Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biotechnology

  • Broad career opportunities in biotechnology
  • Five large teaching labs
  • 5-year bachelor's to master's option

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Biotechnology at Marywood

Marywood's biotechnology program covers molecular research, genomics, forensics, bioinformatics (biocomputing), and environmental bioremediation, as well as management, communication, patent law, and other "business" areas to prepare graduates for a wide range of careers. Our program provides students with professional training (technical skills), as well as the ability to critically evaluate biotechnology advances and applications.

5-Year Bachelor's to Master's Option

At Marywood, you can earn both a bachelor's and master's degree in biotechnology in just 5 years. Undergraduate students can apply to this special accelerated program during their junior year.

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Michael C. Kiel, Ph.D.
Chairperson, Associate Professor of Biology
Courses: Cell Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Biotechnology

Lisa Antoniacci, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology and Biotechnology, Directory of Biotechnology Program, and Health Professions Adviosry Committee (HPAC) Chairperson
Courses: Biotechnology, Immunology, Microbiology, Molecular Genetics, Cell Biology
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The $6.4 million Center for Natural and Health Sciences is equipped with four large laboratories, a newly renovated Biotechnology research lab, an environmental wet laboratory, a greenhouse, three computer laboratories, and a multi-media auditorium.

A biotechnology degree will prepare you for exciting careers in a variety of fields:

  • Scientific research
  • Bioinformatics (biocomputing)
  • Management and administration
  • Patent law
  • Regulatory/FDA affairs
  • Lobbying

Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

  • Official SAT and/or ACT scores
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation

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B.S Biotechnology

The B.S. Biotechnology program aims to prepare students for a career in the broad field of biotechnology. As biotech encompasses molecular research, genomics, DNA forensics, bioinformatics (biocomputing), chemistry, and environmental bioremediation, as well as administration, management, patent law, and other “business” areas, graduates will be positioned to compete for a wide range of positions. Moreover, graduates will receive the foundation for application to and success in graduate, professional (e.g. Medical, Veterinary), law, or business schools.

The specific goals of the program are to prepare students with professional training and technical skills, in addition to providing students with the ability to critically evaluate biotechnology advances and applications in the healthcare field, pharmaceutical industry, and environment. We now live in a molecular society, in the post-genomic era, with scientific breakthroughs that affect us all. B.S. Biotech graduates will make a difference in how society will use these innovative and scientific advances.

For the first two years of study, the B.S. Biotechnology course curriculum parallels that of other Science Department programs. This sequence is designed to provide the fundamental technical and intellectual expertise. The major will provide specialized Biotech program courses during the third and fourth years that include a Senior Research Project. A minimum of 57 credits and 18 science elective credits for a total of 75 science credits is required for degree completion.

The required courses are:

BIOL 150, 150L General Biology I
BIOL 151, 151L General Biology II
BIOL 235, 235L General Microbiology
CHEM 131, 131L General Chemistry I
CHEM 132, 132L General Chemistry II
CHEM 221, 221L Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 222, 222L Organic Chemistry II
BIOL 410 Science Literacy Capstone
BIOL 446, 446L Genetics
BIOL 440, 440L Molecular and Cellular Biology
MATH 155 Statistics for the Behavioral and Social Sciences
MATH 211** Calculus I 4
MATH 170 Mathematical Applications in Biology
PHIL 404 Biomedical Ethics (recommended)
BIOL 281 Introduction to Biotechnology
BIOL 383 Emerging Medicines and Technologies
BIOL 302 Bioinformatics
BIOL 401 Cell Culture
BIOL 455 Senior Biotech Research Project

Electives (plus a minimum of 18 credits selected from):

ENVS 420, 420L Ecology 4
CHEM 312 Environmental Chemistry 3
CHEM 398, 398L Chemical Analysis 3
BIOL 305 Fundamentals of Neuroscience 3
BIOL 498 Internship 3
BIOL 421, 421L Biochemistry I 4
BIOL 422 Biochemistry II 3
BIOL 332, 332L Immunology 4
BIOL 201, 201L Human Gross Anatomy 4
BIOL 202, 202L Human Physiology 4
PHYS 303, 303L General Physics I 4
PHYS 304, 304L General Physics II 4
MATH 212** Calculus II 4

**MATH 211/212 is recommended for pre-­professional and graduate schools.

Other Science elective courses can be taken with the permission of the department chairperson.