Degree Requirements

The completion of a minimum of 120 credits is required to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree at UAlbany, including at least 60 credits in the liberal arts and sciences and completion of SUNY general education requirements.

Within this framework, the Interdisciplinary combined major/minor in Bioinstrumentation requires the completion of 37 credits in the Bioinstrumentation course sequence.

Bioinstrumentation Curriculum

Students are required to complete the 37 credits in the Bioinstrumentation sequence during their junior and senior years. The courses comprising the major/minor fall into four categories:

  1. A group of four courses that comprise the Public Health Core requirements for the degree. These courses provide students with an introduction to the core components of public health.
    • HSPH 201: Introduction to Public Health, (3 credits), Fall semester
    • HSPH/EPI 231, Concepts in Epidemiology, (3 credits), Spring semester
    • HSPH/EPI 332, Introduction to Biostatistics: Collection, Analysis & Interpretation of Public Health Data, (3 credits), Fall semester
    • HBMS 505, Biological Basis of Public Health, (3 credits), Fall semester
  2. A group of four courses comprising the Bioinstrumentation Core. These courses each have both lecture and laboratory components and provide students with an understanding of the theory, operation, and application of instrumentation in molecular biology, genomics, proteomics, and cell analysis research.
    • HBMS 310, Molecular and Genomic Approaches in Biotechnology I, (4 credits), Fall semester
    • HBMS 311, Molecular and Genomic Approaches in Biotechnology II, (4 credits), Spring semester
    • HBMS 312, Proteomic Methodologies in Biotechnology, (4 credits), Fall semester
    • HBMS 314, Animal and Cell Culture Model Systems, (4 credits), Spring semester
  3. A group of five Instrumentation in Biotechnology Research Internship courses from which students will select two for their degree. These internship courses will provide students with research experiences in University Core or Academic laboratories where they will gain practical, hands-on experience with the use of instrumentation in molecular biology, genomics, proteomics, and cell analysis research in core or academic laboratory environments.
    • HBMS 410, Inst. in Biotech. Res. Internship, Molecular Core Lab, (3 credits)
    • HBMS 411, Inst. in Biotech. Res. Internship, Genomics Core Lab, (3 credits)
    • HBMS 412, Inst. in Biotech. Res. Internship, Proteomics Core Lab, (3 credits)
    • HBMS 414, Inst. in Biotech. Res. Internship, Cell Analysis Core Lab, (3 credits)
    • HBMS 415, Inst. in Biotech. Res. Internship, Academic Lab, (3 credits)
  4. A Cooperative Training Internship at a local Biotechnology company or academic laboratory. In this training internship, students will gain real-world experience in the use of biotechnological instrumentation to address broader research questions as well as an understanding of the expectations that come with a professional career in laboratory research.
    • HBMS 420, Bioinstrumentation Cooperative Training Internship, (3 credits)