Male and female students working in biotechnology lab
  • Undergraduate level biotechnology programs are rare, with a little under 100 offered in the United States.

  • Of the two B.S. in Biotechnology programs in Virginia, JMU’s is the longest-running and has a history of success.

  • There are approximately 100-125 students and 30-35 faculty associated with the Biotechnology Program at JMU.

  • Students are drawn to the major because of biotechnology’s potential to change the world, the rigor and hands-on nature of the curriculum, and the wide variety of electives available at the upper level.

  • 25% of Biotechnology students participate in undergraduate research, working directly with a faculty mentor.

  • Biotechnology majors are eligible for the Second Century Scholarship—a generous award to cover 100% of in-state tuition for four years.

  • We are experiencing a global biotechnology boom.  The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects a 10% job growth between 2012 and 2022.  This is due, in part, to the recent advances in genome sequencing and editing.

  • According to an international survey conducted in 2015, biotechnology is the highest paying field within the life sciences.

  • There are over 750 biotechnology employers in Northern Virginia alone.

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