Everyday, biotechnology is shaping our lives. At its most basic level biotechnology involves the use of biological organisms, systems, or processes to develop technologies and products to improve the quality of life. Nowhere is this more apparent than in healthcare, where biotechnology has opened up new avenues to diagnose and treat disease.
Biotechnology Program Plus a Research Internship
Our biotechnology program has been developed cooperatively with the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). The curriculum focuses on molecular biology, genetics and genomics, cellular biology, and biochemistry. The program also ensures that students are able to participate in research through a semester-long internship in an academic, commercial, clinical, or government laboratory in the region.
While many graduates in biotechnology pursue careers in research labs or medicine, biotechnology has a wide variety of career opportunities ranging from sales and marketing, to research and development, to manufacturing and quality control and assurance. The biotechnology industry continues to flourish nationwide. Not only are the total number of biotechnology companies increasing, but employment in the biotechnology field continues to grow as well.
The biotechnology curriculum at UNO also includes required pre-requisite courses needed to apply to medical school or other health professions programs, so many students who aspire to become physicians, physician assistants or other health professionals choose this major.
- Molecular Genetics
- Comparative Genomics
- Cancer Biology
- Cellular Biology
- Developmental Biology
- Molecular Biology Journal Club
- INBRE Scholars
- NE STEM 4U
- Nebraska Watershed Network
- Anatomy Academic Assistants (AAA)
- Pre-Medical CommitteePre-Health Professionals Club
- Pre-Dental Club
- Pre-Physical Therapy Club
- Pre-Optometry Club
- Pre-Pharmacy Club
- Pre-Physicians Assistant Club
- Pre-Veterinary Medicine Club
- Students United for Global Health
- Women in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics
- Appreciation for the molecular mechanisms in living systems
- Understanding genomes and the role of genetics in normal and disease states
- Understanding the process and outcomes of molecular evolution
- Observing of the interdependence of living things
- Understanding the role of molecular biology and biotechnology in addressing issues in health, biomedical research, and product development.
- Understanding the mechanisms of genetic inheritance and information flow
- Observing emergent properties of complex biological networks
- Understanding structure-function relationships of biological molecules
- Design, conduct and interpret scientific research
- Isolate and analyze DNA, RNA and protein
- Sequence genomes
- Apply a scientific approach to problems
- Expertise in laboratory techniques such as microscopy, spectrophotometry, gel electrophoresis, cell culture gene cloning and others
- Communicate findings using models, charts and graphs
- Communicate new research findings to lay audiences
- Integrate biological concepts with disciplines like chemistry, physics and math
- Collaborate with others to solve problems
- Communicate new scientific findings
By nature, Liberal Arts majors make great employees in any field because of their ability to communicate effectively, think critically and solve complex problems. These timeless skills make them attractive to employers in all walks of society. Specifically though, Biology majors often pursue careers in:
- Agricultural biotechnology
- Animal biotechnology
- Conservation biology
- Drug discovery
- Environmental monitoring
- Food Safety
- Immunochemistry Lab
- Medical devices
- Medical diagnostics
- Molecular biology
- Water quality
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