Blending the study of business and biotech

    About The Program

    Expand your knowledge of business and science innovation with the NSU Biotechnology Entrepreneurship Certificate, offered on the NSU main (Aberdeen) campus.


    Biotechnology is the study of technology based on biology, especially pertinent to agriculture, food science and medicine. It is applied in many fields, including chemical engineering, information technology and biorobotics.


    Northern also offers a two-year associate degree in biotechnology.

    Contact Information

    For more information about this degree, contact Jessica Ness, or call 605-626-2272 or 605-626-7900. Or, contact NSU Admissions at 605-626-2544 or


    Ph.D., Nutrition Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison

    B.S., Nutrition Science, Indiana University-Bloomington


    Courses Taught

    • Genetics
    • Cell and molecular biology
    • Nutrition and disease
    • Human health and biology

    Research Interests

    • Mechanisms of type II diabetes and diet-induces obesity in zebrafish (Danio rerio) 
    • Development of biological reasoning skills in undergraduate biology majors and non-majors

    Doctor of Business Administration in Management, George Fox University

    Master of Business Administration in Management and Strategy, Western Governors University

    Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Political Science, The College of Idaho


    Dr. Sal Villegas joined Northern in the fall of 2020. Before teaching, he spent the nearly two decades in the finance and banking industries, where he managed multi-million dollar portfolios, dozens of employees, and thousands of clients. He is well-versed in business-to-business networking, sales, credit, and service.


    Research Interests 

    Dr. Villegas’ research interests include organizational power, business ethics, human resource management, and networking/reciprocity. In practice, one of his greatest interests is working with entrepreneurs to turn their ideas into viable businesses…