The study of the production, consumption, and transfer of products in terms of biotechnology and science.

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Accessible PDF - Biotechnology/EconomicsMake an impact in areas such as commercialized biotechnology, medical diagnostics, or pollution monitoring by applying your science knowledge with skills in economics.

Understand the theories and principles surrounding the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services, particularly in terms of science and technology. Industry requires talented economists that can forecast the direction of scientific developments in manufacturing, resource requirements, and new research. Combine that with biotechnology expertise and apply biological processes to technological advances and you’ll be a leader in generating innovative solutions to our most pressing issues.

In this exciting industry, being a leader means understanding the foundational science behind biotechnology, and going a step further and applying that expertise in key business situations.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Accessible PDF - Biotechnology/Economics

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This major is available in the co-op stream of study only

Science and Business Workshops

These are a set of courses that specifically highlight how analytical thinking and scientific rigor intersect in business. Focus on:

  • Technology innovation
  • Strategic development
  • Management and marketing of scientific and technical advances
  • Organizational management of scientific organizations

Taught by uniquely qualified and seasoned individuals grounded in the often contrary worlds of academic, industrial, entrepreneurship, and public policy, you'll develop the special skills that set Biotechnology/Economics students apart.


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  • Market and corporate analysis
  • Communications
  • Leadership
  • Commodity trend analysis
  • Critical thinking

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