Biotechnology is the application of biology knowledge and techniques to develop products that improve human health, animal health, and agriculture. You will develop a sound base of chemistry, genetics, biochemistry, and biochemical engineering together with the experience of manipulative skills essential for future research. This program develops a particular skill set, in addition to the related internships that 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. 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).
The median annual salary of biological technicians is $35,714 (Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008–2009). According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, graduates of bachelor's degree programs in the biological and life sciences had average annual salary 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 and regulatory practices
- Biotechnology analytical practices
- Cell culture and fermentation
- Genetics and molecular biology
- Pharmaceutical sales representative
*These career options require additional training or education.
Where could I work?
- Pharmaceutical firms
- Research corporations
- Environmental 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.