibility than in the electives area.

Biochemistry

Students must take 1.0 credit unit for the Biochemistry requirement.

  • BE 5120: Bioengineering III: Biomaterials
  • BE 5270: Immune Engineering
  • BE 5510: Biomicrofluidics
  • BE 5560: Molecular Diagnostics for Precision Medicine
  • BE 5580: Principles of Biological Fabrication
  • BE 5690: Systems Biology of Cell Signaling Behavior
  • BE 6080/MTR 6200: Medical Entrepreneurship: Commercializing Translational Science
  • BE 5700: Biomechatronics
  • BIOL 5010: Advanced Cell Biology
  • BIOL 5022: Cell Signaling
  • BIOL 5026: Chromosomes and the Cell Cycle
  • BIOL 5430: Evolution and Ecology of Infectious Diseases
  • BIOL 5535: Introduction to Computational Biology & Biological Modeling
  • BIOL 5710: Microbial Diversity and Pathogenesis
  • BIOM 6000: Cell Biology
  • BMB 5180: Protein Conformation Diseases
  • BMB 5850/GCB 5850/PHRM 6500: Wistar Institute Cancer Biology Course: Signaling Pathways in Cancer
  • CAMB 5110: Principles of Development
  • CAMB 6090/IMUN6090: Vaccines and Immune Therapeutics
  • CBE 5110: Physical Chemistry of Polymers and Amphiphiles
  • CHEM 5570: Mechanisms of Biological Catalysis
  • CIS 5350/GCB 5350/MTR5350: Intro to Bioinformatics
  • GCB 5340/PHRM 5340: Experimental Genome Science

Biotechnology I: Cellular/Molecular Biology

Students must take 1.0 credit unit for the Biotechnology I requirement.

  • BE 5040: Biological Data Science II: Data Mining Principles for Epigenomics
  • BE 5510: Biomicrofluidics
  • BE 5530: Principles, Methods, and Applications of Tissue Engineering
  • BE 5580: Principles of Biological Fabrication
  • BE 5610: Musculoskeletal Biology and Bioengineering
  • BE 5670/AMCS 5670/GCB 5670: Mathematical Computation Methods for Modeling Biological Systems
  • BE 6080/MTR 6200: Medical Entrepreneurship: Commercializing Translational Science
  • BE 6400/CAMB 7030: Mechanobiology of the Cell and its Microenvironment
  • BIOL 5210: Molecular Biology and Genetics
  • BIOL 5220: Human Evolutionary Genomics
  • BIOL 5231: Genome Science and Genomic Medicine
  • BIOL 5234: Epigenetics
  • BIOM 5020: The Molecular Basis of Disease
  • BIOM 6000: Cell Biology
  • BMB 5850/GCB 5850/PHRM 6500: Wistar Institute Cancer Biology Course: Signaling Pathways in Cancer
  • CAMB 5320/PHRM 5320: Human Physiology
  • CAMB 5500: Genetic Principles
  • CAMB 6090/IMUN 6090: Vaccines and Immune Therapeutics
  • CAMB 6170: Emerging Infectious Diseases
  • CAMB 7520/GCB 7520: Genomics
  • CBE 5170: Principles of Genome Engineering
  • CBE 5250: Molecular Modeling and Simulations
  • CBE 5400/BE 5400: Biomolecular and Cellular Engineering
  • CBE 5550/BE 5550/MEAM 5550: Nanoscale Systems Biology
  • CBE 5570: Stem Cells, Proteomics and Drug Delivery
  • CBE 5590/BE 5590/SCMP 5590: Multiscale Modeling of Chemical and Biological Systems
  • CBE 5640/PHRM 5640: Drug Delivery Systems
  • CIS 5350/GCB 5350/MTR 5350: Intro to Bioinformatics
  • ENGR 5500: Biotechnology, Immunology, Vaccines and COVID-19
  • PHRM 6230/REG 6230: Fundamentals of Pharmacology

Biotechnology II: Engineering Biotechnology

Students must take 2.0 credit units (usually 2 classes) for the Biotechnology requirement.

