Molecular biology is the study of the molecules within the cell, and biotechnology uses knowledge of how biological systems operate to produce useful products, e.g., pharmaceuticals. Studying biotechnology at Assumption positions you at the leading edge of modern scientific research. Students interested in this area generally want to learn how molecules such as DNA, RNA and proteins influence the fundamental processes of cellular life.
The state-of-the-art Testa Science Center provides outstanding laboratory facilities to test the scientific theories you learn in the classroom. Assumption science graduates have an 85% acceptance rate to medical schools, and an 83% acceptance rate to other types of graduate medical programs (dentistry and veterinary schools, etc.)
Biotechnology and Molecular Biology major
Biotechnology and molecular biology majors take 17 required courses in biology, chemistry and physics, and are strongly encouraged to take a 300-level philosophy course in ethics. Three elective science courses are needed; two of which can be internships or independent studies. Students who major in this area acquire a balanced foundation in biology, plus an introduction to the theory and methods of biotechnology and molecular biology. They are encouraged to intern at biotechnology laboratories in the Worcester area. After graduation, biotechnology majors can go on to graduate school in the biological or health sciences. The major also offers an excellent preparation for teaching or for employment within the biotechnology industry.