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.

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)

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