|MWSU | Academics/Departments | Biology||BIOTECHNOLOGY|
can I do with my degree?
Recent advances in biotechnology and information technology are transforming the industries in which graduates of these programs work. In the 1980s, swift advances in basic biological knowledge related to genetics and molecules spurred growth in the field of biotechnology. Biological scientists using this technology manipulate the genetic material of animals or plants, attempting to make organisms more productive or resistant to disease. Research using biotechnology techniques, such as recombining DNA, has led to the production of important substances, including human insulin and growth hormone.
Many other substances not previously available in large quantities are starting to be produced by biotechnological means; some may be useful in treating cancer and other diseases. Today, many scientists are involved in biotechnology. Those who work on the Human Genome project continue to isolate genes and determine their functionality. This work continues to lead to the discovery of the genes associated with specific diseases and inherited traits, such as certain types of cancer or obesity. These advances in biotechnology have opened up research opportunities in almost all areas of biology, including commercial applications in agriculture, environmental remediation, and the food and chemical industries. (From the Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2004-2005)
there a demand for bench scientists?
There is a great demand for bench scientists in the St. Joseph area, as there are several life science industries. The life science field, a $4.5 billion yearly industry in St. Joseph, demands a significant number of scientific professional workers.
does your program prepare graduates
for a career in biology?