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Biotechnology Degree


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Leroy Headen, a 2013 biotechnology alumnus landed a position with a specialty chemical company.

Study Biotechnology in Downtown Pittsburgh

Enjoy thinking small, as in cells and DNA? Point Park University offers one of the nation's only undergraduate biotechnology programs to use live cells and cellular materials to help discover and create new pharmaceutical, diagnostic, agricultural and environmental products.

Upon graduation, you can impress prospective employers because biotechnology is seen as a core discipline in all aspects of life sciences. Also, you can benefit from our cross-disciplinary emphasis on molecular biology and information technology, which allows you to incorporate software applications to examine areas such as biological pathway information.

Degrees Offered in Biotechnology Program

Students with appropriate backgrounds who already hold Bachelor of Science degrees in other fields can earn a B.S. degree in biotechnology through our 30-credit post-baccalaureate program.

In addition, our 62-credit biotechnology capstone program is offered to students who have appropriate backgrounds and have already earned an Associate in Science degree.

The following degree programs are offered:

Biotechnology Major Course Offerings

You will receive a well-rounded education through Point Park's core curriculum and classes in the biotechnology major. Some of the courses include:

  • Animal Modeling of Disease
  • Biotechnology Laboratory
  • Drug Discovery and Development
  • Emerging Life Science Technologies
  • Receptors, Signaling Pathways and Cellular Control Mechanisms

For a comprehensive list of program requirements and course descriptions, see the program guide and School of Arts and Sciences course descriptions.

Biotechnology Internships

During their time in the Bachelor of Science biotechnology program, students have interned at:

  • Pittsburgh Tissue Engineering, Inc.
  • University of Pittsburgh Biotechnology Center
  • University of Pittsburgh Department of Pharmacology
  • University of Pittsburgh Center for Vaccine Research

Biotechnology Jobs

With a biotechnology degree, you will have the option to pursue various career opportunities, such as:

  • Bioinformatics Director
  • Biotechnologist
  • Genetic Engineering