Nirmal Joshee, PhD
Graduate Programs for College of Agriculture
126 Stallworth Research Building
Fort Valley State University
Fort Valley, GA 31030-4313, USA

Office: (478) 822-7049
Fax: (478) 825-6376

Fort Valley State University is the only public institution in Georgia that offers a Master of Science degree in biotechnology. The field of biotechnology is growing, and so are the opportunities in this industry. There are more than 1,500 biotech companies in the United States and many of them are located right in Georgia.

This program is designed to take students to the next level by preparing them for positions at large and small companies in pharmaceutical, biotechnology, consulting and high-tech industries, as well as government laboratories. Graduates of this program can pursue careers as research specialists, teachers, scientists and laboratory technicians.

The College of Agriculture, Home Economics and Allied Programs’ Master of Science in Biotechnology offers the following program options.


Biotechnology is an interdisciplinary, cutting-edge science that encompasses biology, plant and animal sciences and engineering. It is used as a scientific tool for many purposes including enhancing crop yield and quality, developing pharmaceuticals, improving health and nutrition and providing new methods for removing environmental toxins.

The degree requires 36 credit hours (including 6 credit hours for a research thesis or internship) which full-time students can complete in two years. All graduate students are required to enroll in fall, spring and possibly summer sessions. Working professionals, including school teachers, are encouraged to apply as part-time students.

In addition to a Graudate Application packet (Application, fee, two copies of official transcripts, three letters of reference, a personal or professional statement, a resume, and immunization records and health forms) Biotechnology program applicants MUST provide MAT scores of 44 (395) or GRE scores of 800 on old system or 140 on new system or better and have achieved undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 ir better. Biotechnology students must also pass a writing/reading test administered during Graduate Studies Orientation or upon completion of 18 hours of graduate credit.

International students for whom English is not their native language will be required to pass either the TOEFL with a score of 500 or the IELTS with a 6.0 or better.


  • BIOT 5103 Biostatistics/Experimental Designs (3 credit hours)
  • BIOT 5253 Molecular Biotechniques (3)
  • BIOT 5403 Molecular Genetics and Bioinformatics (3)
  • BIOT 6193 Commercial Biotechnology (3)


Plant Biotechnology:

  • BIOT 5373 Plant Tissue & Cell Structure Technology (3)
  • BIOT 5483 Molecular Marker Technology (3)
  • BIOT 5543 Gene Transfer and Expression (3)
  • BIOT 5893 Biotechnology in Crop Improvement (3)
  • BIOT 5923 Food Safety Biotechnology (3)
  • BIOT 6403 Global Issues in Biotechnology (3)
  • BIOT 6533 Biotechnology of Specialty Plants (3)
  • BIOT 6993 Master’s Thesis Research (6)

Animal Biotechnology

  • BIOT 5123 Physiological Chemistry (3)
  • BIOT 5333 Animal Growth Biology (3)
  • BIOT 5543 Gene Transfer and Expression (3)
  • BIOT 5613 Embryo Transfer Technology (3)
  • BIOT 5923 Food Safety Biotechnology (3)
  • BIOT 6393 Microbial Biotechnology (3)
  • BIOT 6403 Global Issues in Biotechnology (3)
  • BIOT 6993 Master’s Thesis Research (6)

Applied Biotechnology

  • BIOT 5923 Food Safety Biotechnology (3)
  • BIOT 5973 Industrial Biotechnology (3)
  • BIOT 6143 Environmental Biotechnology (3)
  • BIOT 6353 Nano-Biotechnology (3)
  • BIOT 6393 Microbial Biotechnology (3)
  • BIOT 6403 Global Issues in Biotechnology (3)
  • BIOT 6993 Master’s Thesis Research (6)


  • BIOT 5503 Advanced Genetics (3)
  • BIOT 5661 Technocal/Scientific Writing (1)
  • BIOT 5753 Bioengineering (3)
  • BIOT 6001 Graduate Seminar (1)
  • BIOT 6053 Bioinformatics/Computational Biology (3)
  • BIOT 6253 Molecular Endocrinology (3)
  • BIOT 6283 Molecular Pharmacology and Toxicology (3)
  • BIOT 6373 Gamete and Embryo Biotechnology (3)
  • BIOT 6483 Molecular Immunology (3)
  • BIOT 6513 Computational Biology (3)
  • BIOT 6753 Bioethics and Regulatory Issues (3)
  • BIOT 6801 Forensics Biotechnology (1)

The professors teach classes in high-tech laboratories and offer hands-on assistance. Students have the opportunity to develop grant proposals with faculty members and to present their research findings at professional seminars and conferences.

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