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Biotechnology Concentration

The pharmaceutical and biotech industries continue to be strong in Massachusetts. In addition, many other disciplines in Biology are also using the tools of biotechnology in one manner or another. Thus an understanding of these tools and experience using techniques of biotechnology can help prepare you for your career in science. Indeed, these tools are commonly used or referenced by the many pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies in Massachusetts, by government and academic research laboratories, and even by some environmental research and consulting groups. Several courses that can be taken as part of the Biotechnology Concentration at Fitchburg State can help you achieve an understanding of the principles underlying different aspects of biotechnology. In addition, many of these courses are laboratory-based where students gain hands-on experience using several cutting-edge molecular techniques and equipment.

Biotechnology Concentration

The Bachelor of Science in Biology/Biotechnology concentration includes all of the requirements for the Biology major. When choosing their six advanced electives including a Capstone course, students in this concentration must take BIOL 3250 Cell Biology and at least three courses from the following:

  • BIOL 3450 Biochemistry
  • BIOL 3900 General Microbiology
  • BIOL 4500 Molecular Biology
  • BIOL 3350 Cell Culture Techniques
  • BIOL 4810 Immunology

Two biochemistry students working with a professor in a lab

“The Biotechnology Program here at Fitchburg State has provided me with useful laboratory skills essential for being competitive in the job market.”
–John Pespisa '12

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