Sarah Goodman, Medical Biotechnology Class of 2012, conducted research her senior year on genetic mutations linked to schizophrenia and Parkinson’s disease. "I like working on genetics, and with DNA," Sarah said. "I’ve always been interested in genetics and neurodegenerative disorders. It’s like a puzzle, and the mystery is where the pieces should go."
Our bachelor of science degree program in medical biotechnology takes two years (five semesters) and begins in the fall. A three-year (seven semester) extended curriculum option is also available.
The junior year of the program provides a strong foundation in medically-related science courses such as molecular biology, microbiology, immunology, biochemistry, and genetics.
In the senior year, medical biotechnology students spend time in internships, in which they gain research experience under the supervision of a faculty research mentor in an academic or industrial laboratory. Internships may take place in research laboratories at SUNY Upstate Medical University or at one of our affiliate institutions (see Student Internships tab).
Graduates of our program have gone on to secure employment as research technicians in university laboratories, research associates or quality control analysts in industry, clinical research coordinators, and sales representatives for laboratory diagnostic companies.In addition, many of our graduates have used their B.S. degree in Medical Biotechnology as a foundation to continue their education in graduate school, medical school, physician assistant programs, pharmacy school, patent law, and the NIH post-baccalaureate intramural training program.