The advances in the manipulation of the genetic
code or DNA and other biomolecules have pushed the development
of biotechnology forward. It's potential impact on society is
enormous. Different fields such as agriculture, health, and manufacturing
are being transformed at an accelerated rate by this new discipline.
In Puerto Rico, the height of biotechnology is noticeable in the
pharmaceutical industry. Given the obvious potential from biotechnology
for Puerto Rico, the Arecibo and Barranquitas campuses from the Inter
American University System have planned to add a Bachelors Degree
in Biotechnology as part of the curriculum for the Department of
Natural Sciences. To achieve this goal, both campuses have established
an alliance through the Strengthen Science Through Biotechnology
project. This project is sponsored by a proposal submitted to US
Department of Agriculture (USDA) under the Hispanic-Serving Institutions
Education Grants program, with a budget of $297,329.00.