Curriculum Breadth and Versatility
Penn's cross-disciplinary approach echoes the nature of biotechnology, an interdisciplinary field contributed to by biology, biochemistry, chemical engineering, bioengineering, computer and information science and plant science. The Biotechnology Program exposes students to the broad range of biotechnology, giving them both the skills and knowledge they need to assume leadership in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Students can:
- Tailor their studies to an existing or future career in
biotechnology. Each student selects one of three parallel tracks--
molecular biology, biomedical technologies, or
biopharmaceutical track. The
first track emphasizes molecular biology with a research component for elective courses. The biomedical technologies
track focuses on clinical issues such as biomaterial, tissue engineering,
and imaging. The biopharmaceutical track stresses bioprocess engineering
and drug discovery, which is central to pharmaceutical industry.
common to all tracks insure each student's exposure to the fundamentals
of biotechnology. Our curriculum webpage gives a look at the courses associated with the tracks.
- Benefit from interaction with a diverse student base.
The program's cross-disciplinary approach attracts students from
a wide range of backgrounds including biology, chemistry, computer
science, and engineering. These different perspectives add to
the learning experience.
- Develop the ability to look at projects from various biotechnology
perspectives. In today's workplace where working in teams across
disciplines is key, multidisciplinary training prepares students for
the flexibility and versatility they need for business success.