Two new biotechnology programs have been developed by the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology in the College of Environmental and Life Sciences to meet the needs of the rapidly expanding biotechnology industry in New England.
The first is offered as an option in the Microbiology Program. This is a 3+1 curriculum that focuses on education and training in the areas of biotechnology research and development. Three years of traditional academics is followed by a one-year internship that results in attainment of a B.S. degree and has the potential to culminate in industry-based employment.
The second is offered as an option in the Clinical Laboratory Science Program. This is a 1+3 curriculum that focuses on education and training in biotechnology manufacturing. The first year involves academic training in issues related to biotechnology and a summer internship in the biopharmaceutical industry. Following the internships, students are encouraged to secure employment in biopharmaceutical manufacturing and to continue completing the BS degree on a reduced time basis.
The capstone experience for both programs is the industry-based internships that not only present practical training and knowledge but also specifically prepare students for employment in biopharmaceuticals.