MBB Program

Description of Program

The biomanufacturing and bioprocessing industry is diverse, encompassing the massive production scales of the liquid biofuels industry at one end, to the high quality, highly regulated biopharmaceutical industry at the other. Each market sector has its own needs and drivers, but a common resonating aspect is that to get a product to market, a biological entity must be grown and products harvested from it, in a word it must be “biomanufactured.”

The University of Georgia’s Master of Biomanufacturing and Bioprocessing (MBB) Program trains science and technology graduates for leadership roles in the rapidly expanding and vitally important biomanufacturing field by equipping them with the necessary science, technology and engineering skills combined with proven business and project management training.

The program’s combination of academic and industry led training brings together an exceptional group of scientific, engineering and business faculty with one combined focus − to train a cutting edge biotech workforce. As a result, students in the MBB program gain access to not only state-of-the-art equipment, but practical and virtual training experiences that ensure their readiness for a challenging and rewarding workplace.

During the intense two year program, students will have access to the exceptional and unique biomanufacturing facilities at the University of Georgia where they will work with industry leading equipment and control systems. Potential employers and companies that produce biomanufacturing tools will work alongside faculty to guide, train, set challenges for, and provide internships to students.

Students will emerge with an understanding of the biology, biochemistry, chemical engineering, process control and regulatory aspects that underpin fermentation, cell culture and product purification. More importantly, they will have the ability to apply that knowledge in a competitive global business community to support the growth of environmentally sustainable manufacturing in the United States with beneficial impacts on the economy, environment, healthcare and national security.

Applications for Fall Semester 2018 are currently being accepted.

Domestic & International Application Deadline: March 1st, 2018

To the UGA Graduate School

A complete online application must be submitted to the UGA Graduate School. Degree Objective is MBB. Major Code is 077. Official transcripts, GRE scores, and three letters of recommendation and (for international students) TOEFL scores must also be sent to the Graduate School.  The Institution Code is 5813. Applications are processed by the Graduate School and then forwarded to the appropriate department/institute, which could take several days. Additional information about Graduate School admission requirements can be found on the following pages: Domestic Application Information | International Application Information.

To the MBB program office

A statement of interest including a current resume/CV must also be submitted via the online statement of interest formThe Statement of Purpose that is submitted to the UGA Graduate School during the application process can be the same as the Personal Statement requested on the MBB form, as long as the length and content are within the stated guidelines.

Master of Bioprocessing and Biomanufacturing Degree Curriculum

38 Total Credits Minimum required as follows:

  1. Introduction to Biomanufacturing Seminar: BHSI 7200 (1 credit). Course engages students in team building dynamics, presentations and public speaking, introduces them to project management, and provides networking opportunities. Student teams will prepare presentations that capture biomanufacturing events (e.g., development of a breakthrough vaccine or drug, or new technology for biochemical generation). Students will be introduced to resources including the UGA Biobusiness Incubator, GeorgiaBIO, the Terry College of Business’s Entrepreneurship Program, and company partners. The remainder of the course is devoted to invited speakers from industry and academia.
  1. Ethical Issues in Research: PHRM 7230 (3 credits). Regulatory Affairs Graduate Education Program, College of Pharmacy. Provides an introduction to bioethical principles used to make decisions when confronted with ethical issues involving research, fraud, scientific misconduct, and conflicts of interest. Students develop a framework for decision making to predict and solve ethical dilemmas within the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device fields. NSF and NIH guidelines and hypothetical case study format will be used to analyze and apply these principles to industry.
  1. Biotechnology: BCMB (BTEC, ENTO) 6200 (3 credits). College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences. Applied aspects of biochemistry and molecular biology, with emphasis on use of recombinant DNA and protein engineering. -OR- Introduction to Gene Technology: PBIO (CRSS, BIOL) 6500 (3 credits). -OR- Gene Technology Laboratory: PBIO 6500L (3 credits). Methods and applications of gene technology and related concepts in molecular biology including structure/synthesis of macromolecules; cDNA/genomic cloning, polymerase chain reaction; molecular markers and mapping; gene isolation strategies; and host-vector systems.
  1. Strategic Management: EMBA 7550E (MGMT 7400) (3 credits). Terry College of Business. Traditional corporate strategy combined with principles of organizational change to produce an overview of strategic management as a process for adapting the firm to its changing environment. Topics include practical issues related to mental frameworks, human behavior, environmental and competitor analysis, and change implementation.
  1. Biostatistical Applications for Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Industries: PHRM (BIOS) 7100 (3 credits). Regulatory Affairs Graduate Education Program, College of Pharmacy. Biostatistical issues regarding the introduction and regulatory approval of products, and their postmarket surveillance are considered. Data quality assurance, experimental design, clinical trials, power and sample size determination, uncertainty assessment, regression, survival analysis, and variable and model selection are considered. Non-traditional format: online study including teaching, assignments, discussion, problem-based learning, and case-based learning. Weekend seminar(s) totaling eight contact hours (multi-point video conference) using case-based and problem-based learning methods.
  1. Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology: MIBO 4680/6680 (new course required of both business tracks and all focus areas) (4 credits). Understanding principles of selecting and using microbes to produce desired products. Kinetics and instruction on microbial growth, metabolism and biochemistry. Understanding product variety – metabolic products, secondary metabolites, biomass, proteins, DNA, RNA etc. Topics include: Microbial diversity and metabolism; Strain selection, engineering, optimization. Diverse applications of microorganisms in industrial settings.
  1. Business Component. 3 credit hours specific to business track. Students choose 1 of 2 courses listed for each track in consultation with mentors. Additional courses may be taken if desired.