  • CBE 5170: Principles of Genome Engineering
  • BE/CBE 5540:  Engineering Biotechnology
  • BE/CBE 5620:  Drug Discovery and Development
  • CBE 5640/PHRM 5640:  Drug Delivery Systems

For Spring 2024 only, the following course may also be used:

  • CBE 5570: Stem Cells, Proteomics and Drug Delivery

For Spring 2024 and Fall 2024 only, the following courses may also be used: 

  • REG 6120: Introduction to Drug Development
  • REG 6150 Post-Approval Maintenance of Drugs, Biologics, and Devices
  • REG 6180 Introduction to Vaccine Development

The REG courses listed above may be offered as online classes either on the Philadelphia campus or the online campus. Students may take these courses in those two formats, as long as they follow the policies outlined in the Grad Handbook. Please note that all students may only apply 2 online courses toward their Master’s degree program.

F-1 international students also have the following guidelines applied to them: 

  • Master’s students enroll in one online class per Fall and Spring semesters. Master’s students can enroll in up to two online classes in the Summer semester.
  • Master’s students on academic field studies (AFS) in the Fall semester can enroll in one online class with program and Grad RAS permission.
  • Master’s students in their final semester (including summer), must enroll in at least one on-campus class. A 100% online-only course load is not permitted in the final semester. If the student has no alternative in-person courses available for graduation, please consult Grad RAS and your ISSS advisor for further assistance.

These guidelines are applicable whether the course is used as a Biotech II requirement or any type of elective. 

Laboratory in Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering

  • CBE 5800: Masters Biotechnology Lab
  • BIOL 5825: Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics Superlab

Students who feel they have a significant amount of prior laboratory experience are welcome to request a waiver of the requirement. Details and instructions on how to request a waiver can be found on our forms website. Please note that as of November 2023, only courses in SEAS, SAS and PSOM may be used for the lab waiver. 

Free Elective

All free elective classes must have a science and technology focus. With that in mind, students may choose from the following categories and/or specific courses listed. Students should clear courses with their advisors prior to signing up:

  • Some Wharton Business 5000+ level courses
    • FNCE courses are not allowed
    • HCMG courses are allowed
    • MKTG courses are allowed
    • STAT courses are allowed
  • School of Engineering (SEAS) 5000+ level courses
    • EAS 8960 and EAS 8970 do not count toward any portion of the degree
  • Some School of Arts & Sciences (SAS) 5000+ level courses
    • BIOE courses are allowed
    • BIOL courses are allowed (Non-cross-listed 4000 level BIOL classes may be accepted; discuss with an advisor)
    • ECON courses are not allowed
  • Some Perelman School of Medicine (PSOM) 5000+ level courses
    • BMB courses are allowed
    • BMIN courses are allowed
    • CAMB courses are allowed
    • HCIN courses are allowed
  • Other
    • 1 CU 5000+ level ANAT courses are allowed

Track Curriculum

Each student is required to select one of the below tracks during admission to the program. Students will be required to take 5 credit units of electives according to the respective requirements for that track.

Students in all tracks may petition to use a different course as an elective credit. They should email their advisor with the course number, title, description, and their reasoning for why the course should be used toward the Biotechnology curriculum. (NOTE: Students in the Molecular Biology track may not petition to substitute another course in for their 2 CU BIOT 5990 requirement.) Petitions should be received prior to the student signing up for the course.

