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Biotechnology Engineering (BS)


Major Credits Required: 85 Credits

The Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology Engineering degree at HPU involves the design, development, and application of innovative technologies, products, and/or environmentally sustainable systems through the efficient use of resources. Biotechnology specializations include those related to bioenvironmental engineering and bioprocess engineering. Bioenvironmental engineering is the application of engineering principles to the natural environment and its ecosystems for sustaining and remediation of environmental quality of life. Bioenvironmental engineering solutions may seek to address topics of concern in soil ecology, land treatments, waste treatment and management, air quality, biofuels, and ground water hydrology. Bioprocess engineering is the application of engineering principles to the design, construction, integration, and/or maintenance of environmentally responsible systems for process sustainability and remediation. Bioprocess engineers may be concerned with manufacturing processes of food, chemicals, pharmaceutics, herbal supplements and/or other natural/bio resources like stem cells. Other bioprocessing topics may include industrial hygiene, emergency response systems, biomaterials packaging/transporting systems etc. The HPU Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology Engineering is a four-year program. HPU Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology Engineering graduates will find employment in biotechnology industry, within sectors such as agriculture, environmental, healthcare, food manufacturing, and pharmaceutical industries.

To complete the bachelor's degree, students must complete a minimum total of 120 credits with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0.


The Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology Engineering seeks to produce graduates who will have:

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.

  2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.

  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.

  4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.

  5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.

  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.

  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

With the achievement of these outcomes, we expect our students, within a few years of graduation, to be able to:

  • Actively and effectively engage in engineering practice of developing biomaterials and bioprocesses, or in the pursuit of related fields.

  • Be liberally informed engineers who are leaders within industry and the community.

  • Solve real-world problems and challenges related to biomanufacturing, with creativity, innovation and professional responsibility.

  • Serve as engineering ambassadors in the community by conforming to the highest ethical and professional standards, continuing professional skill development and actively participating in the learning and development of those they are supervising and their peers.