Structure of the degree program
Students enter the Bioinstrumentation program at the beginning of their junior year of undergraduate study. Prerequisites for entry, outlined here, can be fulfilled at UAlbany or by transfer from another institution.
Once accepted into the program, students pursue a curriculum that provides a solid background in public health and in-depth theoretical and operational expertise in Bioinstrumentation (Degree Requirements).
There are four facets to the program: the first consists of an introduction to the core components of public health; the second provides an in-depth understanding of the theory, operation, and application of instrumentation in molecular biology, genomics, proteomics, and cell analysis research; the third provides practical, hands-on research experiences with the use of instrumentation in these fields through internships in University laboratories; and the fourth provides real-world experience in the use of biotechnological instrumentation to address broader research questions, and an understanding of the expectations that come with a professional career in laboratory research, through cooperative training internships at local biotechnology companies or academic laboratories (Sample Course Sequence).