What is Biotechnology?

The use of biological materials (such as cells, DNA, or proteins) to solve problems and make life better. Biotechnology…

  • HEALS through the development of medicines, vaccines, rapid diagnostic tests, and personalized medicine.
  • FUELS the economy through the development of renewable biofuels and innovative products like energy-saving low temperature detergents, pollution-eating bacteria, and biodegradable plastics.
  • FEEDS the growing population by making crops resistant to pests and diseases, increasing yields, decreasing spoilage, and making food more nutritious.

Students gain skills in...

  • DNA manipulation and analysis
  • Expression and purification of proteins
  • Cell culture
  • Enzyme and antibody assays
  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Communication
  • Teamwork

Students interested in the Biotechnology Program may have...

  • A love of science
  • An inquisitive mind and logical thinking
  • A desire to solve problems