Molecular Biology Track

Advanced Biology Electives

Students will need to take 3 CUs of Advanced Biology electives. A list of suitable courses is as follows, but students may petition to use a different course for this requirement. Petitions should be received prior to the student signing up for the course:

  • 5000+ courses in SEAS (BE, BIOT—including BIOT 5990 if taking for a 3rd CU—, CBE, CIS/CIT, EAS, ENGR, ENM, ESE, MSE, & MEAM)
    • EAS 8960 and EAS 8970 do not count toward any portion of the degree.
  • 5000+ level courses in ANAT
  • 5000+ level courses in BMB
  • Most Core Curriculum classes listed above—but students may not double-count courses
    • Classes in Free Elective section cannot necessarily be used; speak to an advisor
  • BIOL 5240: Genetic Analysis
  • BIOL 5510: Statistics for Biologists
  • BIOL 5860/MATH 5861: Mathematical Modeling in Biology
  • BMIN 5020: Database and Data Integration in Biomedical Research
  • BSTA 6300: Statistical Methods and Data Analysis I
  • BSTA 6320: Statistical Methods for Categorical and Survival Data
  • CAMB 5970/NGG 5970: Neural Development, Regeneration and Repair
  • CAMB 6970: Biology of Stem Cells
  • CAMB 7040: Stress Responses in Metabolism and Cancer
  • CAMB 7070: Cell and Gene Therapy
  • EPID 5100: Introductory Epidemiology
  • EPID 6300/REG 6300: Clinical Trials
  • GENC 6020: Mechanisms of Disease
  • HCIN 6062: Using Data for Transformation
  • PHRM 5800: Pharmacogenetics
  • REG 6100: Fundamentals of FDA Regulation (unlikely to have spots available for BIOT students) 
  • REG 6110: Clinical Trial Management (unlikely to have spots available for BIOT students) 
  • REG 6120: Introduction to Drug Development
  • REG 6160: Quality Assurance
  • REG 6220: New Trends in Medicine and Vaccine Discovery

Research

This track requires students to complete two credit units of BIOT 5990: Independent Study. This may be done during one semester, or two semesters (consecutive or non-consecutive). To register for BIOT 5990, please review the details and complete the form listed on our forms webpage.

Students may also take a 3rd CU of BIOT 5990 as a Free Elective or Advanced Elective.

Biopharmaceutical/Engineering Biotechnology Track

Students in this track must take two Quantitative elective courses and two Advanced elective courses. They must also take a fifth elective, which can be either a Quantitative or Advanced elective. A list of suitable courses is as follows, but students may petition to use a different course for this requirement. Petitions should be received prior to the student signing up for the course:

Quantitative Electives

  • 5000+ level BE/CBE class
  • 5000+ level BMB class
  • BIOL 5510: Statistics for Biologists
  • BIOL 5535: Introduction to Computational Biology & Biological Modeling
  • BIOL 5568/AMCS 5681: Mathematical Modeling in Physiology and Cell Biology
  • BIOL 5860/MATH 5861: Mathematical Modeling in Biology
  • BIOM 6000: Cell Biology
  • BMIN 5020: Database and Data Integration in Biomedical Research
  • BMIN 5210: Advanced Methods and Health Applications in Machine Learning
  • CAMB 5300: The Cell Cycle, Genome Integrity and Cancer
  • CAMB 7010: Tumor Microenvironment
  • CIS 5200: Machine Learning
  • CIS 5210: Artificial Intelligence
  • CIS 5350/GCB 5350/MTR 5350: Intro to Bioinformatics
  • CIS 5360/BIOL 5536/GCB 5360: Fundamentals of Computational Biology
  • CIS 5450: Big Data Analytics
  • CIT 5900: Programming Languages and Techniques
  • CIT 5920: Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science
  • ENGR 5040: Fundamental Concepts in Nanotechnology
  • ENGR 5500: Biotechnology, Immunology, Vaccines and COVID-19
  • ENM 5030: Introduction to Probability and Statistics
  • ENM 5100: Foundations of Engineering Mathematics – I
  • ENM 5110: Foundations of Engineering Mathematics – II
  • EPID 6000/BMIN 5030: Data Science for Biomedical Informatics
  • EPID 6300/REG 6300: Clinical Trials
  • ESE 5430: Human Systems Engineering
  • ESE 5660: Networked Neuroscience
  • HCIN 6062: Using Data for Transformation
  • REG 5100/MTR 5100: Introduction to Clinical and Translational Research (unlikely to have spots available for BIOT students) 
  • REG 5900/PHRM 5900: Molecular Toxicology: Chemical and Biological Mechanisms
  • REG 6230/PHRM 6230: Fundamentals of Pharmacology

