Biotechnology - which is often referred to as the "invisible technology" - focuses on the use of cells and the cellular process to make our lives better. Biotechnology helps to combat disease, develop renewable fuels, and reduce our environmental impact. The discovery that DNA can be transferred to any other form of life has opened up the door to a multitude of possibilities for genetically modified plants, animals and microbes.
Biotechnology students are stepping into a Biological Revolution; researchers in agriculture, biology, genetics and medicine are at the forefront of new biotechnology discoveries. In the classroom, students are using the scientific method by taking part in hands-on experiments, interpreting and discussing results, and are expected to carry the skills that they acquire out into the working world. The curriculum, which provides a solid foundation in biology and chemistry, gives students in-depth understanding and hands-on experience in a wide range of biotechnology science laboratory techniques. During the final stage of the program, it is recommended that students complete an internship at a local academic or industrial laboratory. There is also an option to complete a capstone semester at Penn State focusing on nanotechnology.
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