Large Company Track: Project Management: MGMT 7220 (3 credits). Planning, scheduling, organizing, implementing, and controlling of single and multiple projects. Explores traditional and new techniques for the dynamic environment of project management. -OR- Managerial Finance: EMBA 7200 (3 credits). Focus on responsibilities, concerns, and methods of analysis employed by corporate financial managers, and the role of financial markets and institutions in the modern economy. Topics: capital structure, dividend policy, asset evaluation, capital budgeting, risk analysis, and portfolio theory.

Small Company Track: Entrepreneurship & New Venture Creation: EMBA 7800 (3 credits). Examination of the new venture process, from idea generation to startup to harvest. Emphasis is placed on the generation of a complete business plan for a new product or service. Topics: entrepreneurial leadership and infrastructure, assessment of viability, business plan development and presentation, and entrepreneurial finance. -OR- Financial Analysis & Cost Management: EMBA 7600 (3 credits). Application of basic principles of finance and accounting to a broad array of management activities. Topics: financial forecasting with an emphasis on cash flows and financial needs, valuation of ongoing operations, evaluation of production alternatives, cost accounting systems, and advanced capital budgeting.

  1. Summer Research Experience: 1 credit hour. Required of both business tracks and all focus areas. Students will undertake industry-relevant research in either an industrial partner laboratory or an academic/institutional laboratory in collaboration with an industry partner. A project outline with specific goals and a timeline will be developed during the first week. A formal written report and a mini-symposium for oral presentation of research activities will showcase the experience and will provide practice for polishing professional communication skills.
  1. Process Development and Optimization: BCMB 8990 (new course number for 2013) (3 credits). Classroom and computer training course introducing students to topics using both practice computer simulation* and hands on experience with laboratory equipment used in industry. Topics: Microbial kinetics in fermentors (Growth, nutrient uptake, product formation); Fermentation principles (Batch, fed-batch, continuous); Process design (Design for best economics); Designing processes for the product– industry sector requirements for operating at scale; Principles of process optimization (methods, statistical design [DOE], data mining, fuzzy logic/black box methods).
  1. Fermentation Engineering: (new course) (4 credits). Classroom, computer simulation* and lab based course using industry relevant equipment at the Bioexpression and Fermentation Facility. Topics: Mass transfer/mass balance in fermentors; physical factors in fermentation and their measurement and control; fermentor engineering, and the operation, control and modeling of different fermentors (air lift, plug flow, immobilized reactors, perfusion reactors); scale up/scale down; bioreactor control and operation (feedback control, sensors and measurement); fermentation and plant monitoring systems (PLC, SCADA, DCS); process control room practices (batch control software, programming, monitoring); data handling and mining; fermentor operation and hands on training. *Computer Simulation: Development of interactive training modules prior to hands-on work with actual equipment increases student confidence and enhances the probability of successful completion of the activity
  2. Optional courses for specific focus areas. Choose from the following courses for a total of 8 credits. Students may elect to take additional courses in their area of interest as time and resources permit.

