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Industrial Microbial Biotechnology in Germany

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Program Type Departmental
Program Location Berlin, Munich, Stuttgart +, Germany
Course # SA 10527
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
Summer 2018 05/06/18 to 05/19/18

Program Leader

Name Abigail Engelberth
Phone765 49-41009

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)

Frankfurt (Tours, day trips to Heidelberg and Darmstadt, cultural activities)

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

Academic Credit

3 credits to count towards biological science selective in Biological Engineering plan of study.


Open to rising sophomores and on up

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

Program Cost

 $2850 ($1850 with a $1000 Purdue Moves Scholarship)

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

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