Bachelor of Science in Data Science and Biotechnology Research and Development

School of Healthcare Business and Technology

This program helps you build a solid foundation of key principles and practical experiences to ensure that you become a well-rounded professional ready to tackle real-world challenges.

Combining data analysis with biotechnology and life sciences.

If you are passionate about the intersection of data science, biotechnology, and cutting-edge research and aspire to be at the forefront of scientific discovery and contribute to advancements in healthcare and life sciences, then you should consider this four-year, full-time program on the Boston campus. The interdisciplinary curriculum blends computer science, statistics, and data analysis with biotechnology and life sciences. This unique approach equips you with the skills to bridge the gap between data-driven insights and scientific discovery. At MCPHS, you'll engage in collaborative practice, working with healthcare professionals and peers on real-world projects. Together, you'll simulate the challenges and rewards of working in a professional environment. This program also offers the opportunity for experiential learning at health or life science companies located in two of the top biotech clusters in the United States: Boston and Worcester.

Your Four-Year Journey

In this program, you will develop critical thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills. You will also enhance your communication and writing abilities, crucial for conveying scientific information. This program is designed to provide a well-rounded education that combines biological sciences, data science, business, and ethics, preparing graduates with a comprehensive skill set for a career in biotechnology research and development. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for a data scientist is more than $100,000, with professionals in the field in high demand.

First-Year Experience

  • master calculus
  • establish a strong foundation in the biological sciences and medical terminology
  • begin to develop a foundation in biomedical informatics
  • build critical communication skills including in writing and verbally

Second-Year Experience

  • study chemistry
  • develop foundational knowledge in programming
  • develop strong quantitative skills in statistics and linear algebra
  • explore the intersection of biotech and business

Third-Year Experience

  • learn data analysis using programming languages such as R
  • delve into big data and machine learning
  • study biostatistics and public health research methods
  • explore legal, compliance, and ethical issues related to data and health data collection management

Fourth-Year Experience

  • gain practical experience in data science through professional experiences
  • advance knowledge in machine learning and deep learning
  • acquire specialization through elective courses in behavioral science, humanities, or other specific data science disciplines
  • master data visualization and display

Health Technology Experts are in High Demand

The U.S. has a growing need for data scientists and health information managers. At MCPHS, we will prepare you to enter and succeed in this fast-growing field.


employment growth

in biotech in Massachusetts in the last year. (MassBio 2023)


median salary

for data scientists and health services managers with a bachelor’s degree (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)


in the U.S. for value

according to Georgetown University national rankings.

Related MCPHS Programs

MCPHS offers multiple programs in healthcare business to suit your life and your professional circumstances.

Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management

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Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management & Technology (BS)

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MBA in Healthcare Management

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Master of Science in Clinical Management

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Master of Science in Health Informatics

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Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Management

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Doctor of Healthcare Administration (DHA)

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