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
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.
|Outcome||% of Students|
|Full-time Graduate Study||48.00%|
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.