Rochester Institute of Technology

Academic Program Overviews

Student Skills & Capabilities, Salary Data, Career Information 

Biotechnology and Molecular Bioscience BS

Program Overview

Harness 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 to improve human health.

Degrees Awarded

  • Bachelor of Science


  • Approximately 100 students are enrolled in this program

Cooperative Education & Experiential Education Component

  • Co-op is optional for this program
  • Minimum co-op requirement: 1 block, 12 weeks/semester
  • Co-op availability: Second Year summer through Fourth Year fall

Salary Information

Co-op:     $18.78                 $12.00 - $24.37
BS:           $39,500

Student Skills & Capabilities

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.

Equipment & Facilities

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

Job Titles

Cultivation Technician, Genotyping Technician, Microbiology Analyst, Lab Technician, Research Assistant, Scientist, Medical Scribe, Bench Scientist

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

Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, Thermo Fisher Scientific, University of Rochester Medical Center, The Lieber Institute for Brain Development, Pfizer, Inc., Conagen, SterRx, MedMen, The Jackson Laboratory

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
Tuesday, 19 November 2019 Posted in Science, Mathematics, and Imaging Science, College of Science