San Diego was recently identified as the number one biotechnology cluster (Milken Institute Research Summary: America's Biotech and Life Science Clusters, June 2004). The life science industry claims that they need well-trained, lab-ready, business savvy graduates to grow and expand. Given the region served by CSUSM, our Biotechnology programs were designed to serve the industry. The Bachelors of Science in Biotechnology degree is offered for undergraduate study and we have just initiated a Certificate in Biotechnology program for those currently on the job who desire to update their skills or learn different avenues of biotechnology.

     Students in the Biotechnology Programs have access to modern well-equipped laboratories.  The academic environment is enriched by a close faculty/student interaction, student projects, and availability of internship positions with biotechnology companies and federal agencies.  A "for credit, paid" Internship assignment with a local life science company provides a valuable, real world, career-sampling and resume-enriching experience. 

     As one of 23 campuses in the California State University, Cal State San Marcos offers the ambiance of a small, personal campus with the unequalled value of the California State University. Marked by excellence in teaching, the campus has defined itself as a leader in delivering the highest educational quality.  Located in northern San Diego county, CSUSM enjoys the safety and quiet of being outside of the city but is only a few minutes away from the career opportunities and diverse cultural offerings of San Diego.

Learning Outcomes

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

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

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

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

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