Specialty support courses are a portion of the ABT coursework that allows students to broaden their scientific knowledge outside the major requirements either to strengthen knowledge in biotechnology or to complement this knowledge to support training for various career paths.  Since ABT is a science based degree, it is expected that your specialty support courses will consist of coursework from the disciplines of science.  For that reason, the majority of specialty support courses listed in APEX are science courses. 

As new courses have been developed, the Specialty Support list has been expanded to include courses related to human healthcare and courses that professional schools require for admittance (for example, ECO 201 is required for pharmacy school). 

When choosing your specialty support courses, you and your advisor should chose courses that build a theme of interest for you.  In this way, the specialty support section allows you to tailor the degree to fit your particular career goals and interests. 

If you are interested in a particular course, check the course description in the current UK Bulletin.

Occasionally, a student may find a new course that fits their career goals.  The student may submit a justification and the syllabus of the course to the co-Directors of the ABT program for approval as a specialty support course.  The justification must explain how the course aligns with their career goals.  If the course is approved, it will be added to the student’s list of specialty support courses in APEX. 

Students must take a minimum of 21 credit hours of specialty support courses including at least one of the courses listed in the Tier 1 category and the remaining hours from the Tier 2 category.  A number of the courses listed here may have additional prerequisites. Specialty support courses are selected according to the student's area of interest and career goals.  The approved list of specialty support courses can be viewed in APEX. 

Please note that listing below is not comprehensive.  Students are advised to check the current course catalog for course availability and new course offerings. 

Students are also encouraged to select a majority of 300 level and above courses for specialty support courses in order to meet the degree requirement of 45 credit hours of 300 level and above coursework.


Tier 1 

Complete one course from the following:

ASC 364 - Reproductive Physiology of Farm Animals

BIO 315 - Introduction to Cell Biology - 3 hrs

BIO 350 - Animal Physiology - 4 hrs

BIO 430G - Plant Physiology - 4 hrs

BIO/PGY 502 - Principles of Systems, Cellular and Molecular Physiology - 5 hrs



Tier 2

Complete 17-18 hours from the following courses listed below.


Anatomy

  1. ANA 209 - Principles of Human Anatomy -3 hrs
  2. ANA 309 - Anatomy - 5 hrs
  3. ANA 305 - Introduction To Neuroscience Techniques - 4 hrs

Arts & Science

  1. A&S 350 - Personal Strengths & Career Development - 3 hrs

Animal Sciences

  1. ASC 362 - Animal Genetics - 3 hrs
  2. ASC 364 - Reproductive Physiology of Farm Animals - 3 hrs
  3. ASC 378 - Animal Nutrition and Feeding- 3 hrs
  4. VS 351 - Principles of Animal Hygiene and Disease Control - 3 hrs

Biochemistry

  1. BCH 395 - Independent Work In Biochemistry - 3 hrs
  2. BCH 419G - Molecular Basis Of Human Disease - 3 hrs

Plant and Soil Sciences and Horticulture

  1. PLS 404 - Integrated Weed Management- 3 hrs
  2. PLS 502 - Ecology of Economic Plants - 3 hrs
  3. PLS 566 - Soil Microbiology - 3 hrs

Biology

  1. BIO 303 - Evolution - 3 hrs
  2. BIO 325 - Introductory Ecology - 4 hrs
  3. BIO 375 - Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology - 3 hrs
  4. BIO 425 - Biology Seminar - 1 hr
  5. BIO 427 - Seminar in Microbiology (subtitle required) - 1 hr
  6. BIO/MI 494G - Immunobiology - 3 hrs
  7. BIO/MI 495G - Bacterial Pathogenesis - 3 hrs
  8. BIO 507 - Biology of Sleep and Circadian Rhythms - 3hrs
  9. BIO 530 - Biogeiography and Conservation - 3 hrs
  10. BIO 535 - Comparative Neurobiology and Behavior - 3 hrs
  11. BIO 542 - Histology - 5 hrs
  12. BIO 550 - Comparative Physiology - 3 hrs
  13. BIO/MI 582 - Virology - 3hrs

Behavioral Science

  1. BSC 331 - Behavioral Factors in Health and Disease - 3 hrs

Chemistry

  1. CHE 226 - Analytical Chemistry - 3-5 hrs
  2. CHE 440G - Introduction to Physical Chemistry
  3. CHE 532 - Spectrometric Identification of Organic Compounds - 2 hrs
  4. CHE 533 - Qualitative Organic Analysis Laboratory - 2 hrs
  5. CHE 550 - Biological Chemistry I- 4 hrs
  6. CHE 552 - Biological Chemistry II- 4 hrs


Cognitive Science

  1. CGS 500 - Cognitive Science In Theory And Practice - 3 hrs

    Communication

  1. COM 311 - Taking Control of Your Health: Patient/Provider Communication - 3 hrs
  2. COM 315 - Understanding Workplace Communication - 3 hrs
  3. COM 471 - Intro To Health Communication - 3 hrs

Computer Science

  1. CS 215 - Introduction To Program Design Abstraction/Problem Solving - 4 hrs

Community and Leadership Development

  1. CLD 302 - Leadership Studies - 3 hrs
  2. CLD 320 - Survey of Agricultural and Consumer Media- 3 hrs
  3. CLD 340 - Community Interaction - 3 hrs