Track 1: Biofuels/BiochemicalsTrack 2: Industrial/EnvironmentalTrack 3: Pharmaceutical
FORS 8020 (1-3 cr) Opportunities in a Bio-based Economy 1
-----------------------------------------
FORS 7780 (3 cr): Procurement & Management of Wood Fiber Supply 1
FDST(MIBO)4120/6120-4120L/6120L (3 cr): Food Fermentation 5PHRM 6030 (4 cr): Current Good Manufacturing Practices 3
FANR 7750 (2 cr): The Science of Sustainability 1BCHE 8210 (4 cr): Fermentation Engineering Laboratory2PHAR 6010 (4 cr): Introduction to Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology and Device Industries 3
ENGR 4520/6520 (3 cr): Design of Biochemical Separations Processes 2ENGR 4520/6520 (3 cr): Design of Biochemical Separations Processes 2PHAR 6120 (3 cr): Process Control and Validation 3
Biofuels and Biochemicals Industry and Production (New Course)Protein Expression, Protein Science and
Purification (New Course)
IDIS 8900 (2 cr): Mammalian Cell Culture Principles and Methods/Problems in Infectious Disease 4
1.Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources; 2.College of Engineering; 3. College of Pharmacy; 4. College of Veterinary Medicine; 5. College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences

  1. Group Research Project (new course required of both tracks and all focus areas) (2 credits). Taught as BCMB7000 or MIBO7000 or BHSI7000 for varying credit. Lab and research based course. Intensive course involving multi-level group structure with participants working as a team on an industry-relevant challenge. Teams will have access to laboratory resources (BFF, industry labs, and possibly government labs).
  1. Optional Business Courses.

Large Company Track: New Product Development: MARK 7760 (3 credits). Course focuses on the basic steps of new product development: opportunity identification, design, testing, and implementation. Students learn how to read and interpret new product market research. Students are also able to enhance their creativity with research information and idea generating techniques.

Small Company Track: Venture Capital Financing: FINA 7160 (3 credits). Venture capital in financing entrepreneurial growth companies. How venture capital is raised, invested, and then harvested for reinvestment. How professional venture capitalists analyze and structure potential investments.  Economic Analysis: EMBA 7010 (3 credits). Introduction of the basic tools of microeconomics and macroeconomics. Microeconomic concepts of supply and demand, production, cost, and market structure are combined with macroeconomic issues concerning fiscal and monetary policy to develop an understanding of the relationship between an enterprise and the economic environment in which it exists. Operations Management: EMBA7310E (3 credits). How operational processes can be designed and managed to ensure that goods and services are produced

Upon Completion Of The Core MBB Courses Required Of All Tracks, Students Should Be Able To:

  1. Identify companies using biomanufacturing and bioprocessing technologies, possible careers in these companies, skills necessary for selected positions, and provide names and contact information for key individuals for selected companies as a basis for their own professional network
  2. Use bioethical principles in making decisions when confronted with ethical issues involving research, fraud, scientific misconduct, and conflicts of interest
  3. Apply strategic management theory for business including strategies for the analysis and development of conditions and resources likely to yield competitive advantage combined with the innovation, change, and behavior management necessary to sustain such competitive advantage
  4. Use traditional and new techniques for planning, scheduling, organizing, implementing, and controlling of single and multiple projects using current project management tools
  5. Use statistical methods as they relate to data quality assurance, experimental design, clinical trials, power and sample size determination, and variable and model selection
  6. All students will obtain laboratory hands-on training in fermentation techniques and basic analytical tools used to measure productivity of the process
Biofuels/Biochemicals Competencies

Upon completion of Track 1: Biofuels/Biochemicals courses, students in this track will be able to:

