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A recent Brookings Institute report says, “For science…vacancies, the hardest-to-fill skills include…biologics development; proteins; cell biology; biotechnology; and analytical chemistry.”

The CSU offers a range of certificate, baccalaureate and graduate biotechnology programs to provide students with a solid science foundation, along with the knowledge and practical skills needed to succeed in a variety of positions in the life sciences industry.

To explore biotechnology research scientist positions currently open in California alone, follow this link.


CSU Channel Islands

M.S. Biotechnology 
The Biotechnology program is designed to be completed in two years and requires a team project in an academic or industrial location. With a wide range of flexibility, students are able to create a program that fits their specific needs. The MS degree is offered by the Biology program in collaboration with the Computer Science and the Business and Economics program.


CSU East Bay

Biotechnology Certificate Program
The Biotechnology Certificate Program (BCP) is a competitive, limited enrollment program emphasizing close supervision and instruction in current theoretical and practical training in molecular life sciences. It was established in 1986 to meet the personnel requirements of the rapidly expanding Bay Area biotechnology industry. Each course within this program is ten weeks in length, and most courses have a minimum of 60 hours of hands-on training. The curriculum was designed after extensive consultation with representatives from academic and commercial biotechnology laboratories.


CSU Long Beach

Biotechnology Certificate Program
The Biotechnology Certificate Program has many tracks to train students in the different facets of biotechnology, including a stem cell training option. Other options include training opportunities in biomedical laboratories at the Long Beach VA hospital and local biotechnology companies. The certificate can be earned concurrent with an undergraduate degree, a graduate degree, or alone as post-baccalaureate studies. In addition to excellent course offerings, students in this program will be trained in research laboratories at CSULB and participate in research internships off campus.


CSU Los Angeles

Biotechnology Certificate Program
This post-baccalaureate credit certificate program provides intensive theoretical and laboratory training in the techniques and application of genetic engineering and related technologies. The program is designed to prepare students for employment in industrial or academic research positions or for advanced study in molecular biology.


CSU Monterey Bay

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science, Technology & Policy
The Environmental Science, Technology & Policy (ESTP) program offers an innovative interdisciplinary B.S. degree program linking natural science, physical science, technology, economics, and policy. The program emphasizes the critical thinking and technical skills necessary to develop workable solutions to complex environmental problems. Unique in its commitment to linking earth systems science to environmental economics and social policy, ESTP provides students with active learning and applied research in marine, coastal, and watershed systems.


CSU Northridge

Bachelor of Science in Biology, Biotechnology Track
The Biotechnology track prepares students for graduate programs or careers in biotechnology or cellular and molecular biology in medical, industrial, agricultural, or other applications. Students completing the Biotechnology course sequence will be well prepared for an entry-level biotechnology position in industry or government or for graduate programs in biotechnology.


CSU San Bernardino

Bachelor of Science in Bioinformatics 
Bioinformatics is essentially the interdisciplinary study of biology and biochemical systems using mathematics and computer science. It involves the use of computers and statistics to make sense out of large amounts of data that are accumulating from high-throughput biological and chemical experiments. The bioinformatics degree program is jointly administered by the School of Computer Science and Engineering, the Department of Biology and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.


CSU San Marcos

Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology 
CSU San Marcos’ biotechnology curriculum is comprised of courses selected from Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Mathematics, Physics, and the College of Business Administration. The core curricula provides students with a solid foundation in molecular biology, immunology and biochemistry. The curriculum is meant to provide graduates with the knowledge and training needed to earn and succeed in entry-level positions and beyond — not only in research and development, but also in areas such as technical services, regulatory affairs, technical writing, quality assurance/control, data management, marketing, management, operations, and public policy.


San Diego State University

Cell & Molecular Biology Joint Doctoral Program with UCSD
San Diego State University (SDSU) offers a doctoral degree program in Biology in cooperation with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Division of Biological Sciences . This joint program involves research training under the supervision of participating SDSU faculty whose members are drawn from the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, and Psychology and whose interests cover a wide range of biological problems and represent the interdisciplinary nature of modern biology.

Evolutionary Biology Joint Doctoral Program with UCR
The principal objective of the program is to allow talented students to pursue graduate work in integrative evolutionary studies towards a doctoral degree jointly administered by UC Riverside (UCR) and SDSU. Students may study a broad range of topics in evolutionary biology including systematics, paleontology, molecular population biology, and organismal/biodiversity biology.