My S23 is interested in biotechnology. As he begins to consider college admissions there’s a huge difference in our approach if he’s looking for Biology and Biology variants as a major versus BioEngineering or similar. Which is the right path for the biotech industries? He says (now, at the age of 16) that he is more interested in getting an MBA that a Ph.D. or STEM masters degree. I can see that-- he’s got good business and financial sensibilities.
He will have the stats to get into a good engineering school somewhere but it is not clear to me if he’s suited for that. He likes exploring other subjects like History and Latin. My own experience with Engineering school is that there’s little time for such things. And although he’s intelligent and wants to succeed he’s not a kid who spends all his time studying and he values down time.
So, is it viable to get into biotech without an engineering degree? If so, what type of biology is most important to focus on?
Thanks for any advice-- this is a field I know little about.