This program is designed to prepare students for entry-level technician positions in biomedical, research, and industrial laboratory areas. The biotechnology industry is rapidly growing locally, regionally, and globally. The Biotechnology A.A.S. Degree Program prepares students for employment in the local biotechnology industry. The program emphasizes science, communication, critical thinking, manufacturing technologies, and laboratory environmental health and safety. Students work in small collaborative groups to apply current manufacturing techniques while using problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
Students learn industry-specific skills required in biotechnology jobs, such as how to:
- Perform upstream bioprocessing techniques to culture cells and microorganisms to create a bulk bio-product for research and industry
- Perform downstream bioprocessing techniques to separate and refine bulk bio-products into a suitable form for end use in industry
- Manufacture assays for diagnostic testing for research
- Implement cell culture, fermentation, separation, purification, and sterilization techniques in a laboratory setting
- Understand and apply basic laboratory skills, documentation practices, and aseptic techniques to monitor production, maintain workplace safety, and prevent contamination of bio-products
A drug screening and/or criminal background check is often required to obtain and maintain employment in the field of Biotechnology. Individuals whose criminal histories may interfere with their ability to secure employment should discuss questions with Biotechnology faculty.