Biotechnology programs aim to train students for careers in both the private and public sectors, researching and developing products for the advancement of medicine, environmental practices, and agriculture. While master's degree programs in biotechnology are most common in Texas, associate and bachelor's degree programs are also available. The study of biotechnology encompasses several scientific fields, including biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, cell biology, and microbiology. Students may gain hands-on skills by participating in an internship, working at on-campus laboratories or conducting independent research. Applicants to a master's degree program may need to have a bachelor's degree in a science field. Profiled below are the nine largest colleges and universities in Texas offering biotechnology programs.
Stephen F. Austin State University
Located in Nacogdoches, Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA) offers a Master's of Science in Biotechnology degree program through the Department of Biotechnology. The program is run in partnership with the University of Texas Health Center in Tyler. In addition to completion of coursework in molecular biology and biochemistry, students must complete a thesis. The school also offers biotechnology students a Science Research Center that was constructed in 1999.
Texas A&M University - College Station
Texas A&M University - College Station is a four-year public institution with over 50,000 students located in College Station. Through an interdisciplinary effort from several schools, including life sciences, science, business, engineering and biomedical sciences, the university offers a Master of Biotechnology as a professional program. The program aims to train students at the graduate-level for work in the biotechnology industry by providing students with technical skills and problem-solving in the life sciences. Coursework covers bioethics, business, technical writing, molecular biotechnology, and lab research. The program also includes an internship opportunity that helps students to produce a portfolio that must be presented.
Texas Tech University
A four-year public institution with a student population of more than 32,000, Texas Tech University is located in Lubbock and offers a master's degree in biotechnology. Offered through the graduate school, students may choose an applied sciences or biomedical track. The applied science track allows students to choose a thesis or internship, while the biomedical track includes 12-months of full-time lab research. In either track, the biotechnology program is heavily focused on research and advanced topics in gene expression, protein engineering, and plant biotechnology, among others. In addition to the master's program, students may choose to complete an interdisciplinary J.D./M.S. in Biotechnology.
University of Houston
Located in Houston, the University of Houston's College of Technology offers a Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology. The program combines science fields such as biochemistry, genetics, cell biology, molecular biology, and embryology. Additionally, the program teaches students about technical fields including robotics, information technology, and chemical engineering. In addition to coursework, students must complete a capstone experience.
University of Houston - Clear Lake
The Clear Lake campus of the University of Houston in Houston offers a 36-credit graduate program in biotechnology at the School of Science and Computer Engineering. The core curriculum is 27 credit hours in length and includes coursework in theory, research, and varied topics in the field, such as molecular biology, and protein separation. Bioinformatics and bioethics courses are also included in the core curriculum. Students have the option to pursue either an extended curriculum, consisting of nine additional credits, or a thesis option, which also consists of nine additional credits, though six of the credits are master's thesis credits.
University of Houston - Downtown
The University of Houston - Downtown is located in Houston, and there is a Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology program available through the university's Department of Natural Sciences. Throughout the interdisciplinary program, students complete coursework and lectures, as well as a semester of independent research, which may be completed at the Texas Medical Center. The University of Houston - Downtown also has a Scholars Academy, as well as a 2+2 articulation with Montgomery College.
University of Texas at Dallas
Located in Richardson, the University of Texas at Dallas has a Master of Science in Biotechnology. The university's program is focused on researching human disease and developing new products to advance the medical field. Coursework covers applied bioinformatics, genomics, proteomics, and cell biology. Prior to completion of the 36-credit program, students complete a biotechnology laboratory and thesis.
University of Texas at San Antonio
The San Antonio campus of the University of Texas offers a Master of Science in Biotechnology degree program to students who have earned a bachelor's degree in a science with coursework in microbiology and biochemistry. Offered through the Department of Biology, the master's program delves into biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, and immunology, as well as ethical research practices. A variety of laboratories are included, and students can tailor their curriculum through elective courses.
West Texas A&M University
West Texas A&M University is located in Canyon and offers a Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology. The 120-credit biotechnology program examines microbiology, genetics, biotechnology and bioinformatics, chemistry, immunology, general physics, and agricultural statistics. Students wishing to pursue forensic sciences in the future can take a criminal justice minor. A business option is available in conjunction with the biotechnology program.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Biotechnology Degrees Offered||Tuition and Fees (2018-2019)|
|Stephen F. Austin State University||Four-year public; rural fringe||M.S. in Biotechnology|| In-state: $8,316*
Graduate in-state: $6,877*
Graduate out-of-state: $14,347*
|Texas A&M University - College Station||Four-year public; small city||Master of Biotechnology|| In-state: $11,870
Graduate in-state: $9,812*
Graduate out-of-state: $21,164*
|Texas Tech University||Four-year public; midsize city|| M.S. in Biotechnology,
J.D./M.S. in Biotechnology
| In-state: $9,080*
Graduate in-state: $8,015*
Graduate out-of-state: $15,485*
|University of Houston||Four-year public; large city||B.S. in Biotechnology|| In-state: $8,913*
|University of Houston - Clear Lake||Four-year public; large suburb||M.S. in Biotechnology|| In-state: $7,002*
Graduate in-state: $9,010*
Graduate out-of-state: $18,280*
|University of Houston - Downtown||Four-year public; large city||B.S. in Biotechnology|| In-state: $6,500*
|University of Texas at Dallas||Four-year public; small city||M.S. in Biotechnology|| In-state: $13,034*
Graduate in-state: $13,458*
Graduate out-of-state: $26,852*
|University of Texas at San Antonio||Four-year public; large city||M.S. in Biotechnology|| In-state: $8,049*
Graduate in-state: $7,564*
Graduate out-of-state: $24,397*
|West Texas A&M University||Four-year public; fringe town||B.S. in Biotechnology|| In-state: $7,935*
Sources: *College Navigator