  1. Describe issues and opportunities associated with generating electric power or producing liquid fuels or other products from biomass
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of applied aspects of biochemistry and molecular biology in various fields with emphasis on the use of recombinant DNA methods and protein engineering
  3. Prepare media, chemicals, buffers, and other reagents used in fermentation studies
  4. Generate stock cultures of bacterial and yeast biocatalysts and demonstrate good aseptic techniques during inoculation and preparation of stocks
  5. Perform fermentations using small-to-mid sized fermentation vessels from set up to break down (shake-flask to 5-Liter scale).  Students will have some experience with larger fermentations, actually performing larger scale (20L-800L) fermentations themselves using control systems found in many companies
  6. Demonstrate competency in experimental design using specially formulated interactive software packages modeling fermentation equipment and downstream processing
  7. Conduct basic analytical methods used in industrial microbiology and biotechnology including: carbohydrate analysis with High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) and fermentation products using gas chromatography  and HPLC
  8. Design experiments to test hypotheses, keep an accurate laboratory notebook, compile reports, summarize findings and prepare executive summaries
  9. Present data to various audiences including upper management, scientific team, outside laypersons, etc.
Industrial/Environmental Competencies

Upon completion of Track 2: Industrial/Environmental Competencies courses, students in this track will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of applied aspects of biochemistry and molecular biology in various fields with emphasis on the use of recombinant DNA methods and protein engineering.  Some students will have intensive training in molecular techniques in a laboratory setting.
  2. Prepare media, chemicals, buffers, and other reagents used in protein purificiation and/or fermentation studies
  3. Generate stock cultures of bacterial and yeast biocatalysts and demonstrate good aseptic techniques during inoculation and preparation of stocks.  Some students will have extensive experience with other types of microorganisms (fungi, viruses, etc.)
  4. Perform enzyme assays and/or other measurements of protein function
  5. Set up fermentations using small-to-mid sized fermentation vessels, some with an emphasis on food-related fermentations
  6. Conduct basic analytical methods used in industrial microbiology and biotechnology including: carbohydrate analysis with High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) and fermentation products using gas chromatography  and HPLC.  Some students will have in depth experience with protein purification protocols
  7. Design experiments to test hypotheses, keep an accurate laboratory notebook, compile reports, summarize findings and prepare executive summaries
  8. Present data to various audiences including upper management, scientific team, outside laypersons, etc.
Pharmaceutical Competencies

Upon completion of Track 3: Pharmaceutical Track courses, students in this track will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a foundational knowledge of the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device industries, emphasizing organization, product development, new product applications and commercialization-associated activities-drug discovery, chemical synthesis, laboratory practices, quality assurance, regulatory affairs, and design control
  2. Perform protocols using mammalian cell culture principles and methods
  3. Exhibit knowledge of current Good Manufacturing Practice regulations implemented to assure quality and safety of marketed products.  Inspection techniques used by the FDA to ensure best practices within a biomanufacturer’s organization, personnel, facilities, equipment, control systems, production, laboratory procedures and records, and clinical testing
  4. Conduct a research project relevant to the pharmaceutical industry involving Biomanufacturing and/or bioprocessing.  The skills developed as a result of the experience will vary depending upon the project.
  5. Students have the option to also obtain the Regulatory Affairs Certificate after enrolling in the College of Pharmacy Regulatory Affairs program and taking Food and Drug Law where they will examine laws and regulations governing development, manufacturing, and commercial distribution of drugs, biologic and medical device products and how they relate to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device industry in a problem-based setting.

Q: What are application deadlines for the UGA MBB program?
A: Applications for Domestic and International Students for Fall Semester 2017 should be received by March 1, 2017.

Q: If I get a Teaching Assistant position or Research Position is my tuition be lowered? 
A:  Due to the nature of this Professional Program our students are not eligible for teaching or research assistant positions.

More Graduate Admission FAQs

Complete the online MBB statement of interest form. This form can be submitted at anytime, but preferably soon after you submit your online application to the UGA Graduate School. This form is critical to the evaluation of your application. Within this form, you will also be asked to upload your resume/CV.

