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BS/MS in Biotechnology

For a field whose roots stretch back centuries, biotechnology has exploded in recent decades. Today's biotechnologists merge biological processes with advanced technologies to attack some of the world's biggest challenges -- and often build exciting and dynamic careers along the way.

Why Get a BS/MS in Biotechnology?

Modern biotechnological research commonly takes aim at pressing global problems such as climate change, hunger and infectious diseases. For those aspiring to a field in which advances can positively impact people's lives around the world, biotechnology may be an attractive option.  

The University's accelerated five-year BS/MS biotechnology program includes a four-year Bachelor of Science (BS) degree, along with a one-year professional Master of Science (MS) degree. This additional graduate year allows students to further explore their scientific potential and become better informed about potential career choices within the field.

In addition to the coursework, graduates obtain at least two years of laboratory research experience. This program is designed to open doors for students who wish to pursue careers in the clinical, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.

Graduates of this program may also wish to explore the University's Ph.D. in biotechnology.

Program Requirements and Deadlines

In order to be accepted into the graduate portion of this program, seniors must continue their work in a laboratory for their graduate project and maintain a 3.0 GPA (or higher) in their scientific coursework.

Additional requirements include poster presentations by the seniors and scientific talks by the graduate students at the Annual Biotechnology Symposium held each May.

What's Special About This BS/MS in Biotechnology?

The University's biotechnology program offers all of the following:

  • Coursework and lab work that offer a solid foundation in biochemistry, molecular biology, immunology and good lab practices (GLP)
  • Small class sizes and access to specialized training and instrumentation (e.g., CRISPR genome editing, flow cytometry, Hamilton robotics)
  • A minimum of two years research experience in an academic and/or industrial internship, which allows students to strengthen their understanding of experimental design, troubleshooting and data interpretation
  • A graduate portion that teaches students how to delve into scientific literature and learn more about the latest advances in the biological sciences
  • Courses that include industry guest speakers and company tours in Reno/Sparks, Sacramento and the Bay Area
  • "Soft-skill" training in communication, job placement and professionalism
  • Small graduating classes (15-20 students) that can help foster lifelong friendships between students

Christie Howard, Ph.D., biotechnology program director at the University of Nevada, Reno, says that the program's close connections to local and national industry partners can help graduates merge easily into the professional world.

"We focus on real-world laboratory skills in this program, and we often do so in concert with leading companies," says Howard. "This gives students meaningful skills that they can take directly into their careers. Biotechnology is a hands-on field, and professionals that can handle themselves in a laboratory setting are coveted for this. We do all we can to prepare our students accordingly."

What's Next?

To begin your journey at the University, you can apply now for admission. To learn more about its BS/MS in biotechnology and connect with a program representative, simply complete the form on this page.

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