Programs - Applied Biology

The twenty-first century will see unparalleled advances in the biological sciences. Disciplines such as applied biology and biomedical engineering are burgeoning and will greatly impact the way we live in the future. The areas of functional genomics and proteomics will drive discoveries in molecular medicine, gene therapy and tissue engineering. Drug discovery will be facilitated by the elucidation of new target molecules and many pharmaceutical compounds will be produced using biological processes. Environmental management, remediation and restoration will also benefit from advances in applied biology. Biologists will be at the forefront of these advances and will drive the medical, agricultural, environmental and industrial applications of biological sciences.

The applied biology program will produce biologists with the chemistry, mathematics, and physics background needed to solve biotechnological problems in the coming decades. Those students wishing to strengthen their engineering skills can earn the area minor in biomedical engineering.  Other students may choose to pursue a second major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. The program will prepare graduates for professional careers in government and industrial research laboratories, and in the biotechnology and health-related industries.

Those wishing to continue their studies in graduate or health professions programs will be exceptionally well qualified to do so.

APPLIED BIOLOGY PLAN OF STUDY

Freshman Year
Fall Term

Credit

AB 110 Cell Structure and Function 4
CHEM 111 General Chemistry I............. 4
MA 111 Calculus I............................. 5
CLSK 100 College  & Life Skills.......... 1
     

14

       
Winter Term

Credit

AB 120 Comparative Anatomy & Physiology.................... 4
CHEM 113 General Chemistry II.......... 4
MA 112 Calculus II........................... 5
BE 100 Problem Solving in the 
Biological Sciences and 
Engineering.....................
4
     

17

       
Spring Term

Credit

AB 130 Evolution and Diversity... 4
CHEM 115 General Chemistry III......... 4
MA 113 Calculus III.......................... 5
RH 131 Rhetoric & Composition ... 4
     

17

Sophomore Year
Fall Term

Credit

AB 210 Mendelian & Molecular Genetics............................ 4
CHEM 251 Organic Chemistry I.......... 4
PH 111 Physics I............................. 4
MA 221 Differential Equations I..... 4
     

16

       
Winter Term

Credit

AB 220 Prokaryotic Cell &
Molecular Biology.........
4
CHEM 252 Organic Chemistry II.......... 4
PH 112 Physics II............................ 4
HSS     Elective ............................. 4
     

16

       
Spring Term

Credit

AB 230 Eukaryotic Cell & 
Molecular Biology.........
4
CHEM 253 Organic Chemistry III........ 4
PH 113 Physics III ........................... 4
MA 223 Engineering Statistics......... 4
     

16

       
Junior Year
Fall Term

Credit

AB 320 Ecology................................ 4
    Free elective......................... 4
AB   Elective 4
RH 330 Technical and Professional Communication  
            or  
HSS   Elective 4
AB 301 Jr. Colloq. ........................... 1
     

17

 
Winter Term

Credit

AB 330 Evolutionary Biology......... 4
CHEM 330 Biochemistry........................ 4
AB   Elective................................. 4
HSS   Elective  
            or  
RH 330 Technical and Professional Communication 4
AB 302 Junior Colloquium............... 1
     

17

 
Spring Term

Credit

AB 310 Plant Structure & 
Function..........................
4
AB 499 Thesis Research................ 4
SV 304 Bioethics.............................. 4
HSS   Elective................................ 4
     

16

Senior Year
Fall Term

Credit

AB 499 Thesis Research.................. 4
    Science/Technical 
Elective ...........................
4
HSS   Elective................................. 4
    Free elective.......................... 4
     

16

 
Winter Term

Credit

AB 401 Senior Colloquium.............. 2
    Science/Technical 
Elective ...........................
4
AB 499 Thesis Research................. 4
HSS   Elective................................. 4
     

14

 
Spring Term

Credit

AB   Elective................................. 4
    Science/Technical 
Elective ...........................
4
HSS   Elective................................. 4
     

12

 
   

Total credits required:  188

An AB science/technical elective is any Rose-Hulman course that has a prefix of AB, BE, CHEM, CHE, CE, CSSE, ECE, MA, ME, PH, OE, EP, ES, EM or any EMGT course that is not cross-listed with an RH, GS, IA or SV course.  Courses that do not count as science or technical electives are those courses with AS, MS, RH, GS, IA, SV, GE, JP, SP, FL, GRAD and CLSK prefixes.
SUMMARY
Required AB courses
AB electives
Free electives 
HSS electives 
Required HSS 
Required MA, CHEM, PH 
Required CLSK 
Sci/Tech electives 
Required BE course
52 credits
12 credits
8 credits
24 credits
12 credits
63 credits
1 credits
12 credits
4 credits

Total

188 credits
 

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (Second Major Only)
The biochemistry & molecular biology program exists to give students an opportunity to augment their education in this technologically-important field. To support this effort, Rose-Hulman provides students with access to a modern and well-equipped biochemistry lab, along with an excellent biological sciences facility. Two faculty are directly involved with this program: Dr. Mark Brandt, assistant professor of chemistry, is the program coordinator and is a biochemist, and Dr. Richard Anthony, associate professor of applied biology, is a molecular biologist. Many other faculty in both the chemistry and applied biology departments assist with this curriculum.

