B.S. in Biotechnology

Learn how to improve the quality of human life through impactful solutions to the legal, ethical, and social issues associated with biotechnology worldwide.

Why Study Biotechnology at Rivier?

The use of biotechnology encompasses a wide range of procedures in the agricultural, medical, and alternative energy industries. From modifying living organisms to the cultivation of plants—biotechnology is an evolving and competitive field of study with many applications.

Taught by leaders in the field, our Biotechnology program provides you with a strong knowledge base through detailed coursework and hands-on laboratory training in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, and physics.

In this program you will:

  • Acquire strong foundational knowledge
  • Obtain practical skills
  • Gain additional experience in business and innovation

Get Ready for the World

Your classroom learning will come to life through job shadowing and internships beginning as early as your freshman year.

Local and global teaching trips offer students exposure to biotechnology firms and laboratories, field sites, and different ecosystems. Established partnerships with universities outside of the United States enable students to engage in an international dialogue and gain insight into advances being made around the world.

The Biology Club offers biology-focused events and community service activities. Membership in Beta Beta Beta, a national biological honor society, is available to students who perform well academically.

I have so many opportunities to work with faculty and to learn directly from Dr. Barbaro and the Biology faculty. I can't wait for the new Science and Innovation Center and for the additional opportunities it will bring.

Where Will Your Degree Take You?

A B.S. in Biotechnology degree will prepare you for exciting and innovative careers in environmental, industrial, and medical biotechnology.

Potential Job Roles

  • Biochemists, bioinformaticians, or biophysicists
  • Research scientists and laboratory technicians
  • Pharmaceutical company representatives
  • Crime lab technicians
  • Quality control analysts or engineers
  • Biomedical engineers


Biotechnology professionals work in a variety of fields:

  • Agriculture
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Genetics
  • Research and development
  • Food Science
  • Aquaculture
  • Environmental health and safety

Dana Blades, Class of 2012, describes his senior project as critical to landing his first professional position in the pharmaceutical industry at Lonza Biologics, a worldwide supplier of biopharmaceuticals. Today, he is a Senior Quality Control Specialist with bluebird bio, a company leading the gene therapy revolution with the potential to treat and cure a range of serious diseases. He credits Rivier with his professional success and for developing his work ethic, troubleshooting skills, patience and persistence in experimentation.

Take the Next Steps

Engage Locally and Globally

Get valuable, practical job experience through job shadowing and internship opportunities with domestic and global biotech companies, research facilities, and universities.


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Join the workforce in this fast-growing field with the B.S. in Biotechnology.