B.S. in Biotechnology

  • B.S.
  • Undergraduate
  • On Campus
  • Biology

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. Rivier’s B.S. in Biotechnology program prepares you for a rewarding career in this ever-evolving field.

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

In the B.S. in Biotechnology program, you will:

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

Generous Aid

We award more than $14 million in need-based and merit-based institutional aid annually. Rivier awards 100% of our full-time undergraduate students some form of aid. Find out more from our Student Financial Services Office.

Fall 2024 Grants – Incoming Biology and Biotechnology majors are eligible for a Biology Innovators Grant. First-time, first-year students will be awarded a $3,000 grant each year, renewable for four years for a total of $12,000 in financial support, in addition to a competitive financial aid package. This grant award supports students pursuing degrees in the life sciences.

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, a biotechnology university, with his professional success and for developing his work ethic, troubleshooting skills, patience, and persistence in experimentation.

Innovation Made Possible

With the University’s new Science and Innovation Center, you will conduct independent and group research as well as experiments in our state-of-the-art facility featuring:

  • Learning spaces that foster innovation and discovery
  • Laboratories and equipment designed to solve real-world problems
  • Technology that brings classroom learning to life
  • Collaborative spaces to foster faculty and student research

Get Ready for the World with a B.S. in Biotechnology

Your classroom learning comes 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.

Where Will Your Degree Take You?

A B.S. in Biotechnology degree prepares 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

As a professor, I feel it is important to give students confidence in their abilities and emphasize that with hard work they can be very successful. I get to know my students, and I help them discover which learning style works best for them to expand their knowledge in the sciences.

Take the Next Steps to Earn Your Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology Degree

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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Exploring biotechnology degree programs? Look no further than Rivier University. Join the workforce in this fast-growing field with a B.S. in Biotechnology.