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 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 20 years biotechnology has caused a profound revolution in science having significant technological and social implications.
The Biotechnology curriculum is comprised of courses selected from the curricula of the departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Mathematics, Physics and the College of Business Administration. The core curriculum provides students with a solid foundation in molecular biology, immunology, microbiology and biochemistry. It also introduces students to the applied technologies of fields such as molecular genetics/recombinant DNA technology, immunology/cell culture-hybridoma technology, biochemistry/protein purification methods and DNA sequencing/computational biology. Students are also exposed to fundamental business management and marketing theory as part of the core, and will develop skills and aptitudes important for success in the business arena.
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, veterinary, 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.
To learn more about the Biotechnology program at CSU San Marcos, please visit the Biotechnology website.