Join the fast-growing biotechnology industry and apply your knowledge to solve complex challenges related to population growth, human health, and climate change. Our interdisciplinary program pairs a solid foundation in microbiology, plant biology, food science, and nutrition with hands-on learning alongside faculty mentors and industry partners.
You’ll learn how to use microorganisms and plants in modern food production, medicine, and the chemical industry, as you prepare for a career in biosciences working in agriculture, food, or manufacturing.
Focus on Food Production, Health & Sustainability
Do you want to find ways to use living cells or biological processes to develop products and technologies to feed and clothe a growing population and fight disease? The Applied Biotechnology degree gives you the knowledge and tools you need to answer some of the world’s most pressing questions in the areas of food production, health, and sustainability. You may pursue careers related to developing vaccines, biofuels, fermented food and beverages, and insect-resistant crops.
Choose from three emphasis areas:
- Applied biotechnology is our most customizable option with applications of biotechnology in a range of industries including medicine.
- Food and beverage fermentation focuses on the science of fermentation as it applies to producing food and beverages.
- Industrial plant and microbial biotechnology focuses on genetic engineering and growth of plants and microbes to make products.
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