Seattle Biotechnology Universities with Degree Program Summaries

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

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Biotechnology Schools in Seattle

The Seattle, Washington, area has two 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 these colleges below. This article also has a table of info on tuition rates, campus settings and more for each institution.

  • Located roughly four 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 11 miles from downtown Seattle. An associate's degree program is available to provide training for aspiring biotechnology lab specialists.

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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 (2014) 44,784* 6,015*
Campus Setting Large city Large suburb
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016) $11,839 in-state;
$34,143 out-of-state*
$3,730 in-state;
$6,451 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014) 56%* 44%*
Acceptance Rate (2014) 55%* N/A - Open admissions*
Retention Rate (2014) 94% for full-time students* 68% for full-time students*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (2014) 84%* 30%*

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 130 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, human physiology, 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 and teaching assistantship. Coursework includes topics in molecular bioengineering, systems bioengineering and cellular bioengineering.

Master of Pharmaceutical Bioengineering

Students in the pharmaceutical bioengineering master's degree program explore methods for developing new drugs and biomaterials. Coursework covers pharmaceutics, experiment design, molecular biotechnology, cellular biology, biochemistry, bioinformatics, translation science and molecular genetics. 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.

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 just over 90 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 organic 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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