The biotechnology program reflects an area of study that is inherently interdisciplinary and thus includes core courses in chemistry, biology, physics and mathematics. In the first two years of the major, students follow a curriculum that is designed to provide the conceptual basis for the major, as well as introduce students to the laboratory techniques and lab safety. After the first year, students in the major have the opportunity to work in the department in various capacities, including laboratory assistant, chemistry tutor and lab prep.
A strong feature of the program is the requirement that students complete a senior research project. The project involves a planning phase during the course Introduction to Research. Once the planning phase is completed a full semester is devoted to research under the supervision of biotechnology faculty, and when completed the project results are presented at a student seminar. Working both independently and in small groups, students gain valuable experience that positions them for success in employment or further study. In addition, students may participate in summer internships to gain further experience.
Another unique feature of the program is that is provides enough flexibility that students are able to minor or specialize in areas of study that complement the major and may lead to additional employment or research opportunities upon graduation. Recent graduates of the biotechnology program have positions that include employment in pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, veterinary school, and graduate programs in biochemistry, molecular biology and related disciplines.
For further information contact Dr. Susan K. Swope.