The Program for Applied Biotechnology Studies

Curriculum Requirements

The Program for Applied Biotechnology Studies Master of Biotechnology offers in-depth training in one of six technical disciplines and "science-plus" training in business ethics, effective communication, project management and team leadership.

First Year

Semester 1

The Survey of Biotechnology course series provides students with the competency to function effectively as contributing members of multidisciplinary teams. All first-semester survey courses are taught at CSU Fullerton.

  • Management 573 (Commercialization of Technology)
  • Biology 570 (Survey of Biotechnology: Pharm/Tox)
  • Biology 571 (Survey of Biotechnology: Informatics)
  • Biology 572 (Survey of Biotechnology: Pharm Processes/Med Devices
Semester 2 (Winter & Spring Quarters*)

Semester 2a/Winter Quarter - Courses are taught at CSU Los Angeles

  • Biology 518 (Skills Laboratory; Drug Discovery)
  • Management 554 (Project Management)

Semester 2b/Spring Quarter - Courses are taught at Cal Poly Pomona

  • Biology 576 (Regulatory Affairs)
  • Biology 465 (Skills Laboratory; Stem Cells)
  • Engineering 520L (Skills Laboratory; Microdevices)

*Cal Poly Pomona and CSU Los Angeles are on a quarter system, and Fullerton is on a semester system.

Summer Industry-Based Internship

After completing the foundational education provided in the first year of study, PABS students gain valuable practical by participating in an on-site internship with leading biotechnology and biomedical device companies in the Southern California region. Internships generally are 8-12 weeks long, and can serve as a bridge to the Applied Masters Project, the capstone experience of the program. Internships can also provide a valuable first step in establishing and/or broadening the student's professional network, a key element of success in the modern business world.

Summer 1
  • Biology 580 (Internship)

Second Year

During the third and fourth semesters of the PABS program, students complete the final Biotechnology Skills III at Cal Poly Pomona and complete course work in one of six concentration areas in their primary area of expertise at their home campuses. They also complete an Applied Master's Project, which includes individually-written project reports by team members and a presentation of the project findings.

Concentration Areas
  1. Molecular Biology/Biochemistry
  2. Analytical Chemistry
  3. Medical Devices/Engineering
  4. Biotechnology to Business
  5. Informatics/Biomathematics
  6. Regulatory Affairs/Quality Assurance/Clinical Trials
Semester 3
  • Applied Masters Project (Course numbers vary with home campus)
  • Concentration Course 1 (Course numbers vary)
Semester 4
  • Applied Masters Project (Course numbers vary with home campus)
  • Concentration Courses 2 and 3 (Course numbers vary)

While the PABS core courses require no prerequisite coursework, the concentration courses, offered often by departments outside of the biology departments that house PABS, often do have prerequisites. In the majority of cases, these prerequisites may be met by coursework taken by students in their undergraduate major. Therefore, a student wishing to pursue a concentration in engineering, for example, would need the background provided by an undergraduate degree in engineering. This is likewise the case for concentrations 1, 2, 4 and 5 (above). The concentration area of Regulatory Affairs does not require an undergraduate major in that area (there are no undergraduate majors at this time in Regulatory Affairs in the United States).

Please note: PABS program admissions for Fall 2014 are contingent on program continuation approval from the PABS Consortium Campus administrations.

Last Updated: January 23, 2014