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Biotechnology Management Dual Degree

Work at the interface of where science and business meet.

The Mount’s biotechnology management dual degree program provides the skills needed to advance your career in biotechnology by helping you effectively communicate with both scientists and business professionals.

School of Natural Science and Mathematics

The biotechnology management dual degree program is part of the School of Natural Science and Mathematics. Our goal as a department is to graduate women and men that are uniquely equipped to provide scientific perspective and solutions to the complex problems facing humanity.

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About the Program

Our dual degree program in biotechnology management is designed for students interested in careers in the biotechnology sector who want to bridge the gap between science and business. Our five-year dual degree program provides a pathway to earning a Bachelor of Science in biology and/or biochemistry and a Master of Science in biotechnology management, preparing you to apply your skills in the biotechnology industry in the areas of product development, project management, data analytics and regulatory affairs, among others.

There are two phases to the dual degree program:

Phase I

Students pursing the dual degree pathway will enroll at the Mount's Emmitsburg (main) campus to pursue their bachelor's degree in either biology or biochemistry. Completion of the bachelor's degree requires a minimum of 120 credits and fulfilling the requirements of the both the core curriculum and major. Students will apply for acceptance into the dual degree program during the fall semester of year three and begin phase II by transitioning into the Master of Science program during year four.

Phase II

During year four, students will complete major requirements for the bachelor's degree and begin course work in the master’s program. Our flexible course format allows students on the main campus to attend graduate classes, held at our Frederick campus, either in person or via web conferencing. Full-time graduate course work combines advanced training in both science and business areas and begins in the summer between years four and five with all graduate course work offered either in person at our Frederick campus or via web conferencing.

Course Sampling

Biology + Biotechnology and Management

The undergraduate program in biology will introduce you to the fundamentals of ecology, genetics, organismal and molecular and cellular biology. Together, these disciplines lay the ground work for your graduate studies that will advance your knowledge in biotechnology through study in areas such as molecular genetics and protein biochemistry.

Because the industry is rooted in business, the master's program will combine your expertise in science with study on the industry side of biotechnology in areas such as FDA regulations and experimental design. Combined, your studies will prepare you to work at the interface of science and business.

Biochemistry + Biotechnology and Management

Your undergraduate studies in biochemistry will ground you in understanding the molecular sciences. Chemistry is combined with a focus on cellular and molecular biology culminating in study of biochemical systems that are at the heart of research and development in the biotechnology industry.

As a graduate student, build on this foundation in biological chemistry through investigation of the structure-function relationship of biologically important proteins, the role of proteins in cell structure, and the molecular genetic basis of protein function and disease. A key feature of the program is the integration with the business and ethical aspects of the biotechnology industry. You'll study ethics in biotechnology research, delving into topics such as the history of human subjects protection, conflicts of interest, scientific misconduct, and the ethical aspects of research study design, in addition to focusing on the business and regulatory aspects of the industry.

Biology + Biochemistry + Biotechnology and Management

A double major in biology and biochemistry provides in depth training in chemistry combined with studies in evolutionary, organismal, cellular and molecular biological sciences allowing you to develop technical skills in areas such as tissue culture, cellular transformation, DNA isolation and characterization, protein synthesis and recombinant DNA technology. Your graduate study will provide an in depth look at protein chemistry and molecular genetics while integrating study of regulatory science, ethics, and the process of drug discovery.

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Learn more about our Bachelor of Science in biology, Bachelor of Science in biochemistry, and our Master of Science in biotechnology and management.

Where you can go.

With a dual degree from the Mount, you'll be able to pursue opportunities such as:

  • Research Scientist
  • Project Manager
  • Regulatory Science Specialist

Application Process and Timeline

Mount undergraduate students interested in applying and who meet the qualifications should submit their online application and resume for consideration. Transcripts for Mount students can be accessed internally and should not be formally requested, however, should still be listed on the application.

  • Students interested in pursuing the five-year dual degree will indicate their interest to their academic advisor prior to their third year.
  • Formal application to the program will occur during phase I, in fall of the third year with an application deadline of January 1.
  • Eligible students will have a 2.75 or higher overall GPA and will have earned a C+ or higher in biochemistry and molecular and cellular biology.

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Meet our Faculty

Garth Patterson, Ph.D.

Garth Patterson, Ph.D.

Department Chair / Associate Professor of Chemistry

Rosina Bolen

Rosina Bolen

Assistant Professor

Sarah Brown

Sarah Brown

Biology Lab Manager

Kathryn E. (Gunn) Dye, Ph.D.

Kathryn E. (Gunn) Dye, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology

Abigail Kula, Ph.D.

Abigail Kula, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Environmental Science


Ann M. Lyons


Jeffrey Simmons

Jeffrey Simmons

Executive Director of Strategic Planning and Institutional Effectiveness

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Michael J. Turner, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biochemistry

Dana Pirone Ward, Ph.D.

Dana Pirone Ward, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology


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