Bachelor of Biotechnology in USA

Bachelor of Biotechnology in USA

Shanti RanaTue Nov 23 2021

Biotechnology is a branch of science that amalgamates biological fields like genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology with technical disciplines like chemical engineering and information technology. 

A Bachelor of Biotechnology in USA is a 3-4 year course that opens up career options in administration, manufacturing and Production, Clinical research Information Systems,  Quality Control and Many more. 

Over the years, the professionals of this field have been involved in drug development for medical treatments, agriculture and food processing, improving food quality, biofuels and what not. Evidently, this is a vast field with a number of opportunities and is taught all over the world. 

Thanks to the universities, post-study opportunities, research and technology advancements, the USA is among one of the best countries in the world to study Undergraduate courses in Biotechnology.

Why study for a Bachelor degree in Biotechnology in the USA?

  • The US offers the best bachelor of Biotechnology programs in the world via universities such as Harvard University and MIT. 
  • The median salary of professionals after a few years (3-5) of completing this degree is above USD 70,000 per year. 
  • There are countless opportunities in job areas as well as further studies (Masters and Doctorate). 
  • Many specializations and courses are available.

Top Undergraduate biotechnology Universities in USA

Taking into consideration factors like research output, diversity, employer satisfaction, total citation, conferences, total publications etc, these are the best universities for biotechnology in the USA according to the US News & World Report rankings. 




Harvard University


Cambridge, US

Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Cambridge, US

Stanford University



University of California Berkeley


Berkeley, USA

University of California--San Diego


La Jolla, USA

Cornell University


Ithaca, US

Johns Hopkins University


Baltimore, US

University of Washington


Seattle, US

University of Pennsylvania


Philadelphia, US

University of California Davis


Davis, US

University of California- Los Angeles


Los Angeles, US

University of Minnesota- Twin Cities



Bachelor of Biotechnology fees for international students in USA

The cost of this degree ranges from USD 20,000 to USD 60,000 per year in most universities. With good Academic profiles i.e. GPA Scores, SAT/ACT Scores and SOP, you can land partially to full scholarships to study biotechnology in USA.


Approximate Annual tuition fees in USD

Arizona State University


The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


University of Idaho


Auburn University


Arkansas State University


Rochester Institute of Technology


Kent State University


University of Arizona


University of New Haven


Long Island University


Bachelor of Biotechnology Courses




English scores

Arizona State University

Biotechnology and Bioenterprise, BS

Tempe, USA


Biotechnology and Bioenterprise, BS/Global Management, MGM

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Bachelor of Science in Plant Biotechnology

Champaign, USA

TOEFL: 79-92

University of Idaho

Bachelors of Science in Biotechnology and Plant Genomics

Moscow, USA



Auburn University

BS in Applied Biotechnology

Auburn, USA


IELTS: 6.5

Arkansas State University

Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology

Jonesboro, USA


IELTS: 5.5

Rochester Institute of Technology

BS in Biotechnology and Molecular Bioscience

Rochester, USA


IELTS: 6.5

Kent State University


Kent, USA


IELTS: 6.0

University of Arizona

Bachelor of Science in Applied Biotechnology

Tucson, USA


University of New Haven

B.S in Genetics and Biotechnology

West Haven


IELTS: 6.5

Long Island University

BS in Bioinformatics

New York, USA


IELTS: 6.0

Admission Requirements for Bachelor of Biotechnology in USA

Arizona State University

  • Application fees: USD 85
  • Official copy of high school transcripts
  • Statement of Purpose (SOP)
  • ACT/SAT Scores (optional)
  • English Test Scores: 
    • IELTS: 6.0
    • TOEFL IBT: 61
    • PTE: 53
    • Duolingo: 95
  • Eligible applicants need to fulfil one of these academic criteria: 
    • Rank in top 25% in high school graduating class
    • Pass with 3.00 GPA in competency courses
    • ACT Scores: 22
    • SAT Scores: 1120

Auburn University

  • Application fees: USD 60
  • Official copy of high school transcripts
  • Statement of Purpose (SOP)
  • ACT/SAT Scores (optional)
  • English Test Scores: 
    • IELTS: 6.5
    • TOEFL IBT: 79
    • TOEFL PBT: 550
    • TOEFL CBT: 213
    • PTE: 53
  • Academic Requirements: Applicants need to pass an intermediate level or high school with science courses- physics, chemistry, biology and maths- and a minimum of 3.00 GPA.

