"Biotechnology" is defined as the use of living systems to develop or make useful products that are be beneficial to animals particularly humans. In 1983, RIT became the first university in the nation to offer a bachelor of science degree in what was then a very new, yet exciting discipline. Recently, the name of the program was changed to "biotechnology and molecular bioscience" to reflect the evolving nature of the discipline giving the fact that molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology, microbiology, plant biology etc. are integral disciplines in the field of biotechnology.

Students enrolled in the biotechnology and molecular bioscience program at RIT will be exposed to dynamic professors who are leaders in their fields both in the class room for tradition instruction and also in the classroom and research laboratories for experiential learning.

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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.

Undergraduate research is strongly encouraged and strengthens your preparation for graduate study or employment. Students are encouraged to participate in undergraduate research experience under the guidance of faculty mentors.   Students are also encouraged to apply for summer research internships both here at RIT and at other institutions.

You also have the option to pursue co-operative education placement in research, lab support, or data analysis in private businesses, government agencies, and non-profit organizations.  RIT Biotechnology and Molecular Biosciences students have worked at pharmaceutical companies, academic research laboratories, Biotechnology companies and National Laboratories. To learn more or review co-op position openings, visit the RIT Office for Cooperative Education and Career Services.

Do you want to learn about the natural world on a molecular level? Do you want to learn how cells and living organisms can be harnessed to improve scientific knowledge and human health? Biotechnology is the area of science that uses living systems to create products and new technologies. Biotechnologists play important roles in biomedical research, agriculture, food safety, pharmaceutical and vaccine development and more.

In addition to earning a B.S. in Biotechnology and Molecular Biosciences you can complete the RIT MBA program in as little as one year of additional study after completion of your BS degree. This combination prepares you for management positions in a wide range of scientific and medical organizations.

Biotechnologists may work in an academic or industrial research laboratory, be part of small start-up or large pharmaceutical companies, work in a clinical laboratory, become a pharmaceutical sales representative or work in an educational setting.

Salaries of individuals with a B.S. in Biotechnology and Molecular Biosciences vary widely based on geographic location and nature of the job. Here are a few examples of the median salaries (from 2017) as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  • Biological Technician, $43,800
  • Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technician, $51, 770
  • Wholesale and Manufacturing Sales Representatives, $60,340
  • Forensic Science Technicians, $57,850

Students who graduate with a B.S. in Biotechnology and Molecular Biosciences have a wide range of career options!  Students may pursue graduate school (to earn M.S. or Ph.D. degrees) or head directly into the workforce in a number of exciting positions.  Students with a B.S. degree in Biotechnology and Molecular Biosciences get employed as research assistants, clinical laboratory technicians, laboratory managers, pharmaceutical sales representatives, technical writers, educational resource professionals, scientific journal stuff members and more!    

For those interested in the medical side of biology, our B.S. degree puts students in an excellent position to gain entry into accelerated nursing programs, genetic counselor programs or even medical school.

Sanofi Pasteur, Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics (Johnson & Johnson), 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, and Merck.