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.
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
Aseptic process mentor, Biotech producer, Cultivation technician, Cytogenetics lab medical technician, Genotyping technician, Intern, Lab Technician, Research Associate, Research technician, Specimen processing tech
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.
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|Full-time Graduate Study||48.00%|
What makes an RIT science and math education exceptional? It’s the ability to complete science and math co-ops and gain real-world experience that sets you apart. Co-ops in the College of Science include cooperative education and internship experiences in industry and health care settings, as well as research in an academic, industry, or national lab. These are not only possible at RIT, but passionately encouraged.
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.