Biotechnology studies help prepare students for careers in the management of bioscience firms and organizations. Biotechnology is among six concentrations leading to the Master of Science (M.S.) in Professional Sciences at MTSU. The program is a combination of business and science to offer training to work in leadership roles in scientific companies and agencies. Opportunities with the Biotechnology master’s degree include research science positions in laboratories applying biotechnology to problems in medicine, industry, and agriculture, as well as management positions in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. The program features industry experience in a 250-hour internship that is completed prior to graduation instead of a thesis or comprehensive exams. Coursework includes classes in the specific scientific concentration, along with a business management core. A limited number of graduate assistantships are available.
The Master of Science (M.S.) with a major in Professional Science includes a business core with specific concentrations in Actuarial Sciences, Biostatistics, Biotechnology, Engineering Management, Geosciences, and Health Care Informatics.
The M.S. in Professional Sciences is a new type of two-year degree in the sciences and mathematics to equip people for work in public and private business enterprises and in academia. The goal for this degree, started initially with support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, is to enhance the interface between science and business by emphasizing expertise in both areas. Career With the growth of positions in the biotechnology industry in Tennessee and nationwide, the demand for persons with training in both biological science and management is expected to grow significantly. Jobs may be found in agricultural, chemical, environmental and pharmaceutical research and industries. Examples of some occupations with this degree include:
Biochemist Bioinformatician Biomedical engineer Biophysicist Biotechnology/pharmaceutical sales rep Biotechnology lab technician Clinical trials manager Consultant Corporate manager Crime lab technician Environmental scientist Epidemiologist Food scientist Forensic scientist Marketing executive Microbiologist Pharmaceutical analyst Process development specialist Quality control analyst Quality control engineer Regulatory biomanufacturing specialist Research and development scientist Research associate Research facility director Senior scientist Technical manager University/research professor
Employers of MTSU alumni include
Aegis Sciences Corporation Biogen Idec Calhoun Community College Columbia State Community College East Tennessee State University Emory University Encapsula Nanosciences ESC Lab Sciences Genetics Associates, Inc. McGraw-Hill Education Microbial Discovery Group Middle Tennessee State University Novus International Tennessee Valley Authority Unilever S. Department of Agriculture, Iowa Vanderbilt University Medical Center
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