The 21st century may be remembered as the “Age of Biotechnology.” One of the world’s newest fields of science, biotechnology explores and investigates the building blocks of life: chromosomes and genes.
As a biotechnology major, you will learn how biotechnology alters or manipulates organisms at the molecular level thus having profound positive effects on areas such as agriculture/food production, medicine, and even environmental pollution. Through classroom discussion and specific research projects, you also gain an appreciation and respect for the legal, ethical and moral boundaries of genetic research.
To prepare you for careers in the biotechnology field, Bay Path has designed a program with a rigorous scientific foundation in disciplines such as cell biology, genetics, molecular biology, chemistry, forensic science, and microbiology. Partnerships and internships with industrial biotechnical and biomedical facilities, such as the Summer Institute at Harvard-MIT Sciences and Technology, allow for valuable practical experiences that enhance your resume and career and graduate school potential.
In addition, you will have extensive exposure to state-of-the-art laboratory techniques and instrumentation used in the biotechnical industry and research facilities. Affiliations with industrial biotechnical and biomedical facilities and narrowly focused individual research projects under the direction of a faculty mentor offer you ample opportunities to gain valuable practical experience.
Career potential in biotechnology is both vast and varied.
Here are some examples of career options for this field:
As a Research Scientist you would be part of a team conducting experiments in the laboratory or in the field. It requires disciplined analytical skills in both designing and conducting experiments, as well as interpreting and communicating results.
Employers: biotechnology companies, government agencies, universities and hospitals.
As a Medical Laboratory Scientist you would test and analyze clinical samples related to the diagnosis of disease. You would then discuss these results with other medical and scientific staff.
Employers: hospitals, health clinics, private pathology labs.
As a Scientific Quality Analyst you would be required to maintain quality levels as it relates to products in the food and pharmaceutical industry. In addition, you must be able to apply scientific protocols from biotechnology, microbiology and biochemistry to maintain quality standards.
Employers: pharmaceutical or food companies.
As a Sales Representative/Marketing Professional you provide product information to medical offices, hospitals, and private laboratories. You act as a point person for problems or advice related to products.
Employers: pharmaceutical companies or scientific products companies.
Some of our graduates have gone to:
- State University of New York, Buffalo, Medical School
- Mircrotest Labs
- Research projects at UMass and Smith College.