The field of biotechnology has expanded rapidly in the 15 years since its inception. This expansion has created a growing shortage of trained personnel to work in fields such as health sciences, agricultural research, food processing, pharmaceuticals, and diagnostics. Job opportunities in industrial, academic and governmental laboratories include clinical research, quality control, large-scale synthesis in manufacturing and production, marketing and sales, and policy development. In response to the needs that have developed over the past several years, the Department of Biological Sciences at the SUNY Brockport has developed a series of courses in biotechnology that will provide students with the training and experience to enter this continually expanding field within the major in biological sciences.
Biotechnologists need a strong theoretical background and conceptual knowledge in the techniques of genetic engineering, immunology, microscopy and tissue culture, as well as a broad chemistry, mathematical, and physics background. Additionally, they should have the skills developed from laboratory experience with the instrumentation used in this rapidly advancing field, such as gel electrophoresis equipment for both protein and nucleic acid detection, polymerase chain reaction (PCR), scintillation counters, light and electron microscopes, centrifuges, spectrophotometers, fluorescent microscopy, tissue culture technology, etc. To this end, the Department of Biological Sciences at SUNY Brockport provides up-to-date research equipment and facilities. During the four-year program, the student will learn techniques in cell culture, instrumentation, nucleic acid biochemistry, microscopy, and immunology in addition to gaining a broad science background. Additional or alternate courses are being developed on an ongoing basis to keep pace with technological developments. A strong foundation in biotechnology coupled with a minor or concentration in an area such as business prepares students for careers in pharmaceutical, health products and biotechnological sales. Also, students may look to opportunities in stock and bond markets as research analysts.
All students are strongly encouraged to participate in faculty research projects as an integral component of their undergraduate education. These independent research experiences give students a chance to work closely with a faculty member, and enable students to gain valuable experience, while providing them a challenging and intellectually rewarding learning environment.
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