Welcome to the Master of Science in Biotechnology website at the University of Houston-Clear
Lake. Biotechnology draws on many disciplines within the biological sciences. Students
who enter the Biotechnology program gain deep insights into the biomedical, agricultural,
and environmental sciences.
The Master of Science program in Biotechnology at UHCL turns out scientists with a
thorough understanding of Biology and its related disciplines. Graduates apply fundamental
principles of biology to develop and manage products and processes, and to refine
the techniques and tools used in those processes. Their course of study qualifies
them for careers in research and development, teaching, or private industry.
Several aspects of UHCL's Biotechnology program make it an ideal environment in which
to pursue a Master of Science
- Our highly qualified faculty grounds its students in the knowledge and practical skills
a career in biotechnology demands
- The UHCL campus serves Houston and Galveston, world-renowned centers of medicine and
- Our close neighbor, NASA's Johnson Space Center, support research in biotechnology
- Our program meets the needs of working professionals; it offers flexible course scheduling
including evenings and weekends
The University of Houston-Clear Lake is the first university in Texas to offer all
three concentrations for an Master of Science in Biotechnology: Molecular Biotechnology,
Bioinformatics & Computational Biology, and Biotechnology Management & Marketing.
As a result, students have a greater opportunity to tailor their coursework to their
The Molecular Biotechnology concentration gives graduate students skills in advanced
laboratory biotechniques. At the same time, it offers them an advanced understanding
of the theoretical aspects of the biological processes involving biotechnology in
cell, developmental, and molecular biology, in physiology, in microbiology, and in
toxicology. The Bioinformatics/Computational Biology concentration gives students
skills in bioinformatics skills which include recognizing and managing databases,
data mining, and developing algorithms. The Biotechnology Marketing and Management
concentration gives students broad-based management and marketing skills, empowering
them to assume mid-management positions with Biotechnology firms.