Microbial Biotechnology (MR)

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Master of Microbial Biotechnology Degree Requirements

Microbiology / Science Core Courses6
Select two of the following courses:
Microbial Biotechnology
Microbial Metabolic Regulation (Recommended)
Microbial Genetics & Genomics
Topical Problems (Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology)
Introduction to Plant Biotechnology
Science Elective3
Select a course from "Science Electives" listed below
Internship Course3
Special Problems
Industrial Case Studies12
Industry Case Studies in Microbial Biotechnology
Topical Problems
Biotechnology (BIT) / Biomanufacturing (BEC) Core Courses4
Molecular Biology for Biomanufacturing
and Cell Line Development for Biomanufacturing 1
Core Technologies in Molecular and Cellular Biology
BIT or BEC Electives4
Select two courses from "Biotechnology (BIT) and Biomanufacturing (BEC) Electives" listed below
Business Core Course3
Current Topics in BioSciences Management
MBA Electives6
Select two courses from "Master of Business Administration (MBA) Electives" listed below
Total Hours41

Science Electives

Select one course below
Biological and Agricultural Engineering (BAE)
BAE 525Industrial Microbiology and Bioprocessing3
BAE 528Biomass to Renewable Energy Processes3
Biochemistry (BCH)
BCH 553Biochemistry of Gene Expression3
BCH 555Proteins and Molecular Mechanisms3
BCH 571Regulation of Metabolism3
BCH 701Macromolecular Structure3
BCH 703Macromolecular Synthesis and Regulation3
BCH 705Molecular Biology Of the Cell3
BCH 751Biophysical Chemistry3
Comparative Biomedical Sciences (CBS)
CBS 565Fundamentals of Biomedical Sciences3
Food Science (FS)
FS 502Chemistry of Food and Bioprocessed Materials4
FS 553Food Laws and Regulations3
Genetics (GN)
GN 521Molecular Genetics3
GN 730Fungal Genetics and Physiology3
GN 735Functional Genomics3
Microbiology (MB)
MB 501Biology of Plant Pathogens3
MB 505Food Microbiology3
MB 532Soil Microbiology4
MB 575Introduction to Mycology4
MB 718Introductory Virology3
MB 725Fermentation Microbiology3
MB 730Fungal Genetics and Physiology3
MB 751Immunology3
MB 758Microbial Genetics & Genomics3
MB 774Phycology3
Plant Biology (PB)
PB 580Introduction to Plant Biotechnology3
Plant Pathology (PP)
PP 530Agriculture, Ethics and the Environment3
Statistics (ST)
ST 511Statistical Methods For Researchers I3
ST 512Statistical Methods For Researchers II 3
ST 513Statistics for Management and Social Sciences I3
ST 520Statistical Principles of Clinical Trials3
Toxicology (TOX)
TOX 515Environmental Toxicology4
TOX 710Molecular and Biochemical Toxicology3

Biotechnology (BIT) and Biomanufacturing (BEC) Electives

Select two courses below
Biotechnology (BIT)
BIT 501Ethical Issues in Biotechnology1
BIT 562Gene Expression Analysis: Microarrays2
BIT 563Fermentation of Recombinant Microorganisms2
BIT 564Protein Purification2
BIT 565Real-time PCR Techniques2
BIT 566Animal Cell Culture Techniques2
BIT 567PCR and DNA Fingerprinting2
BIT 568Genome Mapping2
BIT 5692
BIT 581Plant Transformation2
BIT 595Special Topics1-6
BIT 815Advanced Special Topics1-6
Biomanufacturing (BEC)
MB 520Fundamentals of Microbial Cell Biotransformations2
BEC 532Foundations of Downstream Processing and Formulation2
BEC 536Introduction to Downstream Process Development2
BEC 575Global Regulatory Affairs for Medical Products3
BEC 580cGMP Fermentation Operations2
BEC 585cGMP Downstream Operations2
BEC 595Special Topics in Biomanufacturing1-6

Master of Business Administration (MBA) Electives

Select two courses below
MBA 505Essential Economics for Managers2
MBA 530Leading People 3
BUS 554Project Management3
MBA 555Product Design and Development4
MBA 570Opportunity Evaluation and Value Creation3
MBA 576Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization I3
MBA 577Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization II3
MBA 586Legal, Regulatory and Ethical Issues in Life Science Industries3
MBA 590Special Topics In Business Management1-6

Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's Degree Requirements

The Accelerated Bachelors/Master’s (ABM) degree program allows exceptional undergraduate students at NC State an opportunity to complete the requirements for both the Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at an accelerated pace. These undergraduate students may double count up to 12 credits and obtain a non-thesis Master’s degree in the same field within 12 months of completing the Bachelor’s degree, or obtain a thesis-based Master’s degree in the same field within 18 months of completing the Bachelor’s degree.

This degree program also provides an opportunity for the Directors of Graduate Programs (DGPs) at NC State to recruit rising juniors in their major to their graduate programs. However, permission to pursue an ABM degree program does not guarantee admission to the Graduate School. Admission is contingent on meeting eligibility requirements at the time of entering the graduate program.


Full Professors

  • Jose Bruno-Barcena
  • Amy Michele Grunden
  • Christine Hawkes
  • Michael Hyman
  • Scott M. Laster
  • Eric S. Miller

Assistant Professors

  • Manuel Kleiner

Adjunct Faculty

  • Jason Caplan