Biotechnology for Climate Change Master of Science

Online Masters’ Degree Program in Biotechnology to Mitigate Climate Change

“Two-Year Online Program leading to a Masters’ of Science Degree in Biotechnology
specifically targeted to mitigating the effects of climate change”

Climate change is one of the single biggest challenges facing humanity. It’s effects can already be felt through increased droughts, rising waters, and emerging diseases. The World Health Organization has issued a global “Red Alert” and we need all hands on deck to find ways to fight and adapt to climate change. With this Masters of Science Degree in Biotechnology, you can join the fight and earn the skills and experience to put you into a well-paying job mitigating the effects of climate change.

This program is a fully online, two-year program, leading to a Masters of Science Degree in Biotechnology specifically focused on the use of biotechnology to mitigate the effects of climate change. It features 10 courses (30 credit hours) that can be taken synchronously (live) or watched online asynchronously at your convenience. You will learn such skills as molecular biology and genetic engineering techniques for increasing heat and drought tolerance in crops, drug design techniques for vaccines and therapeutics for many of the diseases emerging as a result of climate change, as well as ethical and regulatory issues in developing climate change mitigation strategies.

Claflin, as one of the leading HBCUs in the country, has over 150 years of experience in teaching to a diverse variety of learning styles and has been open and inclusive to students of all sexes, races, religions, and background since its founding in 1865. Part of the HBCU experience is a dedication by faculty to include students as part of the “Claflin Family” where our devotion to your success as an individual is genuine and clear. Come be a part of the Claflin family online.

Employment prospects are favorable for Biotechnology majors over the next decade. Biotechnology industries accounted for 1.3 million jobs in the U.S. in 2019, representing around 1% of the nation’s jobs. In the past ten years biotechnology jobs have grown at a substantial pace of 19%, outpacing growth across all industries (13%). This growth is positive news in terms of wealth creation as the average total earnings for biotechnology jobs in 2019 were nearly double that of all jobs, at $128,248 versus $67,979. Biotechnologists are expected to be in particularly high demand. In addition, specializations related to food production, food security, emerging diseases, vaccine and medicine development, bioremediation, sustainable energy production, bio-fuel development and cultivation, and other “green jobs” are particularly promising fields.





Semester Course Number Title Credits
Fall I BTECH 575 Introduction to Climate Change 3
Fall I BTEC 501 Genetic Engineering / Advanced Molecular Biology 3
Fall I BTEC 531 Research Ethics 2
Spring I BTEC 580 Emerging Diseases 3
Spring I BTEC 502 Protein Structure, Function, & Dynamics 3
Spring I BTEC 650 Plant Biotechnology 3
Fall II BTEC 675 Mitigation of Climate Change through Biotechnology 3
Fall II BTEC 680 Data Science 3
Spring II BTEC 515 Environmental Policy & Management 3
Spring II BTEC 685 Food Security & Safety 3
Spring II BTEC 696 Capstone experience 1