Biochemistry & molecular biology is available to Rose-Hulman students as a second major. This means that the student will receive a first degree in some other discipline and then can augment their education with this program. Students whose first degree programs are in chemistry or chemical engineering will find the program easiest since there is considerable overlap between those programs and the biochemistry & molecular biology requirements. Students from other disciplines are also encouraged to participate, but will have to take more courses. All students are encouraged to take individual courses in the program, regardless of whether or not they wish to fulfill the second major requirements, or to participate in related research projects under faculty supervision.

Two degree or double major programs in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Biochemistry are not allowed.

   Required courses:
  Course Description

Hours

CHEM 111, 113, 115 General Chemistry

12

CHEM 251, 252, 253 Organic Chemistry

12

CHEM 330, 430, 433 Biochemistry

9

CHEM 361, 362
    or
CHEM 360
    and
CHE 303, 304
Physical Chemistry

8

AB 110, 120, 130 Biology

12

AB 210 Genetics

4

AB 220, 230 Molecular Biology

8

AB 411 Genetic Engineering

4

Total  

69

 

  ELECTIVE COURSES
Choose 12 credits* from the following courses:
AB 330 Evolutionary Biology  
AB 421 Applied Microbiology
AB 431 Genomics and Proteomics
AB 441 Virology
AB 451 Cancer Biology
AB 492 Directed Study in Applied Biology
 
CHEM 225 Analytical chemistry
CHEM 291 Introduction to Research
CHEM 331 Biochemistry II
CHEM 431 Biochemical Instrumentation
CHEM 451 Organic Structure Determination
CHEM 290

Or

CHEM 490

Chemical Research
 
PH 302 Biophysics
 
Total Credits for second major 81

*Students with a major in chemistry need to take 8 credits of electives, with 4 credits from the AB electives listed, and 4 credits chosen from any AB or BE course.

STUDENTS WITH A MAJOR IN APPLIED BIOLOGY must take 12 credits of electives, with 8 credits from the elective courses listed above with a CHEM prefix, and 4 credits from any 300 level or above AB course (total: 29 hours required beyond Applied Biology major).

Applied Biology Area Minor
The Area Minor in Applied Biology is designed to allow students to enrich studies in their major area. Students wishing to apply another science, mathematics, or engineering discipline to investigate or solve problems in biological systems are encouraged to pursue the Area Minor in Applied Biology. With proper course selection, the Area Minor will provide another marketable dimension to any Bachelor of Science degree granted by the Institute.

The Area Minor in Applied Biology has the following requirements.

  1. All students must complete AB110 (Cell Structure and Function) or AB130 (Evolution and Diversity) and at least four more courses in applied biology (AB) or allied areas, above those courses already specifically required to fulfill the student's major.
    a. At least three of the four electives must be AB courses.
    b. At least three of the electives must be 200-level or above.
    Additional courses not listed in the approved allied areas can be considered on a case-by-case basis.  See ABBE Department Head.
  2. Students electing to pursue the Area Minor in Applied Biology must follow a plan of study that is approved by the Area Minor Advisor. Current advisor information and a form for the planning and approval of an area minor can be obtained from the ABBE Department secretary.
  3. Allied area courses could include:
    • BE 310 Analysis of Physiological Systems
    • IBE 320 Analysis of Physiological Systems II
    • BE/MA 482 Bioengineering Statistics
    • BE 570 Introduction to Tissue Engineering
    • CE 460 Introduction to Environmental Engineering
    • CHE 545 Introduction to Biochemical Engineering
    • CHEM 264 Environmental Chemistry
    • CHEM 330 Survey of Biochemistry
    • CHEM 430 Advanced Biochemistry
    • PH 302 Biophysics
    • SL 386 Human Evolution
    • VA 373 Gender Issues

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Area Minor
Completion of AB110, CHEM111, CHEM113 and CHEM115 or AB110, CHEM105 and CHEM107. In addition, the student must complete five courses from the following list that are not already named required courses by the student's major or minor programs:

AB210 - Mendelian and Molecular Genetics
AB220 - Prokaryotic Cell and Molecular Biology
 or
AB230 - Eukaryotic Cell and Molecular Biology
AB411 - Genetic Engineering or AB431 - Genomics and Proteomics
CHEM230 - Introduction to Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry
 or
CHEM251 - Organic Chemistry I and CHEM252 - Organic Chemistry II
CHEM330 - Biochemistry
CHEM430 - Advanced Biochemistry with the CHEM433 Biochemistry Laboratory