+ Overview

Description of Program

The biomanufacturing and bioprocessing industry is diverse, encompassing the massive production scales of the liquid biofuels industry at one end, to the high quality, highly regulated biopharmaceutical industry at the other. Each market sector has its own needs and drivers, but a common resonating aspect is that to get a product to market, a biological entity must be grown and products harvested from it, in a word it must be “biomanufactured.”

The University of Georgia’s Master of Biomanufacturing and Bioprocessing (MBB) Program trains science and technology graduates for leadership roles in the rapidly expanding and vitally important biomanufacturing field by equipping them with the necessary science, technology and engineering skills combined with proven business and project management training.

The program’s combination of academic and industry led training brings together an exceptional group of scientific, engineering and business faculty with one combined focus − to train a cutting edge biotech workforce. As a result, students in the MBB program gain access to not only state-of-the-art equipment, but practical and virtual training experiences that ensure their readiness for a challenging and rewarding workplace.

During the intense two year program, students will have access to the exceptional and unique biomanufacturing facilities at the University of Georgia where they will work with industry leading equipment and control systems. Potential employers and companies that produce biomanufacturing tools will work alongside faculty to guide, train, set challenges for, and provide internships to students.

Students will emerge with an understanding of the biology, biochemistry, chemical engineering, process control and regulatory aspects that underpin fermentation, cell culture and product purification. More importantly, they will have the ability to apply that knowledge in a competitive global business community to support the growth of environmentally sustainable manufacturing in the United States with beneficial impacts on the economy, environment, healthcare and national security.

+ Admission

Applications for Fall Semester 2018 are currently being accepted.

Domestic & International Application Deadline: March 1st, 2018

To the UGA Graduate School

A complete online application must be submitted to the UGA Graduate School. Degree Objective is MBB. Major Code is 077. Official transcripts, GRE scores, and three letters of recommendation and (for international students) TOEFL scores must also be sent to the Graduate School.  The Institution Code is 5813. Applications are processed by the Graduate School and then forwarded to the appropriate department/institute, which could take several days. Additional information about Graduate School admission requirements can be found on the following pages: Domestic Application Information | International Application Information.

To the MBB program office

A statement of interest including a current resume/CV must also be submitted via the online statement of interest formThe Statement of Purpose that is submitted to the UGA Graduate School during the application process can be the same as the Personal Statement requested on the MBB form, as long as the length and content are within the stated guidelines.

+ Curriculum

Master of Bioprocessing and Biomanufacturing Degree Curriculum

38 Total Credits Minimum required as follows:

  1. Introduction to Biomanufacturing Seminar: BHSI 7200 (1 credit). Course engages students in team building dynamics, presentations and public speaking, introduces them to project management, and provides networking opportunities. Student teams will prepare presentations that capture biomanufacturing events (e.g., development of a breakthrough vaccine or drug, or new technology for biochemical generation). Students will be introduced to resources including the UGA Biobusiness Incubator, GeorgiaBIO, the Terry College of Business’s Entrepreneurship Program, and company partners. The remainder of the course is devoted to invited speakers from industry and academia.
  1. Ethical Issues in Research: PHRM 7230 (3 credits). Regulatory Affairs Graduate Education Program, College of Pharmacy. Provides an introduction to bioethical principles used to make decisions when confronted with ethical issues involving research, fraud, scientific misconduct, and conflicts of interest. Students develop a framework for decision making to predict and solve ethical dilemmas within the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device fields. NSF and NIH guidelines and hypothetical case study format will be used to analyze and apply these principles to industry.
  1. Biotechnology: BCMB (BTEC, ENTO) 6200 (3 credits). College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences. Applied aspects of biochemistry and molecular biology, with emphasis on use of recombinant DNA and protein engineering. -OR- Introduction to Gene Technology: PBIO (CRSS, BIOL) 6500 (3 credits). -OR- Gene Technology Laboratory: PBIO 6500L (3 credits). Methods and applications of gene technology and related concepts in molecular biology including structure/synthesis of macromolecules; cDNA/genomic cloning, polymerase chain reaction; molecular markers and mapping; gene isolation strategies; and host-vector systems.
  1. Strategic Management: EMBA 7550E (MGMT 7400) (3 credits). Terry College of Business. Traditional corporate strategy combined with principles of organizational change to produce an overview of strategic management as a process for adapting the firm to its changing environment. Topics include practical issues related to mental frameworks, human behavior, environmental and competitor analysis, and change implementation.
  1. Biostatistical Applications for Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Industries: PHRM (BIOS) 7100 (3 credits). Regulatory Affairs Graduate Education Program, College of Pharmacy. Biostatistical issues regarding the introduction and regulatory approval of products, and their postmarket surveillance are considered. Data quality assurance, experimental design, clinical trials, power and sample size determination, uncertainty assessment, regression, survival analysis, and variable and model selection are considered. Non-traditional format: online study including teaching, assignments, discussion, problem-based learning, and case-based learning. Weekend seminar(s) totaling eight contact hours (multi-point video conference) using case-based and problem-based learning methods.
  1. Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology: MIBO 4680/6680 (new course required of both business tracks and all focus areas) (4 credits). Understanding principles of selecting and using microbes to produce desired products. Kinetics and instruction on microbial growth, metabolism and biochemistry. Understanding product variety – metabolic products, secondary metabolites, biomass, proteins, DNA, RNA etc. Topics include: Microbial diversity and metabolism; Strain selection, engineering, optimization. Diverse applications of microorganisms in industrial settings.
  1. Business Component. 3 credit hours specific to business track. Students choose 1 of 2 courses listed for each track in consultation with mentors. Additional courses may be taken if desired.

