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The BS in molecular biosciences and biotechnology encompasses many of the cutting-edge disciplines in life sciences research. Biotechnology is an exciting, rapidly growing field with major applications in agriculture (green biotechnology, leading to improved crops or production of vaccines in plants), health care (red biotechnology, leading to better therapeutics, diagnostics and personalized medicine) and industry (white biotechnology, leading to sustainable production of energy, enzymes and chemicals).
This molecular biosciences and biotechnology degree program is differentiated from the other life sciences majors by its focus on the interface between molecular biology and biotechnology. The interface drives many major advancements in knowledge and in applied research and development, like the development of next-generation biomedical products or biofuels. Other hallmarks of this program are the focus on hands-on research and the capstone course with both science and business or entrepreneurial components.
Molecular Biosciences and Biotechnology (BS)
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The molecular biosciences and biotechnology degree program provides an excellent background and training for a growing number of careers that incorporate this innovative area of the molecular life sciences. Independent research and courses with classroom plus lab components result in a solid base of knowledge and practical expertise in biotechnology and the molecular biosciences, providing many options for further education or for entering the workforce.
After graduation, many molecular biosciences and biotechnology students enter graduate programs in a molecular biosciences and biotechnology-related area. A number of students also enroll in medical school, other health-related professional programs or in other advanced programs. Students also have the knowledge and technical skills to enter the biotechnology workforce in an area matching their expertise and interest.
The molecular biosciences and biotechnology program has a faculty mentoring program which provides students with the opportunity to speak with faculty regarding career choices, selection and timeline of major courses and of independent research projects, and much more.