With the advent of significant fundamental advances in biosciences, increasing number of products, particularly therapeutic biologics are manufactured using biological agents such as cells and bacteria. New applications of genetic engineering in many industrial segments are reported at an increasing rate due to applications of DNA microarray technology. Consequently, a larger number of engineers of tomorrow would need to be familiar with the fundamental precepts of biosciences and genetic engineering applications. The central idea in the Engineering Biotechnology course aimed at junior and senior students of engineering is to treat within a single course all significant scientific and engineering issues that encompass converting genes, the starting material, to a final product that is manufactured for the market place. In our view, it is important to tell the whole story in a single course with sufficient depth so that the relevancy and significance of the emerging area of biotechnology can be communicated effectively.

Traditionally the concepts covered in Engineering Biotechnology course would be developed over many courses, biochemistry, cell biology or cell physiology, genetic engineering, biotransport phenomena, bioprocess engineering and unit operations. Although the current course does not cover the same material to the depth possible in the traditional courses, it does provide an engineering student with an important overview, and equip him with tools to pursue further study in biotechnology. The course builds upon the biological and engineering principles introduced in the freshman course called, Chemical and Biological Foundations of Engineering. Because the material is organized on a topic relevancy basis and the style of instruction is 'lateral' rather than 'pyramidal,' the biological principles and engineering science cane commingled to provide a more complete picture.