Rochester Institute of Technology

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Biotechnology and Molecular Bioscience BS

Program Overview

The BS degree in biotechnology and molecular bioscience prepares students to immediately assume challenging positions in research, development, and management in biotechnology. Students are also well-prepared for positions in the fields of industrial biotechnology, cancer research, human genetics, gene therapy, food science, agriculture, plant biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and vaccine development, and environment and energy. The advanced nature of the third-and fourth-year courses that have a laboratory component , as well as the opportunity to participate in faculty-sponsored undergraduate research, provides a sound foundation to those students wishing to pursue a master’s or doctoral degree. It should be noted that the biotechnology and molecular bioscience program is rigorous and includes the education necessary for students interested in professional schools such as medicine and dentistry.

Degrees Awarded

  • Bachelor of Science


  • Approximately 122 students

Cooperative Education & Experiential Education Component

  • All students in the College of Science and the Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences are required to complete Experiential Learning (EL) that is minimally equivalent to one academic year, exclusive of first-year biology, before they graduate.
  • The experiential learning requirement can be fulfilled through a variety of methods including co-op, undergraduate research, summer research experiences, designated EL courses, etc.

Salary Information

Co-op:     $13.34                  $10.00 - $17.00
BS:           $34,500

Student Skills & Capabilities

Students’ skillsets will vary depending on the upper division elective courses each student takes:

-          Preparation of media, reagents, buffers
-          Keeping a laboratory notebook and preparing research reports
-          Establishing and maintaining primary tissue/organ cultures and cell lines
-          Isolation and characterization of microorganisms
-          Viral plaque assays
-          Cloning in soft agar and by limiting dilution
-          Mycoplasma assays
-          Cryopreservation
-          Plasmid isolation
-          DNA restriction digests and ligation
-          PAGE and agarose gel electrophoresis
-          Thin-layer chromatography
-          HPLC
-          Western and southern blots
-          Next-Generation Sequencing platform for whole genome sequencing
-          RT-PCR
-          cDNA synthesis
-          Microsatellite analysis
-          Electroporation and pulse-field electrophoresis
-          Plant cell transformation
-          Plant gene cloning
-          Gene mapping; monoclonal antibody production
-          Spectrophotometry
-          Recombinant protein production and purification using a variety of methods
-          Enzymatic characterization
-          Genomics using current nucleotide and protein databases to facilitate bioinformatics analyses of databases
-          Computer-controlled fermentations

Equipment & Facilities

·          9 teaching laboratories
·          13 student/faculty research laboratories
·          NYS-DOH certified animal facility
·          Greenhouse and plant tissue culture facility
·          Confocal Microscopy Laboratory (
·          Next Generation Sequencing platform

Training / Qualifications

A bachelor’s degree is adequate for many entry-level technical research positions in academic and industry settings. For example, some graduates with a bachelor’s degree start as laboratory technicians in wet labs working on a particular project under the supervision of a lead scientist, or obtain positions related to biological science such as technical sales or service representatives. In some cases, graduates with a bachelor’s degree are able to work on their own projects in a laboratory environment, but this is unusual. Many with a bachelor’s degree in biotechnology also choose to enter medical, dental, veterinary, or other health profession schools in addition to a wide range of graduate programs (PhD or MS) at a multitude of prestigious research universities. A Ph.D. degree usually is necessary for teaching or independent research in academic and industrial research, and college teaching, and for advancement to administrative positions. A master’s degree is sufficient for some jobs in basic research, applied research or product development, management, or inspection; it may also qualify one to work as a research technician.

Job Titles

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 technicians, microbiologists, agricultural and food science technicians, among others.

Significant Points

  • The RIT Biotechnology and Molecular Bioscience Program is the first of its kind in the country. Our graduates typically get jobs in pharmaceutical companies and or matriculate in professional/graduate schools.
  • It should be noted that ~70% of our upper division elective courses have a laboratory component to facilitate experiential learning.

Selected Employer Hiring Partners

Sanofi Pasteur, Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics, Glaxo Smithkline, University of Rochester, iCardiac Technologies, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, VWR International, Life Science Inc, Bristol-Meyers Squibb, The Jackson Lab, Vaccinex, Johns Hopkins University, Yale University, Sigma Aldrich, Life Technologies, Merck; National Institutes of Health (NIH), US Environmental Protection Agency, MIT, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Seattle Genetics, Denali Therapeutics, Biocogent, Novozymes, Vaccinex, Sweetwater Energy, BioWorks, Bausch & Lomb

Contact Us

We appreciate your interest in your career. We will make every effort to help you succeed. Call our office and ask to speak with Kris Stehler, the career services coordinator who works with the Biotechnology and Molecular Bioscience program. For your convenience, you can access information and services through our web site at

Kris Stehler, Career Services Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 585.475.5468
Rochester Institute of Technology . Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education
Bausch & Lomb Center
57 Lomb Memorial Drive . Rochester NY  14623-5603
Wednesday, 08 August 2018 Posted in Science, Mathematics, and Imaging Science, College of Science