What Are Some Well-Known Biotech Schools in the U.S.?

Many well-known biotech schools across the nation provide students with degree and certificate programs in biotechnology. Some schools even offer courses in degree and certificate programs online. Schools offering Biotechnology Management degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What is Biotechnology?

Biotechnology is a branch of the biological sciences with medical, environmental, agricultural, and industrial applications. It involves the use of bioorganisms to create products, such as diagnostic medical tests, or facilitate processes, such as growing food crops more quickly. Genetic modification of organisms is one of the main uses of biotechnology.

Important Facts About Schools

Program Levels Bachelor's, master's, PhD
Online Availability Some programs available fully online
Key Skills Critical thinking, math, analytical, communication, technical
Possible Careers Biological technician, biological scientist, medical scientist, genetic researcher, agricultural researcher, biochemistry teacher

Iowa State University

Iowa State University, a land-grant institution, is well-known for its biotech offerings, with the state of Iowa heavily investing in maintaining the university's biotechnology education, service and outreach. Iowa State University has many labs, including a microscopic and nanoimaging facility, which features a state-of-the-art scanning transmission electron microscope. Through the university's Office of Biotechnology, degree programs are offered in the following areas, among many others:

  • Genetics
  • Agricultural engineering
  • Horticulture
  • Microbiology
  • Animal ecology
  • Biochemistry
  • Biophysics and molecular

Ohlone College

Ohlone College offers classes that lead to degrees and certificates in biotechnology, and it's one of the nation's best programs, according to Dr. Elaine Johnson, director of BioLink, www.bio-link.org. Ohlone's degree and certificate programs in biotechnology prepare students with experience in various protocols and hands-on laboratory skills. A goal of the program is to prepare students to take entry-level positions in biotechnology. Among the school's biotechnology programs are:

  • Associate in Science in Biotechnology
  • Biotechnology: Biostatistics Certificate of Achievement
  • Biotechnology: Biomanufacturing Certificate of Achievement
  • Computer Applications in Biotechnology Certificate of Accomplishment

Penn State University

The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences at Penn State University offers a multidisciplinary Master of Biotechnology program. Core coursework is taken in molecular biology, biochemistry, biological engineering and agricultural engineering. A research internship at a lab or similar professional setting is included in the program. This degree can be earned in 18 months. Biotechnology tracks of study offered in this program are:

  • Diversified
  • Agricultural
  • Medical applications

Indiana University Bloomington

Students of Indiana University Bloomington's Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry Department can pursue a Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts, or Master of Science in Biotechnology. A minor in biotechnology is also offered to undergraduate students pursuing a degree in another field. Bachelor's students will take courses in physics, chemistry, statistics, math and biology, as well as participating in labs and a seminar. In the master's degree program, the curriculum includes project labs and lectures. Students will take courses in:

  • Biotechnology writing
  • Structure, function and regulation of biomolecules
  • Biotechnology theory and application
  • Protein expression, purification and characterization

Harvard University

Harvard University's Master of Liberal Arts in Biotechnology degree is offered as a hybrid program in which some of the courses can be taken online. These courses are videos of actual in-class lectures. Online courses are also presented through interactive web conferences. A total of four courses must be completed on campus. In addition to a master's thesis, some of the courses required in this program are:

  • Life sciences
  • Research methods and scholarly writing
  • Ethics and policy
  • Biotechnology electives

Other Well-Known Biotech Schools in the U.S.

  • John Hopkins University: Online Master of Science in Biotechnology
  • Northeastern University: Master of Science in Biotechnology
  • University of Maryland University College: Master of Science in Biotechnology
  • Stanford University: Online Biotechnology Graduate Certificate
  • California State University San Marcos: Professional Science Master in Biotechnology

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