Biotechnology

Bachelor of Science - BS

  • Broad career opportunities in biotechnology
  • Five large teaching labs
  • 5- year B.S. to M.S. Biotechnology option

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The B.S. Biotechnology program aims to prepare students for a career in the broad field of biotechnology. As biotech encompasses molecular research, genomics, forensics, bioinformatics (biocomputing) 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. Med, Vet), law or business school.

Specific goals of the program are to prepare students not only with professional training (technical skills), but also to provide students with the ability to critically evaluate biotechnology advances and applications. 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 uses such advances.

Undergraduates (either first/second year students or transfers) can elect for a 5-year B.S. to M.S. Biotechnology curriculum.

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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.

Biotech graduates will find exciting careers in any of the following areas: Research labs and Biotech labs (e.g.. disease research), Bioinformatics (biocomputing), Management and Administration, Patent Law, Regulatory/FDA Affairs, and Lobbying Groups.

Some of our alumni:

  • Rebecca Ryals, earned her Master's degree from Duke University and is currently pursuing a Doctoral degree at University of California, Berkeley
  • David Bruhn, conducted research in the area of genomics and is currently enrolled in the Molecular and Cellular Biology Program at University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Laura Wisniewski, participated in a genomic research project at Marywood and is currently pursuing Veterinary Medicine at University of Illinois.

Meghan

I’m a Vaccine Specialist for Sanofi Pasteur in the Washington D.C. metro area.

In my role, I promote the importance and effectiveness of immunizations; educate on recommendations and burden of disease; and drive revenue growth by analyzing market trends, developing and maintaining business, and selling pediatric, adolescent, and adult vaccines in the healthcare community. With the collaboration of my company and team, I focus daily on our vision: A world in which no one suffers or dies from a vaccine-preventable disease.

Marywood University’s MBA program helped with my current position by providing a strong foundation to hone my business management knowledge, leadership, and analytical skills.  The small class settings allowed for a personal approach in learning and discussing important current business trends and issues.  This has led to my success in my career and in personal growth.

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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
4
BIOL 151, 151L General Biology II
4
BIOL 235, 235L General Microbiology
4
CHEM 131, 131L General Chemistry I
4
CHEM 132, 132L General Chemistry II
4
CHEM 331, 331L Organic Chemistry I
4
CHEM 332, 332L Organic Chemistry II
4
BIOL 410 Science Literacy Capstone
2
BIOL 446, 446L Genetics
4
OR
BIOL 440, 440L Molecular and Cellular Biology
4
MATH 216 Statistics for the Behavioral and Social Sciences
3
MATH 201** Calculus with Analytical Geometry I
3
OR
MATH 170 Mathematical Applications in Biology
3
PHIL 404 Biomedical Ethics (recommended)
3
BIOL 281 Introduction to Biotechnology
3
BIOL 383 Emerging Medicines and Technologies
3
BIOL 302 Bioinformatics
3
BIOL 401 Cell Culture
3
BIOL 455 Senior Biotech Research Project
2

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 202** Calculus with Analytical Geometry II 3

**MATH 201/202 is recommended for pre-­professional and graduate schools.

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