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Schools for Aspiring Biotechnicians: How to Choose

Dec 12, 2019

Biotechnicians may work in research laboratories or for private companies within the biotechnology industry. Keep reading to see what you should remember when choosing a biotechnology program, and to view some schools in the U.S. with relevant programs.

Biotechnicians carry out laboratory experiments and aid in research by recording data and calculating results. Students can find both undergraduate and graduate programs in biotechnology at community colleges and 4-year colleges and universities.

Schools with Biotechnology Programs

The following list includes a number of public and private schools that offer biotechnology degrees.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition (2018-2019)*
American University Washington, DC 4-year, Private not-for-profit Master's Graduate $30,744
Barry University Miami, FL 4-year, Private not-for-profit Master's Graduate $17,820
Bay Path University Longmeadow, MA 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's Undergraduate $34,225
Boston University Boston, MA 4-year, Private not-for-profit Master's Graduate $52,816
Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA 4-year, Private not-for-profit Master's Graduate $43,815
Drexel University Philadelphia, PA 4-year, Private not-for-profit Master's Graduate $34,155
Fayetteville State University Fayetteville, NC 4-year, Public Bachelor's In-state Undergraduate $5,249; Out-of-state Undergraduate $16,857
Miami Dade College Miami, FL 4-year, primarily associate's, Public Certificate, Associate's In-state Undergraduate $2,838; Out-of-state Undergraduate $9,661
Clarkson University Potsdam, NY 4-year, Private not-for-profit Doctoral Graduate $33,312

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

School Selection Criteria

To select an ideal program there are a number of things to consider.

  • Students should consider what internships or laboratory experiences are available and give preference to schools with on-campus research centers and laboratories.
  • Before selecting a program, students may consider career goals, such as attaining a managerial position within a laboratory or entering the pharmaceutical industry.
  • Students who want to broaden their skill set may benefit from master's degree programs in biotechnology, which may offer concentrations in business or science.
  • Students may want to visit the campus and ensure the lab has the most up-to-date equipment available.

Associate of Science in Biotechnology

Students may benefit from associate degree programs that emphasize hands-on laboratory experience. Aspiring biotechnicians may find schools that have associations with potential employers to help students transition from the classroom to the workforce. In many cases, courses required for associate degree programs may transfer to 4-year bachelor's degree programs.

Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology

Some biotechnology programs offer dual degree programs in which students earn a bachelor's and a master's degree within five years. Graduates of bachelor's degree programs may find entry-level positions within laboratories and private companies or enroll in graduate programs in a variety of fields, including law, business or medicine.

Master of Science in Biotechnology

Some programs may be intended for currently-employed technicians who seek advancement in the biotechnology field. Programs may include legal and ethical courses in addition to scientific studies. Many programs have flexible, part-time options and, in some cases, courses required for master's degree programs may be applied toward a doctoral degree.

Biotechnology studies can prepare individuals to work in a lab and conduct research or experiments. Many institutions offer certificate and degree programs, and students should look for programs that offer opportunities for internships and research.

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