Courses and Certificates

Our program offers skills training essential for the field of biotech. The Skills Certificate and Certificate of Achievement provide students with the skills needed for today's in demand jobs.

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Start with Biotech Fundamentals (BIO-41T) and Advanced Biotech (BIO-42T) to learn more about the field of biotechnology and the fundamental skills required to obtain employment in biotechnology.

Topics in BIO-41T include careers in biotechnology, basic laboratory skills and equipment use, DNA isolation and manipulation, DNA technology, keeping a notebook, safety, scientific literacy, and report writing.

BIO-42T presents a deeper understanding of the field of biotechnology and strengthens skills required to obtain employment in biotechnology. Topics include DNA, RNA, and protein technologies, bioinformatics, plant and agricultural technologies, mammalian cell culture, medical biotechnology, and emerging biotechnologies. This is a follow-up course to Bio 41T.

The prerequisites for BIO-41T are

BIO 41-T must be completed prior to taking BIO-42T.

Skills Certificate


After the successful completion of the prerequisites only a total of nine units are required for the Skills Certificate:

  • CG 51 (College Success) or CG 54 (Careers and Lifestyles), 1 unit

  • Bio 41T, Biotechnology Fundamentals, 4 units

  • Bio 42T, Advanced Biotechnology, 4 units

  • Total of 9 Units

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Certificate of Achievement

The Certificate of Achievement is similar to the Skills Certificate, but it is geared for students wishing to transfer. In addition to the proficiency gained from the Skills Certificate, students will acquire a deeper set of skills that are useful toward their future B.S. degree. Coursework is in both biology and chemistry.

After the prerequisites have been completed, a total of 23 units, taken over two years, are required for the Certificate of Achievement.

These courses should be taken in the following sequence:

  • Chem 1A, General Chemistry • 5 units

  • Bio 9A, Molecular, Cellular, and Animal Biology • 5 units

  • Bio 41T, Biotechnology Fundamentals • 4 units

  • Chem 1B General Chemistry II • 5 units

  • Bio 42T, Advanced Biotechnology • 4 units

  • Total of 23 Units

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