Large Company Track: Project Management: MGMT 7220 (3 credits). Planning, scheduling, organizing, implementing, and controlling of single and multiple projects. Explores traditional and new techniques for the dynamic environment of project management. -OR- Managerial Finance: EMBA 7200 (3 credits). Focus on responsibilities, concerns, and methods of analysis employed by corporate financial managers, and the role of financial markets and institutions in the modern economy. Topics: capital structure, dividend policy, asset evaluation, capital budgeting, risk analysis, and portfolio theory.

Small Company Track: Entrepreneurship & New Venture Creation: EMBA 7800 (3 credits). Examination of the new venture process, from idea generation to startup to harvest. Emphasis is placed on the generation of a complete business plan for a new product or service. Topics: entrepreneurial leadership and infrastructure, assessment of viability, business plan development and presentation, and entrepreneurial finance. -OR- Financial Analysis & Cost Management: EMBA 7600 (3 credits). Application of basic principles of finance and accounting to a broad array of management activities. Topics: financial forecasting with an emphasis on cash flows and financial needs, valuation of ongoing operations, evaluation of production alternatives, cost accounting systems, and advanced capital budgeting.

  1. Summer Research Experience: 1 credit hour. Required of both business tracks and all focus areas. Students will undertake industry-relevant research in either an industrial partner laboratory or an academic/institutional laboratory in collaboration with an industry partner. A project outline with specific goals and a timeline will be developed during the first week. A formal written report and a mini-symposium for oral presentation of research activities will showcase the experience and will provide practice for polishing professional communication skills.
  1. Process Development and Optimization: BCMB 8990 (new course number for 2013) (3 credits). Classroom and computer training course introducing students to topics using both practice computer simulation* and hands on experience with laboratory equipment used in industry. Topics: Microbial kinetics in fermentors (Growth, nutrient uptake, product formation); Fermentation principles (Batch, fed-batch, continuous); Process design (Design for best economics); Designing processes for the product– industry sector requirements for operating at scale; Principles of process optimization (methods, statistical design [DOE], data mining, fuzzy logic/black box methods).
  1. Fermentation Engineering: (new course) (4 credits). Classroom, computer simulation* and lab based course using industry relevant equipment at the Bioexpression and Fermentation Facility. Topics: Mass transfer/mass balance in fermentors; physical factors in fermentation and their measurement and control; fermentor engineering, and the operation, control and modeling of different fermentors (air lift, plug flow, immobilized reactors, perfusion reactors); scale up/scale down; bioreactor control and operation (feedback control, sensors and measurement); fermentation and plant monitoring systems (PLC, SCADA, DCS); process control room practices (batch control software, programming, monitoring); data handling and mining; fermentor operation and hands on training. *Computer Simulation: Development of interactive training modules prior to hands-on work with actual equipment increases student confidence and enhances the probability of successful completion of the activity
  2. Optional courses for specific focus areas. Choose from the following courses for a total of 8 credits. Students may elect to take additional courses in their area of interest as time and resources permit.

