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Biology and Biotechnology Program

  • Program Overview

    Our focus on experiential learning provides a range of career opportunities on the North Shore and in the Boston region, our nation's biotech leader.

    In the post-genome era, as incredible advances have unlocked our genetic information, biotechnology has emerged as the third great technological revolution of our time, along with the Industrial and the computer/IT revolutions before it. As a student in the biology and biotechnology program at Endicott, you'll receive cutting-edge technical training in courses and laboratory sessions that, together, provide knowledge and methodological skills in areas like genomics, bioethics, molecular biology, and bioinformatics.

    Whether you pursue an internship at a startup company in Endicott's STEM incubator, a nearby biotechnology company, or a hospital, opportunities are numerous. Discoveries and applications related to biotechnology present a multitude of career opportunities in fields such as biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, research and development, health, food and nutrition, energy, and many others.

    Endicott's biology and biotechnology program also offers a concentration in secondary education.

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  • Curriculum

    Curriculum Requirements - Total Credits Required: 129-132

    Freshman - Credits: 34

    • Individual and Society General Education Requirement    (Cr. 3)
    • BIO 102/102L - Principles of Biology I and Lab (Cr: 4)
      Satisfies Science and Technology General Education Requirement
    • BIO 103/103L - Principles of Biology II and Lab (Cr: 4)
    • BIO 210 - Biostatistics (Cr: 3)
    • CHE 105/105L - General Chemistry I and Lab (Cr: 4)
    • CHE 106/106L - General Chemistry II and Lab (Cr: 4)
    • ENG 111 - Critical Reading and Writing I (Cr: 3)
      Satisfies the Writing Designated Core requirement.
    • ENG 112 - Critical Reading and Writing II (Cr: 3)
      Satisfies the Writing Designated Core requirement.
    • INT 100 - Internship I (Cr: 2)
    • MTH 134 - Calculus I (Cr: 4)
      Satisfies Quantitative Reasoning General Education Requirement

    Sophomore - Credits: 32-34

    • Aesthetic Awareness and Creative Expression General Education Requirement    (Cr: 3)
    • Global Issues General Education Requirement    (Cr: 3)
    • Literary Perspectives General Education Requirement   (Cr: 3)
    • Biology/Biotechnology Electives    (Cr: 3-4)
    • Elective  (Cr: 3)
    • BIO 225 - Introduction to Biotechnology (Cr: 3)
    • BIO 292/292L - Microbiology and Lab (Cr: 4)
    • CHE 207/207L - Organic Chemistry I and Lab (Cr: 4)
    • CHE 209/209L - Biochemistry and Lab (Cr: 4)
    • INT 200 - Internship II (Cr: 2)

    Junior - Credits: 33-35

    • Values and Ethical Reasoning General  Education Requirement   (Cr: 3)
    • World Cultures General Education Requirement   (Cr: 3)
    • General Education Requirement Electives   (Cr: 6)
    • Biology/Biotechnology Electives   (Cr: 6-8)
    • Elective   (Cr: 3)
    • BIO 311/311L - Genes and Genomes and Lab (Cr: 4)
    • BIO 320/320L - Cell and Molecular Biology and Lab (Cr: 4)
    • BIO 340 - Bioinformatics (Cr: 3)
    • BIO 379 - Semester Internship Strategies (Cr: 1)

    Senior - Credits: 30-31

    • Bio/Biotech Elective  (Cr: 3-4)
    • General Education Electives   (Cr: 6)
      (must be above the 100 level)
    • Elective  (Cr: 3)
    • BIO 480 - Semester Internship (Cr: 12)
    • BIO 489 - Senior Thesis I (Cr: 3)
    • BIO 490 - Senior Thesis II (Cr: 3)

    Biology and Biotechnology Electives

    Students must choose three courses from the following list:

    • AT 215 - Exercise Physiology (Cr: 3)
    • BEN 210 - Biomaterials (Cr: 3)
    • BIO 130/130L - Principles of Ecology and Lab (Cr: 4)
    • BIO 201/201L - Anatomy and Physiology I and Lab (Cr: 4)
    • BIO 202/202L - Anatomy and Physiology II and Lab (Cr: 4)
    • BIO 205 - Plant Biology (Cr: 3)
    • BIO 226 - Marine Biology (Cr: 3)
    • BIO 242 - World Disease (Cr: 3)
    • BIO 301 - Regional Anatomy (Cr: 3)
    • BIO 326/326L - Immunology and Lab (Cr: 4)
    • BIO 335 - Pathophysiology (Cr: 3)
    • BIO 350 - Human Embryology and Developmental Biology (Cr: 3)
    • CHE 208/208L - Organic Chemistry II and Lab (Cr: 4)
    • CHE 230 - Forensic Science (Cr: 3)
    • CHE 306 - Chemical Analysis and Instrumentation (Cr: 3)
    • ENV 220/220L - Environmental Science and Lab (Cr: 4)
    • ENV 338 - Energy, Sustainability, and the Environment (Cr: 3)
    • PE 312 - Applied Kinesiology (Cr: 3)

    Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of the biology/biotechnology program, students will:

    • Demonstrate the critical inquiry and analysis skills needed to engage constructively in intellectual discourse within the major discipline.
    • Communicate effectively in written form within the conventions of the major discipline.
    • Design studies and conduct experiments in internship and laboratory settings that utilize appropriate and safe techniques when working in a laboratory and professional settings.
    • Apply quantitative reasoning to problems within the major discipline.
    • Demonstrate familiarity with core concepts in the major discipline: evolution; structure-function relationships; information flow, exchange, and storage; pathways and transformations of energy and matter; interconnectedness of living systems.
    • Demonstrate the ability to successfully apply and adapt curricular learning to the internship experience.

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  • Internships and Careers

    An Endicott education means you'll graduate with a degree and a resume.

    Whether you pursue graduate school or embark on your career right away after graduation, we believe that your time at Endicott will prepare you for the next step. Take a look at what our graduates have been up to lately.

    Recent Internships

    • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
    • Cell Signaling Technology
    • Massachusetts General Hospital
    • Prospective Research
    • United States Army, Natick Soldier Research, Development, and Engineering Center

    Alumni Employment

    • Cell Signaling Technology
    • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
    • seqWell
    • T2 Biosystems
    • Veritas Genetics

    Graduate School Acceptances

    • Boston College (Master's and Ph.D.)
    • Endicott College (MBA)
    • Temple University (Bioinformatics)
    • Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
    • Tufts University School of Medicine