Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology

Campus Locations Boston
Also available 100% Online No
Other Format(s)
Credits Required for Graduation 123
Entry Terms Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Summer Semester
Meets International Visa Requirements Yes

Overview

Improve Lives through Science


Marked by rapidly changing technologies, techniques, and applications, biotechnology is one of the region’s most exciting and fastest-growing industries. Whether your interest lies in research and development, manufacturing, testing, or quality assurance, a Bachelor of Science degree in Biotechnology can help get you on your way.

Built on a solid foundation in biology and chemistry, this innovative bachelor's degree program includes studies in biology, biotechnology, genomics, and proteomics, upstream and downstream processing, and quality control and validation. Upon graduation, you will be equipped to pursue a career as a research associate in biotechnology or to launch a career in life sciences.

Career Outlook


Generally speaking, jobs in biotechnology companies, research institutions, local and state agencies, and private laboratories are expected to grow at an average to faster-than-average pace, with continued competition for basic research positions. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities in the biotechnology field are expected to be best for graduates who are well trained on equipment used in laboratories or production facilities.

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Curriculum

NOTE: Due to website maintenance, course links are temporarily redirecting to the Northeastern University Registrar website. Please use that tool to locate class schedules.

 

Please note: The College of Professional Studies undergraduate programs will operate on a semester academic calendar in fall 2016. Read more...

Students who started this program prior to Fall 2015 should follow the curriculum reflected on their manual degree audit, which can be obtained by contacting their academic advisor.

 

General Foundation Courses (24 s.h.)

Complete all of the following courses:

ENG 1105 College Writing 1 3 s.h.
ENG 1106 Lab for ENG 1105 1 s.h.
ENG 1107 College Writing 2 3 s.h.
ENG 1108 Lab for ENG 1107 1 s.h.
ENG 3105 Writing for the Professions – Science and Engineering 3 s.h.
ENG 3106 Lab for ENG 3106 1 s.h.
EI Core  Exploring Creative Expression/Innovation 3 s.h.
IC Core  Interpreting Culture 3 s.h.
SI Core  Understanding Societies and Institutions 3 s.h.
DD Core  Engaging Difference and Diversity 3 s.h.

 

Foundation Courses (39 s.h.)

Complete all of the following courses:

MTH 2100 Calculus 1 3 s.h.
MTH 2105 Calculus 2 3 s.h.
MTH 2310 Statistics for the Social and Behavioral Sciences 3 s.h.
BIO 1100 Principles of Biology 1 3 s.h.
BIO 1101 Lab for BIO 1100 1 s.h.
BIO 1200 Principles of Biology 2 3 s.h.
BIO 1201 Lab for BIO 1200 1 s.h.
CHM 1100 General Chemistry 1 3 s.h.
CHM 1101 Lab for CHM 1100 1 s.h.
CHM 1200 General Chemistry 2 3 s.h.
CHM 1201 Lab for CHM 1200 1 s.h.
PHY 1200 Physics 1 (calculus based) 3 s.h.
PHY 1201 Lab for PHY 1200 1 s.h.
PHY 2200 Physic 2 3 s.h.
PHY 2201 Lab for PHY 2200 1 s.h.
ITC 1000
   or
ITC 2016
Computer Applications
   or
End User Data Analysis Tools
3 s.h.
PHL 2140 Ethical Issues in Science and Engineering 3 s.h.

 

Major Required Courses (36 s.h.)

BTC 1300 Introduction to Biotechnology 3 s.h.
CHM 2110 Organic Chemistry 1 3 s.h.
CHM 2111 Lab for CHM 2110 1 s.h.
CHM 2200 Organic Chemistry 2 3 s.h.
CHM 2201 Lab for CHM 2200 1 s.h.
CHM 2300 Analytical Chemistry 3 s.h.
CHM 2301 Lab for CHM 2300 1 s.h.
BIO 2100 Microbiology 3 s.h.
BIO 2101 Lab for BIO 2100 1 s.h.
BIO 2300 Cell Biology 3 s.h.
BIO 2500 Genetics & Molecular Biology 3 s.h.
BIO 2501 Lab for BIO 2500 1 s.h.
BIO 3100 Biochemistry 3 s.h.
BIO 3101 Lab for BIO 3100 1 s.h.
BTC 4450 Quality Control and Validation Issues 3 s.h.
BIO 4850 Biotechnology Senior Project 3 s.h.

