The Master’s Program in Biomedical Sciences & Biotechnology (BSBT-GEN) is recognized as a Professional Science Master's Program and provides broad training in the biomedical sciences as well as introductions to regulations, intellectual property, entrepreneurship, i.e. disciplines that add knowledge and competitiveness for entering the biotechnology workforce. The program can also serve as a valuable stepping-stone for entering a Biomedical Sciences PhD Program or Professional Programs such as Medical School, Dental School or a School of Pharmacy.

Through the BSBT General Plan, students take required and elective courses at either CU Denver or the CU Anschutz Medical Campus and tailor their path to their career goals. Graduation with a Master's degree in Biomedical Sciences & Biotechnology (BSBT-GEN) requires 38 credits, including an internship that students will select according to their career plans.

Program alumni have obtained employment in industry and academia or have entered DO/Medical School or moved on to PhD programs.

Interested in specialized training in Microbiology & Immunology or Structural Biology & Biochemistry?

Explore our program plans:

BSBT-MIM (Microbiology & Immunology)

BSBT-STBB (Structural Biology & Biochemistry)

2022/2023 BSBT-GEN Curriculum

View a detailed summary of the curriculum

Required courses include:

  • Foundations in Biochemistry
  • Foundations in Molecular Biology
  • Foundations in Cell Biology
  • Foundations in Genetics
  • Introduction to Biotechnology
  • RCR Case Studies
  • Statistics for the Biomedical Sciences
  • R Programming
  • Molecular Biology Laboratory
  • Legal and Regulatory Environment of Life Science Innovation: Drug Discovery
  • Writing in the Sciences
  • Legal and Regulatory Environment of Life Science Innovation: Medical Devices
  • Project Management
  • Biomedical Entrepreneurship
  • Internship

Elective courses may include:

  • Core Topics in Biomedical Science
  • Discovering Protein Function and Structure
  • Microbiology in Biomedical Research
  • Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics
  • Stem Cell Biology to Regenerative Medicine
  • Gene Regulation and RNA Biology in Disease
  • The Microbiome in Health and Medicine
  • Principles of Cancer Biology
  • Introduction to Animal Models and Experiments in Developmental Biology
  • Biological Data Analysis
  • Principles and Strategies of Effective Teaching
  • Speaking and Presenting for Scientists and Educators: Delivering Effective Scientific and Educational Presentations
  • Histophysiology
  • Clinical Outcomes and Applications
  • Business Model Development & Plan
  • Biological Basis of Psychiatric and Neurological Disorders
  • Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
  • Pharmacology, Physiology & Chemistry of Cannabis

Internship/Research Experience

The mandatory internship requires students to apply their science and professional training in a hands-on, real-world setting. In consultation with the Program Director, students choose an internship that suits their future career aspirations. For example, students who are interested in a career in research can pursue an internship in an academic lab or a company. Students can also carry out an internship in a biotech business setting, regulatory affairs or technology transfer. Employers inside and outside academia often view the internship as an extended interview, and after graduation, quite a number of our graduates remain at their internship site for employment. Some students have also used our program successfully as a stepping stone towards medical or DO school or a PhD program.

As a form of hands-on, experiential learning, the internship requires a time commitment of at least 150 onsite hours for one semester (3 credits). For each additional credit, up to 6 credits maximum, interns will have to work 40 additional hours at the internship location, i.e. for a maximum of 6 credits, interns would spend 270 hours in their internship. This time does not include the time needed for reading up on the projects and composing the internship report and the internship presentation.

BSBT Program Board Members

Board MemberAffiliation
Weston BlakesleeStrategic Advisor, PatchRx
Tim BoydDirector of Development, Partner Therapeutics, Inc.
Fred Eidson
Executive Director, Colorado Federal Executive Board
Heidi Gerstman FreyPresident, Mighty Oak Medical
April GilesVP, Business Development, Fitzsimons Innovation Community
Marilyn GreenwaltClinical Research Manager, Science 37
Karen LowitzSenior Regulatory Affairs Manager, Terumo Blood and Cell Technologies
Angie PurvisIndependent Consultant, Medical Device and Diagnostics
Joanne RupprechtManager of Regulatory Affairs, Office of the Vice President of Research, Colorado State University
Mark SpieckerPresident, STAQ PHARMA
Lindsey SummersDirector, Pharmaceutical Consulting Division, Green Key, LLC
Christopher TompkinsPresident & CEO, KromaTiD, Inc.
Robert TraverAttorney, Sheridan Ross PC / Attorneys at Innovation, patent / trademark / copyright
Steve Van Nurden
CEO and President Fitzsimons, Redevelopment Authority
Lora A.Wilson
Director, Oncology Field Medical, Pfizer