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Biotechnology B.S.

Use science to solve real-world problems by finding novel uses for living organisms, their molecules and the processes they can carry out.
Two people in a biotechnology lab.
Two people in a biotechnology laboratory.

About this Program

  • Learn from professors in the departments of biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics and economics, as well as from the College of Engineering and Computer Science and the Martin J. Whitman School of Management through this interdisciplinary program.
  • Take your learning outside the classroom through a senior-year capstone class as well as research experience and/or an industry internship required for all biotechnology majors.
  • Receive guidance from faculty advisors as you navigate through research and internship experiences.
  • Pursue a distinction in biotechnology by challenging yourself to excel academically in your science and mathematics coursework and conduct laboratory research before graduation.
  • Connect with your peers through social and professional activities as a member of our student-run Biotechnology Society.
  • Prepare for a variety of careers in one of the most rapidly growing fields across the globe and benefit from the industry’s high demand for young professionals with the strong technical training Syracuse provides.
  • Students have the option to join the Environment and Sustainability Living Learning Community.

Program Information

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College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) is Syracuse University’s first and largest college. As the home of the liberal arts, our internationally recognized programs provide the cornerstone of a Syracuse University education with 50+ majors in the natural sciences and mathematics, the humanities and the social sciences (in partnership with the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs).
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In addition to introductory biology, math and chemistry coursework, take upper-division courses in three key areas: biotechnology; bioengineering and biomaterial sciences; and public policy and management. Complete the major by selecting elective courses that match your unique interests and pursuing independent research, an internship or both.

  • Recognize and distinguish theories, concepts and principles from the major sub-fields of biology relevant to biotechnology.
  • Recognize and practice methods and techniques of molecular biology that are often applied to problems in biotechnology.
  • Identify and apply concepts and methods in selected areas of bioengineering and materials science that can be relevant to biotechnology applications.
  • Identify and apply concepts and methods of public policy and management that can be relevant to biotechnology applications.
  • Employ experimental design and practice, including presentation of data and findings in written and oral formats.
  • Apply quantitative methods to solve problems in the biological sciences.

  • Biomaterials and Medical Devices
  • Molecular Biology Lab
  • Introduction to the Legal System
  • Personalized Medicine
  • Pharmaceuticals and Cells

Extracurricular Opportunities

Student organization

Biotechnology Society

The Biotechnology Society at Syracuse University aims to provide the tools that its members will need to succeed in their future careers. The organization works to provide members with professional development workshops, networking events with industry leaders, internship and job opportunities and more.

Hands-on learning opportunities

Biotechnology Internships

As a biotechnology student, you will be encouraged to gain hands-on experience in the field as part of your major. At Syracuse, students’ ability to combine their science background with their business skills and apply them to real-life situations are one of the many reasons they are seen as highly desirable candidates. Read one student's story.

Zainab Kumandan
Student organization

Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE)

Since 1999, Syracuse University’s Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) has proudly supported the recruitment, persistence and advancement of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Led by women faculty and professional staff, WiSE serves a total of 19 departments at the University. Through research-based strategies and an active community of mentors and peers, the organization helps women students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty achieve their professional goals.

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