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Gain skills and knowledge to harness biotechnology that can restore soil and water quality, lead to new medicines for combating disease, decrease dependence on nonrenewable resources and more.

Biotechnology – B.S. in Biotechnology

The Biotechnology program at Montana State is an interdisciplinary degree that prepares students interested in microbiology, animal or plant science, biochemistry, or animal/human medicine for rewarding careers that create solutions for health, agriculture and environmental quality. Students choose an area of emphasis in plant or animal/microbial systems.



Montana State student George Schaible earned his bachelor's in Biotechnology before returning to MSU and being selected as one of only 34 graduate students in the U.S. to receive the NASA FINESST award, a $133,000 fellowship that supports research on the only known kind of bacteria to be composed of multiple cells throughout its entire life cycle.



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Goldwater Scholars
Montana State is the top producer in the Northwest of recipients of the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship for students in math, science and engineering.

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University of the Yellowstone™
Montana State students make the surrounding Yellowstone ecosystem their classroom, laboratory and playground.

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Unique Opportunities
As Montana's premier research institution, Montana State offers unparalleled access to hands-on experiences in research labs, art studios, teaching farms and the surrounding wilderness.



Career Resources

Within their first year of graduation, more than 96% of Montana State graduates are employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment, and career guidance website Zippia consistently ranks MSU as the #1 school in the state where alumni are most likely to land jobs.

Career Coaching & Professional Skills Studio

Professional career coaches help students with their career exploration, employer networking opportunities and job or internship searches. They also critique resumes and help students practice job interviews. Additionally, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success offers free workshops for students to develop the professional communication and collaboration skills that are highly sought after by employers.



Biotechnology students at Montana State University go into careers such as:

  • Biomedicine
  • Biofuels
  • Biomaterial Manufacturing
  • Environmental Remediation
  • Pharmaceuticals

To explore more career possibilities, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success has a variety of tools available, including self-assessment and working with career coaches.