The biotechnology program mission is to provide students with a solid foundation in the rapidly expanding field of biotechnology. The major is interdisciplinary and laboratory intensive. Our goal is to provide students with a knowledge and understanding of current theories, concepts and laboratory practices in biotechnology and an appreciation for the virtues of an open-minded approach to controversial issues.
The bachelor of science degree in biotechnology can be completed in either the College of Arts and Sciences or the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences. The major requirements and university general education requirements for the two degrees are identical. The degrees differ only in the college requirements.
Biotechnology is an interdepartmental major offered jointly by the departments of biology, chemistry, plant and earth science, and animal and food science. The participating departments employ more than fifty faculty who have doctoral degrees. Many of these faculty members are directly involved in the biotechnology program. Their specialties include: retroviruses, animal cell culture, micropropagation of plants, human genetics, biosensors, immunology, enzymology, protein purification and characterization, virus-induced tumors, plant tissue culture, bacterial metabolism and fermentation, plant molecular biology and the expression of mammalian genes. The departments that offer the biotechnology major are housed in modern facilities with well-equipped laboratories that include state-of-the-art equipment for laboratory teaching and research.
Program graduates enjoy an excellent placement rate in industry and in graduate and professional schools. Persons with a degree in biotechnology pursue careers in one of the following areas:
Students completing a bachelor’s degree in biotechnology are well prepared for careers as research scientists in industry, government agencies, foundations, hospitals and clinics. They will also be prepared to pursue advanced degrees in master’s and doctoral programs in the variety of specialized disciplines of biology, chemistry, medicine, animal science, food science and plant science.
Biochemistry and molecular biology have led to the development of a new industry which uses modified, living organisms to produce its products. This industry, generally referred to as biotechnology, is based upon genetic engineering and related techniques. As the applications of biotechnology expand and increase, so too will the number and scope of the job opportunities available.
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