Track 1: Biofuels/BiochemicalsTrack 2: Industrial/EnvironmentalTrack 3: Pharmaceutical
FORS 8020 (1-3 cr) Opportunities in a Bio-based Economy 1
-----------------------------------------
FORS 7780 (3 cr): Procurement & Management of Wood Fiber Supply 1
FDST(MIBO)4120/6120-4120L/6120L (3 cr): Food Fermentation 5PHRM 6030 (4 cr): Current Good Manufacturing Practices 3
FANR 7750 (2 cr): The Science of Sustainability 1BCHE 8210 (4 cr): Fermentation Engineering Laboratory2PHAR 6010 (4 cr): Introduction to Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology and Device Industries 3
ENGR 4520/6520 (3 cr): Design of Biochemical Separations Processes 2ENGR 4520/6520 (3 cr): Design of Biochemical Separations Processes 2PHAR 6120 (3 cr): Process Control and Validation 3
Biofuels and Biochemicals Industry and Production (New Course)Protein Expression, Protein Science and
Purification (New Course)
IDIS 8900 (2 cr): Mammalian Cell Culture Principles and Methods/Problems in Infectious Disease 4
1.Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources; 2.College of Engineering; 3. College of Pharmacy; 4. College of Veterinary Medicine; 5. College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences

  1. Group Research Project (new course required of both tracks and all focus areas) (2 credits). Taught as BCMB7000 or MIBO7000 or BHSI7000 for varying credit. Lab and research based course. Intensive course involving multi-level group structure with participants working as a team on an industry-relevant challenge. Teams will have access to laboratory resources (BFF, industry labs, and possibly government labs).
  1. Optional Business Courses.

Large Company Track: New Product Development: MARK 7760 (3 credits). Course focuses on the basic steps of new product development: opportunity identification, design, testing, and implementation. Students learn how to read and interpret new product market research. Students are also able to enhance their creativity with research information and idea generating techniques.

Small Company Track: Venture Capital Financing: FINA 7160 (3 credits). Venture capital in financing entrepreneurial growth companies. How venture capital is raised, invested, and then harvested for reinvestment. How professional venture capitalists analyze and structure potential investments.  Economic Analysis: EMBA 7010 (3 credits). Introduction of the basic tools of microeconomics and macroeconomics. Microeconomic concepts of supply and demand, production, cost, and market structure are combined with macroeconomic issues concerning fiscal and monetary policy to develop an understanding of the relationship between an enterprise and the economic environment in which it exists. Operations Management: EMBA7310E (3 credits). How operational processes can be designed and managed to ensure that goods and services are produced

+ Competencies

Upon Completion Of The Core MBB Courses Required Of All Tracks, Students Should Be Able To:

  1. Identify companies using biomanufacturing and bioprocessing technologies, possible careers in these companies, skills necessary for selected positions, and provide names and contact information for key individuals for selected companies as a basis for their own professional network
  2. Use bioethical principles in making decisions when confronted with ethical issues involving research, fraud, scientific misconduct, and conflicts of interest
  3. Apply strategic management theory for business including strategies for the analysis and development of conditions and resources likely to yield competitive advantage combined with the innovation, change, and behavior management necessary to sustain such competitive advantage
  4. Use traditional and new techniques for planning, scheduling, organizing, implementing, and controlling of single and multiple projects using current project management tools
  5. Use statistical methods as they relate to data quality assurance, experimental design, clinical trials, power and sample size determination, and variable and model selection
  6. All students will obtain laboratory hands-on training in fermentation techniques and basic analytical tools used to measure productivity of the process
Biofuels/Biochemicals Competencies

Upon completion of Track 1: Biofuels/Biochemicals courses, students in this track will be able to:

