The IDS Biotechnology pre-set POS examines salient issues pertaining to matters of human and scientific significance since the advent of genetic engineering. Biotechnology has far-reaching effects in all areas of fundamental biological research, as well as in agricultural, medical, environmental, and industrial applications.
The demand for individuals with knowledge and skill in the relevant areas in biology and chemistry is rapidly increasing. Pressing moral issues such as stem cell research, cloning, gene enhancement and therapies, ownership of human genetic information, and genetically engineered organisms await thoughtful Christian engagement. To face these challenges, Wheaton students can major in the IDS Biotechnology POS.
Along with specific requirements for any major, all students in the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degree programs must meet all general education and graduation requirements under a single catalog.
Requirements for the IDS Biotechnology POS are 36 hours beyond all general education requirements from the following:
|Core Courses in Biology|
|BIOL 342||Introduction to Bioinformatics||2|
|Core Courses in Chemistry|
& CHEM 342
|Organic Chemistry I|
and Organic Chemistry II
|CHEM 461||General Biochemistry||4|
|Core Courses in IDS|
|IDS 291||Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies||2|
|IDS 494||Senior Seminar (only offered in the spring) 1||4|
|Select 8 credits of the following:||8|
|Bioethics (strongly recommended as the integrative or bridge course)|
|Advanced Cellular and Developmental Biology|
or CHEM 495
or CHEM 496
Or a programming course in Computer Science
An integrative project on biotechnology, in which students synthesize a position based on sound ethical and theological reasoning about a controversial issue in biotechnology, is required for this senior capstone course.
The following General Education courses are also recommended:
|BITH 212 (course no longer taught)|
|BITH 214 (course no longer taught)|
|BITH 315||Christian Thought||4|
|BITH 438||Wisdom Literature (no longer gen ed)||2|
|BITH 462||Pastoral Epistles (no longer gen ed)||2|
|PSCI 145||Political Philosophy (PI and SI tagged course option)||4|
|PSYC 317||Developmental Psychology (SI tagged course option)||4|
|ECON 211||Principles of Microeconomics (SI tagged course option)||4|