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Industrial Microbial Biotechnology in Germany

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Program Type Departmental
Program Location Berlin, Munich, Stuttgart Heidlelberg, Berlin, Germany
Course # SA 10527
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Past Dates
Summer 2019 05/05/19 to 05/18/19

Program Leader

Name Kevin Solomon

Program Description

Since before pre-history, microorganisms have been responsible for what we now recognize as biotechnology applications.  Initially used for beverage applications including beer and winemaking and expanding to food applications like leavening dough for bread, or preserving food through pickling.  Today, modern fermentation is a multibillion-dollar industry that includes a variety of sectors from foods to pharmaceuticals.  This course will explore a range of industrial facilities for the production of enzymes, pharmaceuticals, foods, and commodity chemicals.  We will travel to various parts of Germany to explore these sectors.  Our travels will include guest lectures at nearby universities.  Each visit will have an accompanying technical assignment.  

Below is a preliminary itinerary and places we will visit:

Munich (Orientation, group dinner, tours, cultural activities, lectures)

Stuttgart (Tours, lectures, cultural activities)

Hiedelberg (Tours, cultural activities)

Cologne (Tours)

Berlin (Tours, cultural activites, day trip to Plauen, final dinner)


Slides from Callout


Academic Credit

3 credits to count towards biological science selective in Biological Engineering plan of study.  Can count as an elective in many other Engineering or Science plans of study.

Note: for students in the College of Agiculture, this course does count towards the International Understanding requirement.


Pre-requisites:  ABE 202 or BCHM 307 or CHE 211 or FS 163

Program Cost

Program cost is $2,861.61. Please check below to see if you qualify for a Purdue Moves Scholarship.

Cost may decrease as more students participate.  Cap is at 22 students.


Purdue Moves Scholarship

Application Deadline

02/01/2019  DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 02/15/2019

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