Biotechnology is the application of biology knowledge and techniques to develop products that improve human health, animal health and agriculture. Students will develop a sound base of chemistry, genetics, biochemistry and biochemical engineering together with the experience of manipulative skills essential for future research. The skill set this program develops and related internships are designed collaboratively, with four of Indiana’s top life science employers (Dow AgroSciences LLC, Eli Lilly and Co., Roche Diagnostics Corp and Baxter Pharmaceutical Solutions) to meet their employment needs in specialized areas such as molecular biology, cell culture and fermentation, and protein purification.
About The Major
Opportunities After Graduation
Biological technicians will experience the fastest employment growth in professional, scientific, and technical services and in educational services. Also an aging population and stronger competition among pharmaceutical companies are expected to contribute to the need for innovative and improved drugs, further spurring demand. Employment of biological technicians is expected to grow faster than average as the growing number of agricultural and medicinal products developed with the use of biotechnology techniques boosts demand (Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-2009).
Median annual earnings of biological technicians were $35,714 (OOH, 2008-09). According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, graduates of bachelor degree programs in the Biological and Life Sciences had average yearly salaried job offers of $35,522 in 2008.
(This section is intended for informational purposes, not prediction of actual salary.)
Biotechnology graduates may choose to pursue advanced degrees in one of the following areas, biotechnology or related sciences, biomedical or biochemical engineering, business administration, and law.
- Principles of Biotechnology
- Business & Regulatory Practices
- Biotechnology Analytical Practices
- Cell Culture & Fermentation
- Genetics & Molecular Biology
- Pharmaceutical Sales Representative
*= Career option requires additional training or education
Where Could I Work?
- Pharmaceutical Firms
- Research Corporations
- Envrionmental Agencies
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Cluster
This major belongs to the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) cluster. The STEM cluster is the academic home of University College students pursuing majors in the sciences, technology, engineering, informatics, and computing. The STEM cluster partners with students on their academic advising and career plans to guide them into their degree-granting schools.