About this course
Biotechnology can be broadly defined as the use of living organisms in the design of useful products as well as the exploration of the genetic and biomedical basis of how living organisms function. Some of the fields in which biotechnology plays an important role are:
- Forensic Science
- Medical research involving genetic diseases, cancer, screening and treatment and embryological development
- Design of novel drugs aimed at specific biological targets
- Crop design and genetically modified organisms
- Production of relevant biologicals such as insulin for treatment of disease
- Basic research in areas like, genetics, biochemistry, evolution, etc.
Biotechnological techniques allow genes to be isolated, amplified, expressed in different organisms completely chemically characterized (sequenced). These techniques also allow for insight into the normal as well as pathological regulation of genes. This is a rapidly expanding field and trained individuals are needed. The Biotechnology Program is a joint degree program with the City College of New York (CCNY) leading to a B.S. degree.