Biotechnology B.S. Degree




The B.S. Biotechnology degree program at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology incorporates the foundations of biology, microbiology, genetics, molecular biology, and chemistry. Biotech focuses on the manipulation of living organisms, their products, and their processes to further knowledge, improve quality of life and engineer new tools and applications. Biotechnology is applied to a broad range of industries including the pharmaceutical, chemical, agricultural, food development and manufacturing sectors, to name a few. Biotechnology has improved the fields of medicine, health, environmental science, and technology, and will continue to in the future.
This program includes the following concentrations: Food Safety and Quality Assurance, General Biotechnology, Medical Biotechnology, Nanobiotechnology, Nanobiotechnology and NanoFabrication, and Pharmaceutical Design.


The Biotechnology concentration draws upon advances in a dozen science areas and focuses on the manipulation of living organisms, their products, or their processes to further knowledge, improve quality of life and engineer new tools and applications. This program prepares students for further study at graduate school or a career. There are more than 1,500 biotechnology companies in the US. That translates into 1.5 million jobs and growing by the day.

Medical Biotechnology


Food Safety & Quality Assurance

Manufacturers don’t just stick a date on there for the fun of it…there’s actually a science to why the cereal you had this morning contains a freshness date. Learn the ins and outs of how we eat, what we eat, and how new products are invented.

Nanobiotechnology & Nanofabrication

Imagine light bulbs as small as bacteria. This is the science that will change the world we live in. Want to be part of a technology revolution? The National Science Foundation has estimated that 12 million workers will be needed to support nanotechnology industries worldwide within 15 years.

Pharmaceutical Design

Think about changing people’s lives. Biotechnology has created more than 200 new therapies and vaccines that help save lives every day; including treatments for cancer, diabetes, & HIV/AIDS. This concentration provides students the opportunity to understand how the invention of modern drugs have impacted mainstream science. The field is rapidly moving and development strategies change regularly; of particular note is the repositioning strategy of a therapeutic to use in another area of treatment. The concentration serves to develop and bolster a student’s understanding of the relationships between physiology and biochemistry laying foundations for careers in scientific research, medicine, pharmacy and more. The introduction to other fields of research such as bioinformatics and computer aided drug design introduces the importance of utilising the vast online resources to initiate research and development processes.


Interested in a medical career? Harrisburg University Biotechnology and Integrative Science majors offer programs that set you up for success in medical, veterinary or pharmacy school. You can tailor our programs in Integrative Sciences and Biotechnology to meet the exact requirements of your chosen health professional school. Plus, the experiential learning you’ll gain through the HU academic program can help you score a health-based internship or complete a medically based applied project that will help smooth the way for your entrance into a health professional school.

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