KU adds biotechnology degree at Edwards Campus

Kansas University’s Edwards Campus in Overland Park is adding a bachelor of applied science in biotechnology degree to increase career opportunities in the growing field.

Offered through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the biotechnology program is KU’s first bachelor of applied science degree.

The new biotechnology program bridges the gap between biology, biochemistry and clinical laboratory sciences, preparing graduates for the ever-evolving life-sciences field, according to a Tuesday announcement from KU.

“What is exciting about this program is students will acquire a unique combination of science and workforce skills,” Greg Burg, director of KU’s undergraduate biology program, said in a news release. “Extensive hands-on laboratory experience will provide a solid foundation in biotechnology, while courses in management, finance and communications will help students build a professional skill set.”

KU notes that in the Monthly Labor Review report, jobs in life, physical and social science occupations are expected to grow to 190,000 nationally, projecting a 15 percent increase by 2020. Kansas City is home to 200 life-science companies, including 90 contract research organizations.

KU touts the Edwards Campus as the ideal location for the program given its proximity for transfer students coming from Johnson County, Metropolitan and Kansas City Kansas community colleges.

Students can begin pursuing the biotechnology program in the spring semester with courses commencing Jan. 20.