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Indiana University Bloomington

Undergraduate Program

Stay tuned as the Biotechnology degree program GROWS this spring!

We currently offer a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biotechnology that provides students with hand on training in scientific principles as well as specific concepts, techniques, and applications used by laboratory researchers in the biotechnology field. The BS curriculum has recently been revamped with exciting new degree requirements effective the fall semester of 2014.

Effective the fall semester of 2014 we will also be offering a new Minor in Biotechnology for students obtaining a degree in other fields that want exposure to the rapidly growing and highly employable biotechnology field.

We have also recently submitted a proposal for a novel Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Biotechnology that should be effective by the fall semester of 2014 (this new degree has been approved by the College of Arts and Sciences but still needs approval from the IU Trustees and the Indiana Higher Education Commission before it can be offered). The BA in biotechnology is designed for students who may want to work in areas of biotechnology that require a science background, but does not emphasize research. The degree should be applicable to pharmaceutical sales, human Resources, management, etc. Students with a biotechnology BA can also obtain a second degree in areas such as Biology, Chemistry, or Biochemistry as well as fields outside of sciences such as prelaw, business, etc. In partnership with the Kelly School of Business the BA biotechnology curriculum contains life sciences business classes so that graduates will be versed in business aspects of biotechnology that will be useful in marketing, sales and finance areas of biotechnology.

We have recently obtained approval for a combined Bachelor and Master of Science (BS/MS) degree in Biotechnology effective the fall semester of 2014. The combined BS/MS degree is designed to maximize research opportunities for our top students. Students interested in this 5 year combined undergraduate/graduate degree program will apply for admission degree program after their sophomore year. Admitted BS/MS students will be accepted into individual research laboratories where they will undertake independent research projects under the supervision of faculty members, advanced graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

Be sure to visit our Career Opportunities page where you can learn about how the biotechnology program opens doors to numerous biotechnology jobs in pharmaceutical and agricultural industries as well as opportunities to go to professional schools such as medical, law, business and optometry schools or graduate programs that offer MS and PhD degrees in the sciences.

More information can be obtained from the BIOT Undergraduate Advisor:

Carlin C. Schrag, Academic Advisor, Indiana University, Simon Hall 102A.

E-mail:, Phone: 812-855-9511