Arizona State University
Senate Motion #2017-05
Motion Introduced by: Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee, Caroline Harrison, Chair
Date of First Reading: August 29, 2016
Date of Second Reading: September 26, 2016
Title of Motion: Request from the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences –- School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences– for the establishment of an undergraduate degree – BS in Biotechnology and Bioenterprise
Action Requested: This curricular proposal has received all college, school, unit and university administrative approvals, and is being presented to the Senate for review and voting decision.
Rationale: The BS in Biotechnology and Bioenterprise will provide students with the requisite interdisciplinary and practical experience in biotechnology research and associated business/entrepreneurship skills to develop and market biotechnological innovations and solutions to problems facing the biotechnology and health sciences communities in the West Valley, the state, nation, and beyond. The program is unique with regard to its focus on blending biotechnology and entrepreneurship. This degree program leverages transfer partnerships between ASU's West campus and nearby community colleges with degree programs in biology and biotechnology, particularly Glendale Community College's biotechnology program. The curriculum is aligned with needs articulated by both partners that prepare students for this program (e.g., community colleges and high schools) as well as entities that will employ graduates of the program (e.g., local and national biotechnology firms, local startups).