University of Idaho

  • Application fees: USD 60
  • Official copy of high school transcripts
  • Statement of Purpose (SOP)
  • ACT/SAT Scores 
    • SAT critical reading with a minimum score of 500. 
    • SAT evidence-based reading & writing with a minimum score of 550. 
  • English Test Scores: 
    • IELTS: 6.0
    • PTE: 48
  • Academic Requirements: Applicants need to pass an intermediate level or high school with science courses- physics, chemistry, biology and maths- and a minimum of 2.5 GPA.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • Application fees: USD 90
  • Official copy of high school transcripts
  • Statement of Purpose (SOP)
  • ACT/SAT Scores (average class core in the ACT is 28-34 and SAT is 1300-1500)
  • English Test Scores: 
    • IELTS: 6.5 
    • PTE: 82 (Average class score is 103-110)
  • Academic Requirements: Applicants need to pass an intermediate level or high school with science courses with a minimum of 3.0 GPA (average class GPA is 3.5-3.94)


  • Bert Presets-Academic Scholarship
  • International student Merit Scholarship
  • Debesh Kamal Scholarship
  • International Excellence Awards
  • Debesh Kamal Scholarship

Career options and employment areas after passing Bachelor of Biotechnology in USA

These are Biotechnology jobs in the USA or anywhere across the world. 

Job Areas

Job Titles

Manufacturing and Production

  • Manufacturing Technician
  • Assay Analyst
  • Manufacturing Research Associate
  • Instrument / Calibration Technician
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Process Development Scientist
  • Process Development Engineer
  • Process Development Manager
  • Pilot Plant Manager
  • Facilities Manager
  • Manufacturing Manager
  • Director, Manufacturing


  • Research Associate
  • Postdoctoral Research Scientist
  • Scientist
  • Associate Scientific Director
  • Scientific Director
  • Project Manager
  • Technical Services Manager

Quality Control

  • QC Inspector
  • QC Analyst
  • QC Engineer
  • Safety Specialist
  • Safety Manager
  • QC Supervisor
  • QC Manager
  • QC Director

Clinical Research

  • Clinical Programmer
  • Clinical Data Specialist
  • Clinical Research Associate
  • Biostatistician
  • Clinical Research Manager
  • Clinical Data Systems Manager
  • Clinical Supply Manager
  • Associate Director
  • Director, Clinical Research
  • Animal Handler
  • Animal Technician
  • Toxicologist
  • Technical Writer

Marketing & Sales

  • Market Research Analyst
  • Market Research Manager
  • Manufacturing Research Associate
  • Product Marketing Manager
  • Director of Marketing
  • Sales Manager
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Technical Service Representative
  • Development Research Analyst
  • Development Manager
  • Development Director

Regulatory Affairs

  • Documentation Coordinator
  • Documentation Specialist
  • Regulatory Affairs Specialist
  • Regulatory Affairs Manager
  • Director, Regulatory Affairs

Information Systems

  • Scientific Programmer Analyst
  • Scientific Systems Manager
  • Director, Scientific Info. Systems

Scope of Biotechnology in USA

The Bachelor of Biotechnology courses offers an excellent background and training for a growing number of careers that incorporate Genetics, molecular life sciences, bioinformatics, applied biotechnology and so much more.

Since the bachelor curriculum of this course provides students with a blend of Independent research and courses within the classroom plus lab components, students will graduate with

 A solid base of knowledge and practical expertise in biotechnology areas. 

This will offer them a great edge and countless options for launching a career or continuing to graduate programs. 

The molecular biosciences and biotechnology program has a faculty mentoring program that provides students with the opportunity to speak with faculty regarding career choices, selection and timeline of major courses and of independent research projects, and much more.

Salary of Biotechnology professionals-

Example Careers

Average Annual Salary in USD

Bioinformatics Technician


Research Associate, Biotechnology


Senior Research Associate


Nanosystems Engineering


Research Scientist


Research Scientist, Biotechnology


Associate Research Scientist


Research Associate, Molecular Biology


Research Technician


Lab Manager


Quality Assurance Specialist





After a few years of working in these career shoes, students are seen entering wide disciplines of graduate programs in biotechnology and bio science-related areas. Alternatively, students can also enrol in medical school, other health-related professional programs or other advanced programs. 


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