"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.

Co-operative education placements for biotechnology and molecular bioscience students are optional and tend to be in national corporations that lead the field. Your assignment could include isolating, identifying, and sequencing genes for an established biotech company or analyzing data on a cancer research team at a pharmaceutical company. Graduates have an enhanced edge when applying to leading graduate and professional programs.

A graduate of this program is prepared to immediately assume challenging positions in: biomedical research, human genetics counseling, agriculture, food products, pharmaceuticals and vaccine development, environment and energy, and forensic science.

(Source: RIT Undergraduate Catalog & the Biotechnology Industry Organization.)

A Ph.D. degree usually is necessary for independent research, 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 or as a teacher in an aquarium. The bachelor’s degree is adequate for some nonresearch jobs. For example, some graduates with a bachelor’s degree start as biological scientists in testing and inspection, or get jobs 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. Some may work as research assistants, while others become biological laboratory technicians or, with additional courses in education, high school biology teachers. Many with a bachelor’s degree in biology enter medical, dental, veterinary, or other health profession schools.

(Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics O.O.H.) 

By carefully planning your undergraduate course work, you can complete the RIT MBA program in as little as one year of additional study after completion of your BS in biotechnology and molecular bioscience. This combination prepares you for management positions in a wide range of scientific and medical organizations.

Despite projected as fast as the average job growth for biological technicians by 2020 , doctoral degree holders can expect to face competition for basic research positions. The federal government funds much basic research and development, including many areas of medical research that relate to biological science. Recent budget increases at the National Institutes of Health have led to large increases in Federal basic research and development expenditures, with research grants growing both in number and in dollar amount. At the same time, the number of newly trained scientists has continued to increase at least as fast as available research funds, so both new and established scientists have experienced difficulty winning and renewing research grants. If the number of advanced degrees awarded continues to grow, as seems likely based on enrollment trends, this competitive situation will persist. Additionally, applied research positions in private industry may become more difficult to obtain if increasing numbers of scientists seek jobs in private industry because of the competitive job market for independent research positions in universities and for college and university faculty.

(Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics O.O.H.) 


BS-only: $42,000 (average); $27,200-$45,000 (range)

Research assistant, laboratory technician, clinical lab technologist, assistant/associate, biologist, pharmaceutical sales representative, technical writer, process developer, genetic counselor, and forensic analyst are just a few of the options open to biotechnology and molecular biosciences students.

Biological technicians held about 80,200 jobs in 2010. Federal biological technicians worked mainly for the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Interior, and Defense, and for the National Institutes of Health. Most of the rest worked in scientific research and testing laboratories, the pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing industry, or hospitals.

(U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics O.O.H.) 

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.