ESU's Biotechnology (B.S.) program is one of the first of its kind in Pennsylvania,
and it serves the growing biotechnology industry in northeast Pennsylvania, northwestern
New Jersey, and the Lehigh Valley.
The powerful tools of biotechnology have revolutionized medicine, agriculture, and
environmental protection, and ESU Biotechnology majors are playing a role in this
revolution. The Biotechnology program developed as a response to student interest
and the need for qualified, well-trained graduates in this emerging field, and our
program is one of the first of its kind in Pennsylvania.
The Biotechnology program at ESU provides students with hands-on, personalized instruction
with small class sizes, qualified and experienced faculty, state-of-the art laboratory
equipment, opportunities for gaining practical lab experience, and participation in
internships and undergraduate research. Our graduates also have excellent job placement
Students learn to apply the techniques of biotechnology to applications in human health,
plant and animal agriculture, and environmental bioremediation.
Students get a solid background in basic sciences, including biology, chemistry, physics,
Students learn lab techniques such as electrophoresis, ELISA, western blotting, PCR,
DNA fingerprinting, cell culture, transformation, and monoclonal antibody production.
About 90% of ESU Biotechnology graduates go on to work for biotechnology and pharmaceutical
companies in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York.
About 10% of ESU Biotechnology graduates go on to Ph.D. programs and careers in scientific
research at universities, research centers, and hospitals.
ESU Biology courses are taught by 13 full-time faculty members who all have doctoral
degrees and years of experience teaching and doing research in biology. Our faculty
have diverse interests in Biology and remain active in their disciplines, and they
share their enthusiasm and appreciation for biology with our students.