Biotechnology is an industry based on biology that harnesses cellular and molecular processes to create novel technologies and products that will positively impact the quality of our lives and the health of our planet.
The biotechnology program at UAB provides students with the training necessary to be a part of the industry’s specialized workforce with a strong knowledge base in science, technology and research and industry-specific entrepreneurial skills that can translate scientific discovery into commercial products -- products that will ultimately improve the odds for millions of patients around the world who are suffering from diseases for which there are no adequate treatments. Students will also learn how the biotechnology industry is advancing new technologies to overcome the challenges of the dwindling supply of fossil fuels and the looming threat of climate change.
Upon completion of the program, graduates are well prepared for leadership roles in the biotechnology industry that range from management, research and development, regulatory affairs as well as the marketing and commercialization of biotechnology products and technologies. Graduates will be qualified for high-quality jobs with an average wage significantly higher than the national wage for all other knowledge-based industries.
In the 21st century, the biotechnology industry will be a key economic engine to the United States greatly outpacing other industries with strong job growth. At UAB, we are proud to offer students the specialized training needed for the continued support and growth of the biotechnology industry in the United States.