Comparison of Biotechnology Schools in Detroit
At least three schools within a 30-minute drive of downtown Detroit offer biotechnology programs at the undergraduate and graduate level. This article looks at the programs at two of these schools and also includes a table that makes it easy to compare facts such as tuition costs and enrollment. Also included is a little information about a training program at the University of Michigan, which is farther from the city.
- Wayne State University is located about two miles from downtown Detroit and features a master's degree program in biotechnology.
- Henry Ford College sits about 11 miles outside of Detroit and offers a certificate and associate's degree in biotechnology.
Comparison of Schools
The following table offers a look at several aspects of these schools, simplifying the comparison process for students who want to pursue studies in biotechnology.
|Wayne State University||Henry Ford College|
|School Type||4-year; public||4-year; public, mostly associate's|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||27,064*||12,786*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Small city|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)||$12,729 in-state, $27,203 out-of-state*||$3,014 in-district, $4,694 in-state, $6,470 out-of-state*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)||94%*||83%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||67%*||N/A - Open admissions|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)||81% full-time, 56% part-time*||N/A*|
|Graduation Rate||47% (32% transfer-out rate) (Students began in Fall 2011)*||7% (38% transfer-out rate) (Students began in Fall 2014)*|
Source: *National Center Education Statistics (NCES) College Navigator
Wayne State University
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Wayne State University features a Department of Biological Sciences that includes a master's degree program in biotechnology. In addition to educational opportunities, students can also pursue research in areas involving cell biology and cytogenetics, microbiology and virology, genomic and developmental evolution and mitochondrial function and aging.
Master of Science in Molecular Biotechnology
At the graduate level, students learn about recombinant DNA, molecular cell biology, human genetics and molecular evolution. In addition to academic studies, the program supplies practical experience in laboratory safety, proper handling of animal subjects, and the use of prokaryotic and eukaryotic systems in molecular biology. The curriculum also includes a research project, and students have the option to participate in a biotechnology internship or remain in the research lab courses.
Henry Ford College
Students at Henry Ford College can pursue over 150 programs that provide career training, transfer preparation and corporate training. The Biotechnology Department features both a certificate and associate's degree in the field. Henry Ford College has articulation agreements with 4-year universities for students who want to earn a bachelor's degree after earning an associate's degree at the school.
Applicants to the biotechnology certificate program are required to have an associate's degree. The program requires that students complete a minimum of 21 credits, and courses cover topics in microbiology, proteins, chemical instrumentation and nucleic acids.
Associate in Applied Science in Biotechnology
The biotechnology associate's degree is 60 credits and offers students the chance to pursue a career in the field or transfer to a bachelor's degree program. Required courses include microbiology, biology, chemical instrumentation, laboratory techniques, proteins and nucleic acids. Students also have an opportunity to complete an internship.
Located nearly 34 miles away from Detroit in Ann Arbor, MI, the University of Michigan offers a training program in cellular biotechnology. The interdepartmental program is open to doctoral students at the university.