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Biotechnology Concentration

Be a part of cutting-edge scientific research in the hub of biotechnology. This is where life and health are improved by innovation. Through the biotechnology concentration (biology major), you’ll hone your natural curiosity and sharpen your analytical skills in preparation for graduate school or career research. Will you make the next ground-breaking discovery in cancer treatment, develop new clean energy solutions, or enhance nutrition in the foods we eat? Start here.

Why study biotechnology at Gordon?

Situated in one of the world’s biotechnology epicenters, Gordon students have research and internship opportunities at world-renowned teaching hospitals like Boston Children’s Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Research Institute, nearby companies like New England Biolabs and Elucida Research, and universities like MIT. Our experienced faculty bring students into research endeavors and challenge them to grapple with bioethical issues as they build a firm faith foundation within this rapidly advancing field.

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What careers can I pursue with the biotechnology concentration (biology major)?

Careers in biotechnology are vast and varied. You’ll be equipped for graduate school in your area of focus—from the field to the lab, classroom and more.

  • Research scientist
  • Biotechnology director
  • Medicine or pharmacy specialist
  • Teacher

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Sam Sherratt

Sam Sherratt ’15

Senior Research Scientist, Elucida Research

“My four years at Gordon were absolutely crucial in preparing me to venture into the field of biochemistry and pharmaceutical research. All of my professors, within my major and outside, helped me cultivate a work ethic founded upon my fascination with the new or unknown, my constant desire to figure out how stuff works, and my endless love for the Lord. I'm so excited to carry everything I learned at Gordon into a field that has enormous potential to help people and spread the gospel through life-saving medicine and ground-breaking discoveries.” Hear from others ➔

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Biotechnology students attend and present their work at conferences in nearby Boston and around the country. You may opt to link with a professor to study West Nile Virus protein structure or wheat embryogenesis, hear from industry speakers through the North Shore Technology Council, or complete an honors research project. The Biology Club hosts regular gatherings to maintain the close-knit community within one of Gordon’s largest majors.

Off campus, students complete internships at a range of institutions including:

  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Dana-Farber Cancer Research Institute
  • North Shore InnoVentures
  • New England Biolabs
  • Elucida Research LLC

Global Opportunities

Expand your global perspectives on biology through short-term and semester-long programs.

Related Programs

You may choose to pair your biology major (biotechnology concentration) with additional studies in related fields like chemistry, physics, computer science, math or psychology. Studying biology within a Christian liberal arts framework also offers you the flexibility to add a program outside the sciences.

Interested?

For more information, contact:

Dr. Greg Keller
Chair, Department of Biology

978.867.4852

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The biotechnology concentration is part of the biology major.