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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

Associate Scientist; Molecular Technician; Laboratory Technician; Quality Assurance Laboratory Technician; Plant and Microbial Genetics Researcher; Scientist; Analyst; Cytogenetics Lab Medical Technician; Research Associate

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.


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.).


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 92.90%
Full-time Graduate Study 7.10%
Alternative Plans 0%
Outcome % of Students
Employed 92.90%
Full-time Graduate Study 7.10%
Alternative Plans 0%

Experiential Learning

Cooperative Education

What’s different about an RIT education? It’s the career experience you gain by completing cooperative education and internships with top companies in every single industry. You’ll earn more than a degree. You’ll gain real-world career experience that sets you apart. It’s exposure–early and often–to a variety of professional work environments, career paths, and industries. 

Co-ops and internships take your knowledge and turn it into know-how. Science co-ops include a range of hands-on experiences, from co-ops and internships and work in labs to undergraduate research and clinical experience in health care settings. These opportunities provide the hands-on experience that enables you to apply your scientific, math, and health care knowledge in professional settings while you make valuable connections between classwork and real-world applications.

Research Internships

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.

National Labs Career Fair

Hosted by RIT’s Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education, the National Labs Career Fair is an annual event that brings representatives to campus from the United States’ federally funded research and development labs. These national labs focus on scientific discovery, clean energy development, national security, technology advancements, and more. Students are invited to attend the career fair to network with lab professionals, learn about opportunities, and interview for co-ops, internships, research positions, and full-time employment.