A Focus on Scientific Innovation

Are you interested in working on projects that focus on scientific innovation? Or perhaps you want applied science classes to serve as a foundation for graduate program applications. Either way, the Graduate Professional Studies track is a good start because it offers you both, plus exposure to one of the fastest growing career fields.

Your GPS Semester

The program includes:

  • Two courses in the applied sciences (3 credits each)

The two courses in Applied Science are selected from the university's semester course offerings, but may include:

  • Molecular Biology
  • Research Methodology Biology
  • Science Writing
  • Regulatory Science
  • Biotechnology
  • Statistical Methods

All classes serve as a foundation to American University's College of Arts and Sciences Professional Science Master's Biotechnology Program.

One of the greatest advantages to studying in Washington, D.C. is the unparalleled access that you have to internships. As a Graduate Professional Studies student, you will have access to our Internship Database-the largest of its kind focusing on internships in the Washington, D.C. area, along with resume and cover letter reviews and one-on-one internship advising. Our staff provides you with unparalleled resources to help you through the internship search process, so you can add relevant work experience to your resume.

Set the Foundation for a Future Degree

By participating in American University's Graduate Professional Studies in Biotechnology, you can start to earn credits that could count toward a Professional Science Masters (PSM) at American University.

As you think about your GPS semester, it may be beneficial to reference the course requirements of degree programs that you may want to attend in the future. If you are interested in pursuing a graduate degree after GPS with American University's Professional Science Masters, then you may want to take one of the following recommended elective options.

The PSM in Biotechnology Program at American University sits at the intersection of science, policy, and industry. If you are interested in pursuing the PSM upon completion of your Graduate Professional Studies semester, we recommend that you refer to the requirements of the degree program when choosing your GPS elective course.

Our program office is happy to discuss how your GPS program and elective options could count toward a future degree program at American University or elsewhere.

Recommended Electives for Biotechnology

Past Applied Science Coursework Options
  • BIO-697-001, Research Methodology in Biology
  • BIO-687-Genomics
  • BIO-696, Lectures in Neuroscience
  • BIO-583, Molecular Biology
  • STAT-622 Advanced Biostatistics
  • STAT-514 Statistical Methods
  • MGMT-660 Entrepreneurship & Innovation
  • FIN-630 Financial Analysis: Concepts and Applications

Past Internships

  • Center for Ethical Solutions
  • Center for Health, Environment & Justice
  • Children's National Medical Center
  • National Botanical Gardens
  • National Institute of Health


Lana Surface
Associate Director
Graduate & Executive Education
(202) 895-4859