Majors & Degrees
Focus on developing products and technologies to provide food, fuel, and medicine to serve a growing world population. When you major in applied biotechnology, you may customize your degree with one of three options to meet your interests: applied biotechnology, food and beverage fermentation, or industrial plant and microbial biotechnology
B.S. in Applied Biotechnology
The Applied Biotechnology program is right for you if:
- You want to understand, analyze, and implement innovations using biotechnology
- You enjoy performing research to generate data-driven answers
- You have a passion for working in collaborative teams within industries related to agriculture, food, and manufacturing
- You’re conscious of growing world populations and the need for practical solutions to ensure an abundant supply of sustainable food, renewable energy, medicines, and materials
- You’re committed to the ethical and responsible practice of science
- You want to educate the next generation about biotechnology, or
- You’re considering pursuing a graduate degree
Applied Biotechnology Class Sampler
You’ll work with your advisor to create a course plan that includes required core and elective classes depending on the degree option you chose. You’ll choose from an applied biotechnology, food and beverage fermentation, or industrial plant and microbial biotechnology emphasis. Here are a few of the classes you may take:
Introduction to Biotechnology
Examine both the basic concepts and techniques used in the analysis and improvement of biological organisms by genetic engineering and cell culture.
Explore the fundamentals of metabolism and nucleic acid biochemistry at the cellular and organismal levels, with a focus on key pathways and regulatory mechanisms.
Engage in hands-on computer analysis of DNA sequences and gene cloning strategies.
Fundamentals of Food Science
Learn the scientific principles of food production, preservation, and ingredient interactions.
Study the use of biotechnology products in various industries and how these products are made at the industrial scale.
Strengthen your knowledge of the techniques involved in developing superior food, feed, and fiber crops.
Fermented Foods and Beverages Laboratory
Get hands-on experience fermenting different substrate types into value added foods.
Problem Solving with Genetic Tools
Solve problems via genetic experiments in yeast and Mendelian genetic systems in this computer-simulated laboratory class.