Stephen F. Austin State University (SFASU), in collaboration with the University of Texas Health Center at Tyler (UTHCT), has a graduate program in biotechnology, with both institutions contributing coursework and research experience to the curriculum. This program leads to a Master of Science degree in Biotechnology from Stephen F. Austin State University. more...
What is Biotechnology?
Biotechnology, in the broadest sense, involves the use of living organisms or cell processes to make useful products. The major thrust of the biotechnology industry has been in area of drug development, human and animal nutrition, agricultural chemicals and environmental protection. more...
Biotechnology applications are now reaching into industries such as forestry, fisheries, agriculture, clinical medicine, diagnostic medicine, home health care, forensics, paternity testing, food preparation, and ranching. This new program will provide students with hands-on experience in this emerging high-tech area and prepare them to work in area industries, or to go on to medical, professional or academic programs. Biotechnology is concerned with many areas but the primary course work for this program will be centered around cellular chemistry, heredity and genetics. This will be expanded into areas such as biochemistry, antibodies, gene expression, protein synthesis and recovery, amino-acid and DNA sequencing, gene manipulation and modification, PCR technology and molecular genetics. >
The Mission Statement
Give students a comprehensive training in the state-of -the-art techniques and methodologies used in biotechnology;
Train students to think independently and solve problems;
Prepare students for further graduate studies;
Prepare students for supervisory level positions in the biotechnology industry.