As we move deeper into the 21st Century, we face a fundamental shift in how we learn about biology and how we use that information to solve problems in our lives and in our society.
Biotechnology — which is often referred to as the “invisible technology” — focuses on the use of cells and the cellular process to make our lives better. Biotechnology helps to combat disease, develop renewable fuels, and reduce our environmental impact. The discovery that DNA can be transferred to any other form of life has opened up the door to a multitude of possibilities for genetically modified plants, animals and microbes.
Biotechnology students are stepping into a Biological Revolution; researchers in agriculture, biology, genetics and medicine are at the forefront of new biotechnology discoveries. In the classroom, students use the scientific method by taking part in hands-on experiments and interpreting the results. The curriculum, which provides a solid foundation in biology and chemistry, gives students in-depth understanding and hands-on experience in a wide range of biotechnology science laboratory techniques. During the final stage of the program, it is recommended that students complete an internship at a local academic or industrial laboratory. There is also an option to complete a capstone semester at Penn State focusing on nanotechnology.