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How do I apply?

Open to all undergraduate students. Applicants must have a high-school diploma or GED. Learn how to apply.

What will I learn in a biotechnology degree program?

If you want to pursue a career in the pharmaceutical industry or other biotechnology-intensive industries, the bachelor's degree in biotechnology can open doors for you. It offers:

  • 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)
  • Research experience in an academic and/or industrial internship, which allows you to strengthen your understanding of experimental design, troubleshooting and data interpretation
  • A senior thesis and graduate portion that teaches you how to delve into scientific literature and learn more about the latest advances in biological sciences
  • Courses that include industry guest speakers and company tours in Reno/Sparks, Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Training in communication, job placement and professionalism

Learn more about the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology & Natural Resources

In the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology & Natural Resources, you'll receive valuable hands-on experience that prepares you for a successful career in high-demand industries.  With four departments and nearly 200 courses in agriculture, veterinary and rangeland sciences; biochemistry and molecular biology; natural resources and environmental science; and nutrition, we're ready to help you grow your future.

Options in the biotechnology program

  • Accelerated B.S./M.S. in biotechnology

    Students earning a B.S. in biotechnology can apply for a one-year, accelerated M.S. in biotechnology at the end of their junior year. Contact Program Director Christie Howard ( for application information and instructions. 

    The one-year M.S. program offers small class sizes and the opportunity to earn a graduate degree in less time. This additional graduate year allows you to further explore your scientific potential and become better informed about potential career choices within the field of biotechnology. 

Careers with a degree in biotechnology

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50%+ of all students graduate with no debt

That's right. More than half of our students leave the University of Nevada, Reno with no student debt.

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