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Overview

Marked by rapidly changing technologies, techniques, and applications, biotechnology is one of the region’s most exciting and fastest-growing industries.

Built on a solid foundation of biology and chemistry, this innovative bachelor's degree program includes advanced courses in genomics, proteomics and bioinformatics, biotechnology and pharmaceutical processing, and quality control and validation, biomaterials, and more. Upon graduation, you will be equipped to pursue a career as a research associate in biotechnology or biopharma, or to launch a career in life sciences.

If you're a student from Middlesex Community College, check out the Biotechnology A2M Scholars Program. Eligible students can receive scholarships of up to $10,000 per student per year as well as a dedicated A2M support team, assistance with transportation and textbook costs, and more.

Additionally, through the BS Biotechnology/MS Biotechnology PlusOne Program, you can earn a Master of Science in Biotechnology with only one additional year of study beyond your bachelor's degree.

Curriculum

General Requirements

Choose one from the following:

Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology General Requirements

University-Wide Requirement

Minimum 2.000 GPA required 

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

Foundation Courses

37 semester hours required

English

Complete one of the following two groups:

ENG 1105 - College Writing 1 
3.00 
ENG 1106 - Lab for ENG 1105 
1.00 

OR

ENG 1103 - College Writing 1 for Nonnative Speakers 
3.00 
ENG 1104 - Lab for ENG 1103 
1.00 

Complete the following courses and labs

ENG 1107 - College Writing 2 
3.00 
ENG 1108 - Lab for ENG 1107 
1.00 
ENG 3105 - Writing for the Professions: Science and Engineering 
3.00 
ENG 3106 - Lab for ENG 3105 
1.00 
Mathematics 

MTH 2310 - Statistics for the Behavioral and Social Sciences 
3.00 
 

Biology

BIO 1100 - Principles of Biology 1 
3.00 
BIO 1101 - Lab for BIO 1100 
1.00 
BIO 1200 - Principles of Biology 2 
3.00 
BIO 1201 - Lab for BIO 1200 
1.00 
 

Chemistry

CHM 1100 - General Chemistry 1 
3.00 
CHM 1101 - Lab for CHM 1100 
1.00 
CHM 1200 - General Chemistry 2 
3.00 
CHM 1201 - Lab for CHM 1200 
1.00 
 

Information Technology

Choose one of the following: 

ITC 1000 - Computer Applications 
3.00 
ITC 2016 - End-User Data Analysis Tools 
3.00 
 

Philosophy

PHL 2140 - Ethical Issues in Science and Engineering 
3.00 
 

Major Required Courses

41 semester hours required

Biotechnology

BTC 1300 - Introduction to Biotechnology 
3.00 
BTC 1301 - Lab for BTC 1300 
1.00 
BTC 4300 - Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Processing 
3.00 
BTC 4301 - Lab for BTC 4300 
1.00 
BTC 4450 - Quality Control and Validation Issues 
3.00 
 

Chemistry

CHM 2110 - Organic Chemistry 1 
3.00 
CHM 2111 - Lab for CHM 2110 
1.00 
CHM 2200 - Organic Chemistry 2 
3.00 
CHM 2201 - Lab for CHM 2200 
1.00 
CHM 2300 - Analytical Chemistry 
3.00 
CHM 2301 - Lab for CHM 2300 
1.00 
 

Biology

BIO 2100 - Microbiology 
3.00 
BIO 2101 - Lab for BIO 2100 
1.00 
BIO 2300 - Cell Biology 
3.00 
BIO 2500 - Genetics and Molecular Biology 
3.00 
BIO 2501 - Lab for BIO 2500 
1.00 
BIO 3100 - Biochemistry 
3.00 
BIO 3101 - Lab for BIO 3100 
1.00 
 

Capstone

BTC 4850 - Biotechnology Senior Project 
3.00 
 

Major Electives

Choose at least 9 semester hours from BTC and 6 semester hours from BIO, BTC, or HSC.

BIO 1600 - Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 
3.00 
BIO 1601 - Lab for BIO 1600 
1.00 
BIO 1700 - Human Anatomy and Physiology 2 
3.00 
BIO 1701 - Lab for BIO 1700 
1.00 
BTC 2700 - Cell and Tissue Culture Techniques 
3.00 
BTC 3300 - Technology of Biomaterials 
3.00 
BTC 4200 - Genomics, Proteomics, and Bioinformatics 
3.00 
BTC 4300 - Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Processing 
3.00 
HSC 1200 - Nutrition 
3.00 
HSC 3300 - Epidemiology 
3.00 
HSC 3310 - Pathophysiology 
3.00 
HSC 3320 - Pharmacology 
3.00 
 

Electives

Open electives to reach minimum credit hours for the degree.



BS in Biotechnology - Plus One Option

 

The PlusOne Accelerated Master’s Program provides motivated students with the opportunity to start earning their master’s degree while pursuing their undergraduate education. Learn more here...

