Applied Biotechnology Requirements

You can earn your master’s degree in applied biotechnology at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville by successfully completing 31 graduate credits. All courses listed are three credits unless otherwise stated.

Required Core Courses (18 credits)

ABT 7000: Principles of Biotechnology
ABT 7050: Ethics, Safety, and Regulatory Environments in Biotechnology
ABT 7100: Professional and Technical Communication in Biotechnology
ABT 7150: Techniques in Biotechnology
ABT 7200: Experimental Design and Analysis in Biotechnology
ABT 7250: Leadership in Organizations

Specialized Tracks (9 credits)

Students must complete nine credits in a specialized track of their preference.

Quality Assurance and Compliance

ABT 7350: Quality Control and Validation
ABT 7400: Regulatory Practice and Compliance
ABT 7450: Industrial Applications in Regulatory Affairs

Business Management

ABT 7500: Biotechnology Marketing and Entrepreneurship
ABT 7550: Global Operations and Supply Chain Management
ABT 7600: Quality and Project Management

Research and Development

ABT 7650: Assessing Innovation in Biotechnology
ABT 7700: Product Development
ABT 7750: Tools for Data Analysis

Advanced Requirements (4 credits)

ABT 7890: Pre-Capstone (1 credit)
ABT 7900: Capstone (Completion of all coursework or consent of advisor/instructor required prior to enrollment)


To earn your master’s degree, you must meet the following requirements:

  • All students must complete a minimum of 30 graduate credits.
  • At least 21 credits must be earned in graduate courses that are not cross-listed with undergraduate courses, and of those 21 credits, at least 15 credits must be earned at the 7000-level). These credits must be included in the student’s program planning form.
  • Courses in the 5000-6990 levels are open to graduate students for graduate credit, provided they have not previously taken the courses at the undergraduate level.
  • Students must have both an overall and a program GPA of at least 3.0. Graduate credits in which a grade lower than a C- has been earned will not be counted toward a degree; however, these lower grades will be reflected in the student’s grade point average. All credits attempted within a given program will be counted toward the GPA, even if credits for a particular course will not be counted toward program completion requirements.
    • Note: Programs may have stricter requirements than required of the School of Graduate Studies; students should review their official program plan for information.
  • Graduate students are allowed seven years from the date of admission into a master’s program to complete degree requirements.
  • No more than 12 credits can be transferred into a master’s degree program.
  • To be accepted for transfer, credits must be approved by more than one faculty member in the relevant program along with the dean of the School of Graduate Studies. Faculty must be 1) the program's coordinator; or 2) some mix of the student's advisor and a faculty member with expertise in the field.
  • Only courses taken at a nationally or regionally accredited institution recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation in which the student received a grade of B or higher will be accepted. Transfer credits will not be officially recorded until the student has successfully completed graduate work at UW-Platteville.
  • Enroll in one UW-Platteville course within the first year of being admitted into the program. Failure to do so will result in the discontinuation from the program.
  • Maintain degree progress by completing at least one UW-Platteville course every two years in order to remain under these catalog requirements. Failure to do so will result in discontinuation from the program.