SLCC Biotechnology

What Is Biotechnology At SLCC

Biotechnology is a group of related technologies that use biological agents in a broad spectrum of applications to provide goods and services.  In only a few years, biotechnology has revolutionized many disciplines including medicine, agriculture, and environmental science.  The Biotechnology Technician Program provides students of diverse backgrounds with the knowledge and skills needed to perform competently in a life sciences laboratory environment.  The industry is a large and growing contributor to regional and national economic output.  As such, Biotechnology is an important emerging industry that is expected to contribute dramatically to the 21st century economy and is thus an excellent career choice for students.
Program personnel seek to foster a sense of excitement for scientific discovery, teamwork, critical thinking, effective communication, and a positive attitude in students.  In addition, partnerships with local industries provide students with the most current and cutting edge knowledge and techniques in the field.  The program provides hands-on experience with over 100 hours spent in the laboratory, beginning in the first semester.

Biotechnology is the use of biological agents in a broad spectrum of applications to provide goods and services.  The Biotechnology Technician Program strives to provide students of diverse backgrounds with the knowledge and skills needed to perform competently in a biotechnology laboratory environment.  Biotechnology is a group of related technologies that in only a few years has revolutionized many disciplines including medicine, agriculture, and environmental science. The industry is a large and growing contributor to regional and national economic output.  As such, Biotechnology is an important emerging industry that is expected to contribute dramatically to the 21st century economy and is thus an excellent career choice for students.
The program personnel seek to foster a sense of excitement for scientific discovery, teamwork, critical thinking, effective communication, and a positive attitude in students.  In addition, partnerships with local industries provide students with the most current and cutting edge knowledge and techniques in the field.  The program provides hands-on experience with over 100 hours spent in the laboratory, beginning in the first semester.
Students gain skills in the following areas:
- DNA manipulation and analysis
- Expression and purification of proteins
- Cell culture techniques
- Enzyme and antibody assays
- Lab safety
-Critical thinking and problem solving

Additionally, students interested in the Biotechnology Program may have a passion in the following:
- A love of science and the application of science to human advancement
- A desire to solve problems
- An inquisitive mind and logical thinking

How Does This Program Differ From Other Programs

The program is unique in Utah.  No other programs exist in the state that allows students to earn a degree at the Associates level that is focused exclusively on Biotechnology.  Our partners at Utah Valley University (UVU) offer a 4-year completion that builds directly off the SLCC's Biotechnology degree.  In addition, most Biotechnology courses are offered in the evenings to accommodate working students.
The Biotech degree at SLCC is unique in the extent to which it offers hands on instruction in research methods.  Students in the program have unparalleled opportunities for work on independent research projects. and self study.

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