Advanced Electives

  • 5000+ course in SEAS (BE, BIOT—including up to 3 CUs of BIOT 5990—, CBE, CIS/CIT, EAS, ENGR, ENM, ESE, MSE, & MEAM)
    • EAS 8960 and EAS 8970 do not count toward any portion of the degree.
  • 5000+ level courses in ANAT
  • 5000+ level class in BMB
  • Most Core Curriculum classes listed above, but students may not double-count courses
    • Classes in Free Elective section cannot necessarily be used; speak to an advisor
  • HCIN 6062: Using Data for Transformation
  • NGG 5730/PSYC 6090: Systems Neuroscience
  • NGG 5880: Topics in Translational Neuroscience
  • PHRM 5420/CAMB 5420: Topics in Molecular Medicine
  • PUBH 5020: Introduction to the Principles and Methods of Epidemiology
  • REG 5900/PHRM 5900: Molecular Toxicology: Chemical and Biological Mechanisms
    REG 6120: Introduction to Drug Development
  • IMUN 5060: Immune Mechanisms
  • IMUN 5070: Immunopathology
  • REG 6220: New Trends in Medicine and Vaccine Discovery
  • REG 6230/PHRM 6230: Fundamentals of Pharmacology

Biomedical Technologies Track

Students in this track must take two Quantitative elective courses and two Advanced elective courses. They must also take a fifth elective, which can be either a Quantitative or Advanced elective. A list of suitable courses is as follows, but students may petition to use a different course for this requirement. Petitions should be received prior to the student signing up for the course:

Quantitative Electives

  • 5000+ level BE/CBE class
  • Any 5000+ level BMB class
  • BIOL 5860/MATH 5861: Mathematical Modeling in Biology
  • BMIN 5010: Introduction to Biomedical and Health Informatics
  • BMIN 5020: Database and Data Integration in Biomedical Research
  • CIS 5350/GCB 5350/MTR 5350: Intro to Bioinformatics
  • CIS 5450: Big Data Analytics
  • CIS 5500: Database and Information Systems
  • CIT 5900: Programming Languages and Techniques
  • CIT 5920: Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science
  • EAS 5120: Engineering Negotiation
  • ENGR 5040: Fundamental Concepts in Nanotechnology
  • ENM 5030: Introduction to Probability and Statistics
  • EPID 6000/BMIN 5030: Data Science for Biomedical Informatics
  • EPID 6300/REG 6300: Clinical Trials
  • ESE 5420: Statistics for Data Science
  • HCIN 6062: Using Data for Transformation
  • REG 5100: Introduction to Clinical and Translational Research (unlikely to have spots available for BIOT students) 
  • REG 6110: Clinical Trial Management (unlikely to have spots available for BIOT students) 

Advanced Electives

  • 5000+ course in SEAS (BE, BIOT—including BIOT 5990—, CBE, CIS/CIT, EAS, ENGR, ENM, ESE, MSE, & MEAM)
  • 5000+ level courses in ANAT
  • 5000+ level BMB class
  • EAS 8960 and EAS 8970 do not count toward any portion of the degree.
  • Most Core Curriculum classes listed above—but students may not double-count courses
    • Classes in Free Elective section cannot necessarily be used; speak to an advisor
  • BMIN 5010: Introduction to Biomedical and Health Informatics
  • CAMB 6980: Elective Tutorials in Cell and Molecular Biology
  • CAMB 7070: Cell and Gene Therapy
  • EPID 5750: Introduction to Genetic Epidemiology
  • HCIN 6062: Using Data for Transformation
  • NGG 5880: Topics in Translational Neuroscience
  • REG 6110: Clinical Trial Management (unlikely to have spots available for BIOT students) 
  • REG 6120: Introduction to Drug Development
  • REG 6220: New Trends in Medicine and Vaccine Discovery