Whether it’s combating debilitating diseases, developing clean energy sources, or helping feed the world, biotechnology uses our understanding of biological systems to solve global problems.

As a student in Biology and Biotechnology, you’ll learn how biological systems operate and how to harness molecular, cellular, and organismal processes to develop innovative technologies and solutions to improve our lives. Through your courses and research, you’ll combine the theory of biology with its practice—biotechnology.

undergraduate biology student looking through a microscope

Curriculum

When you major in Biology and Biotechnology, you have the chance to gain knowledge and experience in three broad divisions of biology: cellular and molecular, organismal, and environmental. You’ll be exposed to the breadth and depth of science and mathematics required to master and apply the skills of scientific inquiry. From your first day, you’ll be working in top-tier bioscience teaching and research facilities.

With the guidance of your faculty advisor, you can tailor your course and project selections to suit your goals and can choose from three tracks

  • Cellular and Genetic Engineering
  • Biomedical Sciences and Human Physiology
  • Conservation and Applied Ecology

Project-based Learning

From inquiry-based labs to the Major Qualifying Project, a project-based curriculum is at the heart of how Biology & Biotechnology (BBT) students learn. Dynamic, hands-on work will help connect what you’re learning in classes to what you’ll do in the real world. In BBT, you'll be alongside researchers or faculty members who are making meaningful advances at the intersection of biology and technology in such diverse areas as cancer cell biology and regenerative medicine.

More Value

Whether it’s real-world work experience through a co-op or internshipearning a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in four or five years through the BS/MS program, or integrating your coursework with your extracurricular interests through Major and a Mission, there are many ways you can make the most out of your time at WPI.