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Indiana University Bloomington

Department of Biology

Undergraduate Studies

Biotechnology Undergraduate Degree Program

The bachelor's degrees in Biotechnology are designed in consultation with scientists at Indiana University and in the biotech industry to prepare students for careers in the life sciences. Students from the program are also highly competitive for graduate programs. This is an exciting time to be involved in biotechnology. In addition to the rapid advances in therapies for diseases, in diagnostics, and in improvements to agriculture products—the biotechnology industry has provided strong job growth throughout the United States. The faculty members in the program share the common goal of providing rigorous practical training in a collegial and supportive atmosphere.

We offer a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Biotechnology that provides students with hands-on training in scientific principles as well as specific concepts, techniques, and applications used by laboratory researchers in the biotechnology field.

Our Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Biotechnology is designed for students who may want to work in areas of biotechnology that require a science background, but not in a research field. Students with a B.A. in Biotechnology can also obtain a second degree in areas such as Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Biochemistry, Human Biology, Psychology, Business, and more. In partnership with the Kelley School of Business, the B.A. curriculum contains life sciences business classes so graduates obtain knowledge and skills that will be useful in the marketing, sales, and finance areas of biotechnology. 

Students may also pursue a combined Bachelor and Master of Science (B.S./M.S.) degree in Biotechnology. The combined B.S./M.S. degree is designed to maximize research opportunities for our top students. Students interested in this 5-year combined undergraduate/graduate degree program will apply for admission to the degree program after their sophomore year. Admitted B.S./M.S. students will be accepted into individual research laboratories to undertake independent research projects under the supervision of faculty members, advanced graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows. 

We offer a Minor in Biotechnology for students obtaining a degree in other fields who want exposure to the rapidly growing and highly employable biotechnology field. 

Be sure to visit our Career Opportunities page, where you can learn about how IU’s biotechnology program opens doors to numerous jobs in pharmaceutical and agricultural industries, as well as opportunities to attend professional schools or pursue graduate programs that offer M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in the sciences. 

For more information, contact:

Carlin C. Schrag, Academic Advisor
Simon Hall 102A
Phone: 812-855-9511

Nancy Magill, Director of Biotechnology Undergraduate Studies
Classroom Office Building 205
Phone:  812-856-5978

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