The exploitation of biological processes for industrial and other purposes, especially the genetic manipulation of microorganisms for the production of antibiotics, hormones, etc.
Biotechnology courses are part of bachelor's and master's degree programs in biotechnology and bioscience. Some programs offer concentrations in biomanufacturing, bioinformatics or management.
Degree programs in this field usually incorporate a mix of lecture-based courses and lab work in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, and biotechnology. These laboratory-focused programs can prepare students for careers such as biomedical researcher, laboratory technician, or bioinformaticist.