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Why Elms for your Biotechnology degree?

  • Dynamic, research-intensive program with lab opportunities beginning your first year.
  • Gain experience using emerging technologies in our cell culture lab.
  • Co-author articles with faculty and get your work published.
  • Earn your master’s degree in 18 months.

Become a Research Expert

The biotechnology major at Elms College is designed for students passionate about research. While you will cover core concepts of biology, chemistry, health sciences, and other scientific disciplines in your core classes, most of your academic experience will take place in research labs on campus.

Create Technologies That Benefit Society

Biotechnology majors at Elms study the practical applications of their research. This means that your work will often result in a new product or technology that others can use to improve human, animal, or environmental health.

Working closely with fellow students and faculty mentors, you’ll complete experiments that have an immediate impact on our world. Biotechnology faculty at Elms have expertise in neurodegenerative diseases, so you will have a chance to work on studies that answer important questions related to Alzheimer’s disease.

Biotechnology majors also develop competency in the following techniques:

  • Cell/tissue culture
  • Cell-based assays
  • Flow cytometry
  • Protein purification, quantification, analysis, assay, and handling
  • DNA extraction, quantification, analysis, and handling
  • PCR (polymerase chain reaction) and qPCR (quantitative polymerase chain reaction)
  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Data computation and analysis skills

Quick Info

  • Earn your master of science (MS) in biotechnology as well. Students can complete this program in 18 months.
  • Build up your resume with experiential learning opportunities.
  • Connect biotechnology and public health in our global health certificate program.

Learn the Science-Writing Process

As a research scientist in the biotech field, you will be required to communicate with a number of different audiences. When it comes to publishing your breakthroughs, you will need to know how to write a cohesive article outlining your hypothesis, methods, and results. On the other hand, you will also need to share your ideas with entrepreneurs, investment firms, patent lawyers, and medical patients. At Elms, you’ll learn how to write for a range of audiences and occasions.

Your professors in the biotechnology program will guide you through the process of writing a research proposal, defining a topic, determining a methodology, and carrying out an experiment from start to finish. You’ll practice these skills in real-time by working on multiple ongoing experiments. This experience will serve as the basis of your professional development as a research scientist.

Beginning your first year on campus, you will also take a range of core classes in the liberal arts that expose you to interdisciplinary forms of communication and writing. The classes you take in English, history, religion, and other disciplines will help you put your research into context for general readers. The liberal arts will also help you develop your professional identity and portfolio for the job market, so that when it comes time to interview with employers, you’ll know how to speak about your work clearly and eloquently.

Andrew Clifford, BMS ’20

Andrew Clifford, BMS ’20, was involved in two biomedical research projects at Elms, including exploring new ways to rapidly analyze strains of infectious bacteria. “I’m learning this material in a very applicable, practical way,” he said. “Going forward into medical school, I’ll have a far better understanding than just (by reading) textbook definitions.”


Click to view course requirements for the Biotechnology (B.A.).

Major Requirements (53 credits)

Course #FormerlyCourse Name# of Credit Hours
BIO 1203BIO 123General Biology I3
BIO 1203LBIO 123LGeneral Biology I Lab1
BIO 1204BIO 124General Biology II3
BIO 1204LBIO 124LGeneral Biology Lab II1
CHE 1201CHE 121General Chemistry I3
CHE 1201CHE 121LGeneral Chemistry Lab1
CHE 1202CHE 122General Chemistry II3
CHE 1202LCHE 122LGeneral Chemistry II Lab1
CHE 2101CHE 211Organic Chemistry I3
CHE 2101LCHE 211LOrganic Chemistry I Lab1
CHE 2102CHE 212Organic Chemistry II3
CHE 2102CHE 212Organic Chemistry II Lab1
PHY 1005PHY 105Physics I3
PHY 1005LPHY 105LPhysics I Lab1
PHY 1006PHY 106Physics II3
PHY 1006LPHY 106LPhysics II Lab1
BTY 1XXXIntro to Biotechnology3
BTY 1XXXLIntro to Biotechnology Lab1
BTY 3XXX/5XXXAdvanced Biotechnology3
BTY 3XXXL/5XXXLAdvanced Biotechnology Lab1
ENG XXXXENG XXXWriting for the Professions: Science and Engineering3
BMH XXXXBMH XXXResearch Ethics3
MAT 1009MAT 109Statistics3
BTY 3XXX/5XXXIntro to Cell and Tissue Culture3
BTY 3XXXL/5XXXLIntro to Cell and Tissue Culture Lab1

Electives (16 credits; minimum of 4 courses with labs)

Course #FormerlyCourse Name# of Credit Hours
BIO 3300BIO 330Microbiology3
BIO 3300LBIO 330LMicrobiology Lab1
BIO 4306BIO 436Biochemistry3
BIO 4306LBIO 436LBiochemistry Lab1
BIO 3206BIO 326Molecular Biology3
BIO 3206LBIO 326LMolecular Biology Lab1
BIO 3101BIO 311Ecology3
BIO 3101LBIO 311LEcology Lab1
BIO 3106BIO 316Cell Biology3
BTY 4XXXCapstone3
MAT 1301MAT 131Calculus I3
MAT 1302MAT 132Calculus II3
CHE 3307CHE 337Analytical Chemistry3
CHE 3307LCHE 337LAnalytical Chemistry Lab1
CIT 3100CIT 310Data Analytics and Bioinformatics3
ENT 1002ENT 102Lean LaunchPAd3
BMS 5700BMS 570Histology3
BMS 5700LBMS 570LHistology Lab1
BMS 5202BMS 522Pharmacology3
BMS 5207BMS 527Pathology3
BMS 5009BMS 509Epidemiology & Biostatistics3
BMS 5100BMS 510Endocrinology3
BMS 6300BMS 630Neuroscience3