 

Major  Electives (9 s.h.)

Choose 6 semester hours from BTC and 3 semester hours from BIO, BTC, or HSC.

BIO 1600 Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 3 s.h.
BIO 1601 Lab for BIO 1600 1 s.h.
BIO 1700 Human Anatomy and Physiology 2 3 s.h.
BIO 1701 Lab for BIO 1700 1 s.h.
BTC 3300 Biomaterials 3 s.h.
BTC 4200 Genomics and Proteomics 3 s.h.
BTC 4300 Biotechnology Processing 3 s.h.
HSC 3300 Epidemiology 3 s.h.
HSC 3310 Pathophysiology 3 s.h.
HSC 1200 Nutrition 3 s.h.
HSC 3320 Pharmacology 3 s.h.


Open electives to meet minimum credit hours for degree.

 

Required minimum credit hours: 123 s.h.

 


Admissions Requirements

Below are the official Admissions Requirements for this program.

  • Online application
  • Academic transcripts: submit one of the following
    • Official high school degree
    • Official GED
    • Official associate degree showing degree conferral and date
  • Transfer credit documentation: should be submitted with your application material
    • Academic transcripts from each institution you previously attended:
      • Official U.S. transcripts: if you applied previously earned credit toward your earned associate degree, you must request transcripts from each institution you attended.
      • Official foreign transcripts: must include English translation. We encourage you to submit a course-by-course evaluation of your diploma(s) and transcript(s)
    • College-level examinations: official examination score(s)
    • Military evaluation
  • Proof of English language proficiency: ONLY for students for whom English is not their primary language: English language proficiency guidelines

For general admissions information and recommended admissions deadlines, Undergraduate Admissions.

All requirements must be received prior to review.


Tuition

Estimated total tuition for this program is $61,992.00.

Tuition for individual courses is based on the number of semester hours. Most courses are 3-4 semester hours. See Undergraduate Tuition Rates for details.

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Please note: The estimated total tuition is based on tuition rates for Academic Year 2016-17 and does not include any fees or other expenses. Some courses and labs have tuition rates that may increase or decrease total tuition. Tuition and fees are subject to revision by the president and Board of Trustees at any time.

*A maximum of 9 quarter hours of graduate- or doctoral-level credit obtained at another institution may be awarded as Advanced Graduate Credit to the Doctor of Education program.


Student Profile

Who Will Your Classmates Be?

This biotechnology program is well suited for individuals who wish to pursue a research position or launch a career in the life sciences field.        

Job titles to consider include:

  • Biological technician
  • Agriculture and food scientist
  • Medical or pharmaceutical researcher
  • Lab assistant
  • Organic substance analyst
  • Clinical laboratory technologist or technician
  • Diagnostic medical sonographer
  • Engineering technician

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

  1. Specialized Knowledge
    Demonstrate mastery of basic scientific knowledge and state-of-the-art biotechnology applications and processes at career entry in diverse areas including but not limited to research and development in academic and private industry, plant production of high tech products, and regulatory governmental affairs.
  2. Broad Integrated Knowledge
    Apply effective oral and written communication skills to transmit technical biotechnology information to team members and managers, regulatory agencies, and associated organizations.
  3. Intellectual Skills
    Demonstrate mastery of the scientific method while exhibiting intellectual curiosity and professional biotechnology ethics.
  4. Applied Learning
    Exercise critical thinking skills to conform to correct protocol and problem-based assignments in the work environment.
  5. Civic Learning
    Analyze the ethical and economic impact of biotechnology on domestic and international health-care delivery.

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