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With a degree in the rapidly growing field of biotechnology, you can address today’s most challenging problems in human and animal health, agriculture, and the environment.

You’ll be prepared to pursue a career in various industries, including:

  • Biotech
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Agricultural
  • Health

You will also be prepared for graduate school.

About the College of Arts and Sciences

The founding college of Syracuse University remains at the center of undergraduate learning. The College is divided into the natural sciences and mathematics, the humanities, and the social sciences, with the lattermost offered in partnership with the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.


In addition to biology, chemistry, and environmental sciences, you’ll have the opportunity to take courses in a myriad of subjects crucial for addressing biotechnology-related issues, including engineering, management, and public policy. Sample courses include:

  • Genetics
  • Biomaterials and Medical Devices
  • Microeconomics
  • Introduction to the Legal System
  • Proteins and Nucleic Acids Lab
  • Contemporary Ethics

View official major requirements .

Practical Experience

Extensive biological field and extracurricular opportunities will enable you to earn hands-on experience in the industry.

  • Gain research experience by working in the labs of biology faculty.
  • Participate in the annual Undergraduate Research Conference.
  • Get involved with TriBeta, the undergraduate student-run life sciences interest group.

Study Abroad

Broaden your perspective and enhance your resume with a study abroad experience during your college years. Consistently ranked among the top 25 international education providers in the U.S., Syracuse Abroad has more than 100 programs in 60 countries.

Biotechnology majors most often go abroad to Syracuse University centers in Florence, London, and Madrid, and to our World Partner program at the University of New South Wales.

Life After Syracuse University

With a degree in biotechnology, you can explore such careers as:

  • Environmental scientist
  • Biological technician
  • Biomedical engineer
  • Epidemiologist
  • Microbiologist

Or pursue a graduate degree in a variety of fields, including medicine, chemistry, education, public health, or public administration. Recent graduates of the program have attended some of the top graduate schools in the U.S.