BSc in Biotechnology
The BSc in Biotechnology combines basic knowledge of cell biology, molecular biology and microbiology with laboratory and process technologies and with the mining and interpretation of genetic information stored in databases. The program also studies the operation of enterprises and markets, along with relevant ethical and legal considerations.
The focus of this program lies in the development of skills and includes a heavy laboratory workload, based on guided practice in early years, and supervised work in later years. Besides the acquisition of laboratory skills, students study programming and the use of software to analyze genomic and proteomic information (bioinformatics), as well as identifying business opportunities and awareness of the social impacts of the profession.
Graduates of this program are familiar with the physical and chemical processes that govern the activity of biological molecules, in order to improve existing value-creating processes or to create new ones. Upon completion of the third year of study, students obtain the intermediate degree of Associate in Biotechnology. This means that they have acquired knowledge and a set of laboratory skills that allow them to enter the labor market.
Among other fields, graduates work in the analysis and manipulation of genes, the transformation of eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells, the development of mechanisms of purification, structural analysis and the modification of biomolecules.
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