The Department of Biology and Biotechnology makes scholarly scientific and technological advances that will address the changing needs of society. We will prepare well-educated scientists able to approach problems with creativity and flexibility. A key element in this preparation is active participation in the process of scientific inquiry. Our educational program is founded on these unifying concepts:

  • All living things evolve through processes such as genetic drift and natural selection that act on heritable genetic variation.
  • Biological systems obey the principles of chemistry and physics.
  • Simple biological units can assemble into more complex systems with emergent properties.
  • Biological systems function by the actions of complex regulatory systems.
  • Scientific knowledge follows a process of observation and hypothesis testing.

An integrated and functional understanding of these concepts provides the foundation for biotechnology. In the Biology & Biotechnology curriculum, these concepts are exemplified and integrated across three major divisions of biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology, Biology of the Organism, and Organisms in their Environment.

Average Starting Salaries

WPI Graduates:

  • Bachelor’s: $46,884
  • Master’s: N/A
  • PhD: N/A

Average National Starting Salary (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2015):  $38,246

Average National Starting Bachelor’s Degree Salary (reported by the NACE Salary Survey): $30,573

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Companies that have Hired WPI Biologists/Biotechnologists

  • Agilux
  • Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
  • Community EMS
  • Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Pfizer
  • Tufts University
  • UMass Medical School

Download the WPI Post-Graduation Reports for more companies that have hired WPI graduates.

Sample Job Titles

  • Associate Scientist
  • Lab Technician
  • Manufacturing Associate
  • Problem Manager - IT
  • Process Engineer
  • Quality Assurance Lab Analyst
  • Research Lab Tech 1

Visit O*Net Online for more information on job titles.

Sample Graduate Schools

  • Brown University
  • Cornell University
  • Emory
  • MCPHS
  • Ross University of Veterinary Medicine
  • Tufts University   
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Yale University   

Sample Professional Associations and Clubs

Examples of MQPs

  • Common Loon Eggshell Porosity & Thickness in North America
  • Content and Effects of Over-The-Counter Phytoestrogen Supplements on Breast Cancer Proliferation
  • Effect of Mycorrhizae on Artemisia Annua
  • Microtubule Dependent Motors in the Chloroplast Avoidance Response

Visit WPI’s Electronic Projects Collection for more MQP titles.

Popular Industries for Biologists & Biotechnologists

  • Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
  • Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
  • Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
  • Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
  • Scientific Research and Development Services

Visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics for lists of more industries.

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