Biotechnology is a collection of techniques that uses living organisms or substances from those organisms for specific applications. Individuals with training in biotechnology can work in a variety of jobs in industrial, government, and academic settings. These careers may be in research, product development, production, quality control, technical writing, sales, education, or administration. Students in the biology program at Shippensburg University may choose the concentration in biotechnology. Students enrolled in this program will obtain a broad background in biology, chemistry, and physics as well as gain substantial biotechnology laboratory experience that includes the cloning and manipulation of DNA, immunochemical analyses, and cell culture. Students interested in pre-forensics should take 7-8 credits of suggested Criminal Justice courses.
Students in the biotechnology concentration must maintain at least a 2.5 QPA in their major and overall program through graduation. Students who are withdrawn from this concentration because their QPA has fallen below the minimum 2.5 may reapply when they reattain the minimum QPA.