Clinical Leadership and Management

  1. CLM 241 - Health and Medical Care Delivery Systems - 3 hrs

College of Public Health

  1. CPH 201 - Introduction to Public Health - 3 hrs
  2. CPH 310 - Disease Detectives: Epidemiology In Action - 3 hrs
  3. CPH 351 - Population Health And Crisis Management - 3 hrs
  4. CPH 365 - Special Topics in Public Health - 3 hrs
  5. CPH 410 - Epidemiology People, Place, And Politics - 3 hrs
  6. CPH 601 - Environmental Health - 3 hrs

Dietitics/ Human Nutrition

  1. DHN 212 - Introductory Nutrition - 3 hrs
  2. DHN 241 - Food Service Sanitation - 3 hrs

Economics

  1. ECO 201 -  Principles Of Economics I - 3hrs


Entomology

  1. ENT 300 - General Entomology - 3 hrs
  2. ENT 340 - Livestock Entomology - 2 hrs
  3. ENT/FOR 402 - Forest Entomology - 3 hrs
  4. ENT 561 - Insects affecting Human and Animal Health - 4 hrs
  5. ENT 568 - Insect Behavior - 3 hrs

Food Science

  1. FSC 434G - Food Chemistry - 4 hrs
  2. FSC 530 - Food Microbiology - 5 hrs
  3. FSC 536 - Advanced Food Technology - 4 hrs
  4. FSC 538 - Food Fermentation and Thermal Processing - 4 hrs

Forestry

  1. FOR 370 -  Wildlife Biology And Management - 4 hrs

Geography

  1. Geo 261 - Global Dynamics of Health and Disease - 3 hrs

Gerontology

  1. GRN 250 - Aging In Today's World -3 hrs

History

  1. HIS 584 - Health and Disease in the U.S. - 3 hrs

Honors Program

    1. HON 301 - Proseminar:  Brain, Body and Mind - 3 hrs
    2. HON 301 - Proseminar:  Genetic Engineering - 3 hrs
    3. HON 301 - Proseminar:  Discoveries in Cancer Biology - 3 hrs
    4. HON 301 - Proseminar:  Doctoring Undercover -3 hrs

Human Health Sciences

    1. HHS - Health Information Management -3 hrs

Microbiology and Immunology

  1. MI/BIO 494G - Immunobiology - 3 hrs
  2. MI/BIO 495G - Bacterial Pathogenesis - 3 hrs
  3. MI/BIO 582 - Virology - 3hrs

Natural Resources and Environmental Science

  1. NRE 201 - Natural Resources And Environmental Science - 3 hrs
  2. NRE 381 - Natural Resourcse And Environmental Policy Analysis - 3hrs

Physiology

  1. PGY 206 - Elementary Physiology - 3 hrs
  2. PGY 312 - Cell Physiology And Pathophysiology - 3 hrs
  3. PGY 401G - Human Reproduction, Technology, And Society - 3 hrs
  4. PGY 412G - Principles of Human Physiology Lectures- 4 hrs
  5. PGY 413G - Critical Thinking In Physiology - 1 hr

Pharmacology

  1. PHA 200 - Pharmacology: Drugs And Human Health - 3 hrs
  2. PHA 422G - Pharmacology Of Treating Human Disease - 3 hrs

Philosophy

  1. PHI 305 - Health Care Ethics - 3 hrs
  2. PHI 335 - The Individual and Society - 3 hrs
  3. PHI 336 -Environmental Ethics - 3 hrs
  4. PHI 361 - Biology and Society - 3 hrs
  5. PHI 380 - Death/Dying/Quality of Life - 3 hrs

Plant and Soil Sciences and Horticulture

  1. PLS 404 - Integrated Weed Management- 3 hrs
  2. PLS 502 - Ecology of Economic Plants - 3 hrs
  3. PLS 566 - Soil Microbiology - 3 hrs
  4. PLS 567 - Methods in Soil Microbiology - 1 hrs

Plant Pathology

  1. PPA 400G - Principles of Plant Pathology - 3 hrs
  2. PPA 500 - Physiology of Plant Health and Disease - 3 hrs

Psychology

  1. PSY 223 Developmental Psychology - 3 hrs
  2. PSY 459 - Drugs and Behavior - 3 hrs
  3. PSY 456 - Behavioral Neuroscience - 4 hrs

Statistics

  1. STA 570 - Basic Statisticial Analysis - 4 hrs
  2. STA 580 - Biostatistics I - 3 hrs

Rehabilitation Counseling

  1. RC 515 - Medical and Psychosocial Aspects of Disabilities I - 3hrs

Sociology

  1. SOC 255 - Medicine, Health, And Society - 3 hrs
  2. SOC 335 - Sociology of Gender - 3 hrs
  3. SOC 339 - Introduction to Crime, Law and Deviance - 3 hrs
  4. SOC 350 - Topics in Sociology - 3 hrs
  5. SOC 360 - Environmental Sociology - 3 hrs

Sustainable Agriculture

  1. SAG 201 -  Cultural Perspectives On Sustainability - 3 hrs
  2. SAG 390 - Agroecology - 3 hrs

Veterinary Science

  1. VS 307 - Genetics of Horses - 3 hrs

*NOTICE:   Although every effort is made to ensure that this list of Specialty support requirements is accurate and up to date, it is provided for the convenience of the user and should not be considered the official version. The official version of this material is available in the University of Kentucky Bulletin. The user is advised to refer to and rely upon the official version of this material when making significant decisions or judgments.