The Biological Technology Program offers five different certificate programs, each preparing you for entry-level positions in the field of biotechnology in high-tech industry and research institutions.

During the program, you will get hands-on work experience in the biotechnology industry, learn from industry speakers about current advances in biotechnology, and take tours of local biotech facilities.

Careers in Biotechnology
The Biotechnology program can lead to entry-level work in:
  • Biomedical industry
  • Academic research laboratories
  • Pharmaceutical industry
  • Agriculture
  • Food Science laboratory
  • Genetic Engineering laboratory

About the Biotechnology Program

Biotechnology program is interdisciplinary, including courses and practical training in math, chemistry, biology, computer skills, and English. Courses focus on practical laboratory skills combined with training in a working laboratory setting.

You will be kept informed on current advances in biotechnology by speakers from industry, internet assignments and tours of local biotech facilities. This program offers classroom instruction and supervised work experience in the biotechnology industry. You must be willing to spend a considerable amount of time working on long-term projects and participating in outreach programs to the community.

Biological Technology | Certificate of Achievement

The Biological Technology Certificate prepares you to work in entry-level positions in the field of biotechnology in high-tech industry and research institutions.

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Biological Technology- Laboratory Skills | Occupational Skills Certificate

The Biological Technology Certificate prepares you to work in entry level positions in the field of biotechnology in high-tech industry and research institutions

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Computational Biology | Certificate of Achievement

This program prepares you with the interdisciplinary skills required to seek employment at an entry level in performing data acquisition, management, and analysis in laboratory environments.

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Laboratory Assistant Option | Certificate of Achievement

This program prepares you to work in entry level positions in the field of biotechnology where a biology or chemistry degree is not required. Emphasis is on practical laboratory skills combined with training in a working laboratory setting

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Stem Cell Culture | Certificate of Achievement

This program prepares you to work to work in entry level positions in the field of cell culture, stem cell culture, and manipulations.

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Requirements for Admission

To be selected for the Biotechnology Program you must:

  1. Have graduated from an accredited high school or equivalent with a 2.0 GPA
  2. Complete an application for admission to the program
  3. Have a minimum 2.0 GPA in all college level work
  4. Successfully completed Chemistry 1A


How to Join the Biological Technology Program

Application for the Biological Technology Certificate Program may be made at any time. Applicants are on a first-come first-served basis and are accepted for the next Biology 102A course. We encourage you to spend the intervening time working on the general requirements, increasing your computer skills and participating in other program activities.

  1. Apply for admission to PCC. Get Started 

  2. Apply to the Biological Technology Program. Apply Online 

  3. Register for Biology *102A (*Biology 110 is a prerequisite for Biology 102A). 
  4. Attend the program orientation on the first day of class.

Have more questions? Read our Frequently Asked Questions to get them answered!

Biotechnology FAQ


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