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Biotechnology and Molecular Bioscience BS

A biotechnology degree in which you'll improve human health by harnessing technology advancements and biomolecular processes to research and develop technologies in genetics, agriculture, pharmaceuticals and vaccine development, environment and energy, forensic science, genetic counseling, and more.

Program skills

Building on a core of biology, chemistry, math, and liberal arts, the courses in this major are taught from a molecular bioscience perspective and are focused on the central genetic dogma of molecular biology. The curriculum explores the rapidly-expanding field of genetic engineering and almost unlimited potential that controlled genetic experiments hold for improving the quality of life. Specialized areas of interest include recombinant DNA, mammalian and plant tissue culture, and monoclonal antibody production.

Program facilities equipment

Students are exposed to nine teaching laboratories and 13 student/faculty research laboratories. Some of these labs include: NYS-DOH certified animal facility, Greenhouse and plant tissue culture facility, Confocal Microscopy Laboratory, Next Generation Sequencing platform

Program job titles reported

Research Assistant; Laboratory Technician; Clinical Lab Technologist; Research Associate; Biologist; Sales Representative; Technical Writer; Process Developer; Genetic Counselor; Forensic Analyst; Molecular Biologist; Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technician; Microbiologist; Agricultural and Food Science Technician

Program significant points

  • RIT Biotechnology and Molecular Biosciences students have co-oped at pharmaceutical companies, academic research laboratories, Biotechnology companies, and National Laboratories.
  • The Biotechnology and Molecular Science program prepares our graduates for post-secondary education, employment in biotech and research laboratories and medical school.

Select program hiring partners

ACM Global Laboratories, Cornell University, Fresenius Kabi, Integral Biosystems, Jabil, Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies, Litron Laboratories, MedMen, Polyclic Hospital San Marino, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., The Jackson Laboratory, University of Rochester Medical Center, Vaccinex Inc.

Industries


  • Biotech and Life Sciences

  • Health Care

  • Medical Devices

  • Pharmaceuticals

  • Research

91%

Outcome Rates*

Total percentage of graduates who have entered the workforce, enrolled in full-time graduate study, or are pursuing alternative plans (military service, volunteering, etc.).

91%

Knowledge Rate

*Total percentage of graduates for whom RIT has verifiable data, compared to national average knowledge rate of 41% per NACE.
Outcome % of Students
Employed 43.00%
Full-time Graduate Study 48.00%
Alternative Plans 0%
Outcome % of Students
Employed 43.00%
Full-time Graduate Study 48.00%
Alternative Plans 0%

Experiential Learning

Students are strongly encouraged to explore experiential learning opportunities to further enhance their education. Research internships, offered both on and off-campus, take place during the summer. RIT offers numerous opportunities for students to participate in research, including three on-campus summer programs: Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU), Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF), and the Summer Undergraduate Research Programs (SURP). Many students participate in undergraduate research for course credit during the academic year. Additionally, students may participate in cooperative education experiences, where students work in industry or government during the summer or the academic year. Students earn a salary while gaining valuable on-the-job experience. If a student elects to pursue a co-op during the academic year, they may need to extend the date of graduation beyond the traditional four years.