  1. Describe issues and opportunities associated with generating electric power or producing liquid fuels or other products from biomass
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of applied aspects of biochemistry and molecular biology in various fields with emphasis on the use of recombinant DNA methods and protein engineering
  3. Prepare media, chemicals, buffers, and other reagents used in fermentation studies
  4. Generate stock cultures of bacterial and yeast biocatalysts and demonstrate good aseptic techniques during inoculation and preparation of stocks
  5. Perform fermentations using small-to-mid sized fermentation vessels from set up to break down (shake-flask to 5-Liter scale).  Students will have some experience with larger fermentations, actually performing larger scale (20L-800L) fermentations themselves using control systems found in many companies
  6. Demonstrate competency in experimental design using specially formulated interactive software packages modeling fermentation equipment and downstream processing
  7. Conduct basic analytical methods used in industrial microbiology and biotechnology including: carbohydrate analysis with High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) and fermentation products using gas chromatography  and HPLC
  8. Design experiments to test hypotheses, keep an accurate laboratory notebook, compile reports, summarize findings and prepare executive summaries
  9. Present data to various audiences including upper management, scientific team, outside laypersons, etc.
Industrial/Environmental Competencies

Upon completion of Track 2: Industrial/Environmental Competencies courses, students in this track will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of applied aspects of biochemistry and molecular biology in various fields with emphasis on the use of recombinant DNA methods and protein engineering.  Some students will have intensive training in molecular techniques in a laboratory setting.
  2. Prepare media, chemicals, buffers, and other reagents used in protein purificiation and/or fermentation studies
  3. Generate stock cultures of bacterial and yeast biocatalysts and demonstrate good aseptic techniques during inoculation and preparation of stocks.  Some students will have extensive experience with other types of microorganisms (fungi, viruses, etc.)
  4. Perform enzyme assays and/or other measurements of protein function
  5. Set up fermentations using small-to-mid sized fermentation vessels, some with an emphasis on food-related fermentations
  6. Conduct basic analytical methods used in industrial microbiology and biotechnology including: carbohydrate analysis with High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) and fermentation products using gas chromatography  and HPLC.  Some students will have in depth experience with protein purification protocols
  7. Design experiments to test hypotheses, keep an accurate laboratory notebook, compile reports, summarize findings and prepare executive summaries
  8. Present data to various audiences including upper management, scientific team, outside laypersons, etc.
Pharmaceutical Competencies

Upon completion of Track 3: Pharmaceutical Track courses, students in this track will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a foundational knowledge of the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device industries, emphasizing organization, product development, new product applications and commercialization-associated activities-drug discovery, chemical synthesis, laboratory practices, quality assurance, regulatory affairs, and design control
  2. Perform protocols using mammalian cell culture principles and methods
  3. Exhibit knowledge of current Good Manufacturing Practice regulations implemented to assure quality and safety of marketed products.  Inspection techniques used by the FDA to ensure best practices within a biomanufacturer’s organization, personnel, facilities, equipment, control systems, production, laboratory procedures and records, and clinical testing
  4. Conduct a research project relevant to the pharmaceutical industry involving Biomanufacturing and/or bioprocessing.  The skills developed as a result of the experience will vary depending upon the project.
  5. Students have the option to also obtain the Regulatory Affairs Certificate after enrolling in the College of Pharmacy Regulatory Affairs program and taking Food and Drug Law where they will examine laws and regulations governing development, manufacturing, and commercial distribution of drugs, biologic and medical device products and how they relate to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device industry in a problem-based setting.
+ FAQ

Q: What are application deadlines for the UGA MBB program?
A: Applications for Domestic and International Students for Fall Semester 2017 should be received by March 1, 2017.

Q: If I get a Teaching Assistant position or Research Position is my tuition be lowered? 
A:  Due to the nature of this Professional Program our students are not eligible for teaching or research assistant positions.

More Graduate Admission FAQs

+ Statement of Interest

Complete the online MBB statement of interest form. This form can be submitted at anytime, but preferably soon after you submit your online application to the UGA Graduate School. This form is critical to the evaluation of your application. Within this form, you will also be asked to upload your resume/CV.