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.

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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

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.  From day one, students will be engaged in project work, both in and out of the classroom.

WPI's Global Projects Program immerses students in communities as close as our home city of Worcester and at more than 40 other locations worldwide. Students work in teams with a faculty advisor and are accountable to a project sponsor on a specific problem that connects science or technology with social issues and human needs.

Dynamic, hands-on work with peers and faculty help connect what you’re learning in classes to what you’ll do in the real world. In Biology & Biotechnology, you may choose to work with researchers at several off-campus sites or with WPI faculty members who are making meaningful advances at the intersection of biology and technology in diverse areas:

  • Cancer cell biology
  • Cognition and behavior
  • Drug resistance
  • Epigenetics and genomics 
  • Infectious diseases
  • Loss of biodiversity
  • Regenerative medicine
  • Synthetic biology
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Getting Involved

Getting Involved

At WPI, you will be part of a highly engaged campus community. You can join the WPI Student Chapter of American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Alpha Epsilon Delta, a national health pre-professional honor society, or any of WPI’s more than 200 student clubs and organizations.

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After Graduation