The biotechnology program is designed to instruct and train students in the field of biotechnology. Entry-level workers in the field of biotechnology are involved in laboratory work such as DNA isolation or sequencing, cell culture, toxicology or vaccine sterility testing, antibody production and isolation, and the testing and development of diagnostic and therapeutic agents. Training is designed to prepare students for both academic achievement and successful employment in the biotechnology industry. The program offers both a degree and two certificates to meet students’ different needs.
On completion of the biotechnology AAS, the student may transfer to another institution and earn a bachelor’s degree in a biological science or may elect to enter the workforce. Course selection within the curriculum depends on which option the student selects.
The emphasis of the program is on applied laboratory skills relevant to the biotechnology industry. A solid foundation is obtained through introductory coursework in biotechnology, biology, chemistry, and mathematics. These background courses prepare students for more rigorous upper-level applied coursework in biotechnology, biology, and chemistry taken during the second year. High school biology, chemistry, and math (algebra II) are strongly recommended.
Because of the variation in requirements of four-year institutions, students are urged to consult an adviser about specific course selections.