B.S. in Biotechnology

With a focus on applying laboratory and computer skills to solve problems, the Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology program offers a diverse curriculum to prepare students for a successful career or graduate studies in biotechnology. As a biotechnology major, you’ll acquire the knowledge and skills used by professionals to develop new technologies and products that improve the human condition.

Biotechnology is a large field, and by choosing from among three concentrations, students can focus their coursework to their area of interest. 

Choose from concentrations in:

  • Molecular Biotechnology
  • Plant and Animal Biotechnology
  • Bioinformatics

The Molecular Biotechnology concentration is designed for students with an interest in laboratory-based approaches that are not focused specifically on agricultural applications. For students with an interest in applying biotechnology to agriculture, Plant and Animal Biotechnology would be ideal. The Bioinformatics concentration places a greater emphasis on the computer science aspect of biotechnology. 

What is Biotechnology?

Biotechnology is an applied science in which living organisms or biological processes are leveraged to create new technologies and products for use in medicine, agriculture, environmental science, and industry with the intention to improve the quality of human life. 

What Can You Do With Your Bachelor’s Degree in Biotechnology?

  • Monitor and set up instruments for research or manufacturing
  • Curate and analyze large biological datasets
  • Analyze samples in a crime lab
  • Inspect processes for quality control
  • Ensure that products comply with regulatory and safety rules
  • Manufacture pharmaceuticals
  • Pursue a graduate degree in a related field
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Estimated Completion

120 Credit Hours (4 years)

Application Process


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Why Major in Biotechnology?

With a hands-on approach to learning, we help you develop knowledge, skills and experience through coursework and labs which will prepare you for success in professional or graduate schools.

What Classes Will You Take as a Biotechnology Major?

Our program curriculum includes a broad range of courses and other learning opportunities to prepare you for a variety of jobs in biotechnology. To help you narrow down your options and plan for the future, a course in Career Pathways in Biotechnology is built into the curriculum. Other topics for all biotechnology majors include genetics, animal physiology, plant taxonomy, vaccines, virology and current topics in life sciences. Several courses integrate with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute SEA-PHAGES and SEA-GENES programs for bacteriophage discovery and characterization.

You may also be able to work with an adviser in customizing the program coursework to fit your career goals and interests.

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