Why Study Biotechnology?
Many fields of biology rely on these techniques including molecular biology, genetics, developmental biology, neurology, genetic counseling, medical technology and microbiology. According to the Battelle/Bio State Bioscience Industry Development 2012 report, Indiana ranks among the top three states in life science jobs in major bioscience sectors. Biotechnologists work in many areas within the life sciences including health care, food and agriculture, manufacturing and quality control and intellectual property. Individuals may be involved in pharmaceutical manufacturing, drug discovery, bio-defense, sustainable agriculture and genetic engineering, patent reform, the development of biofuels and renewable chemical and biobased materials.
Why choose Purdue Northwest?
The Bachelor of Science Biotechnology Concentration degree provides students with a strong foundation that prepares them for work in industry or further education in a graduate program. At Purdue Northwest Department of Biological Sciences, students will gain hands on experience in labs and learn how to use equipment that is ubiquitous in modern biotechnology including plate readers, fluorescence microscopes, thermocyclers and quantitative real-time PCR. Recent acquisitions of equipment including a new state of the art gel imaging system gives students an advantage by familiarizing them with equipment used in industrial and research labs.
What do Biotechnologists Do?
Biotechnologists use knowledge of living organisms, biochemistry, and genetics to find solutions to problems and develop new products in a variety of industries including medical, manufacturing, agricultural, food science, and environmental professions. Biotechnology has resulted in new antibiotics, advanced diagnostics tests for serious genetic diseases, and new and improved foods. If you have an inquiring mind, good problem solving skills, and an interest in science, this career might be the right one for you.
Careers in Biotechnology
Biotechnologists work in many areas within the life sciences including health care, food and agriculture, and manufacturing and quality control. Individuals may be involved in pharmaceutical manufacturing, drug discovery, bio-defense, sustainable agriculture, genetic engineering, and the development of biofuels and renewable chemical and bio-based materials.
Cytogenetics Department, Northwestern Memorial Hospital
The Biology Department of PNW has an “open door” policy. Faculty and staff make themselves available at the student’s convenience for any assistance the student may need- whether it be something as trivial as homework help or a topic of significance in that students’ life such as course registration and career counseling.
I was hired by Northwestern Medicine as a laboratory technician in its cytogenetics department.
Without the first-rate faculty instruction, I would not have the necessary skill set and laboratory knowledge needed for my current position at Northwestern Medicine.
Biotechnologists work in many areas within the life sciences including:
- Food and agriculture
- Pharmaceutical manufacturing
- Quality control
- Intellectual property
- Genetic engineering
- Development of biofuels and renewable chemical and biobased materials
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- Direct admission to the BS in Biological Sciences program requires consideration of standardized test scores and performance in mathematics additional to general University admissions requirements. Interested students who are not directly admissible to Biological Sciences may be admitted to a general admission program in which they can prepare for acceptance into the Biological Sciences program in the College of Engineering and Science.