Biotechnology trains students for careers in genetic engineering and biomedical research.

Why study biotechnology at UMass Lowell?

Two students holding equipment in a biotechnology lab at UMass Lowell

The Boston area is rich in biomedical, pharmaceutical and other biotech companies and organizations. UMass Lowell prepares Biotechnology Option students for careers in this area with practical, hands-on courses providing laboratory skills in Cell Culture, Recombinant Protein Production, Molecular Biology and Genetics. 

The option is ideal for students interested in careers in pharmaceuticals, biomedical research, and a wide variety of other biotechnology fields.

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Courses You'll Take

Take a core of basic courses in biology alongside a wide variety of electives in molecular and cell biology. 

Sample courses include: 

  • Stem Cell Biology
  • Recombinant Protein Production
  • Immunology
  • Human Neurobiology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Cell Culture
  • Microbiology
  • Cancer Biology
  • Virology
Biotechnology student works at a microscope in a UMass Lowell lab

Career Options

Prepare for a wide variety of careers with applications in genetic engineering and biomedical research. 

Our students have transitioned to jobs, internships, and graduate schools in organizations across the biotechnology field, including:

  • Millipore Inc
  • Biogen, Inc
  • Broad Institute
  • Cornell University
  • Foundation Medicine
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Undergraduate Research in Biotechnology

Earn course credit for research with faculty in place of upper-level electives. To learn about research opportunities, contact biology faculty active in biotechnology research, including:

Contact Us

For more information, please contact: 

Michael Graves, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Peter Gaines, Ph.D.