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How do you feel about your future career prospects with this major?

Kayla Claassen
Kayla Claassen

This major really opens a lot of doors. The placement is great, and finding internships is really easy. On your resume, just list a few of the labs you’ve had and employers call you back. When you can say you know how to run different assays and you are competent in downstream processes, employers desire you.

An interview with a Bioprocessing Science student

Will Hughes
Will Hughes

1. Now that you have become part of the Bioprocessing Science major and have been in a few of the major classes, how would you define the major to others interested in knowing more?

I enjoy the BBS curriculum and its diversity.  The implications of biotechnology are wide ranging.  The BBS program allows students to see these implications in the food and pharma industries.  It also incorporates the science and engineering concepts necessary for understanding the processes of biotechnology.

2. How do you feel about your future career prospects with this major?

I feel great about job prospects.  The curriculum and professors are very industry focused.  Schaub is more food industry focused whereas BTEC is a great place to become acquainted with the biopharmaceutical industry and techniques.

3. What academic minor would you recommend to other Bioprocessing Science students?  Why?

I am pursuing the BTEC minor.  It is recognized throughout the state, especially RTP, as a factory for their future workers.

4. How would you like to see the program change (if at all) in the next few years?  (classes, structure, etc.)

Students are at an advantage to start the major in their freshman year.  The labs can be tough to schedule since they are offered from several departments (FS, BEC, BIT, BCH, ect..).  My advice to students is plan ahead.  To the department, secure seats in courses such as BIT410.

5. Did you transfer into this major from another major?  If so, why?

Yes, but I transferred from FYC.  I chose BBS because I thought it fit me well.  I enjoy science and math, but was not crazy about the math heavy Engineering majors.  With BBS I got the best of both worlds while gaining insight into a continuously growing biotechnology industry.

Did you transfer into this major from another major? If so, why?

Sherri Gerepka
Sherri Gerepka

I entered NC State as a Chemistry major and quickly found out it was not for me and started looking around and found the BBS major. It seemed to do a better job of finding graduates employment opportunities after getting the degree and that was a big concern for me especially with the way the economy is. The Bioprocessing major is a lot more tailored and not as general as other degrees, something that employers love as well as the students in the degree.

What academic minor would you recommend to other Bioprocessing Science students? Why?

Rachel Geiger
Rachel Geiger

The bioprocessing science major gives students technical knowledge concerning bioprocesses. However, the biomanufacturing (BTEC) minor provides students with hands-on time operating equipment used in the pharmaceutical industry. The Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center (BTEC) where classes for this minor meet is the most advanced of its kind in the entire United States. If you are considering a career in the pharmaceutical industry, the biomanufacturing minor is one of the best ways to set yourself apart from other applicants.

Name: Johnathon Blake Layfield

Blake Layfield
Blake Layfield

Hometown: Clinton, NC
Major: Food Science
Year: Ph.D.

Internship Experiences:
Quality Assurance Intern, Smithfield Foods, Inc.- Tar Heel, NC.

  • Worked on pathogen reduction, microbial spoilage, & product degradation issues Research and Development Intern, Novozymes- Franklinton, NC
  • Work on fist generation biofuel technology (corn starch --> ethanol) utilizing enzymatic hydrolysis of corn starch. R&D/Product Development Co-Op, Campbell Soup Company- Camden, NJ
  • Developed and optimized several different beverage prototypes from ideation to production.

I chose the NCSU FBNS department for two reasons:
1) It is consistently recognized as one of the top Food Science graduate programs in the nation.
2) It has a strong Food Science Club that encourages not only professional development but department wide interaction among undergrads, grads, & faculty/staff.