Professional Science Master's in Biotechnology

The PSM degree in Biotechnology is a two-year, four-semester interdisciplinary program that provides students with a multi-disciplinary background that integrates scientific, business, and ethical aspects of biotechnology.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • synthesize concepts from multiple disciplines (biology, bioinformatics, business) within biotechnology
  • perform best practices and biotechnology-related laboratory techniques
  • demonstrate knowledge of the need for ethics in science and technology based business/research/industry
  • critically review scientific papers and demonstrate communication skills appropriate for professional level employment in science and technology based business/research/industry
  • network with biotechnology industry members and gain employment in science and technology based business/research/industry

Molecular biology skills

  • perform laboratory techniques (such as PCR, gel electrophoresis, DNA isolation, RTPCR)
  • analyze DNA, RNA, & Protein sequence using computer software (such as BLAST, EMBOSS, Genotyper)
  • understand and demonstrate lab safety procedures
  • maintain a lab notebook; describe correct SOPs and other documentation required in a biotech lab

Comprehension of biotech industry

  • discuss the biotechnology industry and how trends enable innovation
  • recognize global and local biotech leaders
  • employ effective managerial and leadership skills

Appreciation for ethics in the biotechnology field

  • explain the positions of various religions with respect to biotechnology
  • describe the importance of applying ethical approaches to molecular biology applications

Real-world application in the biotech industry

  • develop a results-oriented resume highlighting skills relevant to biotechnology positions
  • demonstrate effective interviewing skills to obtain employment in the biotech industry
  • understand and apply techniques to conduct a self-directed job search
  • apply knowledge and skills to day-to-day biotech industry operations


36 graduate units

Required (28 units)

  • BTEC 600 - Graduate Seminar in Biology
  • BTEC 601 Biotech Internship Seminar
  • BTEC 610 Global and US Regulatory Affairs
  • BTEC 611 Legal-Social-Ethical Biotech
  • BTEC 612 Local-National-Global Biotech
  • BTEC 620 Molecular Biology
  • BTEC 685/686 Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology/Lab
  • BTEC 688/689 Advanced Research Methods in Biotechnology/Lab
  • BTEC 697 Internship in Biotechnology
  • CS 640 Bioinformatics
  • MBA 6413 Business Teams and Small Group Dynamics

Electives (4 units)

one of the following courses

  • BIOL 605 Molecular Medicine (Pharmacogenomics)
  • BIOL 648/649 Advanced Human Physiology/lab

Internship (4 units)

  • BIOL 697 Internship in Biotechnology

Internships are obtained by the student and are directed and evaluated by a faculty member with supervision of an on-site professional. A minimum of 320 hours for the semester must be completed by students at the approved biotechnology-related business and/or laboratory. Students must complete an analysis paper and oral summary presentation at the conclusion of the internship.

Contact Info

PSM Biotechnology

Cary Lai, Graduate Director

Harney Science Center 256, 2130 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA 94117-1080 (415) 422-6643