Program Overview

The Biotechnology degree and certificates prepare graduates for careers in the life science industry and for transfer. Students receive hands-on training in biology and chemistry and master a variety of skills essential to the field of biotechnology.

Biotech technicians perform experiments and assays, manufacture products, or assist with research. Key tasks include testing procedures, material processing, equipment maintenance, inventory control and data collection and evaluation. Technicians also observe and document safe practices, quality assurance, record keeping and compliance with government regulations.

Program Requirements

Required Core Courses Units
BIOL 215 Organismal Biology: Core I 5 units
BIOL 230 Introduction to Cell Biology: Core II 5 units
BIOL 240 General Microbiology 4 units
CHEM 234 Organic Chemistry I 3 units
CHEM 235 Organic Chemistry II 3 units
CHEM 237 Organic Chemistry Lab I 2 units
CHEM 238 Organic Chemistry Lab II 2 units
Total Required Major Units: 24

And required General Education coursework and electives as needed to meet the minimum 60 units required for the Associate degree.

Please refer to the AA/AS Degree Requirements for more information.