Students at Auburn University will have a new degree option next fall as the College of Agriculture offers a bachelor of science in applied biotechnology. The new major was approved by the Alabama Commission on Higher Education in December.
“This is the first program of its kind in the state of Alabama and was developed in response to the rapid growth of the biotechnology industry,” said Paul Patterson, dean of Auburn’s College of Agriculture. “We believe this program will be an attractive option for a number of students pursuing careers in the advanced sciences.”
While the applied biotechnology program is housed in the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, it incorporates coursework from multiple departments and programs, including animal sciences, biosystems engineering, crop and soil science, environmental science, food science and horticulture.
The program’s curriculum is designed to prepare students for graduate studies or professional careers in fields such as biotechnology, agriculture and pharmaceutics.