University-Wide Requirement

Minimum 2.000 GPA required 

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

Foundation Courses

39 semester hours required 

Mathematics 

MTH 2310 - Statistics for the Behavioral and Social Sciences 
3.00 
 

Biology

BIO 1100 - Principles of Biology 1 
3.00 
BIO 1101 - Lab for BIO 1100 
1.00 
BIO 1200 - Principles of Biology 2 
3.00 
BIO 1201 - Lab for BIO 1200 
1.00 
 

Chemistry

CHM 1100 - General Chemistry 1 
3.00 
CHM 1101 - Lab for CHM 1100 
1.00 
CHM 1200 - General Chemistry 2 
3.00 
CHM 1201 - Lab for CHM 1200 
1.00 
 

Information Technology

Choose one of the following: 

ITC 1000 - Computer Applications 
3.00 
ITC 2016 - End-User Data Analysis Tools 
3.00 
 

Philosophy

PHL 2140 - Ethical Issues in Science and Engineering 
3.00 
 

Major Required Courses

37 semester hours required 

Biotechnology

BTC 4300 - Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Processing 
3.00 
BTC 4301 - Lab for BTC 4300 
1.00 
BIOT 5120 - Introduction to Biotechnology 
3.00 
BIOT 5631 - Cell Culture Processes for Biopharmaceutical Production 
3.00 
BIOT 6214 - Experimental Design and Biostatistics 
2.00 
BIOT 5219 - The Biotechnology Enterprise 
2.00 
BIOT 5145 - Basic Biotechnology Lab Skills 
1.00 
 

Chemistry

CHM 2100 - Analytical Chemistry for the Biosciences 
3.00 
CHM 2111 - Lab for CHM 2110 
1.00 
CHM 2200 - Organic Chemistry 2 
3.00 
CHM 2201 - Lab for CHM 2200 
1.00 
CHM 2300 - Analytical Chemistry 
3.00 
CHM 2301 - Lab for CHM 2300 
1.00 
CHEM 5620 - Protein Chemistry 
3.00 
 

Biology

BIO 2100 - Microbiology 
3.00 
BIO 2101 - Lab for BIO 2100 
1.00 
BIO 1700 - Human Anatomy and Physiology 2 
3.00 
BIO 1701 - Lab for BIO 1700 
1.00 
BIOL 6299 - Molecular Cell Biology for Biotechnology 
3.00 
 

Capstone

BTC 4850 - Biotechnology Senior Project 
3.00 
 

Major Electives

Choose 15 semester hours from BTC, BIO, HSC, MTH 2100, MTH 2105, PHY 1200/1201, or PHY 2200/2201

BIO 1600 - Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 
3.00 
BIO 1601 - Lab for BIO 1600 
1.00 
BIO 1700 - Human Anatomy and Physiology 2 
3.00 
BIO 1701 - Lab for BIO 1700 
1.00 
BTC 3300 - Technology of Biomaterials 
3.00 
BTC 4200 - Genomics, Proteomics, and Bioinformatics 
3.00 
HSC 3300 - Epidemiology 
3.00 
HSC 3310 - Pathophysiology 
3.00 
HSC 1200 - Nutrition 
3.00 
HSC 3320 - Pharmacology 
3.00 
 

Electives

Open electives to reach minimum credit hours for the degree.

Experiential Learning

Northeastern's signature experiential learning model combines academics with professional practice to help students acquire relevant, real-world skills they can apply to their desired industry. Each program offers its own unique experiential learning opportunities, but they might include:

  • Experiential Learning at Work — Working professionals collaborate with their employer to develop a project that addresses a key business need their company has in an area they want familiarity with.
  • Experiential Network (XN) — Students work virtually with a sponsoring organization on a short-term project over a six-week period.
  • Full-Time Co-op Opportunities — Students on co-op work in a paid position in their field of study for three to six months.

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Career Outcomes

Generally speaking, jobs in biotechnology companies, research institutions, local and state agencies, and private laboratories are expected to grow at an average to faster-than-average pace, with continued competition for basic research positions. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities in the biotechnology field are expected to be best for graduates who are well trained on equipment used in laboratories or production facilities.

What can you do with your degree?

This biotechnology program is well suited for individuals who wish to pursue a research position or launch a career in the life sciences field.        

Job titles to consider include:

  • Biological technician
  • Agriculture and food scientist
  • Medical or pharmaceutical researcher
  • Lab assistant
  • Organic substance analyst
  • Engineering technician
  • Research technician
  • Scientific associate
  • Research assistant
  • Quality control specialist

Industry-Aligned Faculty

Our industry-aligned faculty bring relevant real-world experience, knowledge, expertise, and connections that will help you achieve your career goals.

Elizabeth Zulick
Assistant Teaching Professor

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Financial Info

The university's financial aid policies are designed to enrich our campus community by ensuring that Northeastern is affordable for all admitted students.

  • $1.6K Cost Per Course
  • $10.2K Avg Institutional Aid
  • 45% % Receiving Aid