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Bachelor of Sciences in Biotechnology

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The Bachelor of Sciences in Biotechnology degree program at the University of Houston-Downtown provides a broad-based curriculum in the liberal arts, the Natural Sciences and a set of courses specifically directed toward the field of Biotechnology. This interdisciplinary program provides both entry-level job skills in biotechnology and a strong academic background needed to pursue a master‘s or doctorate degree in Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Microbiology or Molecular Biology. This program will also satisfy course requirements for all major pre-professional degree programs in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, optometry and veterinary medicine.

Additionally, the biotechnology degree program will prepare students for rewarding careers through smaller classes, faculty mentoring, modern labs, hands-on experience, and flexible class options. Students are encouraged to participate in an appropriate field experience or research activity as part of their curriculum.


Graduates who earn a BS in Biotechnology will be able to:

  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of the discipline (Basic Knowledge).
  • Demonstrate laboratory skills common to modern laboratories (Laboratory Skills).
  • Effectively communicate scientific information in writing and in oral presentations (Communication Skills).
  • Demonstrate the use of scientific reasoning to analyze and interpret data and implement project-based activities (Scientific Reasoning and Research).
  • Work as part of a team (Teamwork).
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical standards for the responsible conduct of scientific research and its applications (Ethics).


The following four-year degree plan is based on the UHD 2021-2022 academic catalog. Students should meet with a UHD Academic Advisor to develop their own plan.


Students may be admitted to and declare a major in Biotechnology if they meet the following criteria:

See Criteria ∇
Admission and Declaration of Major


The biotechnology industry continues to blossom nationwide and there are many career options to choose from in the field. Graduates find lucrative jobs in manufacturing, quality control and assurance, sales and marketing and research and development. Depending on the area of interest students study within their degree, career options include:

  • Biotechnology Lab Technician
  • Biotechnology Research Associate
  • Chemical/Biomedical Engineer
  • Associate Research Scientist
  • Quality Control Engineer
  • Quality Control Analyst
  • Crime Lab Technician
  • Clinical Research Associate
  • Clinical or Research Technician
  • Computer Data Analyst
  • Manufacturing or Production Technician
  • Accountant
  • Sales
  • Technical Writer
  • Biochemist


  • Chemistry 21 Hours Minimum
  • Geology 20 Hours Minimum
  • Microbiology 20 Hours Minimum




We aim to foster your academic, personal, and professional goals. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact the program coordinator.

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