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Biotechnology (B.S.)

Develop skills and learn techniques to innovate and create new products and processes that improve human life.

This interdisciplinary program helps prepare students in fundamental sciences so that they may successfully compete for career opportunities in the growing life sciences industries. Graduates with expertise in biotechnology fill increasing demand from employers utilizing technologies such as molecular biology, genetic engineering, tissue culture, reproductive intervention, and biomass conversion in a variety of applications, such as vaccine and pharmaceutical development, agronomic seed production, livestock breeding, genetic diagnostic testing, identity and parentage verification, criminal forensics, biorenewable product development, or biomedical research.

Students may choose this major for preparation for admission to professional schools such as medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, and veterinary medicine. The program provides an excellent background for students entering graduate school in a life sciences discipline.

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Enjoy laboratory work
  • Curiosity about life
  • Critical thinking and enjoy problem solving
  • Enjoy science and the scientific method

Career Opportunities

  • Biorenewable Fuels
  • Biotechnologist
  • Entrepreneur
  • Graduate School
  • Lab Technician

Recent Employers

  • 3M
  • Healthcare Industry
  • Novartis
  • Poet
  • Prairie AquaTech

Internship Opportunities

  • 3M
  • Novartis
  • Prairie AquaTech
  • SGS
  • On-campus labs (Industrial Microbiology, Biochemistry, Molecular Microbiology)

Suggested Minors

  • Chemistry
  • Health Communication
  • Health Science
  • Leadership
  • Microbiology

Still deciding? Reflecting on your values, interests, personality traits, and skills will provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. FOCUS 2 CAREER, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you do just that. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 CAREER by using the code: jacks. After completing FOCUS 2 CAREER, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.