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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.

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Curriculum

General Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology General Requirements

University-Wide Requirement

Minimum 120 total semester hours required

Minimum 2.000 GPA required

Students must earn a minimum of 60 Northeastern University semester hours in order to receive a bachelor’s degree.

Note: Individual program requirements may exceed the above minima.

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 courses and the corresponding lab:

ENG 1105 - College Writing 1 
3.00 
ENG 1106 - Lab for ENG 1105 
1.00 
ENG 1103 - College Writing 1 for Nonnative Speakers 
3.00 
ENG 1104 - Lab for ENG 1103 
1.00 
 

Complete the following two courses and the corresponding 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 3100 - Biochemistry 
3.00 
BIO 3101 - Lab for BIO 3100 
1.00 
BIO 2500 - Genetics and Molecular Biology 
3.00 
BIO 2501 - Lab for BIO 2500 
1.00 
 

Capstone

BTC 4850 - Biotechnology Senior Project 
3.00 
 

Major Electives

Complete 15 semester hours from the following:

BIO, BTC, HSC, PHY

MTH 2100 - Calculus 1 
3.00 
MTH 2105 - Calculus 2 
3.00 
 

Electives

Complete a minimum of 27 semester hours to reach 120 semester hours.

Experiential Learning

Northeastern's signature experience-powered learning model has been at the heart of the university for more than a century. It combines world-class academics with professional practice, allowing you to acquire relevant, real-world skills you can immediately put into action in your current workplace. This makes a Northeastern education a dynamic, transformative experience, giving you countless opportunities to grow as a professional and person.

 

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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.

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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