Seattle Biotechnology Universities with Degree Program Summaries

Jan 21, 2019

Research biotechnology degree programs in Seattle, which currently has four schools offering relevant training within about 35 miles of downtown. Read an overview of degree options, admission policies and program requirements at two of these colleges to find out which one is right for you.

Biotechnology Schools in Seattle

The Seattle, Washington, area has four schools within 40 minutes of downtown that offer undergraduate and/or graduate programs for those interested in studying biotechnology. Learn about the required courses and hands-on learning opportunities at two of these colleges below. This article also has a table of info on tuition rates, campus settings and more for each institution.

  • Located roughly three miles from the city's center, the Seattle campus of the University of Washington offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in bioengineering. A master's program in pharmaceutical bioengineering is also offered.
  • Shoreline Community College is located in Shoreline, Washington, about nine miles from downtown Seattle. An associate's degree program is available to provide training for aspiring biotechnology lab specialists.

Comparison of Schools

Check out this table to get school-specific details on student enrollment figures, acceptance rates, graduation numbers and other stats.

University of Washington - Seattle Campus Shoreline Community College
School Type 4-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017) 46,166* 6,128*
Campus Setting Large city Large suburb
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $10,974 in-state;
$35,538 out-of-state*
$3,802 in-state;
$6,538 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 57%* 58%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) 46%* N/A - Open admissions*
Retention Rate (2016-2017) 94% for full-time students* 67% for full-time students*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate 84% (students who began in Fall 2011)* 31% (students who began in Fall 2014)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

University of Washington - Seattle Campus

The University of Washington's bioengineering department combines the study of such fields as physical science and medicine. It's currently home to 161 core, adjunct and affiliated faculty members as well as several bioengineering degree and certificate programs.

Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering

Students enrolled in the bioengineering bachelor's degree program learn through hands-on laboratory experiences. Coursework includes topics in biotransport, bioengineering design, solid mechanics, organic chemistry and bioengineering systems. Students also complete research and design projects in the program's capstone course. For those interested in continuing their education, the university offers a combined bachelor's and master's degree program in bioengineering that takes about five years to complete.

Master of Science in Bioengineering

Curriculum for the master's degree program in bioengineering is designed to improve students' engineering research, teaching and problem-solving skills. Program requirements include a thesis and final exam as well as the completion of at least one lab rotation. Students can choose from a bioengineering professional series track or a program on technology commercialization track.

Master of Pharmaceutical Bioengineering

Students in the pharmaceutical bioengineering master's degree program explore methods for developing new drugs and biomaterials. Coursework covers pharmaceutics, molecular biology, cellular biology, pathophysiology, applied pharmacokinetics and drug discovery and design. Specific courses depend on the track of study taken: drug discovery and design or translational pharmaceutics. Program applicants will need a bachelor's degree in a field such as engineering, science or public health. Those with a degree in another field and at least two years of related work experience are also considered. This program is offered online.

Ph.D. in Bioengineering

The Ph.D. in Bioengineering program at UW requires students to complete an independent research project and courses outside of the department, though several bioengineering and biostatistics courses make up the core curriculum. There are also three examinations, including qualifying and final exams. Students must complete lab rotations and one teaching assistantship as well.

Shoreline Community College

Founded in 1964, Shoreline Community College offers biotechnology lab specialist associate's degree and certificate programs to students without medical or scientific backgrounds.

Biotechnology Lab Specialist Associate in Applied Arts and Sciences

The biotechnology associate's degree program requires 92.5-93.5 credits and provides students with the skills necessary for entry-level careers in biotechnology development, manufacturing or research. Students gain familiarity with cutting edge equipment and technology as well as a knowledge of protein purification and tissue staining techniques. Other topics of study include inorganic chemistry, microbiology and immunology. This curriculum is also available as part of a transfer program for students who'd like to attend 4-year colleges or universities.

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