Program Description

The curriculum prepares students to work in entry level positions in the field of biotechnology in high-tech industry and institutions. Emphasis is on practical laboratory skills combined with training in a working laboratory setting.

An Occupational Skills Certificate is awarded upon completion of all required courses with a grade of C or better.

Program Outcomes

  1. Understand, interpret and write laboratory documents, SOPs, protocols and notebook documentation.
  2. Be able to use, maintain, calibrate and/or validate basic laboratory equipment.
  3. Be prepared for entry level technician positions in the biological technology industry and in research laboratories.

This program is designed to be completed in months.

This program will cost if completed within normal time. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.

Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with of debt.

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This program has not passed standards established by the U.S. Department of Education. The Department based these standards on the amounts students borrow for enrollment in this program and their reported earnings. If in the future the program does not pass the standards, students who are then enrolled may not be able to use federal student grants or loans to pay for the program, and may have to find other ways, such as private loans, to pay for the program.

Requirements for the Occupational Skills Certificate

Required Units: 16

Required Courses

(Recommended Sequence)

Semester I

  • BIOL 102A – Biological Technology–Basic Techniques (3)

Semester II

  • BIOL 102B – Biological Technology–Advanced Techniques (3)

Semester III

  • BIOL 102C – Biological Technology–Cell Culture Techniques (3)

Semester IV

  • BIOL 039 – Modern Human Genetics (4)


  • BIOL 102D – Biological Technology–Laboratory Internship (3)

Catalog Year
This information reflects the information from the 2019-2020 catalog. If you have questions about a previous version, please review our Catalog Archives and/or speak with a Counselor.

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