Biomanufacturing Bachelor's Degree FAQ

Timeline for Biomanufacturing Bachelor's Degree Offering

The first biomanufacturing bachelor's degree upper-division courses will be offered in fall 2017 and then each fall thereafter.

The new Associate Degree in Biomanufacturing beginning fall 2017 will officially serve as the lower-division preparation for the upper-division course work. It will be very similar to our current associate degree in biotechnology research and development, but will require the bioprocessing-specific course work, BTEC211, BTEC221 and BTEC222.

Specific admission requirements are included below.

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Eligibility Requirements

What are the eligibility requirements?

The below requirements must be fulfilled to be eligible for the program. F-1 visa students should contact the International Office for admission information.

To see when the above courses will be offered click here. Applications will be accepted starting September 1, 2017. Students may submit an application if some of the required coursework is in progress and will be completed prior to Fall 2018.

All applications will undergo a comprehensive review that ensures that applicants meet the above eligibility requirements. Additional weight* will be given to students who have:

Program Curriculum

What is the difference between biomanufacturing and biotechnology?

Biotechnology, in its broadest definition, takes our understanding of life and uses that to solve problems across a wide variety of areas, including medicine, agriculture and industrial applications. These solutions come in the form of products and services. When bringing a new product or service to market, it will progress through three main stages: research, development, and production.

Existing biotechnology bachelor degree programs in California focus on product understanding during the research and early development stages. MiraCosta College’s biomanufacturing degree program will address the later stages of development and production when the focus is on process understanding.

The biomanufacturing bachelor's degree major and requirements are available here: BS Degree Biomanufacturing as well as BS Degree Course Descriptions. The program will consist of a minimum of 120 semester units that includes lower-division and upper-division required courses in the major and general education, and elective courses.

Here is a quick lesson in biomanufacturing by one of the world's leading biotechnology companies: https://www.gene.com/topics/manufacturing

Completion of the CSU-GE (Plan B) or IGETC (Plan C) general education patterns will be a required component of the degree.

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Instructional Services

What campuses offer classes and when are they offered?

Biotechnology-specific classes will be offered through a combination of on-ground course work on the Oceanside Campus and online instruction. Many of the general education classes can also be taken at the Oceanside Campus, San Elijo Campus, online, or at other community colleges. 

Upper-division course work for the biomanufacturing program will initially be offered during the day, Monday through Thursday mornings, on the Oceanside Campus.

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Who teaches the biomanufacturing classes?

Faculty in the Biotechnology Department will teach the majority of classes and we expect strong participation from local industry scientists and engineers. All instructors must meet strict minimum qualifications, which will typically include a master’s degree and several years of experience in the industry.

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Admissions

How do I apply?

Students will apply to the college using the standard online application. In addition to the application to MiraCosta College, there is a separate application process specific to the bachelor’s degree.

When can I apply for the program?

Applications are available September 1, 2017 and will be accepted until a cohort of 30 students have successfully applied. Applicants will be notified by letter of their application outcome no later than February 28, 2018.

Is there an application fee?

Currently there are no plans to add an application fee. However, this may change at the state level.

How many students will be accepted?

The full-time cohort of bachelor's students will be approximately 30 students. Students will attend Monday through Thursday mornings on the Oceanside Campus.  A new cohort will start each fall semester.

Do I have to be a MiraCosta College graduate to apply?

Not at this time. However, enrollment priorities may be established. 

Do I have to have an associate degree to apply?

No, an associate degree is not necessary to apply, but there is specific coursework and units that are necessary to be eligible for the program. Applicants who have completed an associate degree in related biotechnology majors will receive priority consideration in the review process.

Can I still apply if I already have a bachelor’s degree?

Yes. However, please be aware that there may be financial aid restrictions.

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Counseling & Advising

How can I find out more information about the program?

View an informational session on the new BDP by department chair G Baughman.

When can I meet with a counselor?

If you are a current MiraCosta College student, you can set up an appointment to speak with an academic counselor. Please visit the counseling website for additional information. When requesting your appointment, please specify that you are interested in the biomanufacturing bachelor's degree program.

Interested students may attend the biomanufacturing baccalaureate degree information sessions held in October on the Oceanside Campus. You can also fill out our information request form to receive emails about upcoming events.

Once admitted to the program, all students will be required to meet with a counselor to develop an educational plan. You can view a Representative 4-year plan here to guide your enrollment options.

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Fees/Financial Aid

What are the enrollment fees?

All course work, both upper and lower division, currently costs $46 per unit and upper-division course work will costa an additional $84 per unit, with an estimated total cost of about $10,000 for the four-year program. Additional fees include health services, parkingand student center. There will also be costs associated with books and materials.

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Does the Board of Governor Fee Waiver cover the bachelor degree differential fee of $84?

No, the Board of Governor Fee Waiver will only cover the standard $46/unit fees. Cal-Grant funds may be available to cover the $84 per unit depending upon individual student eligibility.

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Can I get a Cal Grant?

Yes, Cal Grants will be available to students in the Bachelor's program students that meet eligibility requirements. Cal Grant funds will cover the $84/unit upper-division course work fee.

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Can my parent take out a Parent PLUS Loan on my behalf?

No. MiraCosta College does not participate in the Parent PLUS loan program.

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Will my Subsidized Loan Usage Limit increase when I move from the AA degree into the BA degree program?

Yes, moving into a program that takes longer to complete re-sets the usage period.

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Will my maximum time frame for eligibility be adjusted for the BA degree program?

Yes, the maximum time frame will be adjusted to 150% of the units required to complete the bachelor’s program.

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Scholarships

MiraCosta College Genentech Biotechnology (BTEC) Scholarships are offered each spring semester to MiraCosta College students enrolled in or successfully completed one or more biotechnology (BTEC) courses at MiraCosta College. For information about scholarship opportunities please visit the MiraCosta Scholarship Office web page.

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Internship/Job opportunities following graduation

Will this program help me secure an internship in the field?

Internships have been an important part of the current biotechnology education program and that will continue with the bachelor’s degree. This program will provide you with the skills, abilities, and knowledge to secure and perform well in an internship.  MiraCosta College has a Career Center to help students with internship placement. Take a look at information provided at Career Night on 10/18/17. Career Night 10-18-17FINAL

What type of job can I get upon graduation?

The degree program will prepare students for work within the biotechnology industry in the unique environment of biological production where science thrives in partnership with quality and compliance. 

Typical job titles include:

(bio)manufacturing technician/associate, bioprocess technician/associate, quality assurance technician/associate/specialist, quality control technician/associate/analyst, quality specialist/coordinator/inspector, biological technician, (bio)production technician/associate, (bio)manufacturing operator, laboratory technician, upstream technician/associate, downstream technician/associate.

What is the average salary of the job I can get upon graduation?

A 2014 labor market analysis for San Diego County had average entry-level wages at $22.72 per hour ($45k annual) and a median salary of $31.41 per hour ($63k annual).

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Biomanufacturing Bachelor Degree Information Request

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