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B.S. in Biotechnology California State University San Marcos




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The Biotechnology major is housed in the Biological Sciences Department. Biotechnology refers to the long practiced skill of applying our knowledge of the molecular basis of life processes for the benefit of society. While classic examples of biotechnology include using bacteria and enzymes to produce cheeses and using yeast to make bread and beer, modern applications exploit DNA-based technologies such as immunology, biochemistry, and microbiology to make new products or provide services to improve health care, agriculture, food, and the environment. Over the past 30 years, biotechnology has caused a profound revolution in science and has had significant technological and social implications.

Today, pharmaceuticals and vaccines are being designed through biotechnology to treat various cancers, heart disease, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, AIDS, obesity, and other conditions. Biotechnology is responsible for hundreds of medical diagnostic tests that keep the blood supply safe from the AIDS virus and detect other conditions early enough to be successfully treated. Home pregnancy tests are also biotechnology diagnostic products. Food and agriculture biotechnology has resulted in the development of crops that are naturally resistant to pests and viruses; more tolerant of environmental stresses such as drought, salinity, and extreme cold; and more nutritious and longer lasting than their conventional counterparts. Environmental biotechnology products make it possible to more efficiently clean up hazardous waste without the use of caustic chemicals.

Bioremediation products use living cells or byproducts of living materials to clean up oil spills and other environmental problems. DNA fingerprinting is a biotech process that has dramatically improved criminal investigation and forensic medicine, and has afforded significant advances in anthropology and wildlife management. Biotechnology is a promising young field that is expected to be one of the pivotal forces in the 21st century, helping us to lead longer, healthier lives, provide more plentiful and nutritious food, and keep our environment cleaner.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology will be able to:

Apply fundamental knowledge of biology, biological processes, and the scientific method to solve problems in biotechnology.

Integrate biological knowledge and concepts with the legal, ethical, and business perspectives of the biotechnology and life sciences industry.

Work in groups or individually to develop written and oral presentations that effectively communicate scientific concepts and opinions using language appropriate to the discipline.

Apply major quantitative and computational skills and tools to solve problems in the biotech and the life sciences industry.

Career Opportunities

A Bachelor of Science degree in Biotechnology from CSU San Marcos prepares students to succeed in entry-level positions in a number of market sectors, including pharmaceuticals, clinical diagnostics, environmental protection, food and agriculture, medical therapeutics, scientific services, and scientific equipment and supplies. The degree will also enable graduates to pursue higher degrees in areas as diverse as Biochemistry, Microbiology, Pharmacology, Environmental Science, Molecular Biology, and Plant Science.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study B.S. in Biotechnology.

Full Time (Minimum of 120 units)

Tuition fees

$17,216.00 (12,30,617) per year

Given fee includes all mandatory campus fees




College of Science and Mathematics (CSM)

Craven Hall 6211,

333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road,



92096, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Students are or will be a high school/secondary school graduate or equivalent with Equivalent of a "B" (3.0) grade point average.

Satisfy English Language Proficiency Admission Requirement for admission purposes with ONE of the following: TOEFL score of 61 iBT with writing score no lower than 19 and no section score below 14; IELTS overall band score of 5.5, writing score no lower than 5.5 and no section score below 5.0; Attended a high school where English was the principal language of instruction for 3 years (confirm with our International Admissions Office to see if your school is eligible); Conditional admission is available through our language program if you do not have a passing IELTS or TOEFL score. The minimum GPA required for conditional admission is 2.7.

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