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Department of Environmental Biology

Using an in-depth knowledge of biology to create a more sustainable future for mankind.

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The biotechnology program prepares students to use molecular and biochemical approaches to tackle environmental, natural resource, agricultural, or medical questions, and provides sufficient breadth for students interested in careers veterinary and human medicine.

Science foundation enhanced with field research opportunities.

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Challenging coursework helps develop a student’s foundation in science. The AFS Major requires courses in calculus, writing, chemistry, genetics, economics, and biology. Examples of core classes and electives from AFS program faculty include
ichthyology, limnology, marine ecology, aquatic restoration ecology, fisheries biology and management, and wetlands ecology. There is also a requirement for 6 credits of field experience. A diversity of field and laboratory research opportunities are available with individual faculty in a wide range of habitats and locations.

Program Requirements


Biotechnology Degree Outcomes

Many lucrative medical sector, and research opportunities in biotechnology are available ranging from immunology and virology to biomedical engineering. Graduates can also find employment in the fields of agriculture, seed technology, and plant physiology.

Career Options

  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Biochemist
  • Clinical Technician
  • Biopharma Sales Rep
  • Epidemiologist
  • Microbiologist
  • R&D Scientist