Industrial biotechnology uses living cells, such as bacteria and yeast, or enzymes to make bio-based products in industrial sectors such as chemicals, food, detergents, textiles and bioenergy (biofuels or biogas).
The Industrial Biotechnology program prepares you for a career in bio manufacturing, quality control, or research and development. You will get extensive, hands-on training in various aspects of genetic modification and assay development, as well as training in the financial, regulatory and organizational skills needed to work in this industrial biotechnology field.
The following lists common program prerequisite courses (or appropriate substitutions) with successful completion of a grade of C or higher:
- General Biology; BSC2010/L Bsc2011/L; 2 semesters
- General Chemistry; CHM2045/l CHM2046/L; 2 semesters
- Organic Chemistry; CHM2210/L CHM2211/L; 2 semesters
- General Physics; PHY 2053/L, PHY2054/L; 2 semesters
- Survey Calculus and Intro to Statistics; MAC2233, STA2023
Students will complete either an internship (BSC4191) or an independent research project (BSC4910) as part of the requirements for the B.A.S. program. The internship will include on campus attendance as well as placement at an internship site approved by the program coordinator, Mary El-Semarani.
This degree has been designed to address the biotech industry needs for workers trained in regulatory compliance, biomanufacturing, quality control, and facilities management. Local industry has expressed that in order for significant growth to occur, there needs to be a significant pool of workers that have received training in these skills that are not necessarily achieved through traditional academic degrees.
Graduates from this program will be competitive in the biotechnology job market due to their extensive hands-on training. Students will be proficient in the application of modern scientific techniques in an industrial setting.
The following statistics are for local careers obtained with an Industrial Biotechnology B.A.S. degree:
- Biological Technician / $15.24 Hourly Wage (starting) / 206 Currently Employed locally
In order to get current and local data on wages, employment, job postings, and associated education and training, click here: Career Coach. Not sure what to search for? Try searching by degree: Industrial Biotechnology, Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) OR by possible job title: Biological Technician.