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Biotechnology (sometimes shortened to "biotech") is a field of applied biology that involves the use of living organisms and bioprocesses in engineering, technology, medicine and other fields requiring bioproducts. Biotechnology also utilizes these products for manufacturing purpose. Modern use of similar terms includes genetic engineering as well as cell- and tissue culture technologies. The concept encompasses a wide range of procedures (and history) for modifying living organisms according to human purposes — going back to domestication of animals, cultivation of plants, and "improvements" to these through breeding programs that employ artificial selection and hybridization. By comparison to biotechnology, bioengineering is generally thought of as a related field with its emphasis more on higher systems approaches (not necessarily altering or using biological materials directly) for interfacing with and utilizing living things. The United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity defines biotechnology as:

In other terms: "Application of scientific and technical advances in life science to develop commercial products" is biotechnology.

Biotechnology draws on the pure biological sciences (genetics, microbiology, animal cell culture, molecular biology, biochemistry, embryology, cell biology) and in many instances is also dependent on knowledge and methods from outside the sphere of biology (chemical engineering, bioprocess engineering, information technology, biorobotics). Conversely, modern biological sciences (including even concepts such as molecular ecology) are intimately entwined and dependent on the methods developed through biotechnology and what is commonly thought of as the life sciences industry.

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Matching Biotechnology Colleges

Name
Johns Hopkins University
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $42,280 average out-state tuition; $42,280 average in-state tuition
University of California-Davis
Four or more years; Public; $34,098 average out-state tuition; $11,220 average in-state tuition
University of Maryland-University College
Four or more years; Public; $11,976 average out-state tuition; $5,856 average in-state tuition
University of Pennsylvania
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $37,620 average out-state tuition; $37,620 average in-state tuition
Polytechnic Institute of New York University
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $36,684 average out-state tuition; $36,684 average in-state tuition
University of Houston-Clear Lake
Four or more years; Public; $12,648 average out-state tuition; $4,080 average in-state tuition
California State Polytechnic University-Pomona
Four or more years; Public; $16,632 average out-state tuition; $5,472 average in-state tuition

Biotechnology Scholarships

Name Amount Deadline
Monsanto STEM Fellowship Up to $50,000 May 01, 2017
FIRST Scholarship - Tulane University $30,000 December 14, 2016
Monsanto Graduate Student Scholarship Up to $25,000 May 01, 2017
Ford Foundation Predoctoral Diversity Fellowship $24,000 January 10, 2017
Dr. Gary M. Moore Great Plan Scholarship $20,000 February 01, 2017
Swenson Family Foundation Scholarship $14,000 March 15, 2017
William R. Goldfarb Memorial Scholarship $10,000 January 31, 2017
Bart Kamen Memorial FIRST Scholarship $10,000 January 31, 2017
FIRST Scholarship - Merrimack College $10,000 February 28, 2017
FIRST Scholarship - University of Advancing Technology $10,000 May 24, 2017