Biotechnology and Molecular Biology

Molecular biology is the study of molecules within the cell, and biotechnology uses knowledge of how biological systems operate to produce useful products such as pharmaceuticals. In this program, you will explore the leading edge of modern scientific research learning how molecules such as DNA, RNA, and proteins influence the fundamental processes of cellular life.

Biotechnology uses genetics, biochemistry, cellular biology and other sciences to study living systems.  As a biotechnology major, dedicated faculty will encourage you to acquire a balanced foundation in biology, as well as an introduction to the theory and methods of biotechnology and molecular biology.  

Boston is home to many biotech companies, and in addition to working in the biotechnology industry, graduates of the program have also pursued graduate studies in the biological and health sciences.  Some of our graduates have also earned graduate degrees in law and education.  As a result, Biotechnology and Molecular Biology graduates can be found pursuing personally and professionally rewarding careers in many areas.

Program Contact

Brian K. Niece, Ph.D

Department Chair, Biological and Physical Sciences, Professor of Chemistry
508-767-7209 Testa Science Center - Room 209

All classes taught by professors, none by teaching assistants
Students from 29 states and 21 countries
Student/Faculty ratio

Program Curriculum

  • Biotechnology Degree Requirements

    Biotechnology majors and molecular biology majors take 16 required math and science courses and are strongly encouraged to take an advanced philosophy course in ethics. Three elective science courses are needed; two can be internships or independent study

    Required Courses
    CHE 131 General Chemistry I
    CHE 132 General Chemistry II
    CHE 201 Organic Chemistry I
    CHE 202 Organic Chemistry II
    MAT 114 Elementary Functions
    PHY 201 General Physics I
    PHY 202 General Physics II
    BIO 160 Concepts in Biology
    BIO 210 Genetics
    BIO 250 Microbiology
    BIO 340 Molecular and Cellular Biology
    BIO 440 Biotechnology: Theory and Practice
    CHE 414 Biochemistry
    PHI 202 Ethics
    Electives choose 3
    BIO 210 Genetics
    BIO 220 Invertebrate Zoology
    BIO 230 Botany
    BIO 240 Mammalian Anatomy
    BIO 250 Microbiology
    BIO 310 Animal Behavior
    BIO 320 Organic Evolution
    BIO 340 Molecular and Cellular Biology
    BIO 350 Marine Mammals: Biology and Conservation
    BIO 360 Ecology
    BIO 370 General Physiology
    BIO 410 Introductory Immunology
    BIO 415 Neuroscience
    BIO 420 Developmental Biology
    BIO 430 Comparative Physiology
    BIO 440 Biotechnology in Theory and Practice
    BIO 480 Seminar in the Life Sciences
    Only 2 of 3 electives can be

    BIO 291 Internship or BIO 490-491 Special Topics in Biology

    BIO 291 Internship or Independent Study

    Course Descriptions


Edward J. Dix, Ph.D
Department Chair, Natural Sciences Professor of Chemistry
Kimberly A. Schandel, Ph.D
Dean of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies Associate Professor of Biology and Chemistry
Owen D. Sholes, Ph.D
Adjunct Faculty

Experiential Learning

Assumption's Rome Campus

At Assumption's campus in Rome, Italy, the city and the country become your classroom through daily and weekend-long excursions throughout "the eternal city" and the Italian countryside. This unique study abroad experience will enrich your academic and cultural pursuits as you walk in the footsteps of emperors and gladiators then enjoy delectable Italian cuisine or perhaps a cappuccino after class in a local cafe. (Did you know that your financial aid follows you to Rome?)

Explore the Rome Campus

Learn the Skills Employers Seek

Faculty/Student Research

The Assumption curriculum encourages scholarly and real-world experience. With hands-on research conducted alongside faculty mentors, students gain a depth of knowledge and skills that lead to professional success and personal fulfillment.

Study Abroad

At Assumption University, the world is your classroom. Students can study and explore abroad in over 50 places from Vienna to England, South Africa, and even our own campus in historic, yet modern, Rome, Italy. Assumption’s study abroad program offers culture, history, and a living classroom for all.


Assumption starts planning for your future the day you arrive on campus. Our Career Development and Internship Center helps students secure exciting and fulfilling internships where you’ll apply knowledge obtained in the classroom in a professional setting, preparing for a future career or additional study. Assumption connects students to internship opportunities in corporations, government agencies, research hospitals, non-profit organizations, and more.

Career Paths

Abbott Bioresearch Center

Aventis Pharmaceuticals

Biogen Idec

Eli Lilly and Company


Hasbro Children’s Hospital

Massachusetts General Hospital

Mosaic Technologies


Waters Corporation

First-rate Academics in a Catholic University Setting

Assumption University awakens in students a sense of wonder, discovery, and purpose, forming graduates known for their intellectual seriousness, thoughtful citizenship, and devotion to the common good. Students are provided an education that shapes their souls, forms them intellectually, and prepares them for meaningful careers. Enlivened by the harmony of faith and reason, here, students’ minds and hearts are transformed.

Assumption is dedicated to providing a clear understanding of what your education will cost

We’ll help cut through the complexity of financing your education, ensuring you understand what you need, how to apply for aid, and what’s expected of you. You will be assigned a personal financial aid advisor who will guide you through the process and answer all